TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on FEB. 05

Turkish dailies on Wednesday cover Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the pedestrianization of Istanbul's Taksim Square.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on FEB. 05

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Turkish dailies on Wednesday covered Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the pedestrianization of Istanbul's Taksim Square.

- Turkish PM Erdogan's Berlin talks focus on EU Chapters, Syria

"Merkel gives Syria support to Erdogan" was the headline in daily TURKIYE which details that the German Chancellor signalled that Berlin will make efforts to convince Russia, China and Iran to re-evaluate their attitude on Syria, saying "This tragedy must end."

Citing the Turkish PM as a critic of international apathy towards the killing of at least 160,000 people in the Syria's war, the daily STAR writes: "Don't watch Syrian incidents as if it is a football match" and adds that Erdogan pointed out the human tragedy in Syria.

Daily YENI SAFAK's headline is "Shall the chapters open" and quotes Merkel as saying Berlin prefers new "chapters" of policy areas to be opened for discussion in Turkey's EU accession talks, in response to Erdogan's push for the opening of two crucial chapters: Chapters 23 and 24 which are blocked by the Greek Cypriot administration.

Following the EU Council meeting of December 2009, Greek Cypriot Administration unilaterally stated that it would block the opening of 6 chapters including Chapter 23 dealing with Judiciary and fundamental rights, and 24 with Justice, freedom and security.

"Green light from Merkel for two chapters" daily SABAH says, also citing Erdogan's request for Berlin's support for visa exemption talks and the opening of new chapters during accession talks.

As daily AKSAM writes "March 30, a milestone", the head of Turkish government also noted during his Berlin talks that the local elections scheduled for March 30 will be a turning point for Turkish politics, adding that Turkish expats in Germany could be able to cast their votes in seven different centers across the country, also in Turkey's first presidential elections in 2015.

- Pedestrianization of Istanbul's Taksim Square -

Most of the dailies cover Istanbul municipalities release on social media of photos showing how the Taksim Square in Istanbul, which was the scene of protests and clashes during last year's Gezi Park incidents against plans to reconstruct the historic Taksim Military Barracks in the Square, will look like when the pedestrianization project is completed.

"Far greener Taksim Square" headlines daily MILLIYET, writing that Mayor Kadir Topbas, on his official Twitter account, ensured that they will do their best to turn Taksim square into an area with far more trees and flowers.

Daily HABERTURK writes "Here's new Taksim," with the photo of the new look square, detailing that the pedestrianization project is yet to end and there will be a tender bid in March for the project.

Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2014, 11:54
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