Tag: Turkey

  • Third party needed to facilitate stalled peace process, MEPs should meet Öcalan

    The conference believes that Turkey’s accession into the European Union will increase the possibility for a peaceful permanent solution and that such a peaceful solution can only be achieved through dialogue between the parties. However the conference notes that the current peace process is hurtling towards an impasse. The conference hopes that this impasse is overcome soon and that the peace process will be revitalised recognising that the peace is a necessary condition for negotiations and for the deepening of democracy for the peoples of Turkey.
  • Turkey accession: local self-government and decentralisation on the agenda

    Von Jürgen Klute
    Ahead of the new round of EU-Turkey accession talks that kick off tomorrow, GUE/NGL MEP and Coordinator of the EU-Kurdistan friendship group Jürgen Klute has commented: "After three years of stagnation, the re-opening of EU accession negotiations with Turkey is good news. EU citizens of Turkish and Kurdish origin have been waiting a long time to see Turkey as an integral part of the European Union. While friendly relations with EU governments are positive for Turkey, they are no substitute for fully-fledged and sustainable political integration to the European Union."
  • EU set to put Kurdish issue higher on agenda

    “The European Parliament is observing the newly started peace process in Turkey and welcomes the initiative,” Jürgen Klute, a member of the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left in the European Parliament, told the Hürriyet Daily News on the phone yesterday.
  • EU more eager to criticize than appreciate?

    Von Interview - Questions: ÖZGÜN ÖZÇER, TARAF
    I think such a reaction is regrettable, ever more since the responsibility of the Constitution Commission is very big. The European Union wishes to foster the respect of human rights in its neighbourhood and it opens the door to countries that live the values of democracy and freedom. We also experience a crisis of democracy in a number of new Member States, namely Hungary, and I can imagine that the Commission is drawing lessons for the future accession process.
  • Turkey not set to receive increase in European Union funds

    The European Union announced on Friday it will not be able to meet Turkey's demand for an increase in funds aimed to help the country align itself with EU standards. A delegation consisting of nine members of the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets visited Turkey from May 2-4, 2012.
  • Klute: The Situation of Tekel Workers Does Not Fit With the EU Conditions

    It has been the 54th day since the Turkish State Liquor and Tobacco Monopoly (Tekel) workers got in action to use their personal rights switching to another public sector.A support came from Jürgen Klute, a German member of the Group of the United Left (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament who made a visit to Turkey ...