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On the 18th of December, the day after the EU summit, where the EU agreed to start talks on Turkey joining the Union, Japanese tourists in Kopenhagen were surprised to see the famous Little Mermaid covered with a burka. Some mischievous fellows have chosen to protest the decision of the EU by dressing up the sculpture.

Rather than trying to demonstrate how misleading and distorted a vision of Turkey most of the people in Europe have (the sub-text of which would in some way read: please, please like us, we are no different than you folks), we would like to write about the effects of the decision on our individual lives here on the Istanbul metroblog. New posts will follow. Any ideas or questions from the visitors are welcome.

1 Comment so far

  1. Anastasia Ashman (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2005 @ 2:58 pm

    Sorry I didn’t see this posting earlier….but as the American-born, Istanbul-based co-editor of a new anthology by foreign women living in Turkey, I can echo what Seyda Ozturk says about the distorted view of Turkey held by Europeans and others.

    In TALES FROM THE EXPAT HAREM, women from five continents share true stories of their experiences in Turkey — experiences often different than and WILDLY OPPOSITE what they were expecting or had been prepared for by well-meaning others.

    Visit our small site to find out more about this collection of tales and what truths they reveal about Turkey, to be published February 2005. (

    And Seyda, perhaps you might like to make a future posting on this specific topic? Let me know.

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