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Monday, June 18, 2018

Turkish, U.S. units begin patrols near northern Syria's Manbij | Euronews

Turkish, U.S. units begin patrols near northern Syria's Manbij
By REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey’s military said on Monday.

More:Turkish, U.S. units begin patrols near northern Syria's Manbij | Euronews

Reality Check: The numbers behind the crackdown in Turkey - BBC News

Reality Check: The numbers behind the crackdown in Turkey
By Chris Morris Reality Check correspondent, in Istanbul

Almost two years after a failed military coup in Turkey, the country remains under a state of emergency. What has happened during the crackdown?

More:Reality Check: The numbers behind the crackdown in Turkey - BBC News

Countdown to the Turkish election: Erdogan beats the nationalist drum - Qantara.de

Erdogan beats the nationalist drum

When Turkeyʹs president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was first elected Mayor of Istanbul in 1994 he pledged not to resort to blaming Turkeyʹs problems on "outside powers, outside forces, or foreigners". Years later, with the weight of high office and a struggling currency upon him, that pledge is long gone. By Tom Stevenson

More:Countdown to the Turkish election: Erdogan beats the nationalist drum - Qantara.de

Is Greece About To Lay Legal Claim To Atatürk And His Legacy? - Eurasia Future

Is Greece About To Lay Legal Claim To Atatürk And His Legacy?
Written by Andrew Korybko on 2018-06-18

It’s absurd to consider the founding father of the modern-day Turkish state as anything other than a Turk, but if the Greek Parliament passes the recently concluded “name deal” with Macedonia, then Athens will legally be obliged to regard everything in Greek Macedonia – including Atatürk, who was born in the regional capital of Thessaloniki – as having the “attribute” of being part of “Hellenic civilization, history, culture and heritage…from antiquity to the present day”.

More:Is Greece About To Lay Legal Claim To Atatürk And His Legacy? - Eurasia Future

Five candidates compete in Turkey’s presidential race | | AW

Five candidates compete in Turkey’s presidential race
Polls put Turkish president Erdogan at around 45% of the vote.
Sunday 17/06/2018

ISTANBUL - When Turks go to the polls June 24 to elect a new head of state, they will have five major candidates from whom to choose. Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a field of three men and one woman who could force him into a run-off vote July 8 if he fails to win more than 50% in the first round. Here is an overview of the candidates:

More:Five candidates compete in Turkey’s presidential race | | AW

Turkey elections: Can Erdogan really lose? | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 18.06.2018

Turkey elections: Can Erdogan really lose?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won every election in Turkey for the past 16 years. The current economic crisis means he is now in danger of losing his parliamentary majority — and re-election as president is far from certain.

More:Turkey elections: Can Erdogan really lose? | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 18.06.2018

The puppy, populism and the dance: Elections in Turkey between sanity and insanity | Opinion | DW | 18.06.2018

The puppy, populism and the dance: Elections in Turkey between sanity and insanity

Ahead of Turkey's presidential election, author Ece Temelkuran praises her compatriots' unbroken spirit. She says it is a model for all who have begun to experience the maddening absurdity of right-wing populism.

More:The puppy, populism and the dance: Elections in Turkey between sanity and insanity | Opinion | DW | 18.06.2018

The Muharrem Ince phenomenon | Ahval

The Muharrem Ince phenomenon

When President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its coalition partner—the Nationalist Action Party (MHP)—called for early elections, they thought victory was assured. After moving Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections forwards a year and a half, to June 24 with only 60 days notice, they expected opposition parties would struggle to unite in a rival coalition and fail to field a presidential candidate capable of posing a threat to President Erdoğan’s 16-year tenure in power.

More:The Muharrem Ince phenomenon | Ahval

In Erdogan Heartland, Lira Crisis Is Taking Toll on Businesses - Bloomberg

In Erdogan Heartland, Lira Crisis Is Taking Toll on Businesses

‘Anatolian Tigers’ are roaring less these days
By Asli Kandemir
and Cagan Koc
June 18, 2018, 4:00 AM GMT+2

Even in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s electoral stronghold, businessmen like Halit Ozkaya can’t help but complain about the currency crisis the president instigated just weeks before elections.

More:In Erdogan Heartland, Lira Crisis Is Taking Toll on Businesses - Bloomberg

Economic woes trump politics ahead of Turkey elections

Economic woes trump politics ahead of Turkey elections
18.06.2018

"The fridge is half empty. How are we supposed to fill the fridge at these prices?" says housewife Ayse Tatar, 54, as she shops for dinner at a bazaar in Istanbul's Uskudar district. According to a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a campaign rally, an increase in the sale of refrigerators is proof that the economy is doing well. "If there is a refrigerator in every house, then we are on a certain level of prosperity," Erdogan had said.

More:Economic woes trump politics ahead of Turkey elections

Istanbul’s ‘migrant map reflects voting behavior’

Istanbul’s ‘migrant map reflects voting behavior’
Barçın Yinanç - barcin.yinanc@hdn.com.tr

The social geographic map of Istanbul shows the city is divided into two parts with distinct lifestyles and political convictions, said urban expert Professor Murat Güvenç. ‘The AKP’s 16 years in office have not changed the basic dividing line which has been there for 25 years,’ said Güvenç.

Political polarization is visible in Istanbul’s socioeconomic map and it has been there for 25 years, according to urban expert Murat Güvenç.

More:Istanbul’s ‘migrant map reflects voting behavior’

gulftoday.ae | Michael Jansen: Erdogan won’t cave in easily

Michael Jansen: Erdogan won’t cave in easily

June 18, 2018

On June 24th, Turks go to the polls to elect both president and parliament under a new system of governance which has granted the executive branch wide powers over the legislature and judiciary. Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has ruled for 15 years, designed the new arrangement for himself but is under greater challenge than ever before by an opposition reinvigorated by repression and mismanagement.

More:gulftoday.ae | Michael Jansen: Erdogan won’t cave in easily

Muharrem Ince: Erdogan rival kindles opposition hopes – is it enough?

Muharrem Ince: Erdogan rival kindles opposition hopes – is it enough?
18.06.2018

Muharrem Ince, a 54-year-old firebrand lawmaker from Turkey's staunch secularist camp, has breathed new life into the weary opposition ahead of critical elections, drawing massive crowds to his rallies, coloured with selfies, dances and songs on the stage. Ince uses populist rhetoric as equally effectively as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, promising to end what he calls the "one-man rule" and to tackle economic problems. An animated character, Ince paces the stage, sharply attacking Erdogan in fiery speeches that take aim at the expensive presidential palace and voicing concerns about stubborn unemployment and a decline in democratic norms.

More:Muharrem Ince: Erdogan rival kindles opposition hopes – is it enough?

'Mother Meral': The woman trying to drive Turkey's Erdogan from - KPAX.com | Continuous News | Missoula & Western Montana

'Mother Meral': The woman trying to drive Turkey's Erdogan from office
Posted: Jun 18, 2018 6:02 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 6:02 AM
By Gul Tuysuz and Isil Sariyuce CNN

ADANA, Turkey (CNN) -- Quarrels between men end when a woman throws her headscarf on the ground, according to Turkish tradition.

More:'Mother Meral': The woman trying to drive Turkey's Erdogan from - KPAX.com | Continuous News | Missoula & Western Montana

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces strong Turkey election challenge - Washington Times

Energized Turkish opposition puts Erdogan in real danger of losing power

ISTANBUL — It was supposed to be an easy win.

A prolonged state of emergency after a failed coup attempt and a constitutional referendum that delivered Turkey’s president sweeping new powers should deliver strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an easy win in Turkey’s June 24 snap elections, a vote moved up from November 2019.

More:Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces strong Turkey election challenge - Washington Times

TV weather forecasts get better ratings than Erdoğan, says challenger | Ahval

TV weather forecasts get better ratings than Erdoğan, says challenger

Muharrem İnce, the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate, responded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s refusal to engage in a live TV debate with him, saying television weather reports attract better ratings than Erdoğan.

More:TV weather forecasts get better ratings than Erdoğan, says challenger | Ahval

Erdoğan follows CHP candidate’s election promises and criticism | Ahval

Erdoğan follows CHP candidate’s election promises and criticism

For the third time since the campaigns for elections in Turkey on June 24 took start, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced a change in his policies, following the main opposition Republican People’s candidate Muharrem İnce’s promises and criticism on the same issues, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Saturday.

Muharrem İnce recently criticised that while the bridges built before Erdoğan was toll-free during the eid holiday, this was not the case for bridges built during his term in office via public-private partnership.

More:Erdoğan follows CHP candidate’s election promises and criticism | Ahval

Erdogan, Ince square up for heavyweight Turkey poll fight - Journal du Cameroun

Erdogan, Ince square up for heavyweight Turkey poll fight

Published on 17.06.2018 at 10h54 by AFP

With a week to go to crucial Turkish elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival Muharrem Ince are trading blows in an unexpectedly bruising fight to win control of the country.

Erdogan prides himself on his formidable campaigning skills but Ince, a fiery orator from the left of the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), has shown he can match the president’s famed charisma and rhetoric.

As the clock ticks down to the June 24 polls, the pair are holding several rallies daily, often visiting the same key battleground town within days of each other in what now appears to be the biggest ballot box challenge of Erdogan’s career.

More:Erdogan, Ince square up for heavyweight Turkey poll fight - Journal du Cameroun

The Festival Cappadox: Powerful art in dark times in Turkey | Ahval

The Festival Cappadox: Powerful art in dark times in Turkey

Fulya Erdemci was sitting under a mulberry tree in the garden of a hotel built into the rocks in the style of the local cave architecture used for centuries in the central Turkish region of Cappadocia. For the fourth time, Erdemci is curator of the annual Art-Festival Cappadox taking place between the June 14 and July 9 in the town of Ortahisar.

More:The Festival Cappadox: Powerful art in dark times in Turkey | Ahval

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Presidential candidate calls for five million-strong Istanbul rally | Ahval

Presidential candidate calls for five million-strong Istanbul rally

Turkish opposition presidential candidate Muharrem İnce has called for 5 million people out of the 15 million inhabitant city to attend his Istanbul rally on the eve of the June 24 election, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said .

More:Presidential candidate calls for five million-strong Istanbul rally | Ahval

Could Erdogan actually be voted out in Turkey?

Could Erdogan actually be voted out in Turkey?

Jazz ShawPosted at 11:31 am on June 16, 2018

Turkey’s next round of elections is coming up in just over a week, on June 24th. Considering that the Turks are currently living under a barely disguised dictatorship in the form of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, one might imagine that the elections will be little more than a formality. But in an unusual bit of media digging, Bloomberg commissioned a poll of Turkish voters to evaluate the chances of both Erdogan and his AKP Party. The conclusion? Erdogan is holding a lead, but it’s not as big as you might imagine and his nearest challenger could be within the margin of error for an upset victory.

More:Could Erdogan actually be voted out in Turkey?

Turkish presidential candidates make final appeal in closely watched test of political opposition | Geopolitical risk analysis

Turkish presidential candidates make final appeal in closely watched test of political opposition

Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and opposition candidates are expected to give a short final address to the public through state television ahead of June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections.

More:Turkish presidential candidates make final appeal in closely watched test of political opposition | Geopolitical risk analysis

Opposition Mounts Challenge To Erdogan In Turkey : NPR

Opposition Mounts Challenge To Erdogan In Turkey

June 15, 20185:02 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
Peter Kenyon - Square

Turkey's president called elections to try to solidify his power — and he does dominate the campaign — but others are mounting a significant challenge.

More:Opposition Mounts Challenge To Erdogan In Turkey : NPR

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tyrant or man of the people? Erdogan divides expat Turks

Tyrant or man of the people? Erdogan divides expat Turks

ANNA PUKAS
June 15, 2018 23:46

LONDON: A butcher’s shop is not an obvious place for a heated debate, but when the subject is the forthcoming elections in Turkey and the customers are split between support for the incumbent, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his opponents, it does not take long for voices to start rising and arms to start waving.

More:Tyrant or man of the people? Erdogan divides expat Turks

Fear and fatigue: Turkey's election weighed down by silence | Middle East Eye

Fear and fatigue: Turkey's election weighed down by silence
#TurkeyChooses

While leaders rally across the country, many in Turkey fear talking politics ahead of election

More:Fear and fatigue: Turkey's election weighed down by silence | Middle East Eye

Turkish vote: Is Muharrem Ince the man to challenge Erdogan's dominance? | Middle East Eye

Turkish vote: Is Muharrem Ince the man to challenge Erdogan's dominance? #TurkeyChooses

Emphasising his humble origins and firebrand rhetoric, the CHP candidate courts Kurds and religious conservatives in bid for presidency

More:Turkish vote: Is Muharrem Ince the man to challenge Erdogan's dominance? | Middle East Eye

Turkish lira slides almost 6% in worst week in a decade | Financial Times

Turkish lira slides almost 6% in worst week in a decade

Investors anxious over domestic policy and broader emerging market retreat

More:Turkish lira slides almost 6% in worst week in a decade | Financial Times

Emotional vs. rational divide will decide election in Turkey | Ahval

Emotional vs. rational divide will decide election in Turkey

Electoral campaigning in Turkey ahead of elections on June 24 has been based heavily on constituents' emotions, particularly fear, with pro-government circles blaming the Turkish lira’s slide on attacks by foreign powers, political scientist Özgehan Şenyuva said in his article published by the German Marshall Fund on Friday.

More:Emotional vs. rational divide will decide election in Turkey | Ahval

Turkish opposition leader vows to defeat Erdogan and 'unite' country - Journal du Cameroun

Turkish opposition leader vows to defeat Erdogan and ‘unite’ country

Published on 15.06.2018

For a man attempting to sweep away Turkey’s long serving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opposition leader Muharrem Ince seems remarkably relaxed just over a week ahead of crucial elections, vowing to be a leader “who unites”. The MP, a former physics teacher, relaxes under the shade of an apple tree in the garden of his family home in the north-western province of Yalova and promises Turkey can change.

More:Turkish opposition leader vows to defeat Erdogan and 'unite' country - Journal du Cameroun

Leaked Erdogan Video Stokes Turkish Vote-Rigging Fears

Leaked Erdogan Video Stokes Turkish Vote-Rigging Fears
June 15, 2018 3:34 PM

Dorian Jones

ISTANBUL —

A leaked video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vote sparked fears of possible vote rigging ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24.

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Turkey: Erdogan facing a tough election | Euronews

Turkey: Erdogan facing a tough election

By Louise Miner

President Erdogan could be facing a tough battle to win the Turkey elections on the 24th of June. That's according to recent polls. It comes as the lira has plunged in value and with soaring inflation, it makes it very difficult for the 64 year old for the first time in his 15 years leading the country.

More:Turkey: Erdogan facing a tough election | Euronews

Erdogan takes ‘crazy projects’ to new level with Canal Istanbul dream — World — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News

Erdogan takes ‘crazy projects’ to new level with Canal Istanbul dream
By AFP
15 June 2018 | 12:01 pm

The waves of the Black Sea lap peacefully on the shore of the Turkish coastal village of Karaburun outside Istanbul. Not far away, water buffalo peacefully graze on green pastures.

More:Erdogan takes ‘crazy projects’ to new level with Canal Istanbul dream — World — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News

Will Iraq's Qandil become Erdogan’s quagmire?

Will Iraq's Qandil become Erdogan’s quagmire?

Fazel Hawramy (Iraq Pulse) June 14, 2018

Article Summary Although Turkey's military excursion into northern Iraq could be an electoral stunt by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an expanded operation into Qandil Mountains could become a quagmire for Erdogan and pose great risks for regional stability.

More:Will Iraq's Qandil become Erdogan’s quagmire?

Minister criticises Erdogan letter as Dutch Turks turn out to vote - DutchNews.nl

Minister criticises Erdogan letter as Dutch Turks turn out to vote
Europe
June 15, 2018

Dutch social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees has described efforts by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to encourage Dutch Turks to vote in the parliamentary elections next week as inappropriate.

More:Minister criticises Erdogan letter as Dutch Turks turn out to vote - DutchNews.nl

Okan Tower Will Redefine Downtown Miami As Florida's Tallest Skyscraper

Okan Tower Will Redefine Downtown Miami As Florida's Tallest Skyscraper
Keith Flamer , Contributor

Okan Tower features an undulating façade shaped like a tulip.

Miami is a booming international city. Soon, it will be blooming too. Okan Tower, a 70-story flower-shaped architectural wonder will anchor the city’s surging skyline, ultimately unfolding as the tallest skyscraper in Florida (in fact, the tallest tower south of Manhattan).

When completed, the versatile mix-used tower will soar 890 feet over downtown Miami (eclipsing the 868-foot-tall Panorama Tower), comprising a 294-room branded Hilton Hotel, 236 condo-hotel units, 149 condo residences, office space, and retail. The $300 million project will be developed and self-funded by billionaire Turkish real estate mogul Bekir Okan’s company, Okan Group—Turkey’s first major real estate investment in Miami.

More:Okan Tower Will Redefine Downtown Miami As Florida's Tallest Skyscraper

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Interactive: The shift in Turkish voting patterns in recent elections – James in Turkey

Interactive: The shift in Turkish voting patterns in recent elections

Thursday 14 June 2018| 2018 general election, From the vaults
Any election that is genuinely competitive involves shifting voter loyalties where parties compete for the support of groups that did not vote for them last time around. Turkish elections are no different.

More:Interactive: The shift in Turkish voting patterns in recent elections – James in Turkey

Turkey elections: why Erdoğan and his party are suddenly vulnerable

Turkey elections: why Erdoğan and his party are suddenly vulnerable
[Christian Science Monitor]
Scott Peterson
,Christian Science Monitor•June 14, 2018

Caner Güneş, with short black beard, nationalistic tattoos, and blue jeans, is a member of the youth wing of Turkey’s main opposition party.

He helps staff a Republican People’s Party (CHP) tent blasting music and political speeches at a ferry terminal in Kadiköy, on the Asian side of Istanbul.

“The atmosphere now has really changed,” says Mr. Güneş. “In one neighborhood, when we went out there they used to throw stones at us,” he says. “Now they shake our hands and say, ‘You have our vote.’ ”

More:Turkey elections: why Erdoğan and his party are suddenly vulnerable

The conundrum of the Turkish economy… | Ahval

The conundrum of the Turkish economy…

The past week in Turkey has laid bare both the troubles in the Turkish economy and the changing season in global financial markets.

More:The conundrum of the Turkish economy… | Ahval

Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan - Pillow talk

Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan

Ahead of elections, he wants patriotic Turks to rescue the currency he undermined

More:Surrender your dollars, urges Turkey’s President Erdogan - Pillow talk

Turkey's Erdogan says to take aim at Moody's following June elections | Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan says to take aim at Moody's following June elections
Ali Kucukgocmen, Ezgi Erkoyun

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to take action against Moody’s after June 24 elections, his latest broadside against credit rating agencies that he says are trying to bring down the economy.

More:Turkey's Erdogan says to take aim at Moody's following June elections | Reuters

In Turkey, the opposition finally unites in bid to end Erdogan’s dominance - The Washington Post

In Turkey, the opposition finally unites in bid to end Erdogan’s dominance

ISTANBUL — Muharrem Ince, a former high school physics teacher who is a Turkish presidential candidate, hurled taunts at his main opponent, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the reckless abandon of a competitor who smelled blood.

More:In Turkey, the opposition finally unites in bid to end Erdogan’s dominance - The Washington Post

Poll shows support for Turkey's Erdogan eroding, vote going to second round - Channel NewsAsia

Poll shows support for Turkey's Erdogan eroding, vote going to second round

Tayyip Erdogan is seen falling short of a first-round victory in Turkey's presidential election, with his support dipping 1.6 points in one week, according to a survey by pollster Gezici published on Thursday.

More:Poll shows support for Turkey's Erdogan eroding, vote going to second round - Channel NewsAsia

Erdogan’s ‘Trojan Horse’ in Macedonia | San Diego Jewish World

Erdogan’s ‘Trojan Horse’ in Macedonia

Posted on 14 June 2018.
By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra

NEW YORK — Turkey’s President Erdogan makes no secret of his ambition to spread his neo-Ottoman wings all over the Balkans. He views Macedonia as another Turkish satellite in the making, which sadly the Macedonian government seems to have embraced without carefully assessing the long-term adverse ramifications. Very few Albanian voices in Macedonia have the courage to publicly criticize Erdogan, fearful of becoming a target of threats and insults by a huge propaganda machine directed by many of his cronies. Erdogan has been extremely successful in influencing the majority of Albanians in the country, many of whom consider him as their one and only trusted leader.

More:Erdogan’s ‘Trojan Horse’ in Macedonia | San Diego Jewish World

Erdoğan Not Assured of First-Round Victory - Center for American Progress

Erdoğan Not Assured of First-Round Victory
By John Halpin, Max Hoffman, Alan Makovsky, and Michael Werz Posted on June 14, 2018, .

In April, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called for snap elections expecting to solidify his rule under new constitutional powers. Yet with less than two weeks to go until the June 24 vote, he does not have majority support from Turkish voters. Likewise, Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and party allies remain short of majority control ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled for the same day.

More:Erdoğan Not Assured of First-Round Victory - Center for American Progress

Germany's identity crisis: Gundogan and Ozil are not the problem! - Qantara.de

Gundogan and Ozil are not the problem!

The criticism of Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil for meeting with Erdogan is justified, but the debate is about more than just human rights in Turkey. The real question is: how diverse does Germany want to be? Essay by Rene Wildangel

More:Germany's identity crisis: Gundogan and Ozil are not the problem! - Qantara.de

Comparison: India and Turkey: The Modi-Erdogan parallel - Qantara.de

The Modi-Erdogan parallel

While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not achieved the degree of "state capture" that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has, he is also 11 years behind. The path the two leaders are on, however, is similar enough to invite comparison – and provoke concern. By Shashi Tharoor

More:Comparison: India and Turkey: The Modi-Erdogan parallel - Qantara.de

Turkish, US military officials agree on plan for Syrian town - ABC News

Turkish, US military officials agree on plan for Syrian town
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANKARA, Turkey — Jun 14, 2018, 10:38 AM ET
The Associated Press

Turkey's military said Thursday that Turkish and U.S. officials meeting in Germany have reached an agreement on the Syrian town of Manbij, which has been a source of tension between the NATO allies.

More:Turkish, US military officials agree on plan for Syrian town - ABC News

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Turkey Election: Why Erdogan’s Election Has Gone From Shoo-In to Nail-Biter - Bloomberg Quint

Why Erdogan’s Election Has Gone From Shoo-In to Nail-Biter
Onur Ant

(Bloomberg) -- In the shadow of the former Soviet republics at Turkey’s eastern edge, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign is fighting to overcome the hurdles that have turned his election from a first-round lock into a nail-biter.

More:Turkey Election: Why Erdogan’s Election Has Gone From Shoo-In to Nail-Biter - Bloomberg Quint

GUEST COLUMN: “Turkey is all about the things we cannot see” - The Rebel

GUEST COLUMN: “Turkey is all about the things we cannot see”
Annika Hernroth-RothsteinGuest Post

Some would say that the failed coup d’état, dramatic as it seemed, was the best thing that ever happened to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

More:GUEST COLUMN: “Turkey is all about the things we cannot see” - The Rebel

Congress splits over F-35 sale to Turkey

Congress splits over F-35 sale to Turkey
Bryant Harris June 12, 2018

Article Summary
Parochial interests are undermining a united stance against Ankara in the US Senate.

More:Congress splits over F-35 sale to Turkey

Can Europe save Turkey from sliding into authoritarianism? | openDemocracy

Can Europe save Turkey from sliding into authoritarianism?
Filiz Kahraman 13 June 2018

The answer is no. It is not only within Europe that defects in European liberal democracy are aiding the rise of rightwing populism.

More:Can Europe save Turkey from sliding into authoritarianism? | openDemocracy

Will pro-Erdogan columnist join ranks of jailed Turkish journalists?

Will pro-Erdogan columnist join ranks of jailed Turkish journalists?

Amberin Zaman (Turkey Pulse) June 13, 2018

Article Summary Turkey has reached a startling new height in locking up journalists, sentencing a prominent supporter of the president to 105 days behind bars for criticizing a long-dead known torturer.

More:Will pro-Erdogan columnist join ranks of jailed Turkish journalists?

Strategic trans-Anatolian pipeline starts operation in Turkey - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Strategic trans-Anatolian pipeline starts operation in Turkey

Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-13 06:22:55|Editor: Mu Xuequan ANKARA, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), a key section of Europe's long-delayed Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) and a multinational project to bring Azeri natural gas to Europe via Turkey, started operation on Tuesday.

More:Strategic trans-Anatolian pipeline starts operation in Turkey - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Erdogan's not doing Turks in Europe any favors

Erdogan's not doing Turks in Europe any favors
Semih Idiz June 12, 2018

Expatriate Turks started casting their ballots last week for the June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary elections called for by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the past, Erdogan’s numerous electoral victories could be attributed in part to support from Turks in Europe. Whether this support has done them any good, however, is questionable. Already facing serious problems related to integration and racism, their backing of Erdogan appears to have made their lives more difficult, not simpler. Many argue that this stems from the Turkish president’s innate disdain for the West and his insulting approach to European politicians.

More:Erdogan's not doing Turks in Europe any favors

Is Erdogan losing his grip on Turkey? - The Washington Post

Is Erdogan losing his grip on Turkey?
by Asli Aydintasbas June 12 at 8:14 PM Email the author

ISTANBUL — In Turkey, politics means everything. But football is life. So it’s hard not to take seriously the internal elections of one the most important teams in the country, Fenerbahce.

More:Is Erdogan losing his grip on Turkey? - The Washington Post

Will Turkey find stability or redefine the enemy after the elections? – NYT | Ahval

Will Turkey find stability or redefine the enemy after the elections? – NYT

Turkey has since its founding in 1923, splintered along religious, ideological and ethnic lines delineated by deeply felt hatreds and it is not clear whether after the June 24 elections stability will arrive or the new political environment will simply redefine the enemy as it does from time to time, social anthropologist Jenny White said.

More:Will Turkey find stability or redefine the enemy after the elections? – NYT | Ahval

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Turkey’s economic crisis has just begun | Asia Times

Turkey’s economic crisis has just begun

What happens next may look like Greece during its financial collapse – meaning Turkey’s economy could shrink by 10%-20%

More:Turkey’s economic crisis has just begun | Asia Times

Turkey says will remain in northern Iraq until all terrorist groups are removed | Euronews

Turkey says will remain in northern Iraq until all terrorist groups are removed
By REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will remain in northern Iraq until all terrorist groups are removed, Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Tuesday, amid increasing government warnings of a military operation against Kurdish militants based in the Qandil mountains.

More:Turkey says will remain in northern Iraq until all terrorist groups are removed | Euronews

Opinion | Can Turkey Overcome Its Bitter Factionalism? - The New York Times

Can Turkey Overcome Its Bitter Factionalism?

By Jenny White

Ms. White is a social anthropologist studying Turkey.

June 12, 2018

On June 24, Turkey will vote to elect a president with immensely increased powers that will replace the country’s parliamentary democracy with a strongman. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan designed the position for himself, relying on the loyalty of the nearly 50 percent of voters who have sided with him in past elections.

More:Opinion | Can Turkey Overcome Its Bitter Factionalism? - The New York Times

Turkey’s Presidential Election: Spearhead Of Authoritarianism In The EU’s Face? • Social Europe

Turkey’s Presidential Election: Spearhead Of Authoritarianism In The EU’s Face?

by Cemal Ozkahraman on 12 June 2018

When the Justice and Development Party (AKP), under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, won the 2002 election, there was substantial optimism that the EU would open its doors for Turkey’s full membership. Even though the AKP initially made some progress towards EU accession, those hopes have been all but obliterated. While the EU has stuck to its traditional perspective towards Ankara’s bid to join, Turkey itself has gradually begun to act against EU interests, turning its face from the West and gravitating towards more autocratic militarist state regimes such as Russia and Iran.

More:Turkey’s Presidential Election: Spearhead Of Authoritarianism In The EU’s Face? • Social Europe

Monday, June 11, 2018

Selahattin Demirtas: We are not the PKK’s political wing - Modern Diplomacy

Selahattin Demirtas: We are not the PKK’s political wing

Published 6 hours ago

on June 11, 2018

By Kamran Ghaderi Azar

Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas says that the Kurdish-focused People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has no relations of any kind with the PKK.

Undoubtedly, political campaign is not an easy job in Turkey’s political structure and requires a lot of experience and skills. A look at the political history of the Republic of Turkey shows that only experienced politicians have had the chance to lead the country’s political affairs so far.

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İnce: I want to solve Kurdish problem | Ahval

İnce: I want to solve Kurdish problem

Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has vowed to address issues crucial to Turkey’s large Kurdish minority during a rally on Monday in Diyarbakır, the largest city in the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeast. This was the first of İnce’s roughly 80 rallies in the run up to the Jun. 24 elections to be broadcast from beginning to end on national television, with three major channels – NTV, CNN Türk and HaberTürk – showing the rally uncut.

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bne IntelliNews - Turks told to beware Q1 pre-election gift of 7.4% GDP growth with ‘hard landing ahead’

Turks told to beware Q1 pre-election gift of 7.4% GDP growth with ‘hard landing ahead’

By bne IntelliNews June 11, 2018

“Citizens of Turkey, this is your captain speaking: Prepare for a hard landing.” The Turks certainly won’t be hearing such a message from their president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the run-up to the June 24 snap elections, but the opposition will be going all out to warn voters that the June 11 announcement of 7.4% in first-quarter GDP growth is a deceptive pre-poll gift as it merely demonstrates that their country’s overheating economy is set to come down to earth with a bump—something that should be demonstrated once the second-quarter figures are compiled.

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Turkey Widens Iraq Battle as Erdogan Seeks Nationalist Vote - Bloomberg

Turkey Widens Iraq Battle as Erdogan Seeks Nationalist Vote
By Selcan Hacaoglu
June 11, 2018, 1:40 PM GMT+2 Updated on June 11, 2018, 3:46 PM GMT+2

Turks will vote in a landmark election in less than two weeks
Nationalists account for around a tenth of the electorate

Turkey expanded its offensive against Kurdish militants further inside Iraq, raising the specter of a broader conflagration as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks support from nationalist voters ahead of this month’s elections.

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How a Turkish Political Party UUsed Google AdWords to Defy Censorship

How a Turkish political party used Google AdWords to defy censorship

Efe Kerem Sozeri— June 11 at 8:30AM Nico Kaiser/Flickr (CC-BY)

This is ingenious and subversive. “Now that we cannot march on the streets, we’ll march on Twitter and Facebook.” A Turkish political party used Google ads to outwit a media blackout put in place by the country’s ruling party. The small ad campaign went viral on social media and got the newly founded Good Party coverage from Euronews, Sputnik and AFP, besides various Turkish outlets.

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Why Ataturk's legacy is debated 80 years after his death | Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Al Jazeera

Why Ataturk's legacy is debated 80 years after his death

President Erdogan has been accused of trying to erase the secular founder's history, but is this a fair allegation?

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Turkish Airlines gets into courier delivery business with two giant Chinese partners | eTurboNews for global citizens and world travelers

Turkish Airlines gets into courier delivery business with two giant Chinese partners

By Juergen T Steinmetz - June 11, 2018

It will be called Global Express. Global Express is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines’ Turkish Cargo successfully representing Turkey all around the world, Chinese cargo giant ZTO and Hong Kong based PAL Air Ltd. A signing ceremony for a new global start of a courier service took place today in Istanbul today.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Feature: From pressure to profit -- a Turkish businessman's experience with China's reform, opening-up - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Feature: From pressure to profit -- a Turkish businessman's experience with China's reform, opening-up

Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-10 23:25:11|Editor: Mu Xuequan

ISTANBUL, June 10 (Xinhua) -- For Turkish businessman Murat Kolbasi, China's reform and opening-up policy has brought not only dramatic changes to China itself, but also a huge profit to foreign companies doing business with China -- just like his.

More:Feature: From pressure to profit -- a Turkish businessman's experience with China's reform, opening-up - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey′s Erdogan slams Austria′s move to shut down foreign-funded mosques | News | DW | 10.06.2018

Turkey's Erdogan slams Austria's move to shut down foreign-funded mosques

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned against a war between "cross" and "crescent" after Austria said it would shut down foreign-funded mosques. Vienna said the move was part of an effort to tackle political Islam.

More:Turkey′s Erdogan slams Austria′s move to shut down foreign-funded mosques | News | DW | 10.06.2018

Rally for Presidential Candidate Muharrem Ince Packs Istanbul Streets | The Advertiser

Rally for Presidential Candidate Muharrem Ince Packs Istanbul Streets

Turkish presidential candidate and seasoned politician Muharrem Ince drew hundreds of thousands of supporters to a rally in Kadikoy near Istanbul on June 8. Ince has been serving in the Republican People’s Party since 2002 and had formally announced his candidacy in May. During the rally in Kadikoy, southeast of Istanbul’s city center, he reaffirmed his opposition to the separation of religious teachings and education in Turkey, Hurriyet reported. He also criticized the police action against student protesters in the city earlier that day, according to Birgun. Credit: Muharrem Ince via Storyful

More:Rally for Presidential Candidate Muharrem Ince Packs Istanbul Streets | The Advertiser

Turkish parties seek Erdogan's ouster | NWADG

Turkish parties seek Erdogan's ouster Alliance forms as opposition candidates prepare for presidential election

By CARLOTTA GALL The New York Times

ISPARTA, Turkey -- Turkish opposition parties have come together in a rare alliance to try to defeat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his abrupt decision to call elections more than a year ahead of schedule.

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Unravelling Turkey's Early Elections

Unravelling Turkey's Early Elections Political Rally in Turkey

Amid Turkey’s turbulent political and economic environment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for early elections on June 24. To better understand why he’s making this move now and what it means for Turkey, the Middle East and beyond, Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon and Middle East and North Africa Analyst Emily Hawthorne sit down to unravel early Turkish elections in this episode of the Stratfor Podcast.

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After 16 Years in Power, Erdogan Shows Signs of Fatigue - Globe Post Turkey

After 16 Years in Power, Erdogan Shows Signs of Fatigue
In-DepthNational
Abdullah AyasunBy Abdullah Ayasun Last updated Jun 10, 2018

Late last year, a number of mayors from ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) found themselves axed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a massive intra-party reshuffle. To justify his move to place elected mayors of metropolitan cities on the choking bloc, Erdogan argued that ‘metal fatigue’ plagued the party spirit and some AKP-led municipalities. The replacement of mayors will again reinvigorate the party, he said in response to opposition from within the party.

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

The cracks spread in AKP’s election alliance | Ahval

The cracks spread in AKP’s election alliance

A series of statements from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) this week hinted that there may be some serious problems between the two parties, which formed the People’s Alliance for the upcoming elections on June 24.

More:The cracks spread in AKP’s election alliance | Ahval

Turkish Opposition Hopes 4 Parties Are Mightier Than 1 Against Erdogan - The New York Times

Turkish Opposition Hopes 4 Parties Are Mightier Than 1 Against Erdogan

Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s abrupt decision to call elections more than a year ahead of schedule, hoping to catch the opposition off guard, may backfire.

More:Turkish Opposition Hopes 4 Parties Are Mightier Than 1 Against Erdogan - The New York Times

TV stations cut live coverage of opposition rally as crowds chant anti-Erdoğan slogan | Ahval

TV stations cut live coverage of opposition rally as crowds chant anti-Erdoğan slogan

A number of Turkish television stations on Friday cut their live coverage of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce’s rally in İstanbul after the crowds chanted, ‘’Hırsız Tayyip,’’ (Tayyip the Thief), Turkish left-wing sendika.org website reported.

More:TV stations cut live coverage of opposition rally as crowds chant anti-Erdoğan slogan | Ahval

Rally for Presidential Candidate Muharrem Ince Packs Istanbul Streets [Video]

Rally for Presidential Candidate Muharrem Ince Packs Istanbul Streets
Storyful•9 June 2018

Turkish presidential candidate and seasoned politician Muharrem Ince drew hundreds of thousands of supporters to a rally in Kadikoy near Istanbul on June 8.

More:Rally for Presidential Candidate Muharrem Ince Packs Istanbul Streets [Video]

President Erdoğan’s day of strange comments | Ahval

President Erdoğan’s day of strange comments

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan astonished the public with with a series of peculiar and offbeat comments during rallies and public events on Thursday, as the country gears up for presidential and parliamentary elections on Jun. 24.

More:President Erdoğan’s day of strange comments | Ahval

Friday, June 08, 2018

Who won Turkey? Implications from Erdoğan’s snap elections

Who won Turkey? Implications from Erdoğan’s snap elections

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called snap presidential and parliamentary elections for June 24. Following the failed coup attempt in July 2016, the constitutional referendum in April 2017 that approved a more powerful executive presidency, and recent economic turbulence, Turkish politics have become increasingly volatile. Recent polls suggest it is likely that Erdoğan will win the presidency in a run-off, but his Justice and Development Party (AKP) will lose its majority in parliament. What would be the domestic, economic, and foreign policy implications of such a mixed result? And what would a renewed mandate for Erdoğan mean for Turkey’s democracy, economy, and relations with the United States and Europe?

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Opposition candidate makes prayer stop at village mosque | Ahval

Opposition candidate makes prayer stop at village mosque

Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate for the main opposition Republican People’s Party, made a quick stop during his election campaign to say his Friday prayers at a down-to-earth village mosque in the north west Turkish province of Bolu.

More:Opposition candidate makes prayer stop at village mosque | Ahval

‘Uncertainty surrounding CHP candidate resembles Macron’ - journalist | Ahval

‘Uncertainty surrounding CHP candidate resembles Macron’ - journalist

Muharrem İnce, the main opposition People’s Republican Party (CHP) presidential candidate for the upcoming elections on June 24, to some extent resembles French president Emmanuel Macron as an outsider who stands beyond the party system, Turkish liberal journalist Ali Bayramoğlu told the New Europe on Thursday.

More:‘Uncertainty surrounding CHP candidate resembles Macron’ - journalist | Ahval

Support for Turkey’s Erdoğan could be shaky in heartland province | Ahval

Support for Turkey’s Erdoğan could be shaky in heartland province

Voters in the northwestern Turkish province of Kocaeli have traditionally supported President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s conservative Islamist party, but ahead of June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections, fed up with a sinking currency and rising inflation, many now want change.

More:Support for Turkey’s Erdoğan could be shaky in heartland province | Ahval

Turkey’s Snap Elections No Longer Look Like a Cakewalk for Erdogan

Turkey’s Snap Elections No Longer Look Like a Cakewalk for Erdogan
Iyad Dakka Friday, June 8, 2018

On June 24, Turkish voters will head to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections that are being held approximately 15 months ahead of schedule. Popular wisdom among many Turkey watchers is that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chose to call the elections early, back in April, because economic headwinds could worsen in the coming year, making it more risky to wait until November 2019, when the elections were originally due to take place.

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Austria to shut seven 'political' mosques and expel imams - BBC News

Austria to shut seven 'political' mosques and expel imams

Austria has said it will close down seven mosques and expel imams who it says are funded by foreign countries.

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Turkish businessman, media owner Demiroren dead at 79 | The News Tribune

Turkish businessman, media owner Demiroren dead at 79
The Associated Press

June 08, 2018 05:22 AM

Turkish businessman Erdogan Demiroren, who recently acquired Turkey's largest media group, has died at age 79.

Istanbul's Florence Nightingale Hospital said Demiroren died Friday of respiratory failure. He had been receiving treatment at the hospital since May 31.

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Erdogan weaker than appears - U.S. experts | Ahval

Erdogan weaker than appears - U.S. experts

The United States should not think Turkey equals its leader President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Turkey analysts H.Steven Blum and Svante Cornell in an article for news site RealClear World.

"Erdogan is much weaker than he appears. The economy is floundering under his watch, and he relies on shifting informal coalitions of interest groups to remain in control," Blum and Cornell say in an article which argues that neither appeasement of Erdogan nor wholesale condemnation of Turkey is an option.

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The U.S. Should Go Around Erdogan to Engage Turkey | RealClearWorld

The U.S. Should Go Around Erdogan to Engage Turkey
By H. Steven Blum & Svante Cornell
June 06, 2018

Following recent clashes at the Gaza-Israel border, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has broken his tenuous two-year cease-fire with Israel and returned to spewing invective at the Jewish state. But Erdogan has growing problems of his own as Turkey’s economy and regional ambitions flounder. America and Israel should contain Erdogan’s dangerous behavior while engaging with the broad cross-section of Turkish society that opposes the president’s direction for their country.

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Can Voters Bring Down Turkey's Erdogan?

Can Voters Bring Down Turkey's Erdogan?

When Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian president called snap elections, many people thought he’d steamroll his opponents. But they’ve drawn together, and he just might lose.

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Germanyʹs Turkish migrants: The need to be somebody - Qantara.de

Germanyʹs Turkish migrants
The need to be somebody

As the UKʹs Windrush scandal of a few weeks ago demonstrated, European countries still have much to learn when it comes to integrating and treating migrants with respect. In "Der ewige Gast" (The Eternal Guest), Can Merey draws on his father's experience to explain why many Turkish immigrants have never really felt at home in Germany. By Ulrich von Schwerin

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What keeps Recep Tayyip Erdogan in power? | Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Al Jazeera

What keeps Recep Tayyip Erdogan in power?

Circumstances of AK party's initial rise have helped it remain a dominant power 16 years later.
Andrew Wilksby Andrew Wilks

As it heads for snap elections on June 24, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) holds the record as the longest-serving party in the nation’s democratic history.

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Lira Needs More Than Just the Central Bank as the White Knight - Bloomberg

Lira Needs More Than Just the Central Bank as the White Knight
By Constantine Courcoulas
June 8, 2018, 6:00 AM GMT+2

Turkey’s central bank may have made good on its word to backstop the lira, but any sustained gains in the currency will have to wait.

More:Lira Needs More Than Just the Central Bank as the White Knight - Bloomberg

Turkey’s united opposition alarms AKP as election approaches

Turkey’s united opposition alarms AKP as election approaches

Erdogan could be at risk of losing parliamentary majority, say analysts

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Turkey’s Erdogan faces surprise test in tight vote - BBC News

Turkey’s Erdogan faces surprise test in tight vote

By Mark Lowen BBC Turkey correspondent, Istanbul

Does it matter who's in charge of Turkey? As the last of the spring rain fell over the Bosphorus, the political party flags in the Istanbul district of Besiktas looked distinctly sodden and flyers lay crumpled on the pavement.

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Turkey: Elections Under State Of Emergency, Says HRW – Eurasia Review

Turkey: Elections Under State Of Emergency, Says HRW

June 8, 2018

By Eurasia Review

Turkey’s snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, 2018, will take place under a state of emergency and will bring in a new presidential system whatever the outcome, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a question-and-answer document.

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Turkish central bank lifts rates again to fight inflation - ABC News

Turkish central bank lifts rates again to fight inflation

By The Associated Press LONDON — Jun 7, 2018

Turkey's central bank increased its key interest rate Thursday for the third time in under two months to fight inflation and support the currency, suggesting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is easing his grip on the central bank.

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The Modi-Erdogan Parallel | The Daily Star

The Modi-Erdogan Parallel

Comparisons are generally invidious, especially when they involve political leaders from different countries. But, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose to power 11 years before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is much about their personal and professional trajectories that makes comparison irresistible.

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Erdogan weaker than appears - U.S. experts | Ahval

Erdogan weaker than appears - U.S. experts

The United States should not think Turkey equals its leader President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Turkey analysts H.Steven Blum and Svante Cornell in an article for news site RealClear World.

"Erdogan is much weaker than he appears. The economy is floundering under his watch, and he relies on shifting informal coalitions of interest groups to remain in control," Blum and Cornell say in an article which argues that neither appeasement of Erdogan nor wholesale condemnation of Turkey is an option.

More:Erdogan weaker than appears - U.S. experts | Ahval

Can Erdogan be Thrown from the Democracy Train?

Can Erdogan be Thrown from the Democracy Train?

June 7, 2018
By Adam Turner

On June 24, the voters of Turkey will presumably have their last and best chance to oust their Islamist and sometimes unhinged leader President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Two things seem to have endangered Erdogan’s campaign to extend his sixteen-year tenure as leader. Turkey is facing a full-blown currency run, jeopardizing its economic prosperity, and the normally fractured opposition parties have finally begun to coordinate their hostility to Erdogan. The opposition coalition, however, excludes the Kurdish leftist party, People’s Democratic Party (HDP), whose candidate for presidency is behind bars on false charges.

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Controversy Over Erdogan's College Degree Resurfaces Before Elections

Controversy Over Erdogan’s College Degree Resurfaces Before Elections
NationalIn-Depth
Last updated Jun 7, 2018

Did Turkey’s incumbent president graduate from a university? Is the college diploma he claimed he presented to media a fake, fabricated one? Why has not President Recep Tayyip Erdogan never showed up with his college friends up to date? Why did none of them visit him at the presidential office, while even his acquaintances from childhood never miss a chance to pose for photos with the president?

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Turks look to alternative sources as news landscape shrinks | MEO

Turks look to alternative sources as news landscape shrinks

Turkish journalists complain of a lack of pluralism in traditional media, dominated by coverage of President Erdogan.

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Turkey halts filling Ilisu Dam until July - ambassador to Iraq | Euronews

Turkey halts filling Ilisu Dam until July - ambassador to Iraq
By REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has stopped filling the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River until July to help Iraq overcome water shortages, the Turkish ambassador to Iraq said on Thursday.

Turkey had started filling the Ilisu dam earlier this month, fuelling worries over Iraq’s water shortages, after delaying its planned start by three months at the request of its southern neighbour.

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President Trump’s Double Bind - Sigma Insight Turkey

President Trump’s Double Bind

Posted by Robert Ellis | Jun 7, 2018 | Insights | 0
President Trump’s Double Bind

Taken at face value, the joint press statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu after their meeting in Washington on Monday could be the turning point in U.S.-Turkey relations which Çavuşoğlu touted.

Their commitment to “addressing their common concerns in a spirit of allied partnership” sounded inspirational but fell wide of the truth. What about Fethullah Gülen, whose continued presence in the U.S. is a festering sore for Turkey, and Andrew Brunson, the American pastor held by Turkey since October 2016 on the trumped up charges of membership of a terrorist organization and attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government?

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Turkish central bank lifts rates again to fight inflation - StarTribune.com

Turkish central bank lifts rates again to fight inflation
Associated Press
June 7, 2018 — 10:50am

LONDON — Turkey's central bank increased its key interest rate Thursday for the third time in under two months to fight inflation and support the currency, suggesting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is easing his grip on the central bank.

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Poll Shows Turkey Presidential Vote Going to Second Round | World News | US News

Poll Shows Turkey Presidential Vote Going to Second Round
June 7, 2018, at 11:03 a.m.

By Gulsen Solaker

ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan is seen falling short of a first-round victory in Turkey's presidential election and his ruling AK Party is forecast to lose its parliamentary majority in the June 24 vote, a survey by pollster Gezici showed on Thursday.

More:Poll Shows Turkey Presidential Vote Going to Second Round | World News | US News

Turkey's presidential candidate looks to mend relations in region | News | Al Jazeera

Turkey's presidential candidate looks to mend relations in region

Muharrem Ince says Turkey should have a role in promoting harmony across the troubled Middle East region.

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Turkish deputy PM urges Netherlands to protect Turks

Turkish deputy PM urges Netherlands to protect Turks

Request comes after Dutch government allows anti-Islam group PEGIDA to roast pork in front of mosques

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Erdogan facing genuine challenge in Turkey polls

Erdogan facing genuine challenge in Turkey polls

June 7, 2018

Istanbul (AFP) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing an unexpectedly tight contest in this month's Turkish elections, with opponents showing a new-found unity and his charismatic main rival building campaign momentum.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Astaldi May Fetch More Than What It Needs in Istanbul Bridge Sale - Bloomberg

Astaldi May Fetch More Than What It Needs in Istanbul Bridge Sale
By Ercan Ersoy

A potential buyer for a bridge over the Bosphorus has valued Astaldi SpA’s 33 percent stake in the asset at as much as $467 million, a price that could help the Italian builder kick off a crucial share sale later this year, people familiar with the matter said.

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Turkey's pro-Kurdish candidate holds election rally from behind bars | Euronews

Turkey's pro-Kurdish candidate holds election rally from behind bars
By REUTERS

By Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA (Reuters) – As his family and friends huddled around a speaker, the jailed presidential candidate of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition called home from his prison cell on Wednesday for his first election “rally” ahead of June 24 elections.

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Erdogan won’t get majority in first round, surveys show - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Erdogan won’t get majority in first round, surveys show
ReutersUpdated June 06, 2018

ANKARA: Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan is seen failing to get the majority he needs to win a June 24 presidential election in the first round, but is expected to gain a majority in the second round two weeks later, a survey by pollster SONAR showed on Tuesday.

More:Erdogan won’t get majority in first round, surveys show - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Another win for Erdogan is no longer a foregone conclusion - The Washington Post

Another win for Erdogan is no longer a foregone conclusion

By Editorial Board June 5 at 6:43 PM

WITH HIS growing authoritarianism, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seemed unassailable a few months ago when he decided to advance presidential and parliamentary elections by more than a year, to June 24. His heavy-handed tactics portended more hostility toward the West and repression at home if he won. But now there are welcome signs that Mr. Erdogan and his party are facing unexpected head winds.

More:Another win for Erdogan is no longer a foregone conclusion - The Washington Post

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Turkey’s millionaires taking lion’s share of wealth | Ahval

Turkey’s millionaires taking lion’s share of wealth

The increasingly unequal distribution of wealth in countries including Turkey as one of the sources of their problems, Marxist economist Michael Roberts said in a recent blog post .

Citing a report by Johannesburg, South Africa-based think tank New World Wealth, he said that high net worth individuals (HNWIs), or those worth over $1 million, owned 52 percent of Turkey’s total wealth.

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Turkey opposition launches Google ads campaign to target Erdogan - PTI feed News

Turkey opposition launches Google ads campaign to target Erdogan

Istanbul, Jun 6 (AFP) Turkey's nationalist opposition Iyi Parti (Good Party) has launched a Google advertisement campaign with mischievous slogans targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government ahead of June 24 polls.

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Turkey death watch | Asia Times

Turkey death watch

Despite another expected rate hike on Thursday, the lira is struggling to reverse its decline, and president Erdogan is ill-equipped to avert disaster

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Poll shows Turkey's Erdogan falling short of election majority in first round | Reuters

Poll shows Turkey's Erdogan falling short of election majority in first round

Reuters Staff

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan is seen failing to get the majority he needs to win a June 24 presidential election in the first round, but is expected to gain a majority in the second round two weeks later, a survey by pollster SONAR showed on Tuesday.

More:Poll shows Turkey's Erdogan falling short of election majority in first round | Reuters

Turkey’s Ince galvanizes opposition hopes in presidential race

Turkey’s Ince galvanizes opposition hopes in presidential race

Jasper Mortimer June 5, 2018

Article Summary Muharrem Ince, the main opposition candidate in Turkey’s presidential polls, has put up a performance beyond expectations, spurring hope in opposition ranks that defeating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might be within reach.

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Why Turkey's military is not what it used to be | Military | Al Jazeera

Why Turkey's military is not what it used to be

After several corrective measures after the 2016 failed coup, the military is enjoying better ties with the government.

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Erdogan Rules | The Market Mogul

Erdogan Rules

By Neil Winward

“We’re not interested in Turkey’s enemies, who are hiding behind currency rate speculators, the interest rate lobby, or credit rating agencies. These are not our concern,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan Enemies and Markets There is a story – most likely apocryphal – told by Henry of Huntingdon in the 12th century of King Canute. Canute, of Danish origin and king of England (and Denmark and some of the Swedes) for about twenty years beginning in 1015, is reputed to have set his throne at the sea’s edge and commanded the tide to turn back. Frequently a tale told to demonstrate Canute’s arrogance, it is more likely, since Canute was a very able and effective king, that the gesture was intended to demonstrate the futility of his power and flatterers in the face of greater forces. It is not clear whether the forces being revered were supernatural or simply the secular forces of nature.

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Three Scenarios for Turkey’s Elections - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Three Scenarios for Turkey’s Elections
Source: Getty
Marc Pierini

ArticleJune 05, 2018

Summary:
Whatever the outcome of Turkey’s June 24 elections, a new presidential system will come into effect and the foreign policy, economic, and social ramifications will be significant.

On June 24, Turkey’s citizens will vote in two crucial elections: one to elect their president, with a runoff held on July 8 if needed, and one to elect members of the Turkish parliament in a single round of voting. Both elections will be held sixteen months earlier than the normal voting schedule and under a prolonged state of emergency. Many view this as a preemptive move by the country’s incumbent, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to win ballots ahead of difficult times for the Turkish economy.

More:Three Scenarios for Turkey’s Elections - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

State of Emergency: Insecure property rights threaten Turkish economy

State of Emergency: Insecure property rights threaten Turkish economy
By Τhe Arrested Lawyers Initiative

Website of the Turkey's SDIF: As announced in the web site of the SDIF, total worth of the seized companies is 49.4 billion Turkish liras and those companies employ

It has been almost two years since the Turkish government declared a state of emergency in the wake of the attempted coup. Since 21 July 2016, the Turkish government has been using the emergency rule to intervene and restrict all fundamental human rights.

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Religious sect destroyed Turkish president’s university degree, journalist says | Ahval

Religious sect destroyed Turkish president’s university degree, journalist says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s university degree, which he needs to stand in June 24 presidential elections, was destroyed by members of a religious sect, pro-government journalist Cemil Barlas told the A Haber news channel.

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83% of Turks favour renewable energy over coal, survey finds

83% of Turks favour renewable energy over coal, survey finds
Published on 05/06/2018, 7:00am

Turkish president Erdoğan plans massive coal expansion but researchers find concern over climate change unifies a divided society

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The Jailed Kurdish Politician Set to Determine Erdogan's Future - Bloomberg

The Jailed Kurdish Politician Set to Determine Erdogan's Future
By Selcan Hacaoglu
June 5, 2018, 4:00 AM GMT+2

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of cementing his one-man rule come down to how well he’s sowed divisions among Kurds.

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U.S. and Turkey Agree on Kurds’ Withdrawal From Syrian Town - The New York Times

U.S. and Turkey Agree on Kurds’ Withdrawal From Syrian Town

The New York Times By Carlotta Gall June 4, 2018

ISTANBUL — The United States and Turkey agreed Monday on a plan to withdraw Kurdish fighters from the northern Syrian city of Manbij as a step toward resolving one of the tensest disputes to erupt recently between the countries.

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Deutsche Welle and Taz shed light on Turkey elections | News | DW | 05.06.2018

Deutsche Welle and Taz shed light on Turkey elections

Days before voters outside Turkey can begin casting their ballots in the country's parliamentary and presidential elections, DW and German daily "Taz" held a panel talk in Berlin on the many issues surrounding the vote.

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Inflation rise poses challenge to Erdogan as election looms

Inflation rise poses challenge to Erdogan as election looms

Markets bet Turkey will have to raise interest rates when central bank meets this week

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Lela Gilbert Exclusive: Rev. Brunson's Turkish Indictment Serves Up 'Wild Conspiracies' | Newsmax.com

Newsmax Exclusive: Turkish Indictment of Rev. Brunson Serves Up 'Wild Conspiracies'
Image: Newsmax Exclusive: Turkish Indictment of Rev. Brunson Serves Up 'Wild Conspiracies'
Rev. Andrew Brunson (DHA Depo/AP)

By Lela Gilbert
Monday, 04 June 2018 05:30 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Newsmax has obtained a copy of the indictment against American Christian Andrew Brunson, the pastor who remains in a Turkish jail on allegations he was somehow conspiring to overthrow the Turkish government. It casts serious doubts on the government's case.

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In Shakeup at Turkish Soccer Club, a Worrisome Sign for Erdogan? - Bloomberg Quint

In Shakeup at Turkish Soccer Club, a Worrisome Sign for Erdogan?
Benjamin Harvey

(Bloomberg) -- A leadership change at a Turkish sports club has sent a message rife with political undertones, with some seeing the ouster of its longtime chairman as a sign of a tide turning against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, three weeks before he stands for reelection himself.

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Monday, June 04, 2018

Turkey’s opposition battles media banishment ahead of polls

Turkey’s opposition battles media banishment ahead of polls

READ IN: Türkçe Sibel Hurtas June 4, 2018

Article Summary Ahead of critical elections this month, Turkey’s public broadcaster and mainstream TV channels are under fire for an unprecedented level of bias in favor of the government, while signs are emerging of audience fatigue with Erdogan.

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Erdogan’s Hostage Diplomacy: Why We Need a Transatlantic Response - The Globalist

Erdogan’s Hostage Diplomacy: Why We Need a Transatlantic Response

Only a strong and coordinated response can deter the Turkish president from continuing to use Western nationals as pawns to advance his political agenda.

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Turkey's Lira Didn't Get the Memo on Rate Hikes - Bloomberg

Turkey's Lira Didn't Get the Memo on Rate Hikes

Worries about Erdogan’s policies are far more important for the currency than central bank noises about interest-rate increases.

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Spotlight: Turkey's Syrian refugees caught in heat of elections campaign - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Turkey's Syrian refugees caught in heat of elections campaign
Source: Xinhua| 2018-06-04 04:37:38|Editor: yan

by Burak Akinci

ANKARA, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Less than a month from Turkey's general elections, Syrian refugees who have found sanctuary in the country are being caught in the heat of the campaign with increasing public wariness of their presence amid the nation's economic troubles.

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

US reaches agreement with Turkey on drawdown in support for Kurdish forces in Syria | Foreign Brief

US reaches agreement with Turkey on drawdown in support for Kurdish forces in Syria

In Daily News June 4, 2018 Kai Loyens syriangamy Photo: Reuters/Rodi Said Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement today regarding the withdrawal of Kurdish-linked forces from the Syrian city of Manbij.

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Turkey says it is addressing market concerns after ratings put on watch | Euronews

Turkey says it is addressing market concerns after ratings put on watch
By REUTERS
last updated: 02/06/2018

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey defended its economic policies on Saturday, a day after Moody’s placed the country’s rating on review for a downgrade and Fitch said it was monitoring its banks.

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How Istanbul’s man-made canal project could trigger an arms race in the Black Sea – and why China is watching closely | South China Morning Post

How Istanbul’s man-made canal project could trigger an arms race in the Black Sea – and why China is watching closely

The Kanal Istanbul project will not be subject to the international treaty that limits the access of warships to the strategically pivotal waters in central Europe

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Erdogan's Enduring Appeal | The Market Mogul

Erdogan’s Enduring Appeal

6 min read / June 3, 2018

By Fergus McKeown

Nearly every statistic that one can quote about Turkey paints it as a nation facing a looming crisis. GDP per capita has been falling year-on-year since 2013. Unemployment has been going up since 2012, and now sits at 11.4%. Inflation consistently at above 7.5%, and the national debt has risen 65% in half a decade. This has all happened under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the Western media, he’s been called a lot of things: from authoritarian to dictator, and was the subject of criticism, satire and ridicule, including a well-publicised poem by the now UK Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Some Turks fear culture clash with Erdogan is about to get worse - Europe - Stripes

Some Turks fear culture clash with Erdogan is about to get worse

By DONNA ABU-NASR AND CAGAN KOC | Bloomberg | Published: June 2, 2018

It's the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but in Istanbul smokers huddle outside offices, couples sip beer and sex workers call out to young men from balconies.

The contrast with some Arab countries that penalize people for publicly breaking the dawn-to-dusk abstention from food and drink couldn't be more striking in and around the city's central Taksim Square. And supporters of that Turkish way of life want to keep it that way.

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Secular Turks feel their culture more at risk than ever - analysis | Ahval

Secular Turks feel their culture more at risk than ever - analysis

The clash between secular Turkey and Islamic Turkey is being overshadowed by a more pressing confrontation between authoritarianism and democracy, with secularists feeling that their culture is more at risk than ever as Turkey heads to the polls on June 24, say Donna Abu-Nasr and Çağan Koç in article they penned for Bloomberg.

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Kılıçdaroğlu and İnce: An odd couple facing a tough task | Ahval

Kılıçdaroğlu and İnce: An odd couple facing a tough task

Who is the head of Turkey’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), and what does he want?

That might sound like a question with an obvious answer: His name is Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, his party is going into elections on June 24, and he ideally would like the party, as well as its presidential candidate, Muharrem İnce, to poll as well as possible.

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Kurdish Presidential Candidate Calls on PKK to Lay Down Arms

Kurdish Presidential Candidate Calls on PKK to Lay Down Arms

Facing never-ending criticism for a perceived soft approach to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), former leader and presidential candidate of pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) called on the militant group to lay down arms to pave way for the revival of the frozen peace process.

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Turkey says it is addressing market concerns after ratings put on watch | Reuters

Turkey says it is addressing market concerns after ratings put on watch

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey defended its economic policies on Saturday, a day after Moody’s placed the country’s rating on review for a downgrade and Fitch said it was monitoring its banks.

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Moody’s to review Turkey’s credit rating for downgrade

Moody’s to review Turkey’s credit rating for downgrade

Decision comes amid ‘mounting uncertainty regarding future direction of macroeconomic policy’

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Once-sure Turkish elections now offer potential surprise - Oil & Gas Journal

Once-sure Turkish elections now offer potential surprise
06/01/2018
By Bob Tippee
Editor

Turkey, with politics more important to oil and gas than its minor status as a producer would suggest, holds potentially ironic elections this month.

Scheduled 16 months early by an autocratic president with dubious commitment to voting integrity, the outcome should be easily predictable. It’s not.

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Erdogan's nationalist rival faces uphill struggle after breakthrough

Erdogan's nationalist rival faces uphill struggle after breakthrough
[AFP]
Raziye Akkoc

Ankara (AFP) - Nationalist Meral Aksener may have broken the mould by challenging Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the presidency barely eight months after creating a new party but she faces an uphill struggle to even be the top opposition candidate.

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Friday, June 01, 2018

Erdogan's plethora of foreign policy challenges | Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Al Jazeera

Erdogan's plethora of foreign policy challenges

President Erdogan claims foreign policy issues prompted him to call snap elections, but what exactly is he up against?

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WHO warns against ‘increasing anti-vaccination trend’ in Turkey

WHO warns against ‘increasing anti-vaccination trend’ in Turkey
Mesude Erşan – ISTANBUL

The World Health Organization (WHO) is “worried” about the increasing anti-vaccination movement in Turkey, according to Director of the Division of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases Dr. Nedret Emiroğlu.

Emiroğlu said the organization has seen an increasing number of groups “misleading” the public about the effects of vaccines, leading them to concerns that the trend may shake their trust in getting vaccinated.

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Good as gold: Turkey uses bullion to stabilise its economy | Middle East Eye

Good as gold: Turkey uses bullion to stabilise its economy
#Economy

Commercial banks are putting gold into Turkey's central bank to help deal with rapid inflation

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Restoring Istanbulʹs Ataturk Cultural Centre: More than merely prestige? - Qantara.de

Restoring Istanbulʹs Ataturk Cultural Centre

More than merely prestige?
Once the symbol of modern Turkey, now it stands in ruins. The Ataturk Cultural Centre has been abandoned for a decade since its closure in 2008. Amid furious debate about its future, many are unhappy with current plans for the site. By Ceyda Nurtsch

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Turkey's snap election: The calculus of alliances - Qantara.de

Turkey's snap election

The calculus of alliances
The upcoming ballot in Turkey on 24 June will be a race between the People's Alliance, formed to keep Erdogan president, versus the Nation Alliance, which aims to beat him or at least win a parliamentary majority. The result, however, depends on a third party, the pro-Kurdish HDP. Ayse Karabat reports from Istanbul

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Lira falls almost 2% after gloomy manufacturing survey

Lira falls almost 2% after gloomy manufacturing survey
Factory executives cited ‘challenging’ business conditions and ‘marked’ inflation

Turkey’s currency took a blow on Friday, sinking almost 2 per cent on the US dollar, after a survey of manufacturers pointed to a deeper slowdown in the sector amid a further increase in price pressures.

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June elections in Turkey: key issues and potential outcomes | Middle East Institute

June elections in Turkey: key issues and potential outcomes

In June, Turkish voters will go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. The poll will cap Erdogan’s years-long drive to end almost a century of parliamentary rule. The vote comes amid rising economic troubles, growing concern about democracy, and deteriorating relations with the West. An opposition coalition has emerged as a formidable force, yet concerns over electoral fraud raise questions as to whether the opposition has a real shot at defeating Erdogan.

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Erdogan finds it’s best not to manage lira | Business | M&G

Erdogan finds it’s best not to manage lira

Lisa Steyn 01 Jun 2018 00:00

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a fan of cheap money.

Contrary to orthodox economics, Turkey’s president believes that lowering interest rates in turn lowers inflation. In line with his unconventional conviction, he has put pressure on the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey to keep rates artificially low, creating imbalances in the economy.

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The Desperation to Keep Turkey Different - Bloomberg

The Desperation to Keep Turkey Different
With an election looming, secularists are on the defensive to protect their way of life.
By Donna Abu-Nasr
and Cagan Koc
June 1, 2018, 6:01 AM GMT+2

It’s the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but in Istanbul smokers huddle outside offices, couples sip beer and sex workers call out to young men from balconies.

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How Turkey could bring down the euro - MoneyWeek

How Turkey could bring down the euro
By: Andrew Van Sickle
01/06/2018

Italy and Turkey appear to be separate problems – until you remember European banks’ penchant for careless lending. Turkey’s overall foreign-currency debts total about $450bn, says Charles Gave in a Gavekal research note. Turkish banks and companies owe approximately $150bn to foreign creditors, mostly European banks, some of whom have scooped up big stakes in their Turkish peers.

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Turkey plans to bring economy team under one ministry after elections - officials | Euronews

Turkey plans to bring economy team under one ministry after elections - officials
By REUTERS
last updated: 31/05/2018

By Orhan Coskun

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey plans to bring its economic management team under one roof to improve collaboration between the Treasury and Finance Ministry, if President Tayyip Erdogan is re-elected in next month’s elections, officials said.

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Erdogan opponent warns of Turkey’s ‘society of fear’

Erdogan opponent warns of Turkey’s ‘society of fear’
Leading presidential challenger complains of uneven playing field

Turkish presidential challenger Muharrem Ince was greeted with cheers when he made a campaign stop at the medical school of an Istanbul university.

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Turkey starts hydrocarbon surveys in the Mediterranean

Turkey starts hydrocarbon surveys in the Mediterranean

By Manolis Kostidis / Published on: 31-05-2018, 17:23

The Turkish Energy Minister participated in the ceremony for the start of the surveys

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