Sunday, June 23, 2013

German, Turkish press declare war .... Bild carried Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on its cover with the caption “New Dictator”

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Media outlets in Turkey and Germany upped the severity of language of new reporting, amid rising tension between the countries that followed Berlin initiative to halt Turkey’s European Union bid.

The two have been in conflict since German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statements on the ongoing Gezi Protests, and the daily newspapers of both countries have decided to join in.

German Bild carried Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on its cover with the caption “New Dictator,” depicting Erdoğan with a Hitler-like moustache. The cover was then featured on the front page of Turkish daily Takvim, who itself dubbed Merkel a “Nazi.”


Takvim also mentioned a 10-page supplement published by Der Spiegel on the issue of the Gezi protests, which the newspaper said would be distributed in Turkey as well.

Germany insisted last week on halting EU negotiations with Turkey as a response to Ankara’s recent police crackdown on Gezi Park protesters. The EU had been set to open talks on Chapter 22 next week, which would be the first new chapter to be opened in nearly 2.5 years. Berlin’s decision has stirred a huge reaction in Ankara, with EU Minister Egemen Bağış linking Berlin’s move to the upcoming parliamentary election campaign in Germany.

Daily Takvim has also recently been in the news for releasing a fake interview with senior CNN anchorwoman Christiane Amanpour on June 18, which claimed to feature a “confession” from Amanpour in which she “admitted” receiving money for giving the protests air time.

Amanpour was told of the “interview” soon after and posted the following on Twitter as a response: “Shame on you Takvim for publishing a fake interview with me.”

The Takvim reporter behind the story said the interview was “just sarcasm.”

June/23/2013
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  1. Der Spiegel' dedica su portada en turco a las protestas contra Erdogan.....

    'Boyun Egme (¡No os dobleguéis!)', titula el semanario germano
    En su interior, incluye una decena de páginas escritas en alemán y turco.....http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2013/06/23/internacional/1372001360.html
    23/6/13

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  2. EU summit to decide Turkey’s chapter fate....

    An EU summit is set to decide on whether to open a new negotiation chapter with Turkey, with EU-Turkey tension running high after the Gezi Park protests....

    With all eyes turned to Luxembourg, where EU ministers will discuss the opening of a new negotiation chapter with Turkey, a senior Turkish government official has expressed Ankara’s hope that “common sense will prevail” to prevent the situation from becoming a deeper problem.

    The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU will convene today at the level of foreign ministers, under the leadership of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, in a highly critical meeting where a decision to open the chapter on regional policies will be discussed.

    Despite the approval of 26 member countries, Germany stands as the only country that seems opposed to the opening of this chapter due to the ongoing spat between Berlin and Ankara over the Gezi Park protests. If opened, the chapter on regional policies will be the first in three years and could have a positive effect in reviving the negotiation process.....
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-summit-to-decide-turkeys-chapter-fate.aspx?pageID=238&nID=49335&NewsCatID=351
    24/6/13

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  3. Verhandlungen über EU-Beitritt...
    Gespräche mit der Türkei auf der Kippe...Bagis bekräftigte nun, er sei "komplett falsch verstanden" worden. "Ich habe Kanzlerin Merkel nicht gedroht.......

    Die Europäische Union entscheidet heute, ob die Beitrittsgespräche mit der Türkei fortgesetzt werden. Derzeit beraten die EU-Botschafter über die Öffnung eines weiteren sogenannten Beitrittskapitels. Später wollen noch die EU-Außenminister in Luxemburg beraten.

    Deutschland hatte zuletzt Bedenken geäußert, die Niederlande ebenfalls. Gegner eines türkischen EU-Beitritts sehen sich nach dem gewaltsamen Vorgehen der türkischen Sicherheitskräfte gegen Demonstranten in ihren Vorbehalten bestätigt.

    Vor allem zwischen Deutschland und der Türkei war es daher zu diplomatischen Spannungen gekommen. Die Botschafter waren wechselseitig einbestellt worden.

    "Andere Optionen"

    Eine Blockade der Verhandlungen durch die Bundesregierung will die Türkei offenbar nicht einfach hinnehmen. "Wir arbeiten an einer Antwort", sagte Europaminister Egemen Bagis der "Süddeutschen Zeitung". "Nur so viel: Die Türkei hat auch noch andere Optionen." EU und die Türkei brauchten sich gegenseitig, sagte Bagis. "Es ist nicht fair, die Eröffnung des neuen Verhandlungskapitels, das vor allem ein technisches ist, wegen politischer Zwänge zu blockieren." Äußerungen von Bagis am vergangenen Donnerstag, die wie ein Ultimatum an Kanzlerin Angela Merkel geklungen hatten, relativierte er.

    Bagis bekräftigte nun, er sei "komplett falsch verstanden" worden. "Ich habe Kanzlerin Merkel nicht gedroht. Ich war nur traurig zu hören, dass Deutschland die Blockade des nächsten Verhandlungskapitels betreibt, obwohl wir alle geforderten Voraussetzungen erfüllen", sagte er.......http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/tuerkei-eubeitritt100.html
    24/6/13

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  4. German Green Party co-chairman calls for the continuation of EU enlargement process....

    BERLIN (AA) - The co-chairman of the German Green Party Cem Ozdemir on Tuesday said that the European Union's enlargement should continue and that he hopes that Bosnian Herzegovina, the west of the Balkans and Turkey joined the club.

    "It's indubitable that the EU should make it's homework but that does not mean that the enlargement should be suspended. The Balkans saw fearful wars where ten thousands of people lost their lives. The EU has a debt of conscience."

    Ozdemir said that the EU was the best peace project and added that they supported the reform process in Turkey since it begun and that this was a historical chance for the new government.
    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/199847--german-green-leader-voices-support-for-turkeys-eu-membership
    2/7/13

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