Monday, January 15, 2018
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.”
More:Turkey reveals route of ‘crazy’ Istanbul canal project
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.
More:Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Creating `Army of Terror' on Turk Border - Bloomberg
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.
More:Turkey-EU relations: What now?
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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
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.
More:Spiegel editor′s Twitter account hacked to post pro-Turkey message | News | DW | 14.01.2018
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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.
More:Turkey and the EU: time for plan B? | German News | Expatica Germany
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.
More:Turkey to launch military operations in Syria | The Siasat Daily
Saturday, January 13, 2018
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Turkey criticized a joint statement of southern EU member states on the Cyprus issue as both distorted and unhelpful on Jan. 12.
More:Turkey blasts 'distorted' EU Cyprus declaration
Friday, January 12, 2018
Turkey has cleared thousands of workers of being coup plotters. But months of misery and dire prison conditions have left their mark
More:Turkey's other coup victims: Innocents thrown in filthy jails for using an app | Middle East Eye
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.
More:Deconstructing Turkey’s foreign policy | The Strategist
Criminal courts refuse to implement constitutional court ruling
More:Turkish courts defy order to release two jailed journalists
Thursday, January 11, 2018
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.
More:Erdogan’s ‘crazy’ canal only one part of massive transport push | Asia Times
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.
More:Will Turkey Call Early Elections? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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.
More:Turkey: A Cautionary Tale
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Semih Idiz January 10, 2018
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.
More:Do improved ties with France, Germany signal end to Turkey’s EU bid?
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.
More:To Save Turkey’s Democracy, the Country’s Opposition must Offer Erdogan a Grand Bargain
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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.
More:Turkey's Good Party emerges as serious challenger to Erdogan | Euronews
The new report from Pharmaceuticals Market Reports has been published today. It provides updated in 2018 year analysis of pharmaceutical industries.
More:Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Report Turkey – satPRnews
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
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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.
More:Erdogan's border-security bluster a snarl at Moscow
Seven firms to receive ecolabel certifying that their products are environment-friendly
More:Turkey to launch ecolabel for textile, paper, ceramics
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.
More:Turkish Cyprus PM fails to win majority | EurasiaTimes
Monday, January 08, 2018
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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.
More:Turkish scientists to crack Neolithic-era DNA code, European funding awarded
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.
More:Turkey's Nationalist Opposition to Back Erdogan in 2019 Election | World News | US News
Once passionately desired by its strongman leader, the likelihood of EU membership for Turkey looks to have been put to bed
More:Macron's snub sends Erdogan further into Putin's embrace | Asia Times
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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.
More:PM’s ruling party wins election in Turkish Cypriot poll
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."
More:Germany's 'In the Fade' wins Golden Globe for foreign film - ABC News
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.
More:Turkey needs more women in local governance
Saturday, January 06, 2018
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.
More:'Turkey is worn out with waiting for EU accession' - Erdogan | Euronews
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.
More:Two votes, one last chance for Cypriot reunification – POLITICO
Friday, January 05, 2018
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.
More:Macron says 'no progress possible' on Turkey EU bid
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.
More:Macron questions Turkey′s EU credentials, Erdogan condemns journalists | News | DW | 05.01.2018
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.
More:Turkey ousts mayor of Istanbul district as opposition cries foul
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.
More:The dark side of Turkey’s economic boom | All media content | DW | 05.01.2018
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.
More:Is ice finally thawing between EU, Turkey?
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Selahattin Demirtas plans to relinquish his post as co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party, as Ankara continues to repress political opposition.
More:Demirtas steps down as Turkey's Kurds ponder new strategy
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.
More:Turkey removes opposition party mayor from office -... | Daily Mail Online
'Scandalous Decision': How A Turkish Banker's Conviction In U.S. Is Roiling Ankara : The Two-Way : NPR
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.
More:'Scandalous Decision': How A Turkish Banker's Conviction In U.S. Is Roiling Ankara : The Two-Way : NPR
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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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.
More:Turkey: US trial of Turkish banker 'legal disgrace' - NY Daily News
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
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.
More:Turkey Trade Deficit Widens 38 Percent | Financial Tribune
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.
More:U.S. jury finds Turkish banker guilty of helping Iran dodge sanctions
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.
More:Turkish child marriage religious document sparks anger - BBC News
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.
More:China introduces online visa service for Turkish citizens
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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.
More:Erdogan heads to France seeking EU thaw
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.
More:In Turkey, Erdoğan Mounts a Christmas Purge of Journalists
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.
More:More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings - The Globe and Mail
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.
More:Turkish banker loses second bid for mistrial in U.S. sanctions case
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.
More:Jury goes back to work in US trial of Turkish banker - San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Erdogan’s Turkey: The Role Of A Little Known Islamist Poet « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
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.
More:Erdogan’s Turkey: The Role Of A Little Known Islamist Poet « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary
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“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.
More:Watching Turkey’s Descent Into Islamist Dictatorship | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
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.
More:Turks wake up to New Year price hikes, dozens of services hit
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.
More:A Brexit Blueprint for Turkey? | Geopolitical Monitor
Controversy has erupted over calls to turn the museum back into a mosque
More:Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia is at the centre of a battle for Turkey’s soul
Monday, January 01, 2018
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.
More:Important changes in Turkey are coming in the new year | Economics Gazette
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.
More:A tough year ahead for Turkey