Global Trade Union’s Rights Index 2017


One of the World’s 10 worst Countries for Workers is Turkey

⚒ Following the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016, trade unions and their members have been made public enemies. Over 100,000 public sector workers have lost their jobs in systematic purges by the Erdogan government, whilst others have been transferred or suspended.

⚒ Furthermore, trade union leaders and members have been
attacked, arrested and jailed, whilst marches and protests have
been banned or subjected to repressive policing in the aftermath of the coup. Similarly, freedom of movement for trade unionists in Turkey has also suffered in 2017.

⚒ During the whole month of February, acts of violence, arbitrary dismissal and detention took place in the country, aggravating the climate of tension and causing violence and uncertainty.

⚒ There has been a slight decrease in the number of recorded instances where the rights to free speech and public protest were repressed through the police and security services.

⚒ Threats and violence in retaliation for the exercise of freedom of association deprive workers of their rights and create a climate of fear that chills the exercise of that right by others.

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L’un des 10 pires pays pour travailleurs et travailleuses au monde est la Turquie


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CoE/GRECO: Annual Corruption Report…


2 Trillion $ costs in every year to the Taxpayers!

⚠ ☛ 2 trillions $ de coûts par année aux contribuables!

⚠ ☛ GRECO calls Member States, to step up their efforts to create more effective preventive mechanisms against corruption. And provides a review of action against corruption and points out that countries too often over-rely on the repressive aspects of fighting corruption and underestimate the effectiveness of preventive mechanisms, which often do not exist or are too weak.

⚠ ☛ According to the Council of Europe; corruption is a major source of dissatisfaction and loss of trust in politics and democratic institutions. There can be no tolerance for corruption, wherever it occurs.

⚠ ☛ The level of compliance of 20 states. 78% of recommendations had not been fully complied with. 46% of those recommendations had been partly implemented and 32% not implemented. The Annual Report notably stresses the need to improve the way conflicts of interest, lobbying and the systems for the declaration of assets are dealt with.

⚠ ☛ GRECO expresses concern about the independence of the judiciary and the participation of magistrates in political life, and underlines the need for codes of ethics for these professionals.

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Energy: a shaping factor for regional stability in the Eastern Mediterranean?


New regional cooperation scenarios despite conflicts!

⛅ In recent years, the Eastern Mediterranean has been a hot topic in international energy markets. Interest in the area arose when three large fields were discovered between 2009 and 2011: the Tamar and Leviathan fields in offshore Israel and the Aphrodite field in offshore Cyprus.

⛅ To exploit this potential, a number of export options where progressively discussed, from pipelines (to Turkey or Greece) to LNG plants (in Cyprus, Israel and Egypt).

⛅ Analysts have expressed hopes that the new gas discoveries might not only strengthen the energy cooperation in the region, but also pave the way for a new era of economic and political stability.

⛅ However, the high initial expectations were largely muted over time. In Israel, a long-lasting internal political debate on the management of the gas resources created a climate of uncertainty that contributed to the delay of key investment decisions.

⛅ In Cyprus, where the gas discovery was welcomed as a god-sent gift to relieve the country from its financial troubles, the initial enthusiasm cooled down due to successive downward revisions of the expected resources.

⛅ These developments raised scepticism on the general idea that the Eastern Mediterranean might become a gas-exporting region. But expectations were revived by the recent discovery of the large Zohr gas field in offshore Egypt. Considering its size, this discovery – the largest ever made in the Mediterranean Sea –might indeed completely change the regional gas outlook.

⛅ However, multiple lines of conflict (e.g. the Cyprus issue, the changing relations between Turkey, Israel and Egypt, Israel’s relations with neighbours and the Turkish-Greek disputes over the Aegean) make future potential exploitation of Eastern Mediterranean energy resources a major geopolitical issue.


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« FETÖ Savunması » gibi değişiklik önergeleri…


Avrupalı Parlamenterlerin «derdi» Türkiye ile ilişkilerin tamamen kopartılması (mı?!)

Avrupa Parlamentosu’nun Dışilişkiler Komisyonu’nda oylanması sırasını bekleyen Kati Piri Karar Taslağı [EP/Turkey: Modernisation of the Customs Union]üzerine 397 adet değişiklik önergesi sunuldu. [Amendments 1 – 199] + [Amendments 200 – 397] Report on the 2016 Commission Report on Turkey

Ekseriyeti Türkiye aleyhtarı Kıbrıslı Rum, Yunan, aşırı sol ve aşırı sağ parlamenterler tarafından sunulan önergelerde; Fethullah Gülen’e âdeta sahip çıkılıyor ve darbenin Erdoğan tarafından düzenlendiği, AB istihbarat Servisleri’nce de teyit edildiği iddiasında bulunuluyor.

Ermeni Soykırımı Kararı dahil taslak metnine bir çok ekleme taleplerinin dışında, Türkiye’nin bugüne kadar yerine getirmediği Avrupa beklentileri de sıralanıyor.

Ardından da; Türkiye ile üyelik müzakerelerinin durdurulması isteniyor. Ayrıca, Parlamento’dan görüş bildirmesini bekleyen Hükümetlerin Karar Organı Bakanlar Konseyi’nden de günün koşullarına uyarlanmış yeni gümrük birliği anlaşmasıyla ilgili müzakereleri başlatmaması isteniyor.

Oylamaların 29 Mayıs tarihinde yapılması bekleniyor.


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EU Defence Ministers Meeting – Brussels, 18 May 2017


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EU General Affairs Council…

Turkey on the Menu!


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Bye Bye «Old» Turkey…


Hello and Welcome to the Erdogan’s Charismatic Authority Rule!

☪ Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally secured the “iron throne” he sought for more than a decade. However, the way he achieved his final victory, and the political environment over which he will rule as the “one man” for the foreseeable future. Turkish President’s grip on power will become increasingly shaky.

☪ Turkish politics has become somewhat of a mix between a twist-rich drama and an action-packed thriller, attracting the full attention of global audiences. With the referendum of the April 16, Turkish politics, which would make HBO’s popular series Game of Thrones look like The Smurfs or Teletubbies, now entered a new phase: Erdoganocracy, or, rule by Erdogan. The referendum effectively ended the “old” Turkey’s parliamentarian regime, instead establishing a presidential system where the president faces little, if any, checks and balances on his power.

☪ His pragmatism knows no bounds: He would make Sun Tzu smile, and fill Machiavelli with jealousy. However, the house of cards he has built is a very fragile one. Erdogan’s final victory, in this sense, may eventually defeat him. So, what happens to Turkey if that day comes? Nothing is for certain but one fact: With the referendum, Erdogan finally broke the “old” Turkey, and it is never coming back.


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