Turkey

Bitter Turkish delights

1 August 2011 9:13

Turkish accession to the EU is apparently no more than a dream of those who desire it at present, but…

Erdogan’s immediate dilemma

13 June 2011 19:39

It seems that everyone won the election that was held in Turkey this weekend. Prime Minister Erdogan’s Justice and Development…

The end of Assad

11 June 2011 18:19

After weeks of violence, the end of the Assad regime is now inevitable. It may take weeks, months or years,…

The mystery of modern Turkey

8 June 2011 16:08

What does Turkey actually think? That’s an issue that has been occupying many Europeans, as the vital NATO ally heads…

Meanwhile, in Libya…

3 May 2011 18:13

The death of Osama Bin Laden may be a very arresting punctuation mark in the conflict against tyranny — but…

How to build democracies

6 March 2011 18:40

Following the events in the Middle East, I have proposed a democracy review of UK bilateral relations and former Europe…

Where does it leave Israel?

2 February 2011 9:17

Israel is in a right state over Egypt’s incipient revolution. Israeli politicians talk openly about the threat from an Islamist…

The Gaza flotilla raid was legal – but stupid

24 January 2011 9:35

Yesterday saw the publication of a report into Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, the Hamas-run part of the Palestinian crypto-state,…

Stop blaming Israel alone

22 November 2010 16:11

Reading the British press – or even listening to some ministers – you would be forgiven for thinking that the…

The coalition’s inept EU referendum lock

13 September 2010 16:45

At least this government is honest. ‘There will be,’ Europe Minister David Lidington says, ‘no referendum on the transfer of…

Is the real love affair between Fat Pang and Dave?

29 July 2010 18:30

We know that Chris Patten is advising David Cameron over the Pope’s visit – the Spectator interviewed him in that…

Cameron’s provocative language over Gaza serves to obscure the issue

27 July 2010 10:42

And there’s me thinking that David Cameron’s overtures to Turkey were newsworthy enough, when he drops this into his speech…

No more Turkish delight?

27 June 2010 11:38

I’m sitting at the Ciragan Palace’s glass-filled halls on the banks of the Bosporus. I have joined the UN Security…

A PR disaster for Israel

1 June 2010 15:32

Prematurely, the world’s press has condemned Israel. As I wrote yesterday, the facts have to be established before Israel can…

Will we lose Turkey?

8 March 2010 11:39

Earlier this year, Transatlantic Trends, an annual survey of public opinion on both sides of the Atlantic, was published. Key…

Annual Forgetting About the Armenians Festival Begins

5 March 2010 16:21

Poor Armenia. Just about the only time that wee country gets a mention in Washington is when the perennial Recognise-the-Genocide…

Good News for Armenia! And Turkey!

31 August 2009 22:44

Turkey and Armenia are planning to establish diplomatic ties and open their shared border. There’s still a long way to…

Denying the Armenians

24 April 2009 20:20

So, as expected Barack Obama has reneged upon his campaign promise to call the Armenian genocide, er, genocide. Instead it’s…

Turkey in the EU?

6 April 2009 16:51

Like George W Bush, Barack Obama is in favour of Turkish accession to the EU. That’s grand, though those American…