Sunday, December 08, 2019
UN Not To Engage In Cyprus-Turkey Raw Over Hydrocarbons Leaving It To Courts- Mission Head - UrduPoint
Mohammad Ali (@ChaudhryMAli88) 12 hours ago Sat 07th December 2019 | 06:28 PM
The United Nations is not going to engage in the settlement of the deepening dispute between Cyprus and Turkey over the exploration of the offshore mineral resources and leaves it to courts to solve, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Cyprus and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar told Sputnik
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Thursday, December 05, 2019
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by Zeynep Cermen
ISTANBUL, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- In a tobacco shop at the iconic Taksim Square in central Istanbul, a couple of men were examining a pack of cigarettes.
More:Feature: Turkey uses plain packages to discourage smokers - Xinhua | English.news.cn
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By: The Associated Press
NEW YORK — A judge cited “extraordinary” and “remarkable” meetings two years ago involving top U.S. and Turkey political figures to intervene in a New York prosecution Thursday as he rejected efforts by a state-owned bank in Turkey to now feign ignorance of criminal charges it faces in the same case.
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Wednesday, December 04, 2019
His election victory was a stinging indictment of President Erdogan’s economic policies.
By Cagan Koc
December 4, 2019, 6:32 AM EST
Erdogan’s party had already lost Turkey’s capital, Ankara, and other big cities in March balloting as inflation, unemployment, and a plunging lira took their toll. But he refused to concede defeat in Istanbul, crying voter fraud after Imamoglu won by 14,000 votes. After Turkey’s top election board made the controversial decision to rerun the race, Imamoglu increased his margin of victory to 800,000 votes.
The president’s detractors in the city erupted in celebration at their first big political win since Erdogan became Turkey’s leader 16 years ago. Building on his reputation as someone who works across political lines, Imamoglu ran on a message of unity, with the campaign slogan “Everything Is Going to Be Great.” He also promised to tackle waste and debt.
More:Ekrem Imamoglu Is Istanbul’s Oppo-Party Mayor - Bloomberg
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Diego Cupolo December 3, 2019
Seeking a terror designation for Kurdish forces in Syria, the Turkish president has reaffirmed his threat to block a NATO defense plan for the Baltic nations and Poland as the London summit commences.
More:Erdogan to hold up NATO plan unless allies recognize terror threats against Turkey
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged Turkey on Monday to stop holding up support for a NATO defense plan for the Baltics and Poland, as Ankara presses the alliance to support its fight against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia in Syria.
More:Exclusive: U.S. defense chief calls on Turkey to stop holding up NATO readiness plan - Reuters
Monday, December 02, 2019
Turkey's economy is rebounding strongly from recession thanks to supportive policies and a weak base from last year. Recent high frequency indicators suggest further momentum in the last quarter of 2019
More:Turkey’s economy rebounds and the fourth quarter looks bright | Snap | ING Think
December 2, 2019
Two deals signed by Turkey and the internationally recognized government in Libya on maritime boundaries and military cooperation have angered their regional neighbors, ratcheting tension in the Mediterranean over energy resources and strengthening Turkey’s ally in the North African county ahead of a Berlin conference conflict in the region.
More:Turkey-Libya maritime deal triggers Mediterranean tensions - Egypt Independent
Dec. 2, 2019, at 6:17 a.m.
MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to travel to Turkey for talks with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Jan. 8 where he will open the TurkStream natural gas pipeline, the Kremlin said on Monday.
More:Putin, Erdogan Plan to Launch TurkStream Pipeline on January 8: Kremlin | Investing News | US News
Sunday, December 01, 2019
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By Dr. Theodore Karasik
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s behavior is rapidly spinning out of control. His belligerence is creating waves in and around the Mediterranean, dividing Europe and America, and presenting challenges to the West over how to respond.
More:Why Erdogan's Belligerence Is Out Of Control - Analysis - Eurasia Review
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Having survived political defeat in the local elections some seven months ago, Erdogan is back in the game, using the same fundamental tools that have kept him in power.
religion, fear to stay politically afloat | Yavuz Baydar | AW
Friday, November 29, 2019
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Car parks in touristic or busy spots in the Turkish capital were rented out to the SOS Foundation for one hundredth of their revenue during the term of Melih Gökçek, the former mayor of the Turkish capital Ankara, Turkish daily Cumhuriyet reported on Friday.
Gökçek’s wife Nevin Gökçek serves as the honorary chairwoman of the SOS Foundation, which focuses on social services and aid.
More:Ex-mayor of Turkey’s capital rents car parks to wife’s foundation for cheap | Ahval
In recent weeks, Turkish society has been rocked by a spate of suicides. Three families used cyanide to kill themselves – the reason: economic problems. According to the opposition, the ongoing economic crisis in Turkey is driving people to their deaths. By Daniel Derya Bellut
More:Erdogan's economic crisis: Plumbing the depths of despair in Turkey - Qantara.de
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Turkey's ruling party is facing dwindling numbers, suggesting increasing disillusionment among its conservative supporters
Members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, are starting fall out of love with his brand of democracy. AP
Seventeen years to the month after Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won its first election, the party is showing signs of fatigue as members abandon the movement that has dominated Turkish politics for nearly two decades.
More:Isolated Erdogan: nearly a million party members walk out on ruling Turkish party - The National
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PKK sympathisers' rally against Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan in Bern, Switzerland on March 25, 2017 [Talha Celik/Twitter]
November 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been found to be actively involved in and playing a role in drug-trafficking throughout Europe, a recently released report by the EU has revealed.
Citing the growing gang violence and the drug-related homicide endemic across Europe, the report by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) and the European Law Enforcement Agency (Europol) stated that “The PKK…has been reported to be involved in organized crime, with few examples of its engagement in the drug trade in the EU.”
More:EU: PKK found to be active in drug-trafficking throughout Europe – Middle East Monitor
bne IntelliNews - Former deputy PM Babacan warns of “one man rule” and Turkey’s plight in “dark tunnel”
By bne IntelliNews November 27, 2019
Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan has warned of the dangers of “one man rule” and the “dark tunnel” that Turkey finds itself in, while saying that he hopes to have formed a new political party by the end of the year to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has long viewed Istanbul as the crowning achievement of Turkey, a place to be gloriously built up in order to remind Turks, and Muslims everywhere, of their capacity for greatness.
More:Erdoğan’s Istanbul dream may be dying | Ahval
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
By Dorian Jones
November 26, 2019 01:53 PM
ISTANBUL - With U.S.-Turkish relations at their lowest ebb in decades, the future of a critical American air base in Turkey is increasingly in the spotlight.
More:US Military Base in Turkey Has Uncertain Future | Voice of America - English
Monday, November 25, 2019
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Ekrem Imamoglu, Istanbul’s new opposition mayor, says government-controlled banks are refusing to finance the city’s stalled infrastructure projects after the ruling party lost control of Turkey’s largest city.
More:Istanbul mayor looks overseas as state banks deny him funds
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate of Turkey’s secular opposition in the 2018 elections, denied strongly on Saturday a veteran journalist’s report that he had a secret meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 9.
More:Turkish opposition politician slams reports claiming he met Erdoğan | Ahval
Friday, November 22, 2019
Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
October 25, 2019
An in-depth conversation on Washington's misguided tendency to view Turkey through binary lenses based entirely on Erdogan’s policies, forgetting the country’s strong political diversity.
More:‘Erdogan the Good’ or ‘Erdogan the Bad’? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Metin Gurcan November 20, 2019
Decision-making power in Turkey's defense industry is shifting from the military to businessmen close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
More:Turkey's defense industry sees rise of 'the president’s men'
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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Following his high-profile White House meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, few noticed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ended his one-day trip to the United States last week with a visit to a vast Turkish-built mosque compound in Maryland. Yet the latter stop may have been more meaningful.
More:The trouble with Turkey’s global mosque-building project | Ahval
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The Turkish president is shutting down a university to punish former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for leaving the AKP and starting a new party, but he risks alienating precisely the voters he claims to champion.
More:Erdogan's Attacks on His Old Ally Davutoglu Could Hurt the AKP
His work done in Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood has moved on to Istanbul's Tuzla district.
By bne IntelliNews November 18, 2019
An anonymous Robin Hood is at work in poor neighbourhoods of Istanbul amid excruciating reports of families in Turkey collectively taking their own lives with cyanide in the face of the country’s economic turmoil.
More:bne IntelliNews - Turkish ‘Robin Hood’ at work amid economic turmoil
Sunday, November 17, 2019
As Bad Loans Explode in Turkey, Government Tries to Recreate Debt-Fueled Boom that Led to its Financial & Currency Crisis | Wolf Street
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Banks are being pushed to lend with the same reckless abandon.
By Nick Corbishley, for WOLF STREET:
İşbank, one of Turkey’s largest private banks, has warned that the non-performing loans (NPLs) in its portfolio could reach 7.5% of its total loan book by the end of this year, up from a previous estimate of 6%.
More:As Bad Loans Explode in Turkey, Government Tries to Recreate Debt-Fueled Boom that Led to its Financial & Currency Crisis | Wolf Street
“Trump is weak and easily manipulated. Erdogan has found a way of doing that,” said David L. Phillips, director of Columbia University’s Programme on Peace-building and Rights.
More:Could US force regime change in Turkey? || AW
Saturday, November 16, 2019
The benefits of their personal relationship are clear for the Turkish president. But the U.S. president has his reasons, too.
More:Donald Trump Is Happy to Seem Weak Next to Turkey's Erdogan Because of Syria
USA - the noose is titghtening on Trumps neck: White House budget official tells impeachment probe about holdup of Ukraine military aid
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Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu is interviewed on Bloomberg Television in London on Oct. 14, 2019.
Photo: Bloomberg photo by Hollie Adams.
Istanbul's new mayor says his election victory against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party carries an important lesson for the world's populist leaders: Act against the will of the people you claim to represent, and you'll lose it all.
More:Istanbul's mayor says his victory is a warning for populists - SFChronicle.com
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Greece illegally deported 60,000 migrants to Turkey, documents released by Turkey reportedly show. The process involves returning asylum seekers without assessing their status.
More:Greece illegally deported 60,000 migrants to Turkey: report | News | DW | 14.11.2019
US president Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders met to overcome mounting differences between the two Nato allies ranging from policy on Syria to Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile defence system.
Mr Trump’s warm welcome of the Turkish president came amid anger in the US Congress about Ankara’s offensive into Syria to drive out a Kurdish militia, Washington’s main partner in the fight against Islamic State.
More:Trump’s warm welcome to Erdogan at odds with wider US sentiment
By DAVID WELNA • NOV 13, 2019
Judging by his tweets or by his speeches, the president is intently focused on the impeachment fight, though he has a very different duty today. He hosts Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Just weeks ago, President Trump moved U.S. troops out of the way of a Turkish invasion of Syria. Trump also wrote a letter to Erdogan appealing to him not to go too far - quote, "don't be a fool." Turkey's president openly ignored that letter. Now the leaders of these two NATO allies meet face to face. NPR national security correspondent David Welna is with us. David, good morning.
More:Turkey's Erdogan At The White House | Public Radio Tulsa
(R-S.C.) blocked a resolution on Wednesday that would have formally recognized the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) asked for consent to pass the resolution that would have provided "official recognition and remembrance" of the Armenian genocide.
More:Graham blocks resolution recognizing Armenian genocide after Erdoğan meeting | TheHill
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
It was a bad time to have Erdogan in the White House. And somehow, Trump made it even worse.
More:Trump-Erdogan meeting: 2 unsettling moments from their press conference - Vox
bne IntelliNews - ISTANBUL BLOG: Imamoglu, redeemer of hope for Turks, to debut on global finance stage in London
Imamoglu was in Istanbul's sister city, Berlin, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
By Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 13, 2019
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu—the opposition politician who shook Turkey’s Erdogan administration by winning the local election vote and then the ‘revote’ for the iconic mayorship of the Turkish business and cultural capital—will on November 14-15 pay a “working visit” to London for meetings with global finance industry representatives, local media outlets reported on November 12.
More:bne IntelliNews - ISTANBUL BLOG: Imamoglu, redeemer of hope for Turks, to debut on global finance stage in London
Diego Cupolo November 13, 2019
US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Washington to rebuild US-Turkish relations without setting a clear path for progress.
More:Absent new agreements, Trump-Erdogan meeting ends with pledge to work together
Trump Lauds Relations With Erdogan, as Turkish Strongman Visits White House | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders met to overcome mounting differences between the two NATO allies ranging from Syria policy to Turkey‘s purchase of a Russian missile defense system.
More:Trump Lauds Relations With Erdogan, as Turkish Strongman Visits White House | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com
Erdogan faces a testy summit with Trump in Washington, Europe News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
Sticking points include Turkey's purchase of Russian arms and US sanctions on Ankara
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Washington today for a summit with US President Donald Trump which could well prove crucial to the security of not only the Middle East, but also Europe. However, officials in both Washington and Ankara are bracing themselves for any eventuality.
More:Erdogan faces a testy summit with Trump in Washington, Europe News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
Amid Tensions Over Syria Incursion, Turkish President Erdogan Meets U.S. President Trump at the White House
The Turkish president arrives in Washington amid widespread criticism over his campaign in northern Syria.
More:Amid Tensions Over Syria Incursion, Turkish President Erdogan Meets U.S. President Trump at the White House
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Amberin Zaman November 12, 2019
Turkey’s president is on his way to Washington in a bid to salvage battered ties, but despite his positive chemistry with the US president, the Turkish leader is likely to hit a wall.
More:Erdogan heads for Washington, where Trump's hands already full
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the European Union’s decision to sanction Turkey over drilling off the coast of Cyprus could disrupt talks with the bloc, and he warned that Turkey could send captured Islamic State fighters to Europe.
More:Turkey's Erdogan says talks with EU may end over Cyprus sanctions - Reuters
Humeyra Pamuk, Orhan Coskun
WASHINGTON/ANKARA (Reuters) - At the 2012 opening of Trump Towers in Istanbul, real estate mogul Donald Trump sang the praises of Tayyip Erdogan, telling a mostly Turkish audience that their leader, prime minister at the time, was “highly respected” around the world.
More:Behind Trump-Erdogan 'bromance,' a White House meeting to repair U.S.-Turkey ties - Reuters
Informal relationships between family members help explain the course of diplomacy between the White House and Turkey’s leader.
More:Behind Trump’s Dealings With Turkey: Sons-in-Law Married to Power - The New York Times
Monday, November 11, 2019
Turkey has vowed to send back ISIS militants to their countries of origin, even if their citizenship has been revoked
More:Turkey Starts Returning ISIS Fighters, Deports US National - NBC New York
Nov. 11, 2019, 8:22 a.m. ET
BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday economic sanctions over Turkey's drilling off the coast of Cyprus, setting up the legal framework for travel bans and asset freezes but leaving names until a later date.
More:EU Agrees Sanctions on Turkey Over Cyprus Drilling, to Add Names Later - The New York Times
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General election 2019: Brexit Party will n ot stand in Tory seats - BBC News: Nigel Farage says the party will not contest seats won by the Tories in 2017, but will stand against Labour.
November 11, 2019 at 9:37 am | Published in: Europe & Russia, Middle East, News, Syria, Turkey
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the 6th Turkish Medical World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey on 31 October 2019. [Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman - Anadolu Agency]
November 11, 2019 at 9:37 am
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed the return of 365,000 Syrians to homes in the “safe zones” setup by his forces in northern Syria.
In a speech delivered in Ankara yesterday, Erdogan said that Turkey’s military operations against armed factions in Syria had been successful and led to securing an area of more than 8,100 square kilometres.
More:Turkey: 365,000 refugees returned to safe zone in Syria – Middle East Monitor
Sunday, November 10, 2019
By Sirwan Kajjo, Ezel Sahinkaya
November 09, 2019 08:49 PM
Turkish army armored vehicles arrive at a meeting point near the Turkish town of Idil at the Turkey-Syria border before Turkish and Russian troops conduct their third joint patrols in northeast Syria, Nov. 8, 2019.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump prepares to welcome Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on November 13, just weeks after Turkey launched an assault in Syria on Kurdish fighters -- longtime allies of the United States in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.
More:Are Turkey’s National Security Concerns in Syria Really Addressed? | Voice of America - English
Saturday, November 09, 2019
One month after Turkey launched its operation in northeast Syria, an uneasy truce prevails, but what comes next?
More:Turkey's military operation in Syria: Biggest winners and losers | Turkey News | Al Jazeera
Week in Review November 8, 2019
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Putin gains from the fallout in US-Turkey ties and the Kurds are still counting on US influence with Ankara.
More:Can Trump, Erdogan pick up the pieces in Syria?
Friday, November 08, 2019
A Syria summit will be held in early December between the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany and Britain in London, the Turkish presidency said Friday.
More:Turkey, Britain, France, Germany to hold Syria summit, World News | wionews.com
Turkey is seeking to create a "safe zone" for refugees in Syria, to which they should only return "voluntarily". But how realistic is the project and to what extent can Turkey's intentions be trusted? By Seda Serdar
More:A safe haven in northern Syria?: Turkey's plan to 'resettle' Syrian refugees - Qantara.de
Thursday, November 07, 2019
By The Associated Press
Nov. 7, 2019
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that members of slain Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's "inner circle" are trying to enter Turkey from Syria.
More:Erdogan: Al-Baghdadi's Inner Circle Trying to Enter Turkey - The New York Times
Many Syrian refugees in Turkey want to stay in the country although Turkey plans to send them back home.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the government plans to send up to 2 million refugees back to Syria. Human rights groups have warned of possible expulsions of refugees.
More:Many Syrian Refugees in Turkey Do Not Want to Return Home
While Turkey moves forward with resettling Syrian refugees in its militarily-established 'safe zone' — a process it insists is voluntary —Germany is eyeing other options for an international solution to stabilise Syria.
More:Syria: What Does Turkey's 'Resettlement' Plan Mean?
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Ekrem Imamoglu, mayor of Istanbul: the world needs people to take responsibility for change | LifeGate
SOCIETY Published on 06 NOV 2019 by CAMILLA SOLDATICopenhagen, Denmark
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"Local leaders have to ensure that changes happen. Every action a city takes for the climate impacts the whole world". We interview Ekrem İmamoğlu, mayor of Istanbul, about cities' key role in tackling the global climate crisis.
More:Ekrem Imamoglu, mayor of Istanbul: the world needs people to take responsibility for change | LifeGate
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Reuters•November 5, 2019
ANKARA, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia had not withdrawn from a planned "safe zone" in northeast Syria despite Turkey's agreements with the United States and Russia.
More:Erdogan says Kurdish fighters have not left Syria 'safe zone" despite U.S, Russia deals
Turkish transport minister says cruise tourism constitutes 2% of world's total tourism
More:Istanbul to become 'cruise hub' with Yenikapi project
Monday, November 04, 2019
Associated Press•November 4, 2019
ISTANBUL (AP) — A court has ordered the release of two prominent journalists convicted in connection with a 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey.
The official Anadolu news agency reports the court in Istanbul on Monday ordered Ahmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak released from prison on the condition that they check in regularly with police. The country's Supreme Court of Appeals in July overturned the pair's life sentences.
More:Court releases journalists convicted in failed Turkish coup
Turkish authorities say 20 German "Islamic State" members are in their custody. They want Germany and other European countries to repatriate their citizens, something most have been hesitant to do.
More:Turkey demands Germany take back 20 captured ′Islamic State′ members | News | DW | 04.11.2019
Kadri Gursel November 2, 2019
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The double blow the US House dealt Turkey over its military campaign in Syria shows how wrong Erdogan is to rely solely on his personal relationship with Trump to manage ties with the United States.
More:Trump’s amity with Erdogan deepens Turkey’s isolation
Sunday, November 03, 2019
November 02 2019, 2:58 AM
(Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or iTunes.
Fitch Ratings raised its outlook for Turkey’s sovereign assessment to stable from negative, citing an improving current account balance, continued economic growth and falling inflation.
Fitch affirmed its BB- rating for Turkey, three levels below investment grade and on par with Greece, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic.
More:Fitch Raises Turkey’s Outlook to Stable on Continued GDP Growth
By Cagan Koc
November 3, 2019, 1:00 PM EST
Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Statistical distortions that have pushed Turkey’s inflation to levels last seen over two years ago are already starting to wear off.
More:Turkish Inflation Expected to Remain Below %10, but Only Briefly - Bloomberg
The opposition mayor of Istanbul Ekrem İmamoğlu on Sunday hit back at Turkey’s Ministry of Urbanisation and Environment over its plans to transfer the authority of the municipality over development plans on the Bosphorus strait to a new government department.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of Turkey’s largest city said that all authority for the city’s famed Bosporus and its surroundings belonged to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB).
More:Istanbul mayor dismisses gov’t plans to seize authority over Bosphorus | Ahval
By Clifford A. Brown
| November 2, 2019
A young veteran reminded me of the truly ancient roots of conflict in the Middle East, pointing to lines we do not even see on the sand and soil. This prompted me to return to a summary sketch I laid aside months ago, after fleshing out an account of what we now call Iran. Then the House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution condemning the Ottoman Empire for committing the first genocide of the 20th Century…and 12 Republicans joined Rep. Ilhan Omar in opposing the resolution! What? Why? What follows is a single summary of the other three big players, historically, now known as Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
More:Turkish Trick or Treat? | Ricochet
Saturday, November 02, 2019
Turkey has said it will return "Islamic State" prisoners to their own countries, after several European nations refused to take back terror suspects. Ankara said it would not be a "hotel" for foreign militants.
More:Turkey vows to return IS suspects to Europe | News | DW | 02.11.2019
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday that the UN will study Ankara’s plans to repatriate Syrian refugees to a proposed northeastern “safe zone.”
Erdogan presented the UN chief with the Turkish plan for new settlement areas for the return of Syrian refugees during a meeting in Istanbul, the UN said in a statement.
More:UN to 'study' Erdogan's Syrian refugees scheme International
Erdogan says that Turkey planned to establish a 'refugee town or towns' in a 'safe zone' between Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain
More:Turkey, Russia hold first joint patrol in northeastern Syria - Turkey - Haaretz.com
Friday, November 01, 2019
Ankara has been contemplating developing nuclear weapons since the 1960s.
BY COLUM LYNCH | NOVEMBER 1, 2019, 2:32 PM
In September, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told members of his party that it is time for his country to acquire its own nuclear bomb.
More:Turkey Has Craved a Nuclear Weapon Since the 1960s
Opinion: The invasion of Syria is part of Turkey’s drive toward a radical new identity - The Globe and Mail
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PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Cinar Kiper is a Turkish journalist based in Vancouver.
A little more than three years ago, a small faction within the Turkish military attempted to overthrow the government. The coup would fizzle out by morning, after claiming more than 200 lives, but that wasn’t certain in the middle of the night when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared it “a gift from God.”
More:Opinion: The invasion of Syria is part of Turkey’s drive toward a radical new identity - The Globe and Mail
Thursday, October 31, 2019
November 01, 2019
Supporters of the new draft law say it will resolve confusion about overlapping authorities and help combat illegal housing in the city
ANKARA: The Turkish presidency is drafting a law that will remove power from the opposition-held Istanbul metropolitan municipality. Many suspect that the motive behind the legislation is retaliation against Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, the Nation Alliance candidate who won office in a landslide victory in June against Binali Yildirim, the candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
More:Turkey drafting law to restrict powers of Istanbul municipality
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MANHATTAN (CN) – Some five years ago, Turkey’s soft power suddenly swelled in the United States as the country’s lobbyists and pro-government charities received millions in newfound funding.
That was the same year that leaked tapes appeared to show then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan instructing his son Bilal to dump massive amounts of money tied to a multibillion-dollar money-laundering scheme.
More:Boom Times for Turkey’s Lobbyists in Trump’s Washington
Constitutional Court dismisses case related to alleged secret organization Ergenekon citing failure to prosecute
Turkey's Constitutional Court dismissed a case on Thursday against Ilker Basbug, the 26th chief of the general staff of Turkey, citing the failure to prosecute.
The ex-military chief was accused of plotting attacks against the Turkish government to pave the way for a military coup as well as being part of an alleged “deep state” organization called Ergenekon.
More:Turkish court dismisses case against ex-military chief
The National Interest•October 30, 2019
Key Point: You can't fly fighter jets if you have no pilots.
Fighter pilots aren't cheap. The U.S. Air Force estimates that training a new pilot to fly a plane like the F-35 costs $11 million. And that doesn't count the priceless experience of a veteran pilot who has been flying for years. That's why the U.S. Air Force is willing to offer half-million-dollar bonuses to retain experienced fighter pilots.
More:How Turkey Ruined Its Own Air Force (Nothing to Do with the F-35)
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
By Cagan Koc
October 30, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT
Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Pocket Cast or iTunes.
Turkey’s new central banker is about to reveal if he’ll be able to put an exclamation point on his dash to cut interest rates.
More:Turkey to Make Clear How Much Wiggle Room Remains to Cut Rates - Bloomberg
How Do War And Politics Complement One Another In Turkey's Syria Dilemma? - Analysis - Eurasia Review
October 29, 2019 Vincent Lofaso 0 Comments
By Vincent Lofaso
In the spring of 2011 when Syrians first took to the streets to demonstrate their grievances against the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the secular opposition in Turkey had just turned to infighting and Erdogan’s ruling AK Party was riding a wave of populism that seemed unstoppable. Be that as it may, when Syrian refugees arrived in the thousands on Turkish soil, President Erdogan’s domestic plans were disturbed.
More:How Do War And Politics Complement One Another In Turkey's Syria Dilemma? - Analysis - Eurasia Review
Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAYPublished 8:33 a.m. MT Oct. 29, 2019 | Updated 5:42 p.m. MT Oct. 29, 2019
WASHINGTON – In a remarkable rebuke of a NATO ally, the House on Tuesday approved a biting sanctions bill that could cripple Turkey's economy and would punish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally by requiring an assessment of his net worth amid questions about his finances in Turkey.
More:Syria: Lawmakers target Turkish President Erdogan in sanctions bill
NEWS | Oct 29, 22:03 GMT | By Anil Panchal
The United States’ (US) House of Representatives voted 403-16 in favor of the legislation that will push President Donald Trump to impose sanctions and other restrictions on Turkey and Turkish officials over its offensive in northern Syria, as per the Reuters.
More:US House of Representatives voted 403-16 to impose sanctions on Turkey for offensive in Syria
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
October 29, 2019
(Bloomberg) — The U.S. House will vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to sanction Turkey, warning that a deal struck with the Trump administration won’t save the NATO ally from economic punishment for invading northern Syria.
More:Turkey Sanctions Get U.S. House Vote Despite Pence’s Cease-Fire | Financial Post
Aaron Schaffer October 28, 2019
Ankara and its allies are warning that this week’s vote would "poison" the already strained bilateral relationship.
REUTERS/Joshua RobertsTurkish Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kilic speaks to the Conference on US-Turkey Relations in Washington, US, May 22, 2017.
Ankara and its allies are warning Congress of the risk of “permanent negative resentment” between Turkey and the United States if House members go forward with plans to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide this week.
On Friday, Turkish Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kilic wrote to lawmakers to warn them that voting for the “biased” resolution would only add to the growing number of disputes between the two countries. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to take up the nonbinding resolution tonight, setting up a floor vote as early as Tuesday as lawmakers seek to punish Turkey for its intervention against the Kurds in Syria.
More:Turkey lobby goes to bat against Armenian genocide bill
Monday, October 28, 2019
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Mazlum Kobane, the chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, may visit Washington — a move that would likely prompt Turkish calls for his extradition.
More:Syrian Kurdish commander sparks fresh US-Turkish row
Millions of Turks across the country and abroad will celebrate on Oct. 29 the 96th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the republic’s founder, on Oct. 29, 1923 officially declared the name of the nation and proclaimed the country’s status as a republic.
More:Turkey to mark 96th anniversary of Republic Day - Turkey News
Sunday, October 27, 2019
by James M. Dorsey
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds up a map as he addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City, Sept. 24, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Lucas Jackson.
Turkey’s policy of suppressing Kurdish identity and denying the Kurds their cultural and political rights midwifed the birth in the 1970s of militant groups like the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which only recently dropped its demand for Kurdish independence. The group, which has waged a low-intensity insurgency that has cost tens of thousands of lives, has been declared a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU.
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Turkish President says killing of IS leader "turning point"
Ankara, Oct 28 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the killing of the fugitive leader of the Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a "turning point" in fight against terrorism.
"The killing of Daesh (IS) ringleader marks a turning point in our joint fight against terrorism. Turkey will continue to support anti-terror efforts as it has done in the past," Erdogan tweeted, the Xinhua news agency reported.
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BY JUSTINE COLEMAN - 10/27/19 01:25 PM EDT 146
Syrian Kurds announced on Sunday that their forces are leaving the Turkish border area, Reuters reported.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made this announcement after Turkey and Russia came to an agreement last week under which Syrian guards and Russia military police would patrol a 19-mile zone along Syria’s border with Turkey. The countries gave the SDF until Tuesday to retreat, Reuters noted.
More:Syrian Kurds say they are withdrawing from area near Turkish border | TheHill
Saturday, October 26, 2019
By SELCAN HACAOGLU | Bloomberg News | Published: October 26, 2019
ANKARA, Turkey (Tribune News Service) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Donald Trump to "hand over" the leader of a Kurdish militia who's been invited to the U.S. by senators, calling the commander and his fighters terrorists.
More:Erdogan hits back after Trump praises Kurdish militia leader - Europe - Stripes
Friday, October 25, 2019
By Selcan Hacaoglu
October 25, 2019, 5:46 AM EDT
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Donald Trump to “hand over” the leader of a Kurdish militia who’s been invited to the U.S. by senators, calling the commander and his fighters terrorists.
Hours after Trump said in a tweet that he had “really enjoyed” talking to Mazloum Abdi, the assumed name of the head of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Erdogan hit back at the U.S. for giving an audience to a wanted criminal in an allied state.
More:Erdogan Hits Back After Trump Praises Kurdish Militia Leader - Bloomberg
The Turkish government is planning to double a tax on foreign exchange sales that was reintroduced in May to bolster the embattled lira, news-site Habertürk reported on Friday.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted to parliament a new bill that proposes increasing the tax on foreign exchange transactions from 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent, Habertürk said.
More:Turkey considers doubling tax on foreign exchange sales | Ahval
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's military aggression in Syria to create what he calls a safe zone along the border has sparked international concern. But at home, the criticism is more muted.
More:In Turkey, Criticism About Military Aggression In Syria Exists But Is Muted : NPR
Updated 25th October 2019
Emily Dixon, CNN
Over the past two decades, Turkey has seen a rapid increase in mosque construction. Earlier this year, the country's largest place of worship -- Istanbul's Camlica Mosque, which can accommodate 63,000 people -- officially opened its doors to the public.
More:Istanbul's mosques may carry a political message - CNN Style
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted Oct 24, 2019 5:11 pm MDT
The Turkish and Syrian ambassadors at the U.N. are clashing at their first Security Council encounter since Turkey launched a cross-border offensive earlier this month.
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Semih Idiz October 24, 2019
Even his greatest detractors in Turkey are complimenting Erdogan over winning US and Russian support against the Syrian Kurds.
Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERSRussian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a news conference following their talks in Sochi, Russia, Oct. 22, 2019.
The agreement President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Oct. 22 complements his recent green light from US President Donald Trump for Turkey’s military incursion into Syria against the formerly US-backed People's Protection Units (YPG).
More:Following Trump’s lead, Putin gives Erdogan what he wants
by Jonathan Schanzer and Aykan Erdemir
| October 24, 2019 11:00 PM
In what may well have been the shortest duration of sanctions in modern history, President Trump on Oct. 23 lifted all of the sanctions he had imposed on Turkey just nine days earlier for “escalating violence, endangering innocent civilians, and destabilizing the region” with its military incursion into northeast Syria.
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Many Turks, at home and abroad, feel misunderstood. The Syrian offensive is intended to ease matters and does not constitute ethnic cleansing, they claim. They also say there is no racism in Turkey. This is a misrepresentation of the situation, says Tayfun Guttstadt in his contribution to the debate
More:Turkish incursion into northern Syria: You reap what you sow - Qantara.de
Most Turkish citizens approve – to a greater or lesser extent – of their countryˈs incursion into Syria and are deeply irritated by the Westˈs apparent incomprehension of the situation on Turkeyˈs southern border. By Ayse Karabat
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
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STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers on Wednesday condemned Turkey’s offensive to carve out a “safe zone” in northeast Syria and prepared the way for new EU financial sanctions against Ankara.
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In what could be described as a double daredevil move, first with President Donald Trump and then with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan played a remarkable game of hardball this month with his military operation in Syria.
more:Erdoğan surges as Turkey’s opposition plays his game | Ahval
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
In the early days of the influx of Syrian refugees, some were seen sleeping in parks, as Turkey was still getting organized for an emergency response to an ever-increasing number of Syrians fleeing their country.
More:Turkey’s next step in Syria, to get Europe on board
After five hours of talks on Tuesday, the leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed on how to jointly patrol parts of Syria that until recently were controlled by Kurdish forces.
more;Russia And Turkey Reach Deal To Force Out Kurds In Northern Syria : NPR
Deirdre Shesgreen and David Jackson, USA TODAYPublished 6:59 a.m. ET Oct. 23, 2019 | Updated 3:32 p.m. ET Oct. 23, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump lifted sanctions on Turkey Wednesday and declared a "big success" in Syria, saying Turkish officials had agreed to permanently end their military attack on Syrian Kurdish forces.
Trump's move came even as his own envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, condemned Turkey's short but brutal military assault as deeply disruptive and said Turkish forces may have committed war crimes in its attack on the Kurds.
More:Syria: Trump lifts Turkey sanctions as Russia moves into power void
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The Sochi Summit: Potential Outcomes and Implications - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Anna Borshchevskaya and Soner Cagaptay
October 21, 2019
As Washington pushes Erdogan to act responsibly in northeast Syria, the Turkish leader may face contrary pressures from Russia and Iran, who are keeping forces on the ground to back up whatever demands are made at this week’s summit and beyond.
More:The Sochi Summit: Potential Outcomes and Implications - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Ayla Jean Yackley October 21, 2019
A fragile truce held for a fourth day despite sporadic fighting as Kurdish militants leave a strategic town, the United States pulls out its soldiers and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to Russia to discuss what comes next.
More:Syrian cease-fire holds as Kurdish forces withdraw from Turkish border
As Turkey drills in the Cypriot EEZ and kicks off military operations in Northern Syria, the country appears to have pivoted towards Russia – and away from traditional partners Europe and NATO
More:Turkey Pushes into Syria, Drills in Cypriot Waters
Monday, October 21, 2019
Most Turkish citizens approve – to a greater or lesser extent – of their countryˈs incursion into Syria and are deeply irritated by the Westˈs apparent incomprehension of the situation on Turkeyˈs southern border. By Ayse Karabat
More:Turkey isolated amid international pressure: Erdogan's captive audience - Qantara.de
Jack Detsch October 21, 2019
Congress has tucked a provision into a bill to sanction Turkey for its two-week incursion into northern Syria that would study the possibility of removing US nuclear weapons and troops from Incirlik Air Base.
REUTERS/Umit BektasA US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jet (foreground) lands at Incirlik Air Base in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, Dec. 11, 2015.
More:Congress calls on US to scout nuclear alternatives to Turkey base
Kurds evacuate Syrian town in 1st pullout of cease-fire | News, Sports, Jobs - Williamsport Sun-Gazette
OCT 21, 2019
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Dozens of vehicles rolled out of a besieged Syrian border town, evacuating Kurdish fighters and civilians and opening the way for Turkish-backed forces to take over in the first pullback under a three-day-old U.S.-brokered cease-fire.
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Following an emergency meeting called by Egypt on the offensive, the Arab League (AL) lambasted Turkey's now paused operation as an "invasion of an Arab state's land and an aggression on its sovereignty" and threatened Ankara of economic sanctions.
More:Operation into Syria highlights Turkey's rift with Arab nations - China.org.cn
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Can Dundar, the former editor in chief of the leading Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, is now living in exile.
Earlier this week, amid burgeoning scandals in Washington and a dramatic shift in the balance of power in Syria, President Trump revealed a letter he had sent to the president of Turkey. Trump was apparently trying to show a confused American public that he’s really the man in charge.
Trump was acting on impulse. Yet his decision is likely to haunt Turkish-U.S. relations for a long time to come.
More:Does Trump understand how grossly he just insulted the president of Turkey? - The Washington Post
BY REBECCA KHEEL - 10/19/19 02:43 PM EDT
President Trump, erstwhile businessman and "Art of the Deal" author, casts himself as a master negotiator. But experts say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan got the best of Trump in negotiations over Syria.
More:Erdoğan got the best of Trump, experts warn | TheHill
Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:42 pm | Updated: 8:02 pm, Sat Oct 19, 2019.
Associated Press |
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local):
A senior Syrian Kurdish official says his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a U.S.-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged town there.
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by Marc D. Joffe Posted on October 17, 2019October 15, 2019
Mainstream media are taking occasional breaks from 24/7 impeachment coverage this month to lambaste the Trump Administration for abandoning our Syrian Kurdish allies at the insistence of Turkey’s despotic rulers. Since the original withdrawal announcement, Administration policy has taken on a helter-skelter quality: rushing out sanctions, threatening airstrikes and deploying troops elsewhere in the Middle East. Ultimately Trump policies are producing more foreign adventurism and less freedom of commerce for American companies. But the original decision to pull out was the correct one, and consistent media criticism of the withdrawal often omits important facts that the American public needs to consider. Specifically:
More:What the Media Aren't Telling You About Turkey and the Kurds - Antiwar.com Original
The Turkish president got what he wanted — as did Russia and Iran.
More:Opinion | Turkey’s Victory Over Donald Trump - The New York Times
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Galip DalayThursday, October 17, 2019
Since 2002, the rule of Turkish politics has been clear and simple: Turkey periodically holds elections, and the winning party remains the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The last local election held on March 31 and Istanbul’s re-run election on June 23 were exceptions to this rule. The AKP suffered its most severe electoral defeat to date by losing almost all of Turkey’s major cities to the opposition, including Istanbul and Ankara.
More:Can the Turkish opposition develop a sustainable Kurdish policy?
Media commentators seem to ignore the fact that back in the 2000s, when Erdogan led his AKP party to victory in the general election and formed his first government, an accommodation was actually reached with the PKK.
More:What moves Putin, Assad, Erdogan and the Kurds? - www.israelhayom.com
BY JUSTIN SINK / BLOOMBERG OCTOBER 16, 2019
President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling on him to “work out a good deal!” and warning him not to be a “tough guy” or “fool.”
“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way,” according to the Oct. 9 letter, reported earlier by Fox Business Network and confirmed by the White House. “It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen.”
More:'Don't Be a Fool!' Trump Wrote to Erdogan About Syria Advance | Time
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
The charges against Halkbank are linked to a previous case involving Reza Zarrab, a Turkish banker who was arrested in March for evading U.S. sanctions.
More:U.S. charges state-owned Turkish bank in multibillion-dollar sanctions-busting scheme
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Ali Kucukgocmen Reuters
ISTANBUL, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Turkey's unemployment rate rose to 13.9% in the June-Aug period, while the seasonally adjusted rate hit its highest on record, according to official data on Tuesday that suggested workers are feeling the pinch from a recession that appeared to be easing.
More:Turkish unemployment rises to 13.9% as recession still weighs | Nasdaq
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish lira gained on Tuesday after Washington imposed lighter-than-expected sanctions for Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, providing some relief even while traders worried that heavier repercussions would follow.
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States has sanctioned Turkey’s energy ministry in response to the Turkish cross-border offensive in northeast Syria, raising questions about the impact on the country’s wider energy sector.
More:Factbox: Major Turkish companies affiliated with U.S.-sanctioned Turkish energy ministry - Reuters
By Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV Bulgaria 14:20 (updated: 18:02)
Volkswagen has postponed the decision on opening a new car factory in Turkey against the background of the Turkish military offensive in Syria. “The final decision for the new plant was postponed by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG,” a company spokesman said on Tuesday (15 October), confirming media reports.
More:VW puts on hold plan for €1 bln car factory in Turkey over Syria incursion – EURACTIV.com
Oct 14, 2019 6:55 PM EDT
In the days since the announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, the country’s map is being redrawn. Both Turkey and the Russia-backed Syrian regime made territorial advances, and U.S.-partner Syrian Democratic Forces turned to Damascus for support. As a result, an estimated 130,000 civilians have fled their homes, and imprisoned ISIS fighters have escaped. Nick Schifrin reports.
More:As U.S. departs Syria, Kurds join Assad regime to fight a NATO ally | PBS NewsHour
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Mustafa Sonmez October 14, 2019
Ankara’s new military campaign in Syria has raised the specter of fresh trouble for the crisis-hit Turkish economy, but the government hopes to compensate with political gains.
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(Reuters) - Alamos Gold has halted construction work at its Kirazli project in western Turkey, the Canadian gold miner said on Monday, after its mining concessions expired on Sunday amid protests against the project.
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Monday, October 14, 2019
may prove costly
In Ankara’s view, the intervention in Syria has been a
diplomatic and military success, but an economic risk looms.
More:Turkey’s “safe zone” may prove costly | The Interpreter
President Trump had been calling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's bluff for more than 2 years, and some senior administration officials thought Erdoğan would never actually go through with his long-threatened Syria invasion, according to 6 sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
More:Behind the scenes of the Trump bluff that kicked off Turkey's invasion - Axios
Sunday, October 13, 2019
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If we start looking for profit opportunities elsewhere, the Turkish lira will come up soon. What’s happening with the TRY and is it fit for trading?
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John Irish, Joseph Nasr
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PARIS/BERLIN (Reuters) - European states are trying to fast-track a plan to shift thousands of foreign Islamic State militants out of Syrian prison camps and into Iraq, after the outbreak of fresh conflict in Syria raised the risk of jihadists escaping or returning home.
More:Turkey's Syria advance leaves Europe with foreign fighter dilemma - Reuters
U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.
More:Turkey's War in Syria Was Not Inevitable
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Major mistakes by Washington and Brussels have contributed to the problem
More:The Turkey mess is everybody's fault - Washington Times
Ankara isolated after assault on Kurdish militants; alliance’s unity tested
By Emre Peker
Oct. 11, 2019 2:26 pm ET
BRUSSELS—Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria this week triggered a new rift between Ankara and its NATO allies, highlighting a growing divergence on security concerns and complicating efforts to thwart an increasingly assertive Russia.
More:NATO Chastises Turkey Over Syria, but Fears Driving It Toward Russia - WSJ
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What's next for the Turkish lira
While major currencies draw a lot of attention these days, it may be worth keeping a broad view of the market. If we start looking for profit opportunities elsewhere, the Turkish lira will come up soon. What's happening with the TRY and is it fit for trading?
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Friday, October 11, 2019
Turkey’s Syria Incursion: What Spurred It, and What’s Next? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
October 11, 2019
The Trump administration is implicitly backing Ankara’s policy imperatives for now, but its approval comes with an imminent expiration date that could arrive even sooner if the operation goes awry.
On October 9, Turkey launched its long-expected military operation into north Syria with the goal of undermining the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG). Why did Ankara act now? What are the operation’s tactical objectives? And how does the decision fit into the Trump administration’s own objectives in Syria?
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Trump gives his administration broad powers to put sanctions on Turkey
President Donald Trump has given his administration broad authority to slap sanctions on Turkey, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.
More:Mnuchin says Trump gives Turkey sanctions authority after Syria strikes
BY DAVID BRENNAN ON 10/11/19 AT 6:42 AM EDT
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has condemned some of his NATO allies for their opposition to Ankara's invasion of northeastern Syria, branding their criticism hypocritical and accusing them of arming terrorist organizations.
More:Turkey Condemns NATO Allies for Arming Kurdish 'Terrorists' in Syria: 'This Is Your Hypocrisy'
Reuters•October 11, 2019
PARIS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Next week's European Union summit will discuss sanctions on Turkey over its action in Syria, French State Secretary for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said on Friday.
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STOCKHOLM — Sweden will push for a European Union weapons embargo against Turkey at an EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday, the Swedish parliament decided on Friday, state radio reported.
Foreign Minister Ann Linde on Thursday condemnded Turkey’s military offensive in northeastern Syria
More:Sweden to push for EU weapons embargo against Turkey | National Post
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, waves to supporters during an event in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Oslo will also review the prior export licenses due to concerns over Turkey's incursion in north Syria
The Netherlands is to freeze all weapons exports to Turkey in the aftermath of Ankara's assault on Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday.
More:i24NEWS - Reports: Norway suspends new arms exports to NATO ally Turkey
As Donald Trump seized on fears of refugees and ISIS in his rise to the presidency, the battle to take down Mosul, ISIS’s crown jewel in Iraq, was just beginning. This is what those moments felt like.
More:The Refugee Crisis and the ISIS Fight in Mosul - The Atlantic
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Kurdish forces have responded to Turkey's offensive in Syria by shelling a Turkish border town. Earlier Turkey launched airstrikes and unleashed artillery shelling on Syrian towns, according to Turkey's Defense Ministry.
More:Airstrikes, shelling as Turkey and Kurds clash in Syria | News | DW | 10.10.2019
Plus: Uncertain U.S.-China trade talks, an anti-Semitic attack in Germany, and the other stories we’re following today.
More:Turkey's Assault on Syria Prompts Emergency U.N. Security Council Meeting
The Turkish offensive into northeast Syria is likely to result in economic volatility due to the threat of revenge attacks and possible U.S. sanctions hanging over the already struggling economy.
Turkey’s economy has been suffering since limited U.S. sanctions and increased tariffs on metals sparked a currency crisis last year. Unemployment is stubbornly high – around 20 percent - the lira is still weak, while many companies and banks are saddled with high levels of debt.
More:Erdoğan plays high-stakes game with Turkey’s economy | Ahval
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Trauma training helps Turkish teachers to understand the needs of Syrian refugee children - Turkey | ReliefWeb
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A programme supported by Theirworld has trained over 1,000 teachers and touched the lives of 5,000 students affected by conflict and displacement.
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Turkey-U.S. relationship was fraught even before flap over America's Kurdish allies - Los Angeles Times
OCT. 9, 2019 4 AM
WASHINGTON — Once again, a phone call between President Trump and a foreign leader is jangling international alliances, roiling domestic politics in the United States and raising uneasy questions about foreign policy in the hands of an unpredictable U.S. head of state whose personal business interests might not be transparent.
More:Turkey-U.S. relationship was fraught even before flap over America's Kurdish allies - Los Angeles Times
Turkey's New Internet Regulations Spark Fears of New Wave of Censorship | Voice of America - English
By Dorian Jones
October 8, 2019 05:08 PM
Turkey’s Freedom of Expression Association organized a briefing for lawyers on new internet regulations which was vastly oversubscribed as numerous legal challenges to the new rules are expected. (D. Jones/VOA News)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - In Turkey, new controls regulating internet use have come into force. The government says all broadcasters, who are already restricted, need to abide by the same rules on the internet, but critics claim the new measures are an attempt to silence the last platform for independent journalism.
More:Turkey's New Internet Regulations Spark Fears of New Wave of Censorship | Voice of America - English
The Turkish leader has repeatedly talked the president around to his view of the world.
By Michael Crowley and Carlotta Gall
Oct. 8, 2019
WASHINGTON — Three times over the past year, President Trump has spoken with Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and told Mr. Erdogan what he wanted to hear.
More:In Trump, Turkey’s Erdogan Keeps Finding a Sympathetic Ear - The New York Times
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
By Paul Wallace
October 8, 2019, 1:09 PM GMT+2
The lira’s volatility has climbed as Turkey’s possible incursion into northern Syria heightens the risk of U.S. sanctions. Still, Turkey is no stranger to geopolitical risk and these levels are well below those reached just a little over a year ago in a bilateral spat.
More:Lira’s in for a Rough Ride If Turkey Moves Troops Into Syria - Bloomberg
Erdogan news: Fury as critics accuse him of 'fiddling with numbers' after Trump threats | World | News | Express.co.uk
TAYYIP ERDOGAN has come under increasing domestic pressure after US President Donald Trump's threat to destabilise the Turkish economy has lead to further downturn and accusations of corruption.
More:Erdogan news: Fury as critics accuse him of 'fiddling with numbers' after Trump threats | World | News | Express.co.uk
By Dorian Jones
October 7, 2019 05:04 PM
Syrian Kurds gather around a U.S. armored vehicle during a demonstration against Turkish threats on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border, Oct. 6, 2019.
ISTANBUL - President Donald Trump's announcement of a U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria, paving the way for a Turkish military operation against a Kurdish militia in the area, is widely being seen as a diplomatic triumph for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
More:Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Syria Is Triumph for Erdogan | Voice of America - English
Monday, October 07, 2019
US President Donald Trump has said he will "totally destroy and obliterate the economy of Turkey" if the country does anything he considers "off-limits" in northern Syria.
It came after an announcement from the White House on Sunday that US troops were stepping aside in the area for an imminent Turkish operation drew criticism.
More:Trump will 'obliterate' Turkish economy if it does anything 'off-limits' in Syria | Euronews
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu set goals for his party to get prepared for the next parliament and presidential elections.
“We have completed the first stage of the elections. We achieved the results of working together and making a common voice. Now it’s time for the second stage. We will work together in the second stage. There will be parliament and presidential elections,” he said addressing at the CHP party camp in the Black Sea province of Bolu.
More:CHP leader sets new goals for his party - Turkey News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 7 confirmed that the U.S. troops started withdrawing from positions in northern Syria and pledged to secure the border.
"After our conversation yesterday [on Oct. 6] evening, as Mr. President [Donald Trump] stated, the retreat has begun," Erdoğan told reporters at Ankara's Esenboğa International Airport before his departure for a two-day visit to Serbia.
More:US troops' retreat from N Syria has begun: Erdoğan - Turkey News
Saturday, October 05, 2019
Companies from around the world have built factories in the Turkish province of Kocaeli, east of Istanbul. The result has been an environmental disaster, with residents suffering from high rates of cancer and other maladies.
More:Environmental Degredation in Turkish Industrial Zone - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Friday, October 04, 2019
October 04, 2019
Turkey has ruled that million-selling book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” should be partially banned
The book, which has been published in 47 languages, offers a series of inspiring stories about women from history for young children
ISTANBUL: Turkey has ruled that million-selling book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” should be partially banned and treated like pornography because it could have a “detrimental influence” on young people.
More:Turkey rules children’s book on history’s inspiring women to be treated as porn
Turkey's highest religious authority brings in huge profits, say experts. But as a historic brewery in Istanbul faces demolition, critics argue that such profiteering is not in line with Islam. By Aram Ekin Duran
More:Islam and business: Diyanet – Turkey's religious authority that makes millions - Qantara.de
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is betting big on China.
By Ilan Berman
October 04, 2019
For over a year now, Turkey has lurched toward full blown economic crisis, propelled by a major devaluation of the national currency and ballooning external debt. These economic troubles have come at a significant political cost for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice & Development Party (AKP). In its August survey of Turkish public opinion, polling firm MetroPOLL found that Erdogan’s once-robust approval rating had dropped to 44 percent – down nearly 10 points from a year earlier. And this summer, the Turkish electorate delivered Erdogan’s government a very public rebuke when it voted resoundingly to confirm opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu as mayor of Istanbul in a re-run of the country’s contested regional elections. The bloom, it seems, has well and truly come off Erdogan’s rose.
More:Erdogan’s Chinese Gamble – The Diplomat