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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Suez, Panama … Istanbul? Turkey’s grand canal plan – POLITICO

Suez, Panama … Istanbul? Turkey’s grand canal plan

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls canal his ‘crazy project.’ Opponents say it’s an environmental nightmare.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

$3.5 Million: Turkish Kidnapping Gang Targeting Bitcoin Holders Busted

$3.5 Million: Turkish Kidnapping Gang Targeting Bitcoin Holders Busted
Francisco Memoria on 18/11/2017

According to Turkish newspaper Habertürk, police recently managed to capture a gang of five extortionists in Merter, a suburb west of Istanbul, one of the country’s biggest cities, making it the first time police carried out an operation in a bitcoin-related crime in Turkey. The extortionists, according to reports, managed to steal 450 bitcoins, worth about $3.54 million, from a businessman earlier this week.

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The evolution of Turkish-Russian relations | Arab News

The evolution of Turkish-Russian relations

The past decade has seen considerable change in Russia’s Middle East policy, with greater involvement in regional crises and engagement in good relations with key countries and non-state actors. Russia’s policy at times converges with Turkey’s, and at other times challenges it. Turkish-Russian relations have survived several crises, the most severe being in November 2015 when Turkey shot down a Russian jet along its border with Syria.

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EU slashes Turkey’s pre-accession funds by $124m | Arab News

EU slashes Turkey’s pre-accession funds by $124m
Menekse Tokyay | Published — Sunday 19 November 2017

ANKARA: After several calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a cut to the EU’s pre-accession assistance to Turkey, the bloc announced on Saturday a significant decrease in its funds for Turkey under the EU’s 2018 budget deal.

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Turkey's President Erdogan rejects NATO apology over "enemy chart"

Turkey's President Erdogan rejects NATO apology over "enemy chart"

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the disrespectful behaviour of NATO cannot be covered over with a simple apology after his name, along with the name of Turkey's founding president, was included in an enemy list during a training exercise.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Erdogan Ends Rates Truce, Decrying Central Bank's `Wrong Path' - Bloomberg


Erdogan Ends Rates Truce, Decrying Central Bank's `Wrong Path'
By Selcan Hacaoglu
and Cagan Koc
November 17, 2017, 5:15 AM EST Updated on November 17, 2017, 7:37 AM EST

President reiterates his unorthodox views on inflation, rates
Speech stops short of calling for an immediate rate cut

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled an end to his uneasy truce with the new central bank chief, attacking the institution now run by Governor Murat Cetinkaya for its repeated revisions to economic targets and “wrong path” to tackle soaring inflation.

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Turkey-made disguise fabric to sell globally

Turkey-made disguise fabric to sell globally

Scientists in Ankara invent fabric which blocks radar and thermal cameras

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Turkey's Erdogan takes aim at central bank independence

UPDATE 1-Turkey's Erdogan takes aim at central bank independence

Reuters Staff

ANKARA, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday lashed out at the central bank, saying a lack of government intervention in monetary policy had left Turkey saddled with high inflation and facing a potential slowdown in investment.

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Turkey hunts 42 university staff in post-coup crackdown: source

Turkey hunts 42 university staff in post-coup crackdown: source

Reuters Staff

2 Min Read

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have launched operations to track down 42 university staff from Istanbul’s Marmara University who are alleged to have links to last year’s failed coup attempt, a police source said on Friday.

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Turkey withdraws troops from NATO drill in Norway

Turkey withdraws troops from NATO drill in Norway
ANKARA

Turkey has withdrawn its troops from a NATO military drill after an "enemies table" was displayed including the country’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and its current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Erdoğan has said.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Turkey's 'Blue Gold' | Raddington Report

Turkey’s ‘Blue Gold’

Water is a geopolitical asset that gives Turkey influence over its Middle Eastern neighbours - but it also risks sparking further economic and political instability

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Plot thickens in Turkish gold-trader case ahead of trial Monday | Asia Times

Plot thickens in Turkish gold-trader case ahead of trial Monday

In US custody, but not prison, is Reza Zarrab giving dirt on Erdogan regime?

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A challenge to Turkey’s Erdogan - She-wolf v Sultan

She-wolf v Sultan
A challenge to Turkey’s Erdogan

But does Meral Aksener have a chance?
Nov 16th 2017

TO STEP into the ring with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s bruiser of a president, takes courage and self-belief. Meral Aksener has plenty of both. At the launch of her new political party on October 25th, some of Mrs Aksener’s supporters broke into chants of “Prime Minister Meral!” She replied: “No, not prime minister. President.” A prominent nationalist and former cabinet minister, she has not yet declared her candidacy for elections that are due to be held in 2019. However, everyone assumes she will. “My friends really want me to run,” she says, referring to colleagues from her newly unveiled, innocuously named Iyi (Good) party. “I might have no other choice.”

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Turkey's gun culture: Sales soar as one in three households owns a firearm | Middle East Eye

Turkey's gun culture: Sales soar as one in three households owns a firearm
#ArmsTrade

Eighty percent of violent crime involves guns, NGO says, as it reports gun ownership has soared from 20 million to 25 million in one year

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Mystery Deepens on Eve of U.S. Bribery Trial Roiling Turkey - Bloomberg

Mystery Deepens on Eve of U.S. Bribery Trial Roiling Turkey
By Christian Berthelsen
November 16, 2017, 2:05 AM EST

Zarrab no longer in prison system but still in U.S. custody
Is he cooperating and what does he know of Erdogan’s regime?

Turkey wants him freed. A few in President Trump’s sphere have pushed for a deal. Even so, he’s scheduled to go on trial in New York on Monday.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Defense giant Aselsan becomes most valuable company listed on Istanbul bourse

Defense giant Aselsan becomes most valuable company listed on Istanbul bourse
ISTANBUL/ANKARA

Defense giant Aselsan, 85 percent of which is owned by the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, became the most valuable company listed on the Istanbul main stock exchange (BIST) on Nov. 14, surpassing Garanti Bank and Koç Holding early.

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My Rival Is My Teacher: Erdoğan in the Footsteps of Atatürk | Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

My Rival Is My Teacher: Erdoğan in the Footsteps of Atatürk

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak discusses Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's use of grandiose building projects as a means of emulating Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and for laying the groundwork for future political alliances.

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Syrian refugee fights Turkish order to tear down Arabic restaurant signs | Middle East Eye

Syrian refugee fights Turkish order to tear down Arabic restaurant signs

Mohammed Nizar Bitar, who has built a restaurant empire in five years, told to remove all Arabic from outlets in Istanbul's 'Little Syria' district

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Turkey 'appalled' by U.S. stance on IS withdrawal from Raqqa: ministry

Turkey 'appalled' by U.S. stance on IS withdrawal from Raqqa: ministry

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Tuesday said it was appalled by the approach of the U.S. Department of Defense towards an agreement between the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State to withdraw Islamic State militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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EU funds Turkish health centers to help Syrian refugees | Europe | DW | 14.11.2017

EU funds Turkish health centers to help Syrian refugees

New, EU-funded health centers are opening across Turkey to treat and employ Syrian refugees in effort to remove the language barriers they face when seeking medical care. Diego Cupolo reports from Ankara.

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Turkish marriage law a blow to women's rights, say activists | World news | The Guardian

Turkish marriage law a blow to women's rights, say activists

Bill allowing Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages passed despite protests amid fears it could lead to more child brides

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Turkey has to return to Atatürk’s diplomacy

Turkey has to return to Atatürk’s diplomacy

Developments in Saudi Arabia have unsettled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP). Although the Syrian crisis may have produced some common ground for Turkey and Saudi Arabia, disagreements between the two countries had already emerged in 2013, when Riyadh backed a coup against Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

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Putin Tells Erdogan Ties With Turkey Fully 'Restored'

Putin Tells Erdogan Ties With Turkey Fully 'Restored'

Ties between Russia and Turkey are back on track, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said as he met with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the southern city of Sochi for talks set to focus on the Syrian conflict.

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Turkish mobile kitchens loaded with tons of food heading to Sulaimani

Turkish mobile kitchens loaded with tons of food heading to Sulaimani

BAGHDAD - Teams from the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), left from Rihaniyah and Kels to bring food to families in Sulaimani province.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Erdoğan holds unscheduled meeting with Turkey’s top soldier

Erdoğan holds unscheduled meeting with Turkey’s top soldier

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held an unscheduled meeting with Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar in Istanbul on Nov. 12.

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Footage shows moment coup soldiers watch Erdoğan’s speech during attempted takeover

Footage shows moment coup soldiers watch Erdoğan’s speech during attempted takeover
Mesut Hasan Benli – ANKARA

New footage taken during the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt has emerged, showing the moment coup soldiers watched President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s defiant speech on TV at a joint operations center in Ankara.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Concept of “Moderate” Islam Originates in West: Turkey’s Erdogan

Concept of “Moderate” Islam Originates in West: Turkey’s Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has lashed out at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for pledging to make Saudi Arabia a bastion of “moderate Islam”, saying the concept is a false one originated from the West.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Turkey restarts tomato exports as Russia lifts import restrictions - Daily Sabah

Turkey restarts tomato exports as Russia lifts import restrictions

The protracted negotiations to lift the ban imposed on Turkish tomato exports to Russia, which have topped the agenda of Turkish-Russian talks for a long time since January 2016, recently yielded positive results, with Russia agreeing to import Turkish tomatoes on a limited basis. With the lifting of the restrictions, the first shipment to Russia has been made from the Bergama district of İzmir province.

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Russians believe in a possible sabotage on the gas pipeline to Turkey

Russians believe in a possible sabotage on the gas pipeline to Turkey
Nov 10, 2017 2:47 am by Anastasios Manaras

Russia’s National Energy Institute Deputy Chairman, Alexander Frelov, said the speed in the construction of the pipeline to Turkey is impressive, since it has now reached the point where Turkey is responsible, but warned that a sabotage could occur in the construction of its section pipeline in Turkey, writes the Russian publication in Turkish. He recalled that Turkey is the second largest consumer of Russian gas after Germany.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Chobani grows in 'Silicon Valley of food' despite turmoil

Chobani grows in 'Silicon Valley of food' despite turmoil

The founder and CEO of Chobani has no regrets about moving his Greek yogurt company to south-central Idaho, a region embroiled in the national debate over refugee resettlement that spread to company boycotts by far-right bloggers and conspiracy theorists.

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Turkey: An Inconstant but Important U.S. Ally - Stratfor Worldview

Turkey: An Inconstant but Important U.S. Ally
Washington D.C. and Ankara, Turkey

Among the United States' allies in the Middle East, few are as important — or as fickle — as Turkey. Lately, the diplomatic discord between them has been worse than usual. In an effort to ease the tension, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim traveled to Washington on Nov. 7, kicking off a four-day trip designed to settle a wide array of issues. But despite his best efforts, there are few clear ways to resolve the enduring differences between the countries or to address the new and complicated troubles that lie ahead.

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Turkish prime minister in Washington in hopes of resetting relations - The Washington Post

Turkish prime minister in Washington in hopes of resetting relations

By Karen DeYoung November 8 at 9:37 PM

Strained relations between the United States and Turkey will not improve unless Washington takes steps to address Turkish concerns over its actions in Syria and its failure to extradite a Turkish cleric sought by Ankara on terrorism charges, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in Washington on Wednesday.

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As war winds down, Syrians in Turkey begin heading home

As war winds down, Syrians in Turkey begin heading home

With Turkish troops now deployed in Idlib, war-weary refugees return to their homes in northern Syria

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Erdogan's mayor purge leaves almost half of Turkey without elected officials

Erdogan's mayor purge leaves almost half of Turkey without elected officials

Sibel Hurtas November 8, 2017

Article Summary Following a series of expulsions and forced resignations by the Turkish government, tens of millions of Turkish citizens have seen their elected mayors removed from power only to be replaced with government-selected "custodians."

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Turkish prime minister’s family caught up in Paradise Papers leak

Turkish prime minister’s family caught up in Paradise Papers leak
Ayla Jean Yackley November 8, 2017

Popular Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denies any wrongdoing after his close family members appeared in the Paradise Papers that list companies and individuals who shield their wealth in offshore tax havens.

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EDITORIAL: How Turkey is becoming a threat to stability in the Middle East - Washington Times

Rumbling in Ankara

Nostalgia is a powerful driver of emotions, whether for an old flame dreaming new dreams or for a new ruler of the remnants of empire remembering what once was, and what in his imagination could be again. But the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (formerly prime minister) and his AKP Justice and Development Party is more and more authoritarian than romantic.

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New Ankara mayor demands resignation of top local bureaucrats

New Ankara mayor demands resignation of top local bureaucrats
Murat Yılmaz - ANKARA

New Ankara Mayor Mustafa Tuna has requested the resignation of all bureaucrats and chairs related to the municipality in his first meeting since the resignation of Melih Gökçek.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

CHP head calls for snap elections for resigned and dismissed mayors in Turkey

CHP head calls for snap elections for resigned and dismissed mayors in Turkey

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has called for early elections for the cities where mayors have either recently been dismissed or pressured to resign, vowing that the CHP is ready to “give legislative support for any necessary changes.”

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It's like Christmas in Turkey as country launches own car maker

It's like Christmas in Turkey as country launches own car maker

Green HomeNews Nov 07, 2017 at 10:59

Cihangir Perperik

The first prototype will be revealed in 2019 and it is going to be fully electric powered. There's much thanksgiving in Turkey following the announcement of a joint venture by five of the country's key automotive and tech suppliers to build a brand new homegrown car.

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The Trump Administration Can’t Give Turkey a Hall Pass on Rule of Law – Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration Can’t Give Turkey a Hall Pass on Rule of Law

Turkey wants to play “hostage diplomacy” with the United States. But the risks of transactional politics have far-reaching consequences.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

US to resume granting visas in Turkey as rift is repaired

US to resume granting visas in Turkey as rift is repaired

Breakthrough comes as prime minister begins visit but wider tensions remain

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Authoritarianism in Turkey

Authoritarianism in Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly turning Turkey to authoritarianism with the sole aim of strengthening his grip on power. He is offering the European Union a harder stance by setting new demands for his cooperation to help contain the refugee crisis that has engulfed Europe.

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Turkey’s Iron Silk Railroad is Redefining Asia, Europe- The New Indian Express

Turkey’s Iron Silk Railroad is Redefining Asia, Europe

By Burak Akcapar | Published: 05th November 2017 04:00 AM |

Last Updated: 04th November 2017 10:13 PM | A+A A- |

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leaders at BTK ceremony in Baku.

Trains have changed history and are set to shape the future, particularly in Asia. The story of the railroad began with the Liverpool-Manchester steam-powered train in September 1830, which was only 50-km long. The train transported cotton from the port of Liverpool to the mills of Manchester. Thus, the Industrial Revolution gathered pace. The transcontinental railway in 1869 revolutionised travel and transportation between the two Atlantic and the Pacific coasts of the US. The Trans-Siberian Railway consolidated government reach from Moscow to Vladivostok, while depleting government funds and paving the way for the Russian Revolution in 1917. The Berlin-Istanbul-Baghdad railroad unleashed all sorts of subversive reactions that hastened the end of the Ottoman Empire. Very many railroads have changed history, including Gandhiji’s train ride in Pietermaritzburg.

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Friday, November 03, 2017

Turkish police seize ‘record’ amount of explosives in ISIL operation

Turkish police seize ‘record’ amount of explosives in ISIL operation

Police have seized a "record” amount of explosives in an operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that helped foil the group’s plan to carry out a massacre at the Forum Istanbul shopping mall.

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Erdogan Links Alleged in U.S. Documents Before Iran Trial - Bloomberg

Erdogan Links Alleged in U.S. Documents Before Iran Trial
By Christian Berthelsen
November 3, 2017, 8:03 AM EDT Updated on November 3, 2017, 8:35 AM EDT

A trader accused of helping Iran evade sanctions invoked the name of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as part of a scheme that U.S. prosecutors say was supported by Turkey’s government, according to court documents.

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A bad time for Turkey advocates to lose in Washington

A bad time for Turkey advocates to lose in Washington

The resilience of Turkey-U.S. relations has been tested recently. Further troubles are in store in the coming weeks as the Reza Zarrab case continues to unfold in Manhattan. Almost one month has passed since the U.S. suspended non-immigrant visa services to Turkish nationals after local staff members in the U.S. consulate in Ankara were arrested on terror charges.

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U.S. says Turkish gold trader facing Iran trial invoked Erdogan ties

U.S. says Turkish gold trader facing Iran trial invoked Erdogan ties
Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wealthy Turkish gold trader charged in the United States with violating U.S. sanctions against Iran sought support from and invoked the name of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to advance his business, U.S. prosecutors said.

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Turkish inflation at 13-year high hits Erdogan boom | Business | DW | 03.11.2017

Turkish inflation at 13-year high hits Erdogan boom

Turkish inflation has risen to new highs, driven by cheap credit. The news is a blow to the central bank’s goal of lowering borrowing costs and casts doubt on whether Erdogan's cheap credit boom will survive the impact.

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Erdogan′s Turkey: Eroding Ataturk's legacy - Qantara.de

Eroding Ataturk's legacy

On 18 October, the Turkish parliament approved a controversial bill that in future will allow Islamic muftis to register weddings. Critics fear that this will erode the civil rights of women and expose more girls to the dangers of underage marriage. Ylenia Gostoli reports from Turkey

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

IPPro The internet | Turkey takes step towards harmonising with EU IP laws | ipprotheinternet.com

Turkey takes step towards harmonising with EU IP laws

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TPTO) has released new guidelines for trademarks in an attempt to bring Turkish intellectual property law in line with the EU.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

ANALYSIS: Entrenched fear makes Turkish left shoot itself in foot over marriage law | Middle East Eye

ANALYSIS: Entrenched fear makes Turkish left shoot itself in foot over marriage law
#TurkeyPolitics

After a string of successes, the CHP party has apparently failed to gauge public response to new law

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