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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.

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

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
Sunday 3 September 2017 1
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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