By Andrej Bán on December 24, 2012
It’s like an unrequited relationship. If one is fond of someone for a long time and he or she remains uninterested but doesn’t say so, it ends badly. After half a century of “flattery,” Turkey is losing patience with Europe, to which it wanted to belong. What will we lose when this happens? What do [...]
By Lucie Kavanová on November 19, 2012
Three-fourths of all the hazelnuts in the world are grown in Turkey. Here, the roasted kernels are purchased by the large producers who also supply Czech supermarkets with their confectionery. A lesser known fact is that children as young as eight are among the nut pickers, and that they live in conditions reminiscent of medieval encampments. Thankfully, as a result of international pressure, their predicament has been slowly getting better.
By Attila A. Horvath on November 5, 2012
Part 3 in a series on Turkey: Religion and Nationalism vs. Secularism and Multiculturalism
By Attila Horváth on October 11, 2012
Turkish society benefits more from the preparations for joining the European Union than it would from membership itself. The EU needs a prosperous Turkey more than Turkey needs the Union. In Istanbul, you often hear such views expressing both hope and disillusion in potential EU membership.
By Attila Horvath on October 9, 2012
Part 1 in a series on Turkey: Technological revolution and digital literacy Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country of 75 million with a 7 percent annual economic growth. Its inhabitants consider themselves to be a part of Europe and past surveys have shown that a majority of people want to belong to the European Union. [...]