Turkey: A difficult choice between West and East…


Time for carrots and sticks!

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EU : Foreign Affairs Council Meeting – Brussels, 6 February 2017


Ukraine; Libya; Egypte; Peace Process…

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Turkey Energy Profile


 

Important Transit Hub For Oil And Natural Gas

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Turkey is an increasingly important transit hub for oil and natural gas supplies as they move from Central Asia, Russia, and the Middle East to Europe and other Atlantic markets.

Turkey is well placed to serve as a hub for oil and natural gas supply headed to Europe and other Atlantic markets from Russia, the Caspian region, and the Middle East . Turkey has been a major transit point for oil and is becoming more important as a transit point for natural gas.

Turkey is primed to become a significant natural gas pipeline hub. However, currently most of its natural gas pipeline connections only bring natural gas into the country because growing demands have left little natural gas for export.
[Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration.]

 

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ULUSLARARASI YOLSUZLUK ALGI ENDEKSİ 2016


TURKEY!

 

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Türkiye 9 basamak birden gerileyerek 176 ülke arasında 75. sırada yer aldı. Türkiye’nin Yolsuzluk Algı Endeksi puanı ve sıralamadaki yeri 2013 yılından beri çarpıcı bir biçimde gerilemeye devam ediyor. 2016 yılı Endeks sonuçlarına göre Türkiye, bir puanlık düşüşle 41 puan aldı.

Türkiye’nin yolsuzlukla mücadele alanındaki gelişmeleri takip edememesi nedeniyle, önceki yıllarda alt sıralarda bulunan birçok ülke bu yıl ön sıralara geçti.

AB ülkeleri ile karşılaştırıldığında Türkiye’nin, son sıradaki Bulgaristan ile aynı puana sahip olduğu görülüyor. G20 ülkeleri arasında 2014’te 10, 2015’te ise 12. sırada bulunan Türkiye, 2016 yılında da 13. sıraya düşerek endişe verici gerileyişini sürdürdü.

2016 Yolsuzluk Endeksi sonuçları yolsuzluğun dünyadaki temel nedenlerinin; sosyal eşitsizlik, cezasızlık uygulamaları, otoriter yönetimler, kurumsal zayıflık, hak ve özgürlük ihlalleri, savaş ve ekonomik istikrarsızlık olduğunu gösteriyor.

 

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

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Global Militarization…


 

…and H U N G E R!

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Funds that are invested in the military might be lacking elsewhere, such as in health and education, or in investments in more productive economic sectors. Conversely, however, a low level of militarization does not necessarily mean a peaceful society. On the contrary, it may be indica¬tive of a weak security sector and a correspondingly insecure environment in which domestic armed conflicts, civil wars and rebellions take place. Also the connection between hunger in a country and its militarization is far from clear. The level of hunger in developing countries has fallen by a total of 29 per cent since 2000. Neverthe¬less, the hunger levels are still serious in many coun¬tries. hunger is often explained by political developments, in particular by instability and violent conflicts, which are usually accompanied by massive refugee movements. So, a low level of militarization can also be an indication of fundamental shortcomings in the security appa¬ratus, in which case the safe environment necessary for economic and social development is absent. But still there is a danger that too much investment is tied up in military resources, and therefore not available to fight against hunger or to invest in the health system.

 

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Council of Europe : Urgent Debate on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey


Serious concerns on the current text of the new Constitution

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EU FOREIGN AFFAIRS COUNCIL: SYRIA – MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS – LEBANON


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