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Comment on the Opinion Research, Foreign Policy Perceptions in Turkey

29 July 2011

This commentary is looking at the Foreign Policy Perceptions in Turkey report’s results, and summarizes the “political messages “of the population on the foreign policy under four points; the Turkish Government and its ruling party, the USA, the European Union and the political community of the MENA region including Israel.

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According to this reading of the research, the Turkish public supports the new active and solution oriented Turkish foreign policy; does not express deep grounded enmity towards the US; still clings in its majority to the goal of EU-membership; and It is ready to come to terms with Israel.

The government, say the researchers, has to enhance its efforts for solutions and mutual understanding and Turkey’s partners have to recognize the country’s reasonable interests.