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Monday, January 15, 2018

Turkey reveals route of ‘crazy’ Istanbul canal project

Turkey reveals route of ‘crazy’ Istanbul canal project

1/15/18 11:10 AM

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey has revealed the planned route for an ambitious canal in Istanbul that would link the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea — a project President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once dubbed one of his “crazy projects.”

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Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Creating `Army of Terror' on Turk Border - Bloomberg

Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Creating `Army of Terror' on Turk Border
By Selcan Hacaoglu
January 14, 2018, 3:59 PM GMT+3 Updated on January 15, 2018, 3:13 PM GMT+3

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Washington of establishing an “army of terror” along the Turkish border, as his country drew closer to open confrontation with U.S.-backed Kurdish troops in neighboring Syria.

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Turkey-EU relations: What now?

Turkey-EU relations: What now?
By Lida Filippakis / Published on: 15-01-2018, 12:19

After years of turbulent negotiations, Turkey and the European Union are entering a phase in which their relations are more focused on enhanced co-operation in certain areas, rather than a full EU membership of Ankara, analysts said.

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Turkey’s Abdullah Gül discovers political spine, maybe

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Always cautious before, former president and ally dares push back against Erdoğan, fueling chatter Gül might run against him in 2019.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spiegel editor′s Twitter account hacked to post pro-Turkey message | News | DW | 14.01.2018

Spiegel editor's Twitter account hacked to post pro-Turkey message

The Twitter account of Spiegel editor-in-chief Klaus Brinkbäumer has been hacked and used to apologize for bad news published about Turkey. The magazine has published extensively on Turkey and its relations with Germany.

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Turkey and the EU: time for plan B? | German News | Expatica Germany

Turkey and the EU: time for plan B?

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After an over half century accession bid, Turkey and the European Union are moving into a new period of relations where tighter cooperation in specific areas will be prioritised over Ankara's drive for full membership, analysts say.

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Turkey to launch military operations in Syria | The Siasat Daily

Turkey to launch military operations in Syria

January 14, 2018, 6:39 AM IST

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey would conduct military operations in Syria’s Afrin if Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militants do not withdraw in a week.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Turkey blasts 'distorted' EU Cyprus declaration

Turkey blasts 'distorted' EU Cyprus declaration
ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency

Turkey criticized a joint statement of southern EU member states on the Cyprus issue as both distorted and unhelpful on Jan. 12.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Turkey's other coup victims: Innocents thrown in filthy jails for using an app | Middle East Eye

Turkey's other coup victims: Innocents thrown in filthy jails for using an app
#TurkeyCoup

Turkey has cleared thousands of workers of being coup plotters. But months of misery and dire prison conditions have left their mark

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Deconstructing Turkey’s foreign policy | The Strategist

Deconstructing Turkey’s foreign policy
12 Jan 2018|Isaac Kfir

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has redefined Turkey’s foreign policy, making it more independent and nationalist. The key to the new policy is a shift in Turkey’s security concerns, as the country has become less fearful of and closer to Russia (a traditional enemy) and Iran (a regional competitor and a possible supporter of Kurdish independence), while also successfully resurrecting Necmettin Erbakan’s Islamist foreign policy.

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Turkish courts defy order to release two jailed journalists

Turkish courts defy order to release two jailed journalists

Criminal courts refuse to implement constitutional court ruling

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Erdogan’s ‘crazy’ canal only one part of massive transport push | Asia Times

Erdogan’s ‘crazy’ canal only one part of massive transport push

New Istanbul airport will be among world’s largest; rails to link China, Europe
By Asia Times staff January 12, 2018 6:10 AM (UTC+8)

While Turkey’s decision to go ahead with canal that will slice through Istanbul continues be met with skepticism, it is just one of many developments that could transform transportation in the region, the Journal of Commerce reports.

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Turkey’s State of Emergency | The Nation

Turkey’s State of Emergency

Could the Kurdish issue be the one that ultimately shakes Erdoğan’s seemingly unbreakable grip on power?

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Will Turkey Call Early Elections? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Will Turkey Call Early Elections?

Soner Cagaptay January 11, 2018

The next domino in Erdogan's consolidation of power may soon fall, and Washington should view any short-term spike in his nationalist rhetoric through this domestic political lens.

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Turkey: A Cautionary Tale

Turkey: A Cautionary Tale

When Turkey’s President Erdogan came to Washington in May, apart from his security detail beating up protesters, he had a meeting with 40 prominent U.S. investors where he urged them to increase investments in Turkey. The Turkish Ministry of the Economy also launched an image campaign under the slogan “Come to Turkey, discover your own story!” to attract foreign investors. The following should act as a cautionary tale.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do improved ties with France, Germany signal end to Turkey’s EU bid?

Do improved ties with France, Germany signal end to Turkey’s EU bid?
Semih Idiz January 10, 2018

Article Summary
Turkish liberals lament the state of Ankara-EU relations, but pro-government analysts believe developing practical ties with key European powers is better than waiting at the EU’s door.

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To Save Turkey’s Democracy, the Country’s Opposition must Offer Erdogan a Grand Bargain

To Save Turkey’s Democracy, the Country’s Opposition must Offer Erdogan a Grand Bargain
Soner Cagaptay
January 8, 2018

Turkish democracy is dying. Of the three parties in the country’s legislature that oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the leader of the first — the Peoples Democracy Party (HDP) — has been jailed by Erdogan. The leader of the second — the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) — has said he wants to join forces with Erdogan. And the leader of the third, and main opposition faction — the Republican People’s Party (CHP) — has been labeled a “national security issue” by Erdogan’s deputy prime minister.

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Turkey's Good Party emerges as serious challenger to Erdogan | Euronews

Turkey's Good Party emerges as serious challenger to Erdogan
By Euronews
last updated: 10/01/2018

The Good Party has gathered ground since its foundation last October, emerging as a serious contender to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in next year's presidential elections.

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Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Report Turkey – satPRnews

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Report Turkey

The new report from Pharmaceuticals Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of pharmaceutical industries.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Erdogan's border-security bluster a snarl at Moscow

Erdogan's border-security bluster a snarl at Moscow
Amberin Zaman January 9, 2018

Article Summary
The Turkish president has renewed threats to move against Syrian Kurdish forces, playing to his nationalist base with promises to secure Turkey's borders, but is unlikely to take action yet for fear of Russian retaliation.

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Turkey to launch ecolabel for textile, paper, ceramics

Turkey to launch ecolabel for textile, paper, ceramics

Seven firms to receive ecolabel certifying that their products are environment-friendly

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Turkish Cyprus PM fails to win majority  | EurasiaTimes

Turkish Cyprus PM fails to win majority

by Eurasiatimes

Northern Cyprus looks set to be ruled by a right-wing coalition sceptical of reunifying the island after the party of the isolated statelet’s prime minister failed to gain an overall majority.

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Turkish scientists to crack Neolithic-era DNA code, European funding awarded

Turkish scientists to crack Neolithic-era DNA code, European funding awarded
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Turkish scientists a €2.5 million ($2.9 million) grant to analyze the DNA of 1,500 people who used to live in the Anatolian region – the Asian part of present-day Turkey – during the Neolithic period.

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Turkey's Nationalist Opposition to Back Erdogan in 2019 Election | World News | US News

Turkey's Nationalist Opposition to Back Erdogan in 2019 Election

Jan. 8, 2018, at 8:02 a.m.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's nationalist opposition said on Monday it would back President Tayyip Erdogan in the 2019 election, signaling continued right-wing support crucial to his narrow victory in a constitutional referendum last year.

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Macron's snub sends Erdogan further into Putin's embrace | Asia Times

Macron’s snub sends Erdogan further into Putin’s embrace

Once passionately desired by its strongman leader, the likelihood of EU membership for Turkey looks to have been put to bed

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PM’s ruling party wins election in Turkish Cypriot poll

PM’s ruling party wins election in Turkish Cypriot poll
NICOSIA – Anadolu Agency

According to the unofficial parliamentary election results on Jan. 8 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the National Unity Party (UBP) won the election with 35.44 percent in the snap general election.

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Germany's 'In the Fade' wins Golden Globe for foreign film - ABC News

Germany's 'In the Fade' wins Golden Globe for foreign film

By andrew dalton, associated press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Jan 7, 2018, 10:35 PM ET

"In the Fade," a German film that tackles terrorism from multiple, and multicultural, perspectives won the Golden Globe on Sunday for best foreign language film.

"How'd that happen?" said a stunned Fatih Akin as he accepted the award. "Thank you for elevating this movie even though it's in a foreign language."

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Turkey needs more women in local governance

Turkey needs more women in local governance

Four-year-old Elif and two-year-old Hira were killed by their father Ali Yardım on Jan. 2 in Istanbul’s Maltepe district. Their mother Dilek Yardım, who was seeking a divorce from Ali, said at the funeral on Jan. 4 that she had repeatedly applied to the authorities to have a restraining order issued against her husband. But she was unable to get one.

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

'Turkey is worn out with waiting for EU accession' - Erdogan | Euronews

'Turkey is worn out with waiting for EU accession' - Erdogan
By Catherine Hardy
last updated: 05/01/2018

Emmanuel Macron warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the rule of law and ruled out progress in Turkey's EU membership bid as the French president hosted his Turkish counterpart in Paris.

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Two votes, one last chance for Cypriot reunification – POLITICO

Two votes, one last chance for Cypriot reunification

By Sara Stefanini

The collapse of talks between Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders late last year all but extinguished hopes that the island would ever be united.

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Macron says 'no progress possible' on Turkey EU bid

Macron says 'no progress possible' on Turkey EU bid

By AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that political developments in Turkey were effectively blocking its EU accession bid, suggesting a "partnership" instead of full membership.

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Macron questions Turkey′s EU credentials, Erdogan condemns journalists | News | DW | 05.01.2018

Macron questions Turkey's EU credentials, Erdogan condemns journalists

During a tense press conference, France's Macron said progress isn't possible in Turkey's EU membership bid because of human rights concerns. Turkey's Erdogan responded that journalists are "gardeners" of terrorism.

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Prominent Turkish actor dies aged 93

Prominent Turkish actor dies aged 93

Munir Ozkul, known for his memorable roles in landmark Turkish movies, passes away after long bout of illness

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Turkey ousts mayor of Istanbul district as opposition cries foul

Turkey ousts mayor of Istanbul district as opposition cries foul

ANKARA – The Turkish interior ministry on Thursday dismissed the high-profile mayor of the central Istanbul district of Besiktas, sparking opposition accusations that it was politically motivated.

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The dark side of Turkey’s economic boom | All media content | DW | 05.01.2018

The dark side of Turkey’s economic boom

Turkey’s economy is booming — officially, at least. Skyscrapers are sprouting up and exports are strong. But high inflation means that many in Turkey are feeling the pinch.

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Is ice finally thawing between EU, Turkey?

Is ice finally thawing between EU, Turkey?

Semih Idiz January 4, 2018

Ending 2017 on a comparatively higher note, recent conversations and visits between officials from European countries and Turkey could help nudge both sides to better relations in 2018.

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Demirtas steps down as Turkey's Kurds ponder new strategy

Demirtas steps down as Turkey's Kurds ponder new strategy

Amberin Zaman

Selahattin Demirtas plans to relinquish his post as co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party, as Ankara continues to repress political opposition.

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Turkey removes opposition party mayor from office -... | Daily Mail Online

Turkey removes opposition party mayor from office - ministry statement

By Reuters

ANKARA, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Turkey's Interior Ministry removed the opposition mayor of Istanbul's Besiktas municipality from office on Thursday, accusing him of links to the 2016 attempted coup and corruption.

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'Scandalous Decision': How A Turkish Banker's Conviction In U.S. Is Roiling Ankara : The Two-Way : NPR

'Scandalous Decision': How A Turkish Banker's Conviction In U.S. Is Roiling Ankara

January 4, 201812:44 PM ET

A federal trial in New York City, which saw a Turkish banker tried on allegations of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran, ended Wednesday with his conviction on five of six charges — including bank fraud and several conspiracies to defraud American financial institutions.

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Erdogan's Ottoman dream causes storm in Red Sea

Erdogan's Ottoman dream causes storm in Red Sea

READ IN: Türkçe Fehim Tastekin January 3, 2018 0 1 3 5 6 Article Summary Turkey’s unexpected military-cooperation deal with Sudan and leasing of Suakin Island have rekindled Ottoman fears in the region.

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Turkey: US trial of Turkish banker 'legal disgrace' - NY Daily News

Turkey: US trial of Turkish banker 'legal disgrace'

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3:18 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has slammed the conviction in New York of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade sanctions as a "legal disgrace," and says it hopes the decision will be overturned.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Turkey Trade Deficit Widens 38 Percent | Financial Tribune

Turkey Trade Deficit Widens 38 Percent

Turkey’s trade deficit widened by 37.5% in 2017 to $77.1 billion, data from the country’s customs and trade ministry showed.

The country’s foreign trade volume accounted for $391.3 billion, rising 14.7% in the January-December 2017 period, according to ministry data, Hurriyet Daily reported.

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U.S. jury finds Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran dodge sanctions

U.S. jury finds Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran dodge sanctions
Brendan Pierson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Wednesday found a Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, after a nearly four-week trial that has strained diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkey.

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Turkish child marriage religious document sparks anger - BBC News

Turkish child marriage religious document sparks anger

Turkey's main opposition party has called for a parliamentary inquiry after the directorate of religious affairs said that, under Islamic law, girls as young as nine could marry.

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China introduces online visa service for Turkish citizens

China introduces online visa service for Turkish citizens
ANKARA

Turkish citizens will now be able to apply for Chinese visas online, Ankara’s ambassador to Beijing stated on Jan. 3.

“Chinese visa applications for citizens of Turkey have been changed to an appointment system via the internet as of Jan. 1.

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Erdogan heads to France seeking EU thaw

Erdogan heads to France seeking EU thaw
[AFP News]
Luana Sarmini-Buonaccorsi
AFP News3 January 2018

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday visits Paris for talks with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, seeking to start the New Year by warming relations with the European Union after a torrid 2017.

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In Turkey, Erdoğan Mounts a Christmas Purge of Journalists

In Turkey, Erdoğan Mounts a Christmas Purge of Journalists
By Jo Glanville On 1/3/18 at 3:30 AM

The Turkish courts were busy over Christmas.

On Christmas Day, 17 journalists and executives from Turkey’s oldest newspaper, Cumhuriyet, went on trial, accused of supporting terrorist organizations.

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More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings - The Globe and Mail

More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings

ISTANBUL Special to The Globe and Mail Published 11 hours ago Updated January 2, 2018 Nearly 18 months after the Turkish government survived a violent coup attempt and responded with mass arrests and firings, the fate of more than 100,000 Turkish citizens rests with an opaque government-appointed commission that will decide whether they get their jobs back.

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Turkish banker loses second bid for mistrial in U.S. sanctions case

Turkish banker loses second bid for mistrial in U.S. sanctions case

Brendan Pierson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday refused to order a mistrial in the case of Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an executive at Turkey’s majority state-owned Halkbank who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Jury goes back to work in US trial of Turkish banker - San Francisco Chronicle

Jury goes back to work in US trial of Turkish banker

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press
January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018 9:33pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury deliberating the fate of a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions resumes its work in a New York City courtroom.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Erdogan’s Turkey: The Role Of A Little Known Islamist Poet « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Erdogan’s Turkey: The Role Of A Little Known Islamist Poet
By Svante Cornell on January 02, 2018 at 3:14 PM

When President Trump announced that the US had recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the region prepared for violence. Aside from a few days of sporadic protests, relatively little happened. Most Arab leaders – Saudi Arabia chief among them – took the decision in their stride. The one major exception was Turkey. This intriguing op-ed explores why the NATO ally has reacted as it has. Read on! The Editor.

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Watching Turkey’s Descent Into Islamist Dictatorship | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Watching Turkey’s Descent Into Islamist Dictatorship
avatar by Andrew E. Harrod

“Deep trouble” in Turkey’s relationships with Europe and the United States was a recurring theme in the December address of Michael Meier — representative to America and Canada for Germany’s Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), or the Foundation for Social Democracy. His introduction to the Middle East Institute (MEI) and FES’ eighth annual Turkey Conference, at Washington, DC’s National Press Club was an appropriately gloomy preface to the discussion of Turkey’s troubled past and present.

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Turks wake up to New Year price hikes, dozens of services hit

Turks wake up to New Year price hikes, dozens of services hit
ISTANBUL

Turkish citizens have woken up in the New Year to face a series of price hikes across various fields, from electricity to bridge and highway tolls.

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A Brexit Blueprint for Turkey? | Geopolitical Monitor

A Brexit Blueprint for Turkey?

January 2, 2018 Neil Thompson Merke

Given the long history of failed Turkish-EU ascension talks and the continuing political upheaval in Turkey, the issue of Turkey joining the EU has long been a moribund one. But speculation is now mounting that by voting to leave the European Union, Britain will inadvertently create a kind of blueprint for a closer kind of customs union, one that can be used to improve ties with politically sensitive countries such as Ukraine or Turkey without actually bringing them into the EU. This would allow for better economic ties without the need for the kinds of fundamental political reforms which are a prerequisite for EU membership. It would also circumvent the requirement for the free movement of labor, which has become a cause celebre of anti-Brussels nationalists across the Continent.

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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia is at the centre of a battle for Turkey’s soul

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia is at the centre of a battle for Turkey’s soul

Controversy has erupted over calls to turn the museum back into a mosque

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Monday, January 01, 2018

Important changes in Turkey are coming in the new year | Economics Gazette

Important changes in Turkey are coming in the new year

January 1, 2018

ErdoganIn his new year message, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out that there will be important changes in the country. In his words, local elections in 2018 and parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019 are such critical periods.

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A tough year ahead for Turkey

A tough year ahead for Turkey

President Tayyip Erdoğan said on the last day of 2017 that Turkey would “continue to take risks” in its foreign policy, especially in regional issues, in 2018. Indeed, 2018 may well be a difficult year for the country, considering prospects in the areas of diplomacy, democracy and the economy.

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