11 March 2004

Ankara displeased over Orthodox move

The Turkish government is rather less than thrilled that the Ecumenical Patriarch has opened half of the positions on the Holy Synod, its ecclesiastical governing council, to non-Turkish citizens for the first time. In the old Ottoman days heads might have rolled. Now things are different. Why? "Turkey faces pressure from the European Union to expand the religious rights of minorities such as Greeks and implement other human rights improvements as part of its bid to join the bloc."

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