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A more inclusive EU would symbolize a new era of global cooperation, validating Turkey’s record as a meaningful partner, writes Yusif Babanly. Yusif Babanly is the co-founder of the U.S. Azeris Network (USAN)

As ISIS further disrupts the Middle East and the Ukraine crisis stokes fears about European energy security this winter, the EU must reconsider its attitude toward Turkey’s EU membership and further cultivate its ties with this rare Muslim ally. In that increasingly chaotic region, doing so would send positive, reassuring signals to other Muslim partners that support Europe’s efforts to ensure its security, but are confounded by its apparent double-standards, and might soon as a result begin to rethink their geopolitical allegiances. Continue Reading »

EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkır will pay a two-day working visit to Brussels on Nov. 11-12 for talks on Turkey’s European Union membership bid.
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Freedom and pluralism of the media are key issues potential candidate states are being asked to take into account in order to be a part of the European Union, Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson for the European Commission, said when asked to evaluate an expanding media accreditation ban being placed on certain media outlets by the Turkish government.
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The Turkish government’s goal of becoming a superpower in 2023 based on steel and iron production, nuclear power and coal-fueled energy sector is wrong, according to this week’s guest for Monday Talk.
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Bavarian State Minister of European Affairs and Regional Relations Dr. Beate Merk, a German politician from the Christian Social Union (CSU), said she will be visiting Ankara, İstanbul and Gaziantep this week to meet with Turkish officials to discuss the issues between Turkey and Germany.

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The first meeting of Reform Action Group, previously called the Reform Monitoring Group, will gather on Nov. 8 to focus on reforms as part of Turkey’s accession process to the European Union.
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President of the Greens in the European Parliament Rebecca Harms said on Thursday that the building of a palace by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a display of machismo and an effort to demonstrate power.
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Turkey is planning to suspend its Customs Union deal with the EU if the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) does not include an article emphasizing the deal to be applicable for all Customs Union members, Turkish European Union Minister Volkan Bozkır has said.
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EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkır will pay a two-day working visit to Brussels on Nov. 11-12 for talks on Turkey’s European Union membership bid.
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Chair of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella has said, “We want to open Chapters 23 and 24 of the [EU] negotiation process because we want to push the Turkish authorities to follow the guidelines for Turkey accepted by the Ministry of EU Affairs.”

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