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Who is pulling the strings ?
« on: December 22, 2014, 08:11:12 AM »
Turkey is one of the founding members of the Council of Europe since 1949 and has been an "associate member" of the European Union and its predecessors since 1964, as a result of the EEC–Turkey Association Agreement (Ankara Agreement) that was signed on 12 September 1963.[91] The country formally applied for full membership on 14 April 1987, but 12 years passed before it was recognised as a candidate country at the Helsinki Summit in 1999. After a summit in Brussels on 17 December 2004 (following the major 2004 enlargement), the European Council announced that membership negotiations with Turkey were officially opened on 3 October 2005. The screening process which began on 20 October 2005 was completed on 18 October 2006.

Turkey, with the seventh largest economy in the Council of Europe and the fifteenth largest economy in the world,[92] is part of the common EU customs territory since the entering into force of the EU–Turkey Customs Union in 1996. Turkey was a founding member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 1961, a founding member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 1973 and was an associate member of the Western European Union from 1992 until its dissolution in 2011. Turkey is also a founding member of the G-20 major economies (1999), which has close ties with the European Union.

Protect the Christians?


The Patriarchate of Constantinople is governed on the basis of the decisions of the ecumenical councils, the holy canons, and the long history, tradition and praxis of the church. The patriarch is elected by an assembly of the "endemousa", a synod consisting of all metropolitans who are Turkish citizens, residing in Turkey. The synod is the official organ of authority of the patriarchate, managing spiritual affairs such as the nomination of the metropolitan members of the synod, the election of new bishops, overseeing monasteries, etc. By the Treaty of Lausanne (1923) the Turkish Republic is bound to protect the Greek Christians in Constantinople. The patriarchate holds jurisdiction over the faithful in Europe (Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, the autonomous Church of Finland, and the Russian Exarchy of Western Europe) and the archbishoprics of Australia and New Zealand. The Ecumenical Patriarchate was among the first to participate in the formation and development of the ecumenical movement, and is particularly known for its Encyclical to "All the Churches of Christ", issued in 1920. It has been involved in the WCC from its beginning.

World Council of Churches

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/ecumenical-patriarchate




In addition to the special relations with the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe and NATO, the OSCE co-operates with a wide array of international organizations and institutions. Learn about the OSCE and understand who is pulling the strings.

http://www.osce.org/node/111467
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