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Turkish Press Review, 05-10-10

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> <style type="text_css"> <!-- .baslik { margin-right:0cm; margin-left:0cm; margin-top:1cm; font-size:12.0pt; color:#000099; text-align: justify; } --> <_style> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

10.10.2005

FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN VISITS SIIRT
  • [02] FIRST EU MEETING IN ANKARA
  • [03] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “OLLI REHN SHOULD STUDY OUR PARTY”
  • [04] GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER VISITS ISTANBUL
  • [05] SPANISH DAILY: “ATATURK’S DREAM REALIZED”
  • [06] POULTRY CULL STARTS AGAINST BIRD FLU SPREAD
  • [07] TURKEY EXTENDS AID TO QUAKE-STRICKEN PAKISTAN
  • [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [09] THE EU WILL SEEK TURKISH LABOR BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

  • [01] ERDOGAN VISITS SIIRT

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife and the health, education, and agriculture and rural affairs ministers, yesterday visited the southeastern Anatolian city of Siirt to attend a series of openings. Addressing residents of the city, Erdogan stated that ethnic differences were a source of richness for the country, adding, however, that the primary identity was citizenship in the Republic of Turkey. During the opening of a road between Sirvan and Madenkoy, Erdogan called the new thoroughfare a symbol of civilization. “These roads will connect us to the European Union,” added the premier. /Sabah/

    [02] FIRST EU MEETING IN ANKARA

    After Turkey ceremonially started negotiations with the European Union last week, the first official meeting of the negotiating process was held in Ankara yesterday. The gathering was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and chief negotiator Ali Babacan. After European Union Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn’s visit to Turkey, Gul and Babacan met with all ministry heads and other leaders related to the EU and high-level administrators. During the meeting, technical information on the EU’s screening process and how the negotiations would be conducted was given to bureaucrats. /Aksam/

    [03] CHP LEADER BAYKAL: “OLLI REHN SHOULD STUDY OUR PARTY”

    Main opposition Party Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal yesterday said that EU Commissioner Olli Rehn’s comments about the CHP’s “dilemma” and it “envying” the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) stemmed from ignorance of the party. “Olli Rehn should study the CHP a bit, ” added Baykal. “I see that he doesn’t know our party… If he looks at the reforms made by the CHP, he will see what kind of a party we are. We have no tendency towards jealousy or envy. The implications of Rehn and the people talking like him are false.” /Milliyet/

    [04] GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER VISITS ISTANBUL

    German Interior Minister Otto Schily came to Istanbul over the weekend for the football match between Turkey and Germany’s national teams. Schily met with Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu at the governor’s office in Istanbul, along with Istanbul Governor Vali Guler, and German Ambassador to Ankara Wolf-Ruthart Born also participated in the meeting. After his official contacts, Schily went to Sultanahmet and visited the Arasta Bazaar. /Star/

    [05] SPANISH DAILY: “ATATURK’S DREAM REALIZED”

    ABC, one of Spain’s most prominent newspapers wrote over the weekend that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had realized Ataturk’s fondest dreams by putting Turkey at the threshold of the European Union. “A figure overshadowing Ataturk is difficult to conceive, but if there is someone approaching this, it is Erdogan,” said the paper, asking further: “Is he the new Ataturk?” /Star/

    [06] POULTRY CULL STARTS AGAINST BIRD FLU SPREAD

    Officials began slaughtering poultry yesterday at farms near the western province of Balikesir as a precaution against the spread of bird flu, the first case seen in the country. The bird flu was detected at a turkey farm after some 1,800 birds died this week. Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker said that it was believed that the disease had spread from migratory birds that landed at the nearby Manyas Bird Sanctuary. /Turkiye/

    [07] TURKEY EXTENDS AID TO QUAKE-STRICKEN PAKISTAN

    Following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake disaster in Pakistan on Saturday, Turkish officials rushed to help the country. Turkey’s aid efforts are being coordinated between the General Staff, civil defense authorities, the Prime Ministry and the Turkish Red Crescent Society (Kizilay). Four Turkish military planes with relief teams and aid materials including food and body bags arrived last night in Islamabad. /Hurriyet/

    [08] FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS…FROM THE COLUMNS

    [09] THE EU WILL SEEK TURKISH LABOR BY SEMIH IDIZ (MILLIYET)

    Columnist Semih Idiz comments on the free movement of labor in Europe. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “Forces in Turkey opposed to the European Union ask if the EU is really being honest, why doesn’t it provide Turks with freedom of movement? Most people supporting Turkey’s EU membership consider this an open visa to go to Europe to work. This should be considered normal, because unemployment is our most pressing problem. The aim of Turkish citizens who went to Europe over the last 40 years was getting jobs. However, Europe isn’t the same as it was 40 years ago. At that time, there was a need for unqualified labor. However, the situation is so different today that in Germany, where 5 million unemployed people live, even Turkish people who are settled in Germany complain about illicit labor from Turkey. Turkish people considering the EU only a place to work scares Europeans for this reason. When they talk about Turkey’s EU membership, the ‘free movement’ issue tops their concerns. Among those who are opposed to giving Turks free movement is Poland, which has yet to get this right, but will in a few years.

    Countries like Poland don’t want to compete with Turks in the European business market after the end of this period of ‘derogation,’ which could be called ‘postponement.’ That’s why they’re already against Turks’ rights of free movement. Some people in Turkey are talking about ‘permanent derogations’ which the EU wants to impose on Turkey. However, there’s no such thing as ‘permanent derogations,’ but there can be ‘permanent limitations.’ Certain EU members want these restrictions to be permanent, but they never say, ‘I would never use Turkish labor’ either. They prefer to say, ‘I would like my right to use this or not to be reserved.’ If we had been an EU member today, we would have probably wanted the same in the current economic situation. However, time is on our side. According to United Nations estimates, Europe’s population will fall by tens of million over the next 50 years and the negative effects of this will start to be felt in 20 years. In other words, the demand for workers, particularly qualified ones, in Europe is expected to rise sharply. In short, Europe will need doctors, nurses, computer experts, engineers, etc. because aging Europe can’t renew itself in these areas and this situation even holds for such new EU members as Poland. Turkey, with one of the world’s youngest populations, has an important potential to meet this demand, and in time Europe will want to benefit from this. Actually, it has no choice. However, time is necessary for this to emerge clearly. For this reason, the ranks of our unemployed, whether qualified or unqualified, shouldn’t expect an opening in the near term.”

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