Istanbul Greek school down to just one student

Valendi Mihailidis is seen in a classroom of the Kadıköy Greek Elementary School, where he is the only student. Only 10 out of 22 Greek schools in Istanbul have students. Radikal photo, Mine TUDUK

If 10-year-old Valendi Mihailidis forgets his pen or notebook at home, there is no one at his school he can borrow one from. The fourth-grader is the only student at the Kadıköy Greek Primary School in Istanbul, one of 22 schools in the city serving just 214 pupils.

When asked if he ever gets bored without other students around, Valendi told daily Radikal, “I want to have friends too, but there are also good sides of being alone.”

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German leader urges Turks to respect Christian rights

German President Christian Wulff urged Turkey Tuesday to respect the religious freedoms of Christian minorities, a key issue in the country’s struggling bid to join the European Union.

Wulff made the appeal after talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara, dominated by issues of co-habitation and a simmering debate in Germany on whether Berlin had failed in efforts to integrate Muslim immigrants, many of them Turks.

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Turkey needs to reinterpret secularism, says senior MP

Turkey has to reinterpret its principles of secularism to adapt to a changing society, an AK Party member in charge of drafting a new constitution said, joining a growing debate over the Muslim country’s identity.

Turkey, a rising regional power which aspires to join the European Union, was founded by Kemal Ataturk as a secular republic on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire after World War I.

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German minister urges Turkey to protect minority rights

The visiting German interior minister said Friday that he has urged Turkish officials to protect religious freedom and address the problems facing the country’s minorities.

“I asked Turkish officials to continue their efforts to resolve minorities’ problems concerning obtaining property,” Thomas de Maiziere told reporters during a press conference at the German Embassy in Ankara.

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La Turquie tergiverse sur le sort des minorités chrétiennes

Armenian-Greek-Assyrian genocides

Armenian-Greek-Assyrian genocides

Alors que l’Année Saint-Paul qui vient de s’achever laissait espérer un assouplissement du statut des minorités religieuses en Turquie, leur situation concrète ne semble pas évoluer

Le gouvernement turc aurait finalement accepté d’étendre pour une durée indéterminée la possibilité de célébrer la messe dans l’église de Tarse, lieu de naissance de l’Apôtre Paul en Asie mineure. « Je suis confiant dans le fait que l’église de Tarse deviendra bientôt un centre de pèlerinage plutôt qu’un musée », a récemment déclaré sur Radio Vatican Mgr Luigi Padovese, vicaire apostolique d’Anatolie.

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The city of Antalya in Turkey (the ancient Greek town of Attaleia) welcomes an Orthodox church request by the Russian Patriarch

A recent request from Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill that the Mediterranean city of Antalya must have an Orthodox church has received support from local politicians and tourism investors.

Kirill noted during his visit to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week that Antalya, which hosts millions of Russian tourists every year and also has residents of Russian origin, does not have an Orthodox church. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »