World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun said Saturday the Greek Cypriot administration was unfit to lead the European Union as the southern part of this divided Eastern Mediterranean island is set to assume EU rotating presidency on Sunday.
"This is like trusting the cat with guarding the fish bowl. The Greek Cypriot administration is taking over EU's at a time when it is on the verge of bankruptcy. Such is the EU now with a failing system and weak foundations that force us to question European principles and values," Ozgurgun told the Anadolu Agency.
The Greek Cypriot side is set to take over the reins of the EU presidency as of July 1 for six months from Denmark.
The Cypriot administration, eurozone's third smallest economy, has joined Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain to apply for EU funds to prevent its economy from capsizing.
"This is a sign of the EU's stalemate. Even the leader country of the Union, Germany, admits that they had trusted the cat with the fish bowl," Ozgurgun said.
"We do not want to announce a certain price yet, we will discuss this issue with Medvedev," said Taner Yildiz.
Turkey's biggest unions declared their determination to hold May Day rally at Istanbul's Taksim Square.
Historians will discuss Armenian genocide claims using findings of international studies.
Turkey’s quarterly carpet exports exceed US$500 million threshold .
Today's newspapers have focused on the dramatic story of Turkey's involvement in the freeing of four captive French journalists held in Syria, the prime minister hitting the presidential campaign trail in Germany and a costly 1-1 draw for league leaders Fenerbahce in their derby with city rivals Besiktas.
Mustafa Kocer deported after being cleared of charge he encouraged anti-government protests.
Le Point magazine journalist Nicolas Henin tells French television channel France 24
Zeybekci says both countries have opportunities to maintain cooperation in tourism, health, informatics, movie and education sectors
Turkish PM Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Cicek share messages of peace and goodwill with Turkey's Christian Community.
Two reported injured in Turkey's district of Hatay, 100 meters close to the Syrian border, by mortar shells fired from Syria.
The vessel was apparently heading towards the Marmara Sea, but no information has been acquired as to its final destination.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says Turkey's domestic industry to gain US$16 billion dollars from two nuclear projects
PM says presidential August 10 polls are no longer controversial after Turkish people voted to choose president.
The group was kidnapped in the war-ridden country in June but released and entered Turkey earlier on Saturday
Sub-sea tunnel will connect Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus Strait, enabling a 15-minute crossing.
Social media company withholds accounts accused of violating personal rights and privacy days after meeting with Turkish authorities.