Monthly Archives: February 2012

Event: Turkish Coffee Briefings: Time to act for Youth Employment in Europe

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http://www.turkishcoffeebriefings.org Turkish Coffee Briefings meeting was held on the topic of Time to actfor Youth Employment in Europe . Turkish Coffee Briefings is a roundtable debate club in Brussels. The sessions are introduced by a guest speaker, followed by 45 … Continue reading

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Turkish News Folder, 28.02.2012

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CHP Amends Party Bylaws, Kilicdaroglu Promises “A New Road Map” In two extraordinary conventions held on Sunday and Monday, CHP renewed its founding charter, making it more participatory, more democratic and more inclusive of women and the youth. Among other … Continue reading

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European left: AKP policies have consequently made Turkey less qualified for EU accession

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Please see below today’s press release of PES President Sergei Stanishev on Turkey’s accession to the EU and responsibility of European & Turkish conservatives’ responsibility for the current impasse. Twelve years after granting candidate status and six years after the … Continue reading

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Analysis: Newsweek : ‘Treason’ in Turkey

Owen Matthew-Newsweek Prosecutors wage war on suspected coup conspirators—but at what cost to the country? Turkey’s reform-minded Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is nothing like his iron-fisted Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin—right? Think again. In both leaders’ countries, journalists who dare … Continue reading

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CHP Secretary General Bihlun Tamayligil Defends HEPP Victims

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With most of the judiciary firmly under AKP’s thumb, Turkey is rapidly becoming the country in Kafka’s nightmarish novels. CHP is the only party that is putting up a principled resistance against the politicization of the judiciary and its increasing … Continue reading

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Kilicdaroglu Proposes Abolishing Special Criminal Courts

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AKP’s opportunism is a major misfortune for Turkey. The MIT bill could have been enlarged to amend the Anti-Terror Law, Felony Court Procedures Law and finally the notorious Special Criminal Court Law to rein in a judiciary—largely appointed by AKP- … Continue reading

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CHP to Appeal MIT Act to Constitutional Court

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AKP missed another major chance to democratize Turkey by passing a one-article MIT Act. The act requires prosecutors to obtain permission from the Prime Minister’s office before investigating or interrogating MIT operatives. Kemal Kilicdaroglu bashed the act in the starkest … Continue reading

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Turkish News Folder, 21 February 2012

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CHP to Appeal MIT Act to Constitutional Court AKP missed another major chance to democratize Turkey by passing a one-article MIT Act. The act requires prosecutors to obtain permission from the Prime Minister’s office before investigating or interrogating MIT operatives. … Continue reading

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Analysis: Financial Times: Ataturk’s reforms, more than anything the AKP has done…

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It is time to banish wishful thinking about Islamism By Ayaan Hirsi Ali A year ago many western commentators were celebrating an Arab spring. The internet generation personified by Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive, would take over power from … Continue reading

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