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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Ramping up rhetoric, Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over democracy

Ramping up rhetoric, Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over democracy
Dirimcan Barut, Tulay Karadeniz

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan showed no retreat from a diplomatic row with the United States on Saturday, castigating Washington for what he said an “undemocratic” indictment against his security detail.

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Here's How to Pull Turkey Back From the Brink - Bloomberg Quint

Here's How to Pull Turkey Back From the Brink

Since its founding nearly a century ago, Turkey's foreign policy goal has been summed up in a simple phrase: “No problems with our neighbors.” But the situation today is different: “all our neighbors have problems.” And the Turks have plenty of their own.

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Turkish banks could face big U.S. fines over Iran - report | Daily Mail Online

Turkish banks could face big U.S. fines over Iran - report

By Reuters

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Six Turkish banks face billions of dollars of fines from U.S. authorities over alleged violations of sanctions with Iran, the Haberturk newspaper reported on Saturday, citing senior banking sources.

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Turkey Wealth Fund Shows Signs of Life as It Seeks Foreign Loan - Bloomberg

Turkey Wealth Fund Shows Signs of Life as It Seeks Foreign Loan
By Kerim Karakaya
and Ercan Ersoy
October 20, 2017, 9:59 AM GMT+2 October 20, 2017, 11:39 AM GMT+2

Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund has approached international banks including China’s ICBC for a loan, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg, showing its first signs of life after more than a year of inactivity brought on by internal disputes over its strategy and management.

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How the Kurdish independence referendum backfired spectacularly - The Washington Post

How the Kurdish independence referendum backfired spectacularly

IRBIL, Iraq — When Kurdish forces recaptured the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State two years ago, the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region gave a triumphant speech on a mountainside, with a breathtaking view of plains behind him.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Merkel calls for cut to Turkey EU funding | German News | Expatica Germany

Merkel calls for cut to Turkey EU funding

19th October 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday led calls for a cut to EU funding linked to Turkey's membership talks, to signal the bloc's unhappiness at Ankara's crackdown in the wake of a failed coup.

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Erdogan’s Insomnia And Safety Of NATO’s H-Bombs In Turkey – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Erdogan’s Insomnia And Safety Of NATO’s H-Bombs In Turkey – OpEd
October 20, 2017 Nauman Sadiq
By Nauman Sadiq

Recently, Pravda newspaper of Russia has reported [1] that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been suffering from serious sleep deprivation and that he was yawning and dozed off during a press conference with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko while he was on a state visit to Kiev, and the video of the incident has been going viral over social media.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Merkel wants EU aid cut to Turkey for democratic backsliding | Fox News

Merkel wants EU aid cut to Turkey for democratic backsliding

BRUSSELS – Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for cuts in European Union financial assistance aimed at helping Turkey get ready for eventual EU membership, given what she called a troubling direction the country has taken on democracy and rule of law.

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EU money can′t push Syrian schoolkids over Turkey′s language barrier | Europe | DW | 19.10.2017

EU money can't push Syrian schoolkids over Turkey's language barrier

EU funds expanded education opportunities for Syrian refugees in Turkey, but lack of physical classroom space and language skills still pose challenges for nearly a million children. Diego Cupolo reports from Ankara.

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Diplomats Working to Ease US-Turkey Tensions

Diplomats Working to Ease US-Turkey Tensions

October 18, 2017

ISTANBUL — A high-level U.S. delegation led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jonathan Cohen met Wednesday with senior Turkish diplomats to resolve bilateral tensions.

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Erdogan’s diplomatic spats leave a trail of Turkish disputes

Erdogan’s diplomatic spats leave a trail of Turkish disputes

Ankara’s envoys pick up the pieces as relationships fray with western counterparts

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'Where are the others?': Somalia praises 'genuine brother' Turkey for bombs response

'Where are the others?': Somalia praises 'genuine brother' Turkey for bombs response
Abdi Sheikh

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Turkey’s swift response to Somalia’s deadliest truck bombing drew praise from survivors and officials who called Ankara their “only genuine” international partner.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Too many threats to Turkey’s economy / EDITORIAL - The Medi Telegraph

Too many threats to Turkey’s economy / EDITORIAL

Ankara is very dependent on foreign investments: these are the risks that it is taking

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Turkish Banker Can’t Duck Iran Sanctions Case, Feds Say - Law360

Turkish Banker Can’t Duck Iran Sanctions Case, Feds Say

By Bryan Koenig
Law360, Washington (October 17, 2017, 7:24 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors urged a New York federal judge Monday not to dismiss charges against a Turkish banker accused of helping gold trader Reza Zarrab lie to banks to dodge U.S. sanctions on Iran, arguing his bid to duck the allegations or get a separate trial are rehashing already-rejected contentions.

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Germany reduces volume of arms exports to Turkey: report - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Germany reduces volume of arms exports to Turkey: report

BERLIN, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The German government has drastically reduced the number of approvals for arms exports to Turkey in 2017, the magazine Spiegel reported on Wednesday.

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EU-Turkey relations: Will Turkey manage to revive the EU accession process talks? – The European Sting - Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology - europeansting.com

EU-Turkey relations: Will Turkey manage to revive the EU accession process talks?
October 18, 2017 by Chris Anyfantis Leave a Comment

The EU leaders meet tomorrow in Brussels in a two-day summit where the relations with Turkey and particularly the accession procedure is going to be one of the main topics. The European Commission has been supporting the freezing of the EU membership talks as Jean Claude Juncker condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on political opponents.

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The West cannot afford to give up on Turkey - KBZK.com | Continuous News | Bozeman, Montana

The West cannot afford to give up on Turkey
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 4:01 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2017 4:01 PM
By Luigi Scazzieri

Editor's note: Luigi Scazzieri is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform think tank. The opinions in this article belong to the author.

(CNN) -- European leaders are set to discuss the increasingly difficult issue of Turkey at a summit this week in Brussels amid the deepest freeze in bilateral relations in years.

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Turkey-Europe locked in war of words as EU summit opens | European Union | Al Jazeera

Turkey-Europe locked in war of words as EU summit opens
Umut Urasby Umut Uras

Tensions with Turkey will be high on the agenda of the European Union summit this weekend, amid calls within the bloc to freeze relations.

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'The threats continue​’: murder of retired couple chills fellow activists in Turkey | Environment | The Guardian

'The threats continue​’: murder of retired couple chills fellow activists in Turkey

The killing of two activists who successfully campaigned to shut down a mine has shocked environmentalists in Turkey who fear their deaths will embolden others to kill to protect their profits

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cartoonists in Turkey face growing government repression | Middle East | DW | 17.10.2017

Cartoonists in Turkey face growing government repression

Under Turkey's current state of emergency, drawing a cartoon that lampoons politics could land you in jail. Despite the crackdown, cartoonists in the country say they are not running out of inspiration.

More:Cartoonists in Turkey face growing government repression | Middle East | DW | 17.10.2017

Turkey: Another Arrest Warrant Issued to Prolong US-Turkey Visa Row | Expert Legal Review

Turkey: Another Arrest Warrant Issued to Prolong US-Turkey Visa Row

For a second time during the week, Turkish authorities have issued a US consulate-worker an arrest warrant on ambiguous charges.

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Bomb attack on police vehicle in S. Turkey leaves 12 wounded - report — RT Newsline

Bomb attack on police vehicle in S. Turkey leaves 12 wounded - report
Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 14:51

Twelve people were wounded in a bomb attack on a police vehicle in Turkey’s southern Mersin province on Tuesday, Reuters reported, citing broadcaster NTV. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

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EU: 1 million refugees in Turkey receive cash assistance - ABC News

EU: 1 million refugees in Turkey receive cash assistance

By The Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey — Oct 17, 2017, 10:32 AM ET

Officials say a European Union-funded project that provides cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey has reached 1 million beneficiaries a year after its launch.

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Turkish spies reportedly betraying defectors in German immigration offices | Germany | DW | 16.10.2017

Turkish spies reportedly betraying defectors in German immigration offices

Officials working in Germany's immigration authorities pass on information about Turkish asylum seekers to the Ankara government, according to press reports. Turkish spies may have infiltrated German authorities.

More:Turkish spies reportedly betraying defectors in German immigration offices | Germany | DW | 16.10.2017

Report about Turkish gold-dealer raising questions about why Preet Bharara was fired - Business Insider

A new report about a Turkish gold-dealer is raising questions about why Preet Bharara was fired

Natasha Bertrand
Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked former Vice President Joe Biden to fire US attorney Preet Bharara last September over Bharara's involvement in denying bail to a Turkish-Iranian gold dealer set to go to trial in New York next month on charges of fraud and money laundering, according to The Washington Post.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Turkey Detained More Than 1,200 People in Last Week | World News | US News

Turkey Detained More Than 1,200 People in Last Week

Oct. 16, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish security forces detained 1,210 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year's failed coup, the interior ministry said on Monday.

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Turkey’s market climbing back as China balances US influence | Asia Times

Turkey’s market climbing back as China balances US influence

Poised to benefit more from China’s economic boom, Turkey will depend less on the US

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Kurdistan's vote for independence may be a step too far | TheHill

Kurdistan's vote for independence may be a step too far
By James Durso, opinion contributor — 10/16/17 10:40 AM EDT

The Kurds voted for independence on Sept. 25, a step that could serve to further isolate them in the Middle East and estrange them from their only serious ally, the United States.

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Turkey claims 'no need' for US, EU as Western ties deteriorate

Turkey claims 'no need' for US, EU as Western ties deteriorate

Ayla Jean Yackley October 16, 2017

After a week of sparring with the United States, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused European allies of undermining Turkey and dared them to walk away from EU membership talks.

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Turkish government revives its anti-divorce report

Turkish government revives its anti-divorce report

Nazlan Ertan October 15, 2017

The Turkish government has relaunched a debate on its controversial investigative report that seeks to prevent divorce and strengthen family unity.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

This kiss has become potent symbol of freedom in Turkey

This kiss has become potent symbol of freedom in Turkey

By Carlotta Gall

Istanbul: When he was released from prison after midnight late last month, Kadri Gursel walked straight to his wife, Nazire, and embraced her. Their lingering kiss in front of the prison, and a soldier's shy glancing away, was caught on camera by a Turkish photographer and sent round the world.

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EU leaders prepare for Turkey showdown

EU leaders prepare for Turkey showdown
Ankara risks losing funds linked to its bid to join union

Turkey risks losing more than €1bn in aid linked to its bid to join the EU, as member states prepare for a showdown over their deteriorating relationship with Ankara.

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The Middle East Pivot: Erdogan’s Turkey Seven Deadly Sins – OpEd – Eurasia Review

The Middle East Pivot: Erdogan’s Turkey Seven Deadly Sins – OpEd

October 14, 2017 James Petras

Multiple wars ravage the Middle East. Turkey has inserted itself into the middle of most of these regional conflicts and ended up a loser.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Erdogan says Turkish forces have ‘own game plan’ in Idlib, Syria - Newsline

Erdogan says Turkish forces have ‘own game plan’ in Idlib, Syria

Turkish military forces have been deployed to Syria’s Idlib province to monitor one of four de-escalations zones in the war-torn country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He emphasized however that they are “not bounded by just resistance or defense.”

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US Conspiracy Fears Grow in Turkey With Looming Court Case

US Conspiracy Fears Grow in Turkey With Looming Court Case

October 13, 2017 3:33 PM Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The current diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the United States, sparked by the arrest of local U.S. employee Metin Topuz at a diplomatic mission, is underscored by growing fears in Ankara that Washington is conspiring against it.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

US Conspiracy Fears Grow in Turkey With Looming Court Case

US Conspiracy Fears Grow in Turkey With Looming Court Case
October 13, 2017 3:33 PM

Dorian Jones

The current diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the United States, sparked by the arrest of local U.S. employee Metin Topuz at a diplomatic mission, is underscored by growing fears in Ankara that Washington is conspiring against it.

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Don't isolate Turkey, warn writers caught in crackdown Yahoo7 News

Don't isolate Turkey, warn writers caught in crackdown
by Michelle FITZPATRICK

Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - Thinking back to his months in an Istanbul prison last year, Turkish journalist Can Dundar recalls a fellow inmate asking a guard for a book from the prison library.

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Amnesty Marks 100 Days of Detention for Turkey Staffers

Amnesty Marks 100 Days of Detention for Turkey Staffers
October 13, 2017 2:15 AM

Human rights group Amnesty International held events Thursday to mark 100 days since several of its Turkish staffers were detained in Istanbul.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

‘We Do Not Need You,’ Erdogan Warns US | Asbarez.com

‘We Do Not Need You,’ Erdogan Warns US

ANKARA (Hurriyet Daily News) – Amid the ongoing visa and arrest crisis between Ankara and Washington, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday that if the United States does not accept Turkey the way it is “then we do not need you.”

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Erdogan launches new tirade against US

Erdogan launches new tirade against US Turkish president: US is 'sheltering a terrorist'
By ANGELA DEWAN AND GUL TUYSUZ , CNN

ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a new tirade against the US, criticizing its support for Kurdish fighters in Syria and accusing the country of "sheltering a terrorist." The US and Turkey have been at loggerheads for more than a week, following the arrest of a US consular staff member. Metin Topuz, a Turkish national who works for the US consulate in Istanbul, is the second US mission staff member in Turkey to be detained this year.

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Trump Repeats Obama's Mistakes With Turkey - Bloomberg

Trump Repeats Obama's Mistakes With Turkey
The approach has been more "yes we can" than "make America great again."
by Eli Lake

October 12, 2017, 11:00 AM GMT+2

President Donald Trump's foreign policy often seems designed to spite his predecessor. Barack Obama's administration helped negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump voided it. Obama urged countries to accept more Syrian refugees. Trump is accepting far fewer. Obama brought us the Iran nuclear deal. Trump says it's an embarrassment.

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U.S. ambassador urges Turkey to provide clear evidence for detaining consular staff - Xinhua | English.news.cn

U.S. ambassador urges Turkey to provide clear evidence for detaining consular staff
Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-11 21:54:00|Editor: liuxin

ANKARA, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass on Wednesday demanded Turkey provide clear evidence for linking a detained consular staff to illegal activities, amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis.

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Turkey: Renewed Torture in Police Custody, Abductions | Human Rights Watch

Turkey: Renewed Torture in Police Custody, Abductions

Investigate Detention Abuses and Locate Missing Men

(Istanbul) – People in Turkey accused of links with terrorism or with the 2016 military coup attempt have been tortured in police custody, while others have been abducted, amidst growing evidence of detention abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Envoy says US cooperation helped reduce attacks in Turkey - LA Times

Envoy says US cooperation helped reduce attacks in Turkey
Associated Press

The U.S. ambassador to Turkey says he hopes the two countries can quickly resolve a spat over the arrest of a U.S. consulate staffer, stressing that cooperation between the two allies helped reduce terror attacks in Turkey.

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Turkey's Erdogan says arrested US consulate staffer is a spy - Daily Press

Turkey's Erdogan says arrested US consulate staffer is a spy
SUZAN FRASER and DUSAN STOJANOVICAssociated Press

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday branded a U.S. consulate staffer who was arrested by Turkish authorities a spy and said it was Turkey's rights to take steps against "an internal threat," in the latest swipe in an escalating feud with the United States.

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Turkey's Erdogan gets warm welcome in mainly Muslim Serbian town

Turkey's Erdogan gets warm welcome in mainly Muslim Serbian town
Aleksandar Vasovic

NOVI PAZAR, Serbia (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan received a rapturous welcome on Wednesday during a visit to the Serbian town of Novi Pazar, capital of the Muslim majority Sandzak region that has seen mass emigration to Turkey since the violent breakup of Yugoslavia.

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Opinion: Turkey′s short term tactics bound to fail | World | DW | 11.10.2017

Opinion: Turkey's short term tactics bound to fail

While Ankara calls for good relations with the West, arrests of foreign nationals in Turkey on terrorism-related charges continue. DW’s Seda Serdar asks: Is Turkey using foreigners as diplomatic bargaining chips?

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U.S. Says White House, State Department Support Ambassador in Turkey - Bloomberg

U.S. Says White House, State Department Support Ambassador in Turkey
By Nick Wadhams
and Selcan Hacaoglu
October 10, 2017, 9:27 PM GMT+2

U.S. Signals Turkey Crisis Could Continue

The U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, has the support of the White House and State Department in his decision to suspend visa services over the arrest of a local Turkish employee last week, a move that quickly escalated into a crisis between the two countries.

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How Turks are being affected by US suspension of visas | USA | Al Jazeera

How Turks are being affected by US suspension of visas
Umut Urasby Umut Uras

Hundreds of Turkish citizens, including students, have been affected by the visa dispute between Washington and Ankara after the former suspended visa services in Turkey.

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WSJ journalist convicted in Turkey of spreading propaganda

WSJ journalist convicted in Turkey of spreading propaganda
10/11/17 3:06 AM

ANKARA, Turkey — The Wall Street Journal says one of its reporters has been convicted in Turkey of terrorist propaganda and has been sentenced to 2 years and one month in prison.

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Erdogan gains from his spat with US | GulfNews.com

Erdogan gains from his spat with US

The basic issue here is Turkey’s ongoing obsession with Gulen Published: 17:35 October 10, 2017 Gulf News WP This weekend saw the United States and Turkey engage in a tit-for-tat imposition of travel restrictions on each other’s citizens. It was yet another sign of the increasingly strained relationship between Washington and Ankara, two Nato partners who have traditionally kept deep military, intelligence and commercial ties.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Erdogan's escalating feud with U.S. hammers Turkish markets - Laredo Morning Times

Erdogan's escalating feud with U.S. hammers Turkish markets

Tugce Ozsoy and Selcan Hacaoglu, Bloomberg Published 11:43 am, Monday, October 9, 2017

Markets in Istanbul tumbled after the U.S. and Turkey stopped issuing visas for each other's citizens in a spat related to last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, deepening divisions between NATO members already at odds over the war in Syria.

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Balance of Power: Trump’s Turkey Dilemma Isn’t Going Away - Bloomberg

Balance of Power: Trump’s Turkey Dilemma Isn’t Going Away
By Benjamin Harvey
and Brendan Scott
October 10, 2017, 12:06 PM GMT+2

All the displays of bonhomie between President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, couldn’t keep buried years of gathering resentment between Washington and Ankara.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Turkey′s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on economic offensive in Serbia | Europe | DW | 09.10.2017

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan on economic offensive in Serbia

Turkey's President Recep Erdogan is on his way to Serbia – along with a phalanx of welcomed investors. It is more than an economic visit: Ankara is looking for political inroads to the EU's backyard.

More:Turkey′s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on economic offensive in Serbia | Europe | DW | 09.10.2017

Turkey Now Targeting Academic Freedom in Europe | Homeland Security

Turkey Now Targeting Academic Freedom in Europe

By Uzay Bulut October 9, 2017

Turkey’s targeting of dissident academics seems to have crossed the borders of the country. Academic freedom in Europe and in the U.S. is being stymied by the Turkish government and nationalist groups.

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Turkish lira and Istanbul bourse fall after US suspends visas

Turkish lira and Istanbul bourse fall after US suspends visas

Ankara-Washington row sends currency down 2.6% in afternoon trading

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U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services for security reasons

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services for security reasons
Ece Toksabay

3 Min Read

An armoured Turkish police vehicle is parked near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. mission in Turkey and subsequently the Turkish mission in Washington mutually scaled back visa services after a U.S. consulate employee was arrested in Turkey, in the latest sign of fraying diplomatic relations between the NATO allies.

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‘Hostages’ in Erdoğan’s new Turkey – POLITICO

‘Hostages’ in Erdoğan’s new Turkey

Ankara hints at prisoner exchanges between detained foreign nationals and Turks granted asylum abroad.

By Zia Weise

10/9/17, 4:08 AM CET

ISTANBUL — Ankara’s reluctance to release foreign citizens swept up in its post-coup purge has drawn accusations that they are being used as bargaining chips to pressure Turkey’s NATO allies into extraditing Turks living abroad. German politicians have gone as far as to call them “hostages.”

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

US suspends non-immigrant visa services in Turkey - ABC News

US suspends non-immigrant visa services in Turkey

By The Associated Press ISTANBUL — Oct 8, 2017, 2:29 PM ET Email The U.S. said Sunday it was suspending non-immigrant visa services at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey, following the arrest of a consulate employee. The U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara tweeted a statement from the U.S. Mission to Turkey saying that recent events have forced it to "reassess the commitment of the Government of Turkey to the security of U.S. Mission facilities and personnel."

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Turkish military vehicles enter Syria's Idlib: sources

Turkish military vehicles enter Syria's Idlib: sources
Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Angus McDowall

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A small Turkish army reconnaissance team crossed the border into Syria’s Idlib province on Sunday, a senior Syrian rebel said, ahead of a planned deployment by Turkish-backed rebels there.

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Turkey President Announces Operation in Northern Syria | World News | US News

Turkey President Announces Operation in Northern Syria

Turkey's president says the country has launched "serious" operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces.

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From ‘Rosalinda' to ‘Sıla': Turkish TV series top global imported content market - Daily Sabah

Turkish TV series top global imported content market
ELIF BINICI

From ‘Rosalinda' to ‘Sıla': Turkish TV series top global imported content market
Over the last decade, Turkish TV series have become a major player in the global TV industry, as 25 percent of imported fiction content worldwide comes from Turkey

The most vivid memories of my childhood and early adolescent years involve Latin American soap operas occupying daily television from morning until late afternoon. Before I would head to school at noon, there was one particular series my girlfriends and I were obsessed with.

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Freed writer hopes Turkish journalism will wake up from 'coma' - World - Dunya News

Freed writer hopes Turkish journalism will wake up from 'coma'

(AFP) - Journalism in Turkey is at "death s door" but there is still hope it can emerge from a comatose state, one of the country s top journalists said after being released from jail.

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Europe, Turkey and the importance of reputations - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Europe, Turkey and the importance of reputations

REPUTATIONS are fragile constructs. Whether we’re talking about individuals, companies, countries or even cities, perceptions matter. Brands count. That’s why PR firms, image consultants and advertising companies do a roaring business across the world.

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Europe's Top Rights Body Slams Turkey's Emergency Decrees

Europe's Top Rights Body Slams Turkey's Emergency Decrees
October 06, 2017 8:13 PM

Experts from Europe’s top human rights body on Friday expressed concerns over decrees issued by Turkey’s government that removed elected mayors from posts and replaced them with unelected officials.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Venezuela’s Maduro meets Turkey’s Erdogan on European tour

Venezuela’s Maduro meets Turkey’s Erdogan on European tour

10/6/17 8:09 AM

ANKARA, Turkey — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is meeting his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for talks on bilateral relations and international issues.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Report: US Consulate employee arrested in Istanbul

Report: US Consulate employee arrested in Istanbul
10/5/17 5:36 AM

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities have arrested a U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul over his alleged links to a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. The U.S. Embassy said Thursday it believes the allegations against the staff member are “wholly without merit.”

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Erdogan will get fooled again

Erdogan will get fooled again

Pinar Tremblay
October 4, 2017

When things don't go Erdogan's way, he has used the same argument that he was "deceived," but does anyone still believe him?

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Will Ankara mayor resign? | Vestnik Kavkaza

Will Ankara mayor resign?
3 Oct in 16:10

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party rejected claims about resignation of long-time mayor of capital Ankara, Melih Gokcek.

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Erdogan, Rouhani stand together against Iraqi Kurdish state

Erdogan, Rouhani stand together against Iraqi Kurdish state
Amberin Zaman October 4, 2017

Article Summary
The Turkish president's Iran visit opened with a joint news conference in which he and Iran's president repeated Turkey’s demands that the Kurdistan Regional Government annul the results of the referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence.

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How to reset Turkey-Europe Relations | European Council on Foreign Relations

How to reset Turkey-Europe Relations

Essay Ibrahim Kalin
04th October, 2017

European leaders ought to pay more attention to Turkey’s security concerns and stop allowing terrorist to use European countries, to undermine freedom, democracy and peace in a key ally.

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Erdogan's attack backfired, Turkish writer says

Erdogan's attack backfired, Turkish writer says

By Andrew Rettman
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:44

Turkey's attempt to silence dissident writer Dogan Akhanli has backfired by giving him a bigger platform, he told EUobserver in an interview.

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Turkish coup plotters sentenced to life in prison - France 24

Turkish coup plotters sentenced to life in prison

A Turkish court on Wednesday handed life sentences to 34 people for plotting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel during last year's failed coup.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Why Turkey’s stability and prosperity matter to the world | Arab News

Why Turkey’s stability and prosperity matter to the world

A lot has been happening in and around Turkey in the last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government released its mid-term program for the economy (2018-2020) and the Istanbul Finance Summit deliberated the state of the Turkish economy. Meanwhile, next door the Kurdish authorities held a referendum for independence, causing harsh reactions from the Iraqi central government and anxiety among countries with sizable Kurdish minorities, including Turkey. This is as good a time as any to contemplate the state of the Turkish economy and its geopolitical importance to Europe and its neighboring countries. The Turkish economy experienced a serious dent due to the policy spat with Russia after the downing of a Russian fighter jet, and after the coup attempt in June 2016. Tourism was down by 31 percent, as was foreign direct investment. Tourism really matters to Turkey, which is grappling with a current account deficit of $32.5 billion — the highest in relation to GDP of any G-20 economy. There are other big structural economic imbalances in terms of employment, inflation, education, credit, et al.

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Turkey's Erdogan blames interest rates as core inflation hits 13-year high - Nasdaq.com

Turkey's Erdogan blames interest rates as core inflation hits 13-year high
October 03, 2017, 03:35:00 AM EDT By Reuters

By Daren Butler and Behiye Selin Taner

ISTANBUL, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Turkey's core inflation spiked to a 13-year high last month, data showed on Tuesday, prompting President Tayyip Erdogan to blame interest rates for fuelling price growth, reiterating an unorthodox stance that has unnerved investors.

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Turkey issues detention warrants for 254 municipal, ministry staff over ‘coup links’ — RT Newsline

Turkey issues detention warrants for 254 municipal, ministry staff over ‘coup links’

Turkish prosecutors issued detention warrants for 254 Istanbul municipal and ministry staff over alleged links to the US-based cleric accused of orchestrating last year's attempted coup, Reuters said. In Istanbul, prosecutors ordered the arrest of 112 current and former staff of municipalities, according to state-run Anadolu agency reported.

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Turkish Media Boss Trades News for Tech as Goldman Fields Offers - Bloomberg

Turkish Media Boss Trades News for Tech as Goldman Fields Offers
By Ercan Ersoy
and Benjamin Harvey
October 3, 2017, 12:34 PM GMT+2

Hepsiburada.com hired Goldman Sachs to receive buyout offers
Turkey’s largest web company grew sales 94 percent last year

Hanzade Dogan Boyner is finding the task of building a Turkish e-commerce giant less daunting than running the country’s largest newspaper group.

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Putin beats Trump in Turkey - PravdaReport

Putin beats Trump in Turkey

Turkish media still try to guess the reasons behind Vladimir Putin's visit to Ankara on September 28. Turkish analysts assume that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who took an umbrage at his arrogant US counterpart Donald Trump, decided to spite Washington by strengthening relations with Putin.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

No Cure for Turkey and Wretched Recep Erdoğan | The American Spectator

Loose Canons
No Cure for Turkey and Wretched Recep Erdoğan

Jed Babbin

October 2, 2017, 12:05 am

This is not going to end well — how long is President Trump going to tolerate it?

During the latter half of the 19th Century, the Ottoman Empire, a Muslim power, was called “the sick man of Europe.” But, like the 800-year Muslim occupation of Spain, the Ottoman Empire was not “of Europe” at all. It occupied European land and had its place in history, but since Charlemagne tried to evict the Muslims from Spain, they were never part of Europe.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Turkey no longer needs EU membership but won't quit talks - Erdogan | Euronews

Turkey no longer needs EU membership but won't quit talks - Erdogan
By
REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey no longer needs to join the European Union but will not unilaterally abandon the stalled EU accession talks, President Tayyip Erdogan told parliament on Sunday. “We will not be the side which gives up. To tell the truth, we don’t need EU membership any more,” Erdogan said. Turkey’s 12-year-long accession talks have ground to a halt, with the EU especially critical of Ankara’s crackdown following a failed coup last year. Tens of thousands of people including teachers and journalists have been detained. Erdogan’s government says EU states failed to appreciate the gravity of the threat which Turkey faced, and did not respond to requests to extradite coup suspects. “The EU failed us in a fight against terrorism,” Erdogan said on Sunday, though he also suggested the bloc still needed Turkey. “If the EU is going to leap forward, there is only one way to do so. And it is to grant Turkey membership and start an action of cultural and economic growth,” Erdogan said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an election debate last month it was clear Turkey should not join the EU and entry talks should end, despite it being a crucial NATO ally.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Use of e-signature in Turkey on the rise - Daily Sabah

Use of e-signature in Turkey on the rise
TIMUR SIRT

More than 34 million Turkish citizens currently benefit from the government's electronic services while the number of electronic signature users is quickly approaching 3 million

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Putin, Erdogan emerge all smiles from Ankara meeting

Putin, Erdogan emerge all smiles from Ankara meeting
Yekaterina
Chulkovskaya September 29, 2017

Days before the meeting this week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the press in both countries was busy discussing the potential issues on the agenda: Syria, the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 defense system and — last, but very important to Turkey — Russia’s embargo on Turkish tomatoes.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Turkish prosecutor seeks Interpol warrant for exiled journalist Can Dundar | News | DW | 29.09.2017

Turkish prosecutor seeks Interpol warrant for exiled journalist Can Dundar

Can Dundar, the former editor of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, has been on trial in absentia in Turkey for alleged terrorist links. Dundar, who is living in exile in Germany, has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

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Turkey stops training Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga after independence vote

Turkey stops training Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga after independence vote
Daren Butler

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey said on Thursday it had stopped training peshmerga forces in northern Iraq in response to a Kurdish independence vote there, whose backers had thrown themselves “into the fire”.

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Kurdish referendum: Turkey says it will impose curbs on oil trade with Kurds

Turkey asks its citizens to leave Iraq’s Kurdish region, warns of sanctions after referendum results

The Turkish administration faces a separatist insurgency from its Kurdish minority and fears the poll’s result in Iraq could encourage the community.

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Turkey Calls For Summit With Iran, Iraq Over Kurdish Independence Vote

Turkey Calls For Summit With Iran, Iraq Over Kurdish Independence Vote
September 29, 2017 02:16 GMT

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on September 28 that he wants to hold a summit with Iranian and Iraqi leaders to coordinate their response to the Kurdish vote for independence in Iraq.

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Pre-paid debit cards for refugees in Turkey | Euronews

Pre-paid debit cards for refugees in Turkey

By Monica Pinna · last updated: 28/09/2017

The EU cash based programme allows refugees to make purchases for food and other essential items

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Turkey stops training peshmerga after independence vote - Cyprus Mail

Turkey stops training peshmerga after independence vote

Turkey said on Thursday it had stopped training peshmerga forces in northern Iraq in response to a Kurdish independence vote there, whose backers had thrown themselves “into the fire”.

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Putin to meet Erdogan as Russia-Turkey ties deepen

Putin to meet Erdogan as Russia-Turkey ties deepen

9/28/17 4:53 AM

ANKARA, Turkey — Russian President Vladimir Putin is traveling to Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on developments in Iraq and Syria, and Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian-made missile defense system.

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Halal holidays boost Muslim tourists to Turkey

Halal holidays boost Muslim tourists to Turkey

Debate ongoing over how well Ankara’s facilities meet religious standards

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Erdogan switches focus to Kurds

Erdogan switches focus to Kurds

Ankara’s once expansive policy has now gone into reverse

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Turkey unveils ambitious 2018-2020 economic targets - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey unveils ambitious 2018-2020 economic targets
Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-28 06:01:57|Editor: yan

ANKARA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Wednesday unveiled its new 2018-2020 economic program, including a series of ambitious targets in growth, jobs, inflation, and national income per capita.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Europe’s Policy Options on Turkey - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Europe’s Policy Options on Turkey

Marc Pierini

EU leaders should use the next European Council summit to have a frank and sober discussion about Ankara’s future relationship with Europe.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Turkish banker jailed in US wants 15 Turkish witnesses to testify in Iran sanctions case - CRIME

Turkish banker jailed in US wants 15 Turkish witnesses to testify in Iran sanctions case

Hakan Atilla, a deputy general manager of Halkbank who was arrested in the U.S. in March on charges of cooperating with Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab in order to evade sanctions against Iran, has requested that a total of 15 Turkish witnessed be listened to by the court.

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How to Untie the Syrian Kurdish Knot with Turkey - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

How to Untie the Syrian Kurdish Knot with Turkey

Soner Cagaptay

September 7, 2017

To preserve its relations with both Ankara and Rojava, Washington may need to push for military action against the PKK leadership in northern Iraq.

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Turkish Airlines named “Five-Star Global Airline”

Turkish Airlines named “Five-Star Global Airline”

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:02
Published by Ozgur Tore

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, has been named a “Five-Star Global Airline” by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Official Airline Ratings. The prestigious award, based on passenger feedback, was presented to Turkish Airlines at the APEX Award Ceremony at Expo 2017 in Long Beach, California.

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The Revival of Ottomanism in Shaping Turkey’s Influence in the Muslim World | Foreign Policy Journal

The Revival of Ottomanism in Shaping Turkey’s Influence in the Muslim World

By Dilly Hussain | Sep 26, 2017

There is a wealth of lessons that Turkey can learn from their Ottoman predecessors in order to progress as an emerging superpower in the region.

Turkey’s Islamic identity is an indisputable fact. Since the dawn of Turkic dynasties that took control of former Abbasid territories at the end of the tenth century, the “Turks” became the main face of Muslim empires for the best part of 800 years. The decisive victory for the Seljuk Empire against the Byzantines in the Battle of Manzikert in 1071 CE opened the doors for Turkic tribes to the region known as Anatolia, which stood at the gates of Christian Europe.

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Oil prices fall from 26-month high on profit-taking

Oil prices fall from 26-month high on profit-taking
Ahmad Ghaddar

LONDON (Reuters) - Brent oil prices fell on Tuesday after investors took profit following a rally to 26-month highs spurred largely by threats from Turkey to cut crude exports from Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

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Turkey to offer subsidies to cruise ships to prop up tourism - ECONOMICS

Turkey to offer subsidies to cruise ships to prop up tourism

Turkey will offer subsidies to A-group tourism operators of cruise ships bringing foreign tourists into the country in a bid to bolster visitor numbers which have fallen sharply due to a series of bomb attacks of 2016.

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Journalist released from Turkish jail in press freedom case

Journalist released from Turkish jail in press freedom case
Kadri Gursel freed on bail but denounces continued detention of newspaper colleagues

One of Turkey’s most prominent journalists has been freed on bail after being held for 330 days in a case that has focused attention on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on dissent.

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Putin to meet Erdogan in Ankara on Sept 28: Kremlin

Putin to meet Erdogan in Ankara on Sept 28: Kremlin

Reuters Staff

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is expected to meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on his visit to Ankara on Thursday, Kremlin said in a statement on Monday after the presidents spoke by phone.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Turkey Weighing Border, Air Space Measures Over Iraqi Kurdish Referendum: PM | World News | US News

Turkey Weighing Border, Air Space Measures Over Iraqi Kurdish Referendum: PM

Sept. 25, 2017, at 4:32 a.m.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is evaluating steps regarding its border gates and air space in response to the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Turkey: A Social Media Story | Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Turkey: A Social Media Story

Djene Rhys Bajalan and Michael Brooks explain the new ways activists and the government in Turkey are using social media and the Internet.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Editorial: Trump’s new buddy | Boston Herald

Editorial: Trump’s new buddy

Once again President Trump has rewarded the thuggery of Turkey’s president and once again that has netted only more thuggery.

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Trump, stop gobbling at Turkey

Trump, stop gobbling at Turkey
by Washington Examiner | Sep 23, 2017, 12:01 AM

Turkey is a NATO member with substantial armed forces. It has the potential to stabilize or further destabilize the Middle East. And last year, it imported $9.4 billion worth of American goods.

In a word, it is an ally.

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Turkish brands eye 4,500 stores abroad by 2020 - Daily Sabah

Turkish brands eye 4,500 stores abroad by 2020
DAILY SABAH WITH ANADOLU AGENCY
ISTANBUL

Chairman of the United Brands Association of Turkey (BMD) Sinan Öncel said 99 BMD member Turkish brands have over 2,700 stores in 110 countries, indicating that they aim to increase this number to over 3,000 by the end of the year and to 4,500 in 2020.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

How to Untie the Syrian Kurdish Knot with Turkey - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

How to Untie the Syrian Kurdish Knot with Turkey

Soner Cagaptay

September 7, 2017

To preserve its relations with both Ankara and Rojava, Washington may need to push for military action against the PKK leadership in northern Iraq.

Washington's ongoing support for Kurdish forces in Syria is fraught with risks for the U.S.-Turkish relationship. Since 2015, the United States has been cooperating with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People's Defense Units (YPG), to combat the Islamic State, including through the provision of weapons and technical assistance to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish/Arab umbrella organization dominated by the YPG. Yet the PYD-YPG is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkish group that the State Department has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and which Ankara has been fighting for decades.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Securitising Turkish foreign policy: Turning back the clock - Qantara.de

Securitising Turkish foreign policy: Turning back the clock

Turkey′s armed forces chief is due to visit Tehran this week, the trip is the latest by the region′s top generals in and out of Ankara. This military traffic is being seen as evidence of a foreign policy increasingly dictated by security concerns, last seen in the 1990′s. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Erdogan Says Most Jailed Journalists Are Terrorists – Bloomberg

Erdogan Says Most Jailed Journalists Are Terrorists
September 21st, 2017, 5:52 PM GMT+0200

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the imprisonment of journalists in Turkey with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York on Wednesday. (Source: Bloomberg)

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Trump Praises Erdogan Despite Incidents of Violence Against Protesters

Trump Praises Erdogan Despite Incidents of Violence Against Protesters
September 21, 2017 4:35 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a friend who gets "high marks" for "running a very difficult part of the world."

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Erdogan pushes firms to borrow and spend in bid to boost Turkey's economy - The National

Erdogan pushes firms to borrow and spend in bid to boost Turkey's economy

President has Turkey's banks in his sights, calling on them to cut interest rates to contribute to the country's growth

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The skilled youth escaping Turkey's disillusion

The skilled youth escaping Turkey's disillusion

Trend of highly skilled Turks leaving the country has grown in recent years, a potentially damaging brain drain.

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Turkey’s shopping mall boom going bust

Turkey’s shopping mall boom going bust
Zülfikar Doğan September 21, 2017

Turkey’s shopping mall boom has been hit by economic problems stemming from the lira's decline against the dollar and poor planning.

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Reza Zarrab: Erdogan’s Ticking Bomb

Reza Zarrab: Erdogan’s Ticking Bomb

Reza Zarrab is a ticking bomb under Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and he knows it. Relations between the U.S. and Turkey are already strained by American support for the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria and the arrest warrants for President Erdogan’s security detail since his visit to Washington in May. In addition, the U.S. has refused to hand over Turkish imam Fethullah Gülen, who is accused of masterminding the abortive coup in Turkey in July last year. However, this case of USA vs. Zarrab which is planned to be heard next month, could be the breaking point.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Turkey’s Academic Exodus is Destroying its Future :: Balkan Insight

Turkey’s Academic Exodus is Destroying its Future
A self-imposed exile

The mass flight of freethinking academics is one of the damaging consequences of Erdogan’s purge, as it is robbing the country of its most talented and creative citizens.

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Trade Profile: Turkey, Caught in the Middle - Stratfor Worldview

Trade Profile: Turkey, Caught in the Middle

Situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Turkey has long benefited from the robust trade networks that pass through it. Advances in technology have diminished the role Turkey's geographic position plays in its economy today, if only slightly. Nevertheless, the location that historically has made the country a hub still gives it an advantage in industries such as shipping and logistics. Turkey's position, moreover, allows it to choose its regional trade partners. Having focused on expanding its economic ties with Europe for most of its modern history, Turkey understands the limitations of its relationship with the European Union. But as it works to diversify its trade ties with partners in the east, it will have to tread lightly to avoid jeopardizing its most important export market and the one to which it is closely legally bound.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Iraq's Abadi: Half of IS Families Detained Near Mosul Are Turkish

Iraq's Abadi: Half of IS Families Detained Near Mosul Are Turkish
September 16, 2017 8:23 PM

Turkish nationals make up half of the hundreds of families being held in a camp near Mosul for suspected links to the Islamic State group, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press Saturday.

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US Says It Won't Support Kurdistan's Push For Independence - Newsy Story

US Says It Won't Support Kurdistan's Push For Independence
Grant Suneson

In a surprise move, the Trump administration came out against a U.S. ally's bid for independence.

Kurdistan is an autonomous region in northern Iraq. The Kurds are thought to be the largest ethnic group without their own country — but they want that to change.

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Turkey summons German ambassador to Ankara over Kurdish rally in Cologne | News | DW | 16.09.2017

Turkey summons German ambassador to Ankara over Kurdish rally in Cologne

Turkey has summoned Germany's ambassador after more than 10,000 Kurds rallied in Cologne. The rally was in support of Kurdish independence as well as the jailed leader of the banned PKK.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Turkish gov’t hitting below the belt to keep opposition on defensive - MURAT YETKİN

Turkish gov’t hitting below the belt to keep opposition on defensive

Upon an order from the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office, Ankara police on Sept. 15 detained Celal Çelik, a lawyer for the leader of the social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kıçıldaroğlu.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Turkey’s new-found love for all things Ottoman | Middle East Eye

Turkey’s new-found love for all things Ottoman
#TurkeyPolitics

The Turkish president and other senior AKP officials appear to be big fans of the recent soap operas glorifying the Ottoman Empire. Coincidence or shrewd political calculation?

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Turkey and the Gulf states: Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Sticking his neck out for Qatar - Qantara.de

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Sticking his neck out for Qatar

Ankara′s unilateral siding with the Emirate of Qatar in the Gulf crisis is giving rise to fears that the Turkish President is gambling away his role as a credible mediator in this key region, writes Aziz Bouabe

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Turkey's Exiled Intellectuals Find Haven In "Little Istanbul" Of Berlin - Worldcrunch

Turkey's Exiled Intellectuals Find Haven In "Little Istanbul" Of Berlin

View of the Kreuzberg quarter of Berlin - Ewallerpix
Writers, artists, journalists and others fleeing oppression in Turkey are settling in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin. But the dream is always to go back home.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trial of two Turkish teachers on hunger strike starts amid protests and tear gas | News | DW | 14.09.2017

Trial of two Turkish teachers on hunger strike starts amid protests and tear gas

President Erdogan's government has accused Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca of links to terrorist groups. The teachers were too weak to enter court, and part of their legal team was arrested two days before their hearing.

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Turkey’s central bank keeps interest rates steady Turkey’s central bank keeps interest rates steady

Turkey’s central bank keeps interest rates steady

The central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee decides to keep policy rate, also known as one-week repo rate, at eight percent.

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U.S. special envoy encouraged that Kurds could embrace plan to delay referendum

U.S. special envoy encouraged that Kurds could embrace plan to delay referendum

ERBIL (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, on Thursday said he was encouraged that the Iraqi Kurdish leadership could embrace a plan to delay an independence referendum.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Turkey’s tourism needs long time to fully recover, says research firm - TOURISM

Turkey’s tourism needs long time to fully recover, says research firm

ISTANBUL

Turkey’s tourism sector needs many years to fully recover in case any negative development breaks out, a leading tourism research company has said, adding that Spain and Portugal benefited most from Turkey’s plunge.

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Turkey Economy Minister Calls on Banks to Lower Interest Rates - Bloomberg

Turkey Economy Minister Calls on Banks to Lower Interest Rates
By Firat Kozok
and Onur Ant
September 12, 2017, 3:44 PM GMT+2 September 13, 2017, 7:06 AM GMT+2

Turkey needs lower interest rates to sustain the rapid growth it posted in the first half of the year, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said, calling on commercial banks to do their part to keep borrowing costs down.

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Turkey’s nightmare: Brain drain - AHU ÖZYURT

Turkey’s nightmare: Brain drain

It started long before Turkey’s July 15, 2016 military coup attempt. Slowly but steadily, young professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, academics and new graduates started leaving their home country in search of a better future. Many of the country’s best and brightest do not see any hope of creating better lives and improving their intellectual capacity in their homeland anymore. The reasons are more than political.

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US and Europe mull ways to bring Turkey into line - MURAT YETKİN

US and Europe mull ways to bring Turkey into line

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sept. 11 that his government has put all major arms exports to Turkey on hold due to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country and the escalating tension between the two NATO allies. Chancellor Angela Merkel later said this does not mean a total ban on exports.

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Turkey Buys Russian Air Defense System - NewsBeat Social

Turkey Buys Russian Air Defense System

September 12, 2017

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Turkey has made a deal to buy a Russian air defense system despite the reservations of its NATO allies. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Sept. 12 that the deal for the S-400 surface to air missile system has been signed and a deposit has been made.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

‘Questionable’: Commerzbank sounds alarm over Turkish economic data

‘Questionable’: Commerzbank sounds alarm over Turkish economic data

by: Nicholas Megaw, Laura Pitel

Turkey’s official growth figures are “more than questionable” and may have been “politically influenced”, Germany’s second-largest bank has said, after figures released earlier this week suggested the country has bounced back from last year’s political instability to become one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

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Turkey’s Economy Rebounds - The Market Mogul

Turkey’s Economy Rebounds

NEW September 12, 2017

The Turkish lira has strengthened close to its highest level in a year as second quarter growth comes in higher than expectations.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Turkey Claims US Judiciary Is Working With US-Based Cleric | World News | US News

Turkey Claims US Judiciary Is Working With US-Based Cleric

Turkey's government has accused U.S. prosecutors and judges overseeing a case against a former Turkish economy of being an instrument of an alleged conspiracy by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen against Ankara.

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Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Istanbul: A Megacity in the Light of Turkey’s Political Transformation

Sep 11 2017 by Gülçin Erdi

This book is the result of more than twenty years of social, economic, and urban observations and investigations by a geographer[i] in Istanbul, a city Jean Baudrillard described as the “capital of the twenty-first century” (p.14). The author aims to disenchant this megacity, to understand it in all its complexity, and to go beyond its romantic and touristic perceptions by providing a reading of the city from below. The objective of the author is clear: to go off the beaten tracks and look to the everyday life of ordinary urban citizens. He also aims to explain the changing socio-economic and cultural morphology of Istanbul vis-à-vis the profound urban transformation that started in the 1980s and accelerated with the Party of Justice and Development’s rule (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi— AKP) during the 2000s.

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Turkish Lira hits 9-month high as GDP growth rate announced at 5.1 percent - FINANCE

Turkish Lira hits 9-month high as GDP growth rate announced at 5.1 percent

ANKARA/ISTANBUL

The Turkish currency continued its recovery against the U.S. dollar on Sept. 11, after the country’s official statistics authority announced soaring economic growth.

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Authoritarian Backlash: How Turkey and Venezuela Differ | Duke Today

Authoritarian Backlash: How Turkey and Venezuela Differ

Steve Hartsoe

Authoritarian leaders of Turkey and Venezuela use similar tactics to hold on to power: crackdown on opponents, severally limit freedom of the press and transform institutions to fit their ideology.

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Turkey GDP Growth Above 5% Outdone by Only China, India in G-20 - Bloomberg

Turkey GDP Growth Above 5% Outdone by Only China, India in G-20
By Onur Ant
September 11, 2017, 9:25 AM GMT+2 September 11, 2017, 11:03 AM GMT+2

Turkey maintained economic growth at levels exceeded only by China and India among G-20 economies, as a surge in construction buoyed output.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

Martin Schulz: ‘Europe must not be scared of Turkey’ | Euronews

Martin Schulz: ‘Europe must not be scared of Turkey’
By Selina Sykes ·

Martin Schulz: ‘Europe must not be scared of Turkey’ Share this article facebook Share twitter Tweet mail icon send reddit Share linkedin Share Google + logo Share Text size Aa Aa German election candidate Martin Schulz has said the European Union (EU) must not fear Turkey as the politician stepped up his war of words with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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A striking incest report from Turkey - MURAT YETKİN

A striking incest report from Turkey

An incest debate is still going on in Turkey, amid all the other political and diplomatic issues facing President Tayyip Erdoğan.

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Turkey: Turkey dismisses head of $40 billion wealth fund after slow start - Times of India

Turkey dismisses head of $40 billion wealth fund after slow start
Reuters | Sep 8, 2017, 14:45 IST

* Fund set up last year, now worth at least $40 bln

* Head of stock exchange to take over in interim

* Gov't was impatient with lack of progress -Erdogan adviser (Recasts, adds adviser, details and background)

By Orhan Coskun

ANKARA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Turkey has dismissed the head of its $40 billion sovereign wealth fund, officials said on Friday, alluding to impatience on the part of President Tayyip Erdogan over a failure to launch any major investment projects a year after its founding.

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Immigrant voters in German federal election could prove influential | Germany | DW | 07.09.2017

Immigrant voters in German federal election could prove influential

"What’s the Turk doing up there?," a caller to the Green party complained when he saw Cem Özdemir in the Bundestag in 1994. Today 37 MPs and one in ten voters have a migrant background. Could they swing the election?

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Experts welcome Macron’s call for moderation in EU-Turkey ties | Arab News

Experts welcome Macron’s call for moderation in EU-Turkey ties
Menekse Tokyay

ANKARA: Amid heightened tensions with Berlin, Ankara on Thursday received reassuring words from French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Turkey Significantly Increases Fines for Supplying and Distributing Unsafe Products - Lexology

Turkey Significantly Increases Fines for Supplying and Distributing Unsafe Products

Moroğlu Arseven

Turkey’s Ministry of Economy has updated secondary legislation to increase the lower and upper limits for administrative fines which are applied for supplying and distributing unsafe products to the market. The revised thresholds involve significant increases particularly for suppliers or distributors of products which are unsafe, or breach technical legislation.

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18 Years After Turkey's Deadly Quake, Safety Concerns Grow About The Next Big One : Parallels : NPR

18 Years After Turkey's Deadly Quake, Safety Concerns Grow About The Next Big One

September 7, 201710:57 AM ET

It has been 18 years since a magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit northwest Turkey, killing some 17,000 people and leaving half a million homeless. A series of government initiatives were designed to make the next big quake less deadly. But experts are warning that some of those protections have been lost in a rush to develop urban green spaces into lucrative apartment buildings and shopping malls.

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Ironically, Erdogan has done exactly what the failed coup wanted to do in Turkey | The Independent

Ironically, Erdogan has done exactly what the failed coup wanted to do in Turkey

Some conspiracy theorists think Erdogan himself was behind the coup – indeed, that is Gulen’s contention. Yet the reality is more straightforward: he has seized an unexpected opportunity

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PressTV-US charges 4 Turks with breaching Iran sanctions

US charges 4 Turks with breaching Iran sanctions
Thu Sep 7, 2017 7:38AM

The United States has charged four Turkish nationals, including Turkey’s former economy minister, with partaking in what it calls a broad scheme to breach the country’s sanctions against Iran.

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A Lesson in Democracy for Turkey’s Islamist President | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

A Lesson in Democracy for Turkey’s Islamist President
avatar by Steven Emerson

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington, DC this past May, he was greeted outside the home of the Turkish ambassador by a small group of protesters concerned about his crackdowns on civil rights, and his antagonism towards Turkey’s Kurdish population.

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Turkey’s $200 Billion Wealth Fund Paralyzed by Internal Strife - Bloomberg

Turkey’s $200 Billion Wealth Fund Paralyzed by Internal Strife

By Kerim Karakaya , Onur Ant , and Benjamin Harvey
September 7, 2017, 4:00 AM GMT+2

Erdogan’s old ally emerges as another pillar of Turkish power Prime minister calls claims of one-man rule a ‘complete lie’ Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Binali Yildirim. Photographer: Mehmet Ali Ozcan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Days after last year’s failed coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies set to work creating a wealth fund to safeguard what is now about $200 billion of assets, including cash, property and shares.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Erdogan's Global View Doesn't Encompass Democracy

Erdogan's Global View Doesn't Encompass Democracy

From the IPT Website When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington, D.C. this past May, he was greeted outside the home of the Turkish ambassador by a small group of protesters concerned about his crackdowns on civil rights and antagonism towards Turkey's Kurdish population. Within minutes, his bodyguards sprang into action, accompanied by others in the Turkish posse, beating and kicking the protesters — who included women and senior citizens. A 61-year-old woman later told The Guardian she had feared for her life after guards punched her in the face, and when 60-year-old Turkish-American Reza Dersimi tried to assist her, he, too, was assaulted.

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Fethullah Gulen: Erdogan rival left stateless in passport purge | World | The Times & The Sunday Times

Fethullah Gulen: Erdogan rival left stateless in passport purge
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul

The sworn enemy of President Erdogan, who is accused of orchestrating an attempted coup last year, is among 130 people who are due to be stripped of their Turkish citizenship later today.

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News Analysis: Can German-Turkish relations be rescued? - Xinhua | English.news.cn

News Analysis: Can German-Turkish relations be rescued?
Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-06 02:53:49|Editor: Song Lifang

BERLIN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) announced her desire to "re-organize" relations between Germany and Turkey at the last plenary session of the current Federal Parliament (Bundestag) on Tuesday.

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Turkish police kill would-be suicide bomber near police station - Cyprus Mail

Turkish police kill would-be suicide bomber near police station

Turkish police shot dead a would-be suicide bomber who was set to attack a police station and intelligence base in the Mediterranean city of Mersin on Wednesday, security sources said.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

EU's Mogherini says Turkey still candidate country

EU's Mogherini says Turkey still candidate country

BLED, Slovenia – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Turkey was still a candidate for European Union membership and as such accession negotiations would continue.

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Of Hats, Jackets, and Turkish Politics

Of Hats, Jackets, and Turkish Politics

Soner Cagaptay and Oya Rose Aktas
September 4, 2017

In an era of populism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is at the helm. After coming to power as Turkey’s prime minister in 2003, Erdogan became president in 2014. In April, he won a referendum to become an executive-style president, simultaneously assuming the offices of head of state and head of government.

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Turkey and the Freedom of the Press: We Must Remain Defiant - Editorial - SPIEGEL ONLINE

We Must Remain Defiant

For 200 days now, Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel has been held in jail in Turkey. But the madness won't become routine just because time has passed.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Turkey's New Alliances | Foreign Affairs

Turkey's New Alliances
Why It Is Partnering With Its Former Rivals
By Gonul Tol and Alex Vatanka

When Turkey welcomed Iranian Chief of General Staff Mohammad Bagheri to Ankara in mid-August, it was the first time since the Iranian revolution of 1979 that an Iranian official of his position had traveled abroad. In an equally surprising move, Ankara announced in August that it was preparing to host the Russian military chief, Valery Gerasimov, to discuss regional security. The vigor of Turkey’s outreach to Iran and Russia, two historic rivals, ought to raise eyebrows in President Donald Trump’s White House. It not only signals an important foreign policy shift, but is an indicator that Ankara has given up on Washington.

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50 Shades of Erdogan’s Propaganda · Global Voices

50 Shades of Erdogan's Propaganda
Posted 4 September 2017 8:19 GMT

Joseph Stalin described the work of writers as being akin to the “engineering of human souls.” He was referring not just to any type of writing, but to the writing of propaganda.

Today in Turkey, under the leadership of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), this type of “engineering” has proven relatively successful. Immediately following the 2013 Gezi Park protests, then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed to convince his political base that the protests were nothing but the work of an “international interest lobby”.

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The end of Turkey's EU prospects - James in Turkey

The end of Turkey’s EU prospects
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The end of Turkey’s EU prospects
Germany’s chancellor blinks first and ends a once fruitful, now rotten saga

No-one these days realistically believes Turkey’s EU membership bid is actually going places.

This isn’t just because the process has been glacial: it’s been 12 years since Turkish membership talks began and 30 since Turgut Özal asked to become a full member. Turkey first applied to become an associate member in 1959.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Schulz calls for end to Turkey EU accession talks in TV debate

Schulz calls for end to Turkey EU accession talks in TV debate

Up to half of Germany’s 61.5m voters to watch German election rivals’ showdown

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The Risk of NATO’s H-Bombs in Turkey – Consortiumnews

The Risk of NATO’s H-Bombs in Turkey
September 3, 2017

Exclusive: As the world nervously assesses North Korea’s claims about having a hydrogen bomb, another danger point is in Turkey where an erratic leader could seize NATO’s H-Bombs, warns Jonathan Marshall.

By Jonathan Marshall

Even in this contentious era, one proposition still enjoys near-universal support: the United States should make it the highest priority to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of hostile states.

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Erdogan accuses Myanmar of 'genocide' against Rohingya - News

Erdogan accuses Myanmar of 'genocide' against Rohingya
By Agencies | Ankara | Posted 03-Sep-2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Myanmar of "genocide" against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence.

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bne IntelliNews - Economists tangle over risk of a Greek-style collapse in Turkey

Economists tangle over risk of a Greek-style collapse in Turkey

By Will Conroy in Prague September 2, 2017

Is Turkey on the road to becoming a new Greece? The question has divided economists who have delved into what to make of the explosion of credit growth sanctioned by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and government ministers.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Germany declines Turkish request to freeze Gulen assets - Spiegel

Germany declines Turkish request to freeze Gulen assets - Spiegel

BERLIN, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Germany has rejected a formal request from Turkey to freeze assets of members of the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating last year’s failed coup, Germany’s Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

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Belgium cracks down on PKK’s drug network poisoning half of Europe - Daily Sabah

Belgium cracks down on PKK’s drug network poisoning half of Europe

Police apprehended a network distributing drugs to half of Europe and funneling the money to the PKK terrorist group in simultaneous operations in Belgium and Austria.

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Merkel: Germany 'must react decisively' to detentions in Turkey | Euronews

Merkel: Germany 'must react decisively' to detentions in Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday her government may rethink its ties with Turkey after two more German nationals were detained there on what it suspects are political charges.

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Critical September for Turkish foreign policy - NİLGÜN TEKFİDAN GÜMÜŞ

Critical September for Turkish foreign policy

Turkey is expecting a bustling period in its foreign policy. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım is scheduled to leave for a visit to Washington and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be heading to New York to attend the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Foreigners take hold of Turkey’s food sector

Foreigners take hold of Turkey’s food sector

Zülfikar Doğan

Amid a series of high-profile foreign takeovers in Turkey’s food industry led by Japanese investors, many are worried that the country is losing its self-sufficiency in food. Tim Graham/Getty Images Products on display in a food market in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul, Turkey, April 4, 2014. ANKARA, Turkey — Once among the world’s seven countries that are self-sufficient in food, Turkey is fast becoming an importer of food as well as agricultural and husbandry products, as foreigners increasingly taking hold of the country’s food industry.

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Friday, September 01, 2017

Erdogan foes may exploit his weak spot: Istanbul

Erdogan foes may exploit his weak spot: Istanbul

REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already launched his campaign for the November 2019 elections. Although not mentioned much in the news, there are two elections scheduled that year; the first will be the municipal races in March. Using any pretext, Erdogan has started assembling his party’s local leaderships in rallies, all with live TV coverage. As the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Erdogan is campaigning for both elections, but only talking about the presidential election so far. Why?

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Cal Thomas: Turkey's Choice: Past or Future — The Patriot Post

Turkey's Choice: Past or Future
Cal Thomas · Sep. 1, 2017

Coming from the airport into this city of about 15 million people and 5 million cars, as my driver describes it, I pass ancient Roman ruins and blocks of upscale shops; an old hotel where Agatha Christie penned “Murder on the Orient Express,” smoke shops and modest restaurants, and luxury car dealers. It is a metaphor for the choices Turks are being forced to make under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: forward to a better future and a recapture of their secular state, or back to a nostalgic past when Islam was the official religion of the Ottoman Empire.

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Two more Germans detained in Turkey on 'political' grounds | Middle East Eye

Two more Germans detained in Turkey on 'political' grounds

Chancellor Angela Merkel said it might be necessary to 'rethink' relations between Berlin and Ankara following the detention

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Why Turkey’s president cares so much about an 11th-century battle | National Post

Why Turkey's president cares so much about an 11th-century battle

President Erdogan has cultivated nostalgia for the faded Ottoman Empire, whose perceived decadence and religiosity early Turkish modernizers sought to reject

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The Cost of a German Breakup With Turkey

The Cost of a German Breakup With Turkey
Charlotte Brandsma Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

Lately, it seems that every week Germany’s ties with Turkey hit another low point, and there are few signs of this trend reversing any time soon. The latest escalation came with the arrest last week of Dogan Akhanli, a Turkish-born German writer on vacation in Spain, following a warrant issued by Turkey.

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Meral Akşener and the Felicity Party to determine Turkey’s 2019 presidential election - ABDULKADİR SELVİ

Meral Akşener and the Felicity Party to determine Turkey’s 2019 presidential election

The presidential election of 2019 will be a turning point for Turkey, as it is then that the country will transition to the presidential system. After 2019, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to rule the country for 10 more years through the system that he is the architect of.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

How Recep Tayyip Erdogan seduces Turkish migrants in Europe

How Recep Tayyip Erdogan seduces Turkish migrants in Europe

The big diaspora complicates European relations with Turkey Print edition | Europe

Aug 31st 2017 | COLOGNE

EUROPE’S relations with Turkey have long been coloured by mutual fascination, dependence and mistrust. Spellbound after visiting Constantinople in 1898, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany wrote to his friend Tsar Nicholas II, “If I had come there without any religion at all, I certainly would have turned Mahommetan!” But if today’s Europeans rely on this awkward partner to keep refugees away and share intelligence on terrorists, Turkey’s slide into paranoid authoritarianism under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes it a far less enticing partner. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said this week that Turkey is leaving Europe with “giant steps”.

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