Turkey has failed to tighten laws blocking financing of terrorist groups, and risks being put on a list of non-complying countries that includes Iran and North Korea, said academics and analysts from Istanbul to Washington.
Turkey is seeking ways to block Internet access to an anti-Islamic film that has sparked deadly protests from the Middle East to Southeast Asia, Fethi Simsek, chief of the state-run telecommunication board, said today.
Turkey may annex northern Cyprus if the divided Mediterranean island can’t resolve a four-decade split through United Nations-led reunification talks, a government official told the Turkish Cypriot Kibris newspaper.
Fear of Turkey’s army led Greece to become the European Union’s biggest military spender as a share of the economy in the past decade. Now, détente between the neighbors offers Prime Minister George Papandreou a route to squeeze extra savings from his country’s army.
Turkey under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may be headed for more tension with the U.S. as it steers an increasingly independent course, enabled by a booming economy that lessens its dependence on the West.