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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dutch-Turkish Diplomatic Confrontation: Lessons Learned the Hard Way | EuBulletin.Com

Dutch-Turkish Diplomatic Confrontation: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Never have the Dutch elections been monitored so closely by the international community as the 15 March general elections to elect all 150 members of the House of Representatives. The possibility of the rise of the Party for Freedom, a nationalist and right-wing populist political party, kept observers on their toes.

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Turkey Demands Answers from Russia After Soldier Shot Dead Near Syria

Turkey Demands Answers from Russia After Soldier Shot Dead Near Syria
By Tom O'Connor On 3/23/17 at 11:26 AM

Turkey summoned the acting Russian envoy Thursday after a Turkish soldier was shot dead by cross-border fire from a section of Kurdish-held Syria where Russian forces were present.

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EU says summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan comments | Reuters

EU says summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan comments

The European Commission said on Thursday it had summoned the Turkish ambassador to explain comments by President Tayyip Erdogan that Europeans would not be able to "walk safely on the streets" if they kept up their current attitude toward Turkey.

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Iranian tourists flock to Turkish border towns

Iranian tourists flock to Turkish border towns

“Free” is among the last words used to describe Turkey these days. But freedom is what the country offers to tens of thousands of Iranian tourists who flock to their neighbor every year. Chadors are cast off, whiskeys ordered and an orgy of unfettered fun is uncorked for Iranian revelers who are formally denied such pleasures at home.

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Turkish Airlines Slumps as Laptop Ban Risks Dreams of Global Hub - Bloomberg

Turkish Airlines Slumps as Laptop Ban Risks Dreams of Global Hub
by Tugce Ozsoy and Ercan Ersoy
March 22, 2017, 10:33 AM EDT

Investors were just starting to warm to Turkish Airlines and its goal to be at the heart of an Istanbul airline hub after a turbulent year for the carrier’s stock. Then came Tuesday’s in-cabin electronics security restrictions, announced by the U.S. and the U.K.

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Turkey Trying to Exclude Airport, Airline From Laptop Ban | World News | US News

Turkey Trying to Exclude Airport, Airline From Laptop Ban

A senior official says Turkey is taking steps to keep Istanbul's main airport and its national carrier, Turkish Airlines, outside of the scope of new aviation restrictions imposed by the United States and Britain.

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Erdogan wanted to hold massive stadium-sized rally in Netherlands: report | NL Times

Erdogan wanted to hold massive stadium-sized rally in Netherlands: report
By Janene Pieters on March 23, 2017 - 08:37

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to visit the Netherlands for a stadium-sized campaign event for a referendum that would give him more power, the Telegraaf reports. Turkish organizations tried to rent the Amsterdam ArenA, the Ziggo Dome or the Gelder Dome for the event, but all refused.

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Norway says Turkish asylum cases not decided by politicians | Reuters

Norway says Turkish asylum cases not decided by politicians

Norway's decision to grant asylum to a group of Turkish military officers is an administrative not a political one, a Norwegian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday, a day after Ankara summoned Norway's ambassador over the issue.

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Ending the migrant deal with Turkey may save the EU

Ending the migrant deal with Turkey may save the EU

By Zana Kurda
BRUSSELS, Today, 11:22

It has been one year since Turkey and the European Union signed a migrant deal on Syrian refugees.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beyond the Ballot: Turkey’s Economy at the Crossroads | EconoMonitor

Beyond the Ballot: Turkey’s Economy at the Crossroads

By Otaviano Canuto and Samuel George on March 22, 2017

Turkey has been approaching a crossroads for some time now. Soon enough it will have to choose a direction.

On April 16, 2017 Turks will vote in a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s proposed constitutional amendment that would shift the country’s power center from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

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Erdogan's rhetoric threatens Turkey's future relations with EU | Euronews

Erdogan's rhetoric threatens Turkey's future relations with EU

Every day now it seems Turkey’s President Erdogan has something new to say about Europe, and it appears to be pushing the nation away from a close relationship just weeks ahead of a referendum on giving Erdogan more power.

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Turkey’s foreign policy displays a messy picture - SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ

Turkey’s foreign policy displays a messy picture

Turkey’s foreign policy is currently displaying a cluttered picture on two main reasons and processes. First, the impact of the July 2016 coup attempt on Turkey’s bilateral and institutional relationships is still in place.

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EU-#Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship : EU Reporter

EU-#Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have become strained in recent year. Read on for an overview of the current state of affairs.

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Erdogan's War on the West

Erdogan's War on the West

by Burak Bekdil
March 22, 2017 at 4:30 am

In 2005, the Turkish prime minister at the time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, along with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, became the co-chairs of a United Nations-sponsored global effort that went by the fancy name "Alliance of Civilizations." Twelve years later, Zapatero is a retired politician, the Western world faces different flavors of Islamist-to-jihadist threats and Erdogan is at war with Western civilization.

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Turkey’s Frightening Trifecta: ISIS, Erdogan & U.S. Nukes - The Daily Beast

Turkey’s Frightening Trifecta: ISIS, Erdogan & U.S. Nukes

PARIS—If we’re going to judge America’s NATO allies by their defense spending, as President Donald Trump seems intent on doing, then Turkey should be in good odor. Its military is the second biggest in the alliance, and it is one of the few members that exceeds the spending target of 2 percent of GDP.

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The Cult of Erdogan Won’t Guarantee Victory in Turkey Vote - WSJ

The Cult of Erdogan Won’t Guarantee Victory in Turkey Vote

Turkish leader’s dip in popularity, economic woes dent support for changes to empower presidency

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Turkey Bristles at Being Included in Airline Laptop Ban

Turkey Bristles at Being Included in Airline Laptop Ban
By Patrick Goodenough | March 22, 2017 | 5:56 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – As Britain followed the United States’ lead in banning the carrying of electronic devices onboard inbound flights from selected airports in Islamic nations, Turkey is demanding that it not be lumped together with the other affected countries.

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