Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?

Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
En venant de Burgaz Ada
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
Since 1963 Turkey clearly stated its will to become a member of the Union… back then, Europe was just taking its first steps towards a common policy and Turkey’s pace marched along a coherent historical line. Being a part of Europe seemed to be a natural tendency of the Turkish Republic, but it took over 40 years to celebrate this engagement in public and it certainly has been a peculiar one!

(Mehmet Basutçu)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
Le pont sur le Bosphore
Europe, a hopeless love?
There’s nothing like a small detour where Istanbul’s artists and intellectuals live, to make you grasp the complexity of Turkish society and the variety of voices it stages. You should listen to them, while crossing one side of the river to the other, and letting all certainties sway along with the ferry that links Europe to Asia.

(Nathalie Galesne)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
Ali Sirmen
Europe, a hopeless love? (2nd Part)
House doors are always open in Istanbul. Journalists, comedians, writers, everyone welcomes you in their home, or waits for you in one of the innumerable cafes that uplift the city’s cultural life. Though most considerations are smeared by the bitterness of being left outside the door of Europe– this old lady who doesn’t want them, the hope to integrate the European space is not abandoned yet.

(Nathalie Galesne)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end? Interview with Ali Sirmen, columnist for the leftist kemalist daily «Cumhuriyet»
Since its establishment and as the name of the newspaper itself points out, «Cumhuriyet» has always upheld republican values. Today, ultraliberals define it as reactionary! While others claim it is a leftist paper…

(Mehmet Basutçu)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end? Interview with Ayşe Börhürler, journalist, “Islamist” documentary filmmaker
This interview deals with a series of documentary films on Muslim women in thirteen countries, created by a Turkish filmmaker who is herself a practicing Muslim. Ayşe Böhürler, born in 1963, is a journalist by training. She works for Kanal 7, one of the biggest private television channels in Turkey, and she makes documentary films.

(Mehmet Basutçu)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
Onay Akbas
Onay Akbaş: «My heart is in two places, my country and Paris…»
Onay Akbaş was born in 1963 in a Turkish village on the Black Sea. He has been living in Paris for the last twenty years and his children were born there. He welcomes us in his atelier, a pleasant place near the François Mitterand Library, in a district in full renovation where various designers, painters and creators have chosen to live.

(Mehmet Basutçu / Nathalie Galesne)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
Engin Ayça
Interview with film director and critic Engin Ayça
Interview with film director and critic Engin Ayça
Engin Ayça greets us in his flat, a welcoming home with a view on the Galata tower on one side, and the Golden Horn on the other. The walls are covered with drawings, paintings, photos and caricatures; the polished furniture and the cats dozing on the sofas are in tune with the old-fashioned atmosphere of this place, and with the warm hospitality he offers to guests. Engin’s good-nature is mitigated by his long white patriarchal beard. “For a long time I felt I was a complete European”, he reveals while pouring some delicious wine in our glasses.

(Nathalie Galesne)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
Sunay Akın
Human landscapes… a portrait of Sunay Akın
Sunay Akın is a wonderful poet. Still like a child curious of everything, he is always ready to play with words, as well as with toys. He has thousands of them, and some are almost a hundred years old. Sunay Akın is the creator, director and main performer of one of the biggest toy museums. This is the only private museum in Turkey; it doesn’t belong to the State, to a foundation, nor to any big industrial group. The Toy Museum of Istanbul, “İstanbul Oyuncak Müzesi”, is set in a charming wooden house painted white. This typical cottage of the Asian shore, a Göztepe, facing the Princes’ Islands, is one of the rare survivors that escaped the cravings of real estate dealers.

(Mehmet Basutçu / Nathalie Galesne)
 
Turkey and Europe: will this stressful engagement ever end?
G.Lekegian et Cie, Porteur d'eau
Turkey and Armenia: A labor of remembrance that has yet to be performed
In Turkey, the Armenian genocide is still largely taboo. Despite ranking among the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century, it remains either buried or avoided. But attitudes seem to have changed profoundly—enough that Turkey may finally witness real efforts to bring the history of the Armenians to light.

(Nathalie Galesne)

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