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Is the EU missing out by its attitude toward Turkey?

Istanbul, 23 February 2012 - Mr Egemen Bagis, Turkey's EU Minister, speaking at the 68th Meeting of Turkey - EU Joint Parliament Commission being in Istanbul said 2012 will be a tough year for Turkey’s EU membership process because Greek Cyprus would be the president of the rotating EU Presidency...

Posted on 24 February 2012

“Istanbul is one of the most exciting and interesting cities of Europe, if not the world”

3 January 2012, Ankara  - The man who coined the phrase BRIC economies the world renowned economist and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Mr Jim O’Neill predicts the next 10 years will see another set of emerging powers including Turkey taking over. In a recent interview O’Neill said “If...

Posted on 03 January 2012

Newly Empowered AK Party Could Get EU Accession Back on Track

Now nearly one week past the Turkish election and not a peep of controversy or complaint at the result, we can safely say that the election was a success, especially given that 87% of the voting public turned out and cast their vote. Prime Minister Erdogan of the Justice and...

Posted on 17 June 2011

Will Turkey Ever Join the EU?

With all that’s going on in Libya, Syria and the Middle East in general, we can almost forgive the press for the lack of coverage of the two EU enlargement meetings with Turkey and Croatia last week. Well, to be honest there is also the potential that they didn’t give...

Posted on 29 April 2011

Ankara Leaves Property Tax Value Unchanged, Calls on Poland’s Support for EU Bid

Turkish property owners or those currently purchasing a property in Turkey will be glad to hear that the government has decided not to increase the value it holds on their property for taxation purchases, and so the rate at which they pay tax against the property will not go up...

Posted on 09 December 2010

Queen Presents Award to Turkish President for Improving International Relations

Abdullah Gul has been given an award for his work in improving international relations. The Chatham House Prize was awarded to Gul in London by the Queen, for the strides he has made in improving Turkey's relations with its neighbours and internationally, as well as modernising Turkey. The Queen said:...

Posted on 10 November 2010

Turkey Embraced by West – Revered by East… Best of Both Worlds?

Turkey is proudly taking its place as one of the key markets in the world we are all rebuilding after the catastrophic crash of the last 18 months. Today it officially launched its bid to host Euro 2016, where it will compete with the likes of France and Italy to...

Posted on 24 December 2009

Turkish Government Continues to Turn Turkey into International Influencer

The Turkish government will likely go down in history as one of the most adept at building and strengthening international relations and building the country's international presence. Erdogan has just returned from official meetings in Mexico and in Washington, where he met with the President. During the visit Erdogan secured...

Posted on 12 December 2009