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CYPRUS DIMENSION OF TURKISH FOREIGN POLICY(3.07.2012)

Cyprus Dimension of Turkish Foreign Policy

Cyprus that is located in Eastern Mediterranean has a great strategic importance for European countries as much as other North Africa and Middle East have. Sovereign states made big wars especially to keep the artery of commerce under control and the island was occupied by so many forces throughout the history.Cyprus that consistently passed through many hands, conquered by naval forces under the command of Piyale Pasha in 1571 and be a part of the Ottoman Empire. In that time there was Greek Cypriot population at a specific rate. When Ottomans got Cyprus under control, they gave Greek Cypriots the rights to move freely as they always did in other places they conquered. Moreover,...


CROATIA ENTERING THE EUROPEAN UNION IN 2013: PROMISING MESSAGE FOR THE WESTERN BALKANS (3.07.2012)

Croatia entering the European Union in 2013:  Promising message for the Western Balkans

Croatia is very close to become the 28th member state of the European Union on 1 July 2013. Croatia applied for EU membership in 2003 and the European Commission recommended making it an official candidate country in early 2004. Then the candidate country status was granted to Croatia by the European Council in mid 2004. The entry negotiations, while originally set for March 2005, began in October that year together with the screening process.The accession process of Croatia has faced some difficulties by the insistence of Slovenia, an EU member state, that the two countries' border issues be dealt with prior to Croatia's accession to the EU. After resolving border di...


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