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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Turkey ends 'Euphrates Shield' operation in Syria | Syria News | Al Jazeera

Turkey ends 'Euphrates Shield' operation in Syria

Turkey says military offensive in northern Syria is over, but does not specify whether it will withdraw troops.

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Turkey vs. Europe — why the escalation? - Al Arabiya English

Turkey vs. Europe — why the escalation?
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

“Is it in the interest of Turkey to strain relations with Europe?”, was the title of an article posted on a Turkish-affairs WhatsApp group. A member commented: “Yes, it is in our best interest to make Turks aware that the West is an enemy of Muslims and therefore Erdogan must succeed so we could resist and defeat them.”

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Turkey sends team to UK over ban on electronics - Ankara - Muscat Daily

Turkey sends team to UK over ban on electronics
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Turkey sent a team of experts to Britain on Tuesday to try to persuade London to lift a ban on passengers carrying large electronic devices in cabin baggage onboard flights from Istanbul, the Turkish transport minister said.

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Erdogan may win, but Turkey will lose | Middle East Eye

Erdogan may win, but Turkey will lose

Erdogan's use of the anti-EU card may payoff in April, but the inevitable retaliation from Europe will have far-reaching implications

Turkey’s diplomatic clash with the EU shows no signs of letting up.

A German politician accused Turkey this week of "unacceptable" spying on dissidents on its soil. Meanwhile fresh after Ankara’s diplomatic bust-up with the Netherlands, Turkey’s President Recip Tayyip Erdogan continues to admonish Europe. He recently went as far as to threaten Europe that if his ministers are disrespected Europeans will be unable “to walk in the streets with peace and safety in any place in the world”.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gulen casts a large shadow over Turkey’s ties with West

Gulen casts a large shadow over Turkey’s ties with West

Fethullah Gulen, the self-exiled Islamic cleric residing in Pennsylvania who Ankara accuses of masterminding July’s failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has become one of the main obstacles to improving Turkey’s ties with the United States and Europe.

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Germany Tells Turkey Not to Spy on Turks Living on Its Soil | World News | US News

Germany Tells Turkey Not to Spy on Turks Living on Its Soil

By Madeline Chambers

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will not tolerate foreign espionage on its territory, the interior minister said on Tuesday, in a robust response to media reports that Turkish secret services were spying on supporters of the Gulen movement in Germany

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U.S. Arrests Top Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Probe - Bloomberg

U.S. Arrests Top Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Probe
by Isobel Finkel
and Christian Berthelsen
March 28, 2017, 12:01 PM EDT March 28, 2017, 3:37 PM EDT

A senior executive at one of Turkey’s largest state-owned banks was arrested in the U.S. Tuesday on charges of conspiring to evade trade sanctions on Iran, escalating a case that has prompted diplomatic tensions and political maneuvering between the two countries.

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Erdogan Races Against the Dollar in Campaign for Unrivaled Power - Bloomberg

Erdogan Races Against the Dollar in Campaign for Unrivaled Power
by Selcan Hacaoglu
and Onur Ant
March 27, 2017, 8:00 PM EDT

Turkish president’s fate may hang on halting lira slide
‘I don’t want to go bankrupt again,’ business owner says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lambasted friend and foe alike in a campaign for vast new powers, but his political fate may hang on the one thing he’s stopped carping about: the price of money.

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