June 2013

"Turkey-EU relations exponentially decelerated especialy after Gezi Park protests"

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JTW team held an interview with USAK Center for European Union Studies expert Mustafa Kutlay, analyzing the Gezi Park protests as regards to the Turkey-EU relations. Kutlay stated that EU’s remarks concerning the Gezi Park protests are not particularly resulted from Turkey’s stance. He stressed that this issue is linked with the fundamental rights and freedoms which are assured in the EU’s legal texts.

Gazprom Withdraws from Tender for Greek Gas System

By Vladimir Socor

Russian Gazprom was poised to take over Greece’s Public Gas Corporation (DEPA), but has withdrawn from the tender literally on the last possible day. The final, binding offer was due to be submitted on June 10, but it did not arrive. Instead, Gazprom claims that the Greek government did not offer sufficient incentives for Gazprom to proceed with the acquisition of DEPA (Kommersant, June 11).

Obama visit: Why U.S. now needs Germany more than ever

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By Sudha David-Wilp

U.S. President John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech delivered 50 years ago was well received by more than 100,000 Germans hopeful for America's steadfast support as Berlin came to symbolize one of the Cold War's main battlegrounds. As presidential candidate in the summer of 2008, Barack Obama had nearly twice that number of optimistic onlookers at Berlin's Victory Column who eagerly anticipated a new American outlook on questions ranging from climate change to nuclear disarmament.

East in the European Union Context

By Arthur Dunn

Annual Summits of the states of Central and Eastern Europe gather the leaders of the countries of the region, which has the potential of not only consolidating role, but also to help Europe to find its place in the world after crisis. Such meetings are the only consultation forum of regional character, uniting the states located between Baltic Sea, Black Sea and the Adriatic, by this independently of that whether they are NATO, European Union, Euro zone or not. That is why they represent important international events, for example, two years ago in Warsaw, where 20 heads of the states were present. The US President Barak Obama was an honorable guest. 

Former Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski's advice to his compatriots: Be more sensitive in dealing with Lithuanians, otherwise you'll come across as arrogant

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By Eglė Digrytė

Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski is perplexed about why the Poles and the Lithuanians, just recently strategic partners, are at each other's throats over matters like spelling of names and learning official language. “I said many times [to Lithuania's Polish community]: you're Lithuanian citizens so you have to be loyal to your country and you have to speak Lithuanian,” the politician, who still remains a popular politician on this side of the border, said during an interview to 15min.