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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tarkan Influences Perceptions Toward Turks

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportThe Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review has published an article that writes Tarkan is part of a series of cultural exports that is helping to define the European Union's perception of Turks in general (see left pic).

The 17 November dated article, titled "Culture influences EU perceptions toward Turks", writes cultural factors are among the main elements influencing European perceptions of Turks, according to a recent study by a prominent Turkish university.

The research, made public Monday night by the European Studies Center of Bosphorus University, also showed that younger generations in Europe are more supportive of Turkey’s entry to the European Union than are older generations.

The study was based on a poll conducted among 5,000 people in Germany, France, Britain, Spain and Poland between August and September 2009, with Turkish pop singer Tarkan recognized by 23 percent of all respondents.

Tarkan Deluxe correspondent Mark Mayhey's 2007 article "Diplomatic Licence" had suggested that Turkey use cultural diplomacy to win over Turkey's critics abroad - with Mayhey detailing how the star's home nation could make better use of Tarkan's talents for diplomatic purposes.

The Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review paper was formerly the Turkish Daily News, and is the oldest current English-language daily in Turkey.

It was bought by the Doğan Media Group in 2001 and has been under the media group's flagship Hürriyet since 2006.

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