We are on the way to Gatwick - shutting down for the holidays (traffic jams and take off times permitting).
The decision of the Turkish constitutional court this week not to suspend the Turkish governing party, and its leading figures, is a big cause for relief. The banning of the AKP would have been completely contrary to the European ideals that the Turkish government want to embrace, and it would have been a huge distraction. Now there is a massive opportunity for Turkey and for Europe. Turkey needs to take forward its own reform programme internally and make progress externally - on relations with the Kurds in northern Iraq and in supporting a bi-zonal, bi-communal settlement of the Cyprus dispute. Europe needs to embrace the opportunity to work through the accession issues for European membership. At least this is not now going to get me back from holiday.
Blog resumes in three weeks or so. Hopefully browner and fresher.