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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Europe Must Re-engage With Turkey Now - Bloomberg

Europe Must Re-Engage With Turkey Now

Ursula Von Der Leyen has the opportunity to reset badly strained relations between the EU and Turkey.

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Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu appoints pro-Gezi city planner as new zoning official | Ahval

Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu appoints pro-Gezi city planner as new zoning official

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has rolled up his sleeves to appoint new directors to several municipal departments, including a new director for the megacity’s zoning and urban development unit.

Gürkan Akgün, a Chamber of City Planners board member who is known for his support of the environmental concerns voiced during Turkey’s 2013 Gezi protests, will head İstanbul’s municipal zoning, Turkish alternative media outlet Medyascope reported.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

US envoy holds talks in Ankara as Turkey threatens to invade Syria

US envoy holds talks in Ankara as Turkey threatens to invade Syria
Ayla Jean Yackley July 22, 2019
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ARTICLE SUMMARY
James Jeffrey, the special representative on Syria, met with senior Turkish officials amid renewed threats Ankara could send forces to a region controlled by a US-allied militia.

ISTANBUL — The United States dispatched a senior diplomat to Turkey on Monday for talks aimed at averting a unilateral invasion by the Turkish military into northern Syria as tensions near a boiling point following Ankara’s acquisition of a Russian-made missile system that its NATO partners fear foreshadows a split with the West.

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The Tale of Turkey and the Patriots - War on the Rocks

THE TALE OF TURKEY AND THE PATRIOTS
JIM TOWNSEND AND RACHEL ELLEHUUS JULY 22, 2019
COMMENTARY
Watching the current trajectory of the U.S.-Turkish relationship is like witnessing two locomotives hurtling towards one another head-on. It’s a terrifying sight. As both capitals struggle to pull the brake, it’s important to understand the backstory about one issue caught up in the impending train wreck: the long-suffering Patriot air and missile defense deal. This is a tale less about the security and economic benefits of the sale and more about a time of intense geopolitics, bilateral policy fights, and growing mistrust between two close NATO allies. As two senior Defense officials who helped manage the U.S.-Turkish defense relationship from 2009 through 2018, we feel it important to give our view on how the United States got to this low point not only in the Patriot sale, but also in this important relationship.

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No, Turkey Has Not Abandoned the West - Bloomberg

No, Turkey Has Not Abandoned the West

President Erdogan’s spokesperson argues that the U.S. and EU are to blame for the state of relations with Turkey.

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Syrian Refugees Ordered to Leave Istanbul - Bloomberg

Turkey Orders Thousands of Syrian Refugees to Leave Istanbul
By Selcan Hacaoglu
July 22, 2019, 2:41 PM GMT+2

People stand outside at a tent camp of families, who fled from the Jinderes district in Syria, in Reyhanli, Turkey on on Feb. 18, 2018. Photographer: Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Turkey, home to the largest refugee population in the world, announced measures on Monday to limit the number of Syrian migrants in its largest city, Istanbul.

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What Does a New Mayor in Istanbul Mean for Erdogan? | The National Interest

What Does a New Mayor in Istanbul Mean for Erdogan?

It is too early to tell whether the mayoral elections mark a turning point for Erdoğan within the Justice and Development party and within the larger Turkish political system.

More:What Does a New Mayor in Istanbul Mean for Erdogan? | The National Interest

Turkish centre-right: soon over-crowded? | openDemocracy

Turkish centre-right: soon over-crowded?

Throughout the early 2019 election process, İmamoğlu pushed the boundaries of the secularist main opposition CHP, marching to the centre via a reconciliatory populism.

More:Turkish centre-right: soon over-crowded? | openDemocracy

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Erdogan's rivals won Istanbul. Now they have to stem its runaway debt. - Alton Telegraph

Erdogan's rivals won Istanbul. Now they have to stem its runaway debt.
Ercan Ersoy, Bloomberg Published 6:06 am CDT, Sunday, July 21, 2019

Turkey's opposition twice took on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's political machine in Istanbul and won.

Dismantling what it calls a legacy of waste and runaway debt in the country's biggest city might prove a bigger challenge.

An internal audit found that the municipality's unconsolidated debt more than tripled since 2014, with new Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu expecting its outstanding liabilities to grow another 30% this year to as much as 35 billion liras ($6.1 billion). Given the wild swings in the lira, another vulnerability is the city's unhedged foreign debt, which accounts for 84% of the total, according to Fitch Ratings.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Is Ali Babacan the man to finally take on Erdogan? | | AW

Is Ali Babacan the man to finally take on Erdogan?

Babacan commands much respect in Turkey as the architect of the economic and financial restructuring that pulled Turkey from a deep inflation crisis in the early 2000s.

More:Is Ali Babacan the man to finally take on Erdogan? | | AW

Voters have had enough hate-filled tribalism | Comment | The Times

Voters have had enough hate-filled tribalism
janice turner

Britain and the US could learn a lot from Istanbul’s mayor, who triumphed with a message of loving your political rivals

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Interview with Exiled Turkish Journalist Can Dündar and His Wife - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'I Didn't Want To Be in the Hands of Erdogan Anymore'

Turkish government critic Can Dündar spent three years in exile separated from his wife Dilek. They recently reunited in Berlin, where they discussed their hopes for the end of the Erdogan era and how FaceTime helped keep them together as a family.

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Opposition in Turkey

Opposition in Turkey

The municipal elections on March 31st at the national level and the re-run elections on June 23rd in Istanbul showed that there is a strong and vibrant opposition in Turkey. The opposition wins in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, among others, was a surprising development for many observers and even to some in Turkey. Although there were educated guesses that Erdogan may lose Ankara, the loss of Istanbul by 800,000 votes became a significant failure in the city, where Erdogan started his rise in Turkish politics as mayor in 1994. Which parties constitute this new opposition wave in Turkey? How did they increase their vote in the municipal elections? Will they pose a real political and electoral challenge to Erdogan’s ruling coalition in Turkey?

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Erdoğan is on a lonely path to ruin. Will he take Turkey down with him? | Simon Tisdall | World news | The Guardian

Erdoğan is on a lonely path to ruin. Will he take Turkey down with him?

Simon Tisdall
At odds with the US, Europe, his Arab neighbours and potentially Russia, too, the president is also increasingly unpopular at home

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses his supporters at a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the attempted coup. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters
For a reputed “strongman”, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems unusually nervous these days. A bombastic speech last week marking the third anniversary of a failed military putsch could not conceal his insecurity. He says he is using his sweeping powers as executive president to build a “new Turkey”. But it appears the old one is tiring of him fast.

More:Erdoğan is on a lonely path to ruin. Will he take Turkey down with him? | Simon Tisdall | World news | The Guardian

Who Lost Turkey? – Foreign Policy

Who Lost Turkey?

The blame for Ankara’s antagonistic stance to Washington lies with both sides, a product of decades of misunderstandings.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

TURKEY Financial volatility and political uncertainty crush the Turkish economy

Financial volatility and political uncertainty crush the Turkish economy

For the first time in a decade experts suggest a contraction of 1.5%.  For the following year, a slight trend reversal, with growth of just over 2%.  Analysts highlight the risk of "recession with double relapse".  Fears for the central bank's independence.

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Trump boots Turkey from F-35 program after its purchase of Russian-made missile system

Trump boots Turkey from F-35 program after its purchase of Russian-made missile system

Deirdre Shesgreen and Donovan Slack
,USA TODAY•July 17, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration said Wednesday it would cancel Turkey's participation in the Pentagon's elite Joint Strike Fighter program amid a growing rift over Ankara's decision to purchase a Russian missile defense system.

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Europe Misses a Chance by Freezing Out Turkey

Europe Misses a Chance by Freezing Out Turkey

Leonid Bershidsky
Bloomberg July 18, 2019

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Relations between the European Union and Turkey – officially still a EU accession candidate – have grown so chilly that the word “sanctions” has been applied to the EU’s latest punitive moves against its Mediterranean neighbor. But in this particular case, Europe would do well to apply some transactional wisdom rather than more confrontation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Istanbul mayor appoints city’s first ever woman deputy general secretary | Ahval

New Istanbul mayor appoints city’s first ever woman deputy general secretary
Ekrem İmamoğlu, the newly-elected mayor of Istanbul, announced on Wednesday the appointment of a woman as deputy general secretary, a first in the municipality’s history.

İmamoğlu became  the mayor of Turkey’s financial hub after declaring victory in the June 23 mayoral rerun with more than 800,000 votes compared to his rival candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

More:New Istanbul mayor appoints city’s first ever woman deputy general secretary | Ahval

Why Turkey Doesn’t Trust the United States – Foreign Policy

Why Turkey Doesn’t Trust the United States
The decline and fall of an alliance.
BY NICK DANFORTH | JULY 15, 2019, 11:21 AM

With an economy already under severe strain, Turkey is now facing U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian air defense missiles and European Union sanctions over continued energy exploration off the coast of Cyprus. For a country that once believed that its path to strength and prosperity ran through NATO and the EU, this represents a dramatic shift. The country’s leaders now appear to believe that directly confronting the United States and Europe is the best way to advance their interests.

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Greek Cyprus rejects Turkey cooperation proposal » Kallanish Energy News

Greek Cyprus rejects Turkey cooperation proposal
July 17, 2019

The Greek side of Cyprus Tuesday rejected a proposal put forward by the Turkish side of the island to cooperate on oil and gas activities on its continental shelf, Kallanish Energy learns.

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Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped - StarTribune.com

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped
Associated Press JULY 16, 2019 — 7:20AM

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel's crew members.

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Turkey’s turn against the West — and how to reverse it

Turkey’s turn against the West — and how to reverse it
By Blaise Misztal July 16, 2019 | 7:33pm

Erdogan’s Istanbul defeat is a chance to rebuild bridges with the West
Istanbul to re-do mayoral election after victory tossed out for Erdogan opponents
No, Trump won't refuse to leave if he loses and other commentary
Erdogan's deathblow to Turkish democracy
Three years ago this week, an attempted coup sought to oust Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reverse his efforts to transform Turkey. Instead, it gave Erdogan a chance to accelerate his changes.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Istanbul Mayor Imamoglu: Turkey badly managed refugees - BBC News

Istanbul Mayor Imamoglu: Turkey badly managed refugees

The new Mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, has said the country's policy towards refugees has been mishandled.

More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey and hundreds of thousands are living in Istanbul, putting a strain on infrastructure and community relations.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Distrust With U.S. Grows - The New York Times

Turkey’s Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Distrust With U.S. Grows
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a rally on Monday to honor the victims of the 2016 failed coup. Mr. Erdogan has tried to recast Turkey as a more independent actor on the international stage.
Credit
Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press

By Carlotta Gall
July 16, 2019

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has marked the anniversary of a failed coup against him every passing year — this week was the third — with a national holiday that has turned the traumatic event into a celebration of Turkish nationalism.

More:Turkey’s Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Distrust With U.S. Grows - The New York Times

What Lies Ahead for Turkish Politics?

Is Istanbul’s Vote the Start of a New Consensus Politics in Turkey?

Persistent polarization within Turkish politics remains the opposition’s biggest obstacle to electoral success.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu to file criminal complaint against AKP’s municipal subsidiaries | Ahval

Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu to file criminal complaint against AKP’s municipal subsidiaries

Istanbul’s newly elected opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu is preparing to file a criminal complaint against the heads of municipality subsidiaries appointed by the former ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) mayor, who have not resigned from their posts after he took office.

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Turkey Marks Three Years since Failed Coup Attempt - The Media Line

Turkey Marks Three Years since Failed Coup Attempt
KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI
07/15/2019

Government crackdown on opponents continues, with journalists, academics being targeted

A stage and streams of flags have been put up in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, in the heart of Istanbul, in advance of Monday evening’s marking of the third anniversary of Turkey’s 2016 coup attempt.

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Turkey's coup three years on; inside the country's clamp down on journalism | Euronews

Turkey's coup three years on; inside the country's clamp down on journalism

Three years on from Turkey’s failed coup, the country faces an ever tightening clampdown on civil rights. More than 250 journalists have been arrested since that long summer’s night in 2016. Mahir Zeynalov is one of the lucky ones.

More:Turkey's coup three years on; inside the country's clamp down on journalism | Euronews

Turkey coup: why President Erdogan is still trying to convince the West - The National

Turkey coup: why President Erdogan is still trying to convince the West

Three years on, the Turkish government is still struggling to sell its take on what happened, with alleged human rights abuses and large-scale arrests contining to cause concern overseas

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Turkish Cypriots propose offshore gas cooperation after tensions increase | Middle East Eye

Turkish Cypriots propose offshore gas cooperation after tensions increase

Turkey and internationally recognised government of Cyprus have overlapping claims linked to 45-year-old split of island

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Istanbul's new mayor faces stiff road ahead after landslide win

Istanbul's new mayor faces stiff road ahead after landslide win

Fulya OZERKAN
,AFP•July 13, 2019

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey's main opposition scored a major blow against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month when it won control of Istanbul, but now faces a wounded government reluctant to relinquish power.

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Erdoğan's control over Turkey is ending – what comes next? - Westport News

Erdoğan's control over Turkey is ending – what comes next?

Gary M. Grossman, Arizona State University

(THE CONVERSATION) Mayoral elections in Turkish cities do not usually grab the world’s attention.

But the defeat of the ruling party’s candidate for Istanbul mayor – once during its March election and then again, even more definitively in a June rematch – is a sign that Turkey’s most powerful political party is losing its influence after nearly two decades of control.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S. - The New York Times

Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S.

ISTANBUL — The first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions and will test the NATO alliance.

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Erdogan and the Wisdom of Timely Exit | Asharq AL-awsat

Erdogan and the Wisdom of Timely Exit
Friday, 12 July, 2019 - 05:30

If we regard history as a stage, on which the drama of human existence is played, we may pay heed to a piece of advice to actors by Max Reinhardt, the legendary German theater director: How and when you leave the stage is as important as when and how you enter it!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Opinion: What′s next for journalism in the Erdogan era? | DW Freedom | Speech. Expression. Media. | DW | 11.07.2019

Opinion: What's next for journalism in the Erdogan era?

Journalists have had a hard time in Erdogan's Turkey: initially dismissed from their jobs, hundreds went on to be arrested. Now, they're grappling with the publication of a blacklist. Bülent Mumay asks what's next.

more:Opinion: What′s next for journalism in the Erdogan era? | DW Freedom | Speech. Expression. Media. | DW | 11.07.2019

Turkey: A crescent of contradictions

Turkey is intriguing and fascinating, beautiful and squalid; it straddles the modern and the archaic, bridges two continents and never ceases to surprise.

Istanbul’s Metro makes the London Tube feel like a dirty, hot penance. It is clean! Surgically clean, beautifully air-conditioned and cool, the stations are immaculate and artistic, it is efficient and unbelievably cheap. And via this state-of-the-art transport system you arrive at the historical crossroads of the world – into a rubbish tip. There is litter everywhere. Everywhere.

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Turkey rejects claims it is drilling illegally for gas off Cyprus | World news | The Guardian

Turkey rejects claims it is drilling illegally for gas off Cyprus

Ankara hits back at Greek and EU officials and vows to press ahead with offshore operations

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Turkey’s President Doubles Down After Defeat - Bloomberg

Turkey’s President Doubles Down After Defeat

Notwithstanding an economic crisis and an election loss, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decided that voters want more of the same.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Financial Mirror dot com - ENERGY: Brussels mulls cutting finance to Turkey over Cyprus dispute

ENERGY: Brussels mulls cutting finance to Turkey over Cyprus dispute
10 July, 2019
Suspending €145.8 mln in enlargement funds and "reassessing" the European Investment Bank’s investing in Turkey, are among measures Brussels could impose in response to Ankara’s illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Complete Revision Needed at Central Bank - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Erdogan Says Complete Revision Needed at Central Bank
By Onur Ant
July 10, 2019, 12:05 AM GMT+2

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there is need for a “complete revision” at the country’s central bank, where he unexpectedly removed Murat Cetinkaya as governor last week, appointing a deputy as his replacement.

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Turkey Is Heading for Economic Collapse, Ashmore Says

Turkey Is Heading for Economic Collapse, Ashmore Says

Selcuk Gokoluk
,Bloomberg•July 10, 2019

(Bloomberg) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan risks pushing Turkey’s economy into an economic collapse similar to those seen in Latin America under populist regimes, according to Ashmore Group Plc.While more diversified than Venezuela’s oil-dependent economy, Turkey is currently on a very similar path of policy missteps that are likely to lead to ruin, the $85 billion emerging-market asset manager said.Capital controls, nationalization and other policies designed to prevent the private sector from protecting its property as the macroeconomic environment deteriorates are the next “logical policy steps” that will follow in Turkey, Jan Dehn, the London-based head of research at Ashmore, said by email.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

An Underdog Challenges Erdogan - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

An Underdog Challenges Erdogan
Soner Cagaptay

Wall Street Journal

June 30, 2019

The president, a former Istanbul mayor, has a rival in the current one.

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his rise to the presidency as a political underdog with support from Turks who felt marginalized by the country’s secular establishment. He is now the most powerful Turkish leader in recent memory. But a new underdog is rising. On March 31, Ekrem Imamoglu won election as Istanbul mayor, beating Binali Yildirim, Mr. Erdogan’s preferred candidate, by 0.16%. At the Turkish president’s request, the Supreme Electoral Council annulled the result and called a new election, which was held last week. This time Mr. Imamoglu won decisively, 54% to 44%...

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In battle for Tripoli, Turkey has billions at stake | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

In battle for Tripoli, Turkey has billions at stake

Selcan Hacaoglu| Bloomberg
Turkey’s support for Libya’s internationally backed government aims to salvage billions of dollars of business contracts thrown into limbo by the conflict and secure more leverage in the scramble for oil and gas in the Mediterranean, according to two Turkish officials. Turkey evacuated 25,000 workers during the NATO-backed uprising that ended Moammar Gadhafi’s four-decade rule in 2011. Libya has been in turmoil ever since, with rival governments in the east and west and dozens of militias vying for control of a country that’s home to Africa’s largest proven oil reserves.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Former Erdogan ally resigns from AK Party, hints at rival party | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO

Former Erdogan ally resigns from AK Party, hints at rival party
Monday, July 08, 2019 5:44 a.m. CDT

ANKARA (Reuters) - Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan said on Monday he was resigning from President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party over "deep differences" with the party's direction and said that Turkey needed a new vision.

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Global central bank assault claims Turkish victim - Nasdaq.com

Global central bank assault claims Turkish victim
July 07, 2019, 12:17:00 PM EDT By Reuters

Reuters
By Dasha Afanasieva

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Independent central bankers are under attack around the world. Turkey'sMurat Cetinkaya has become the latest casualty. President Tayyip Erdogan, who wants lower interest rates to boost growth, on Saturday fired the governor who had maintained some credibility by keeping benchmark borrowing costs on hold since September. His replacement, Murat Uysal, will find it even harder to give the president what he wants.

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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Erdogan fires Turkey's central bank chief, eroding independence — Quartz

Turkey’s president is testing his ability to bend the economy to his will

By Jason Karaian
“Of course our central bank is independent,” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last year. “But the central bank can’t take this independence and set aside the signals given by the president.”

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Age standard to start primary school revised - Turkey News

Age standard to start primary school revised
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency

Turkey revised the age standard for children to start the primary school with a circular published in the Official Gazette on July 5.

Under the new regulation, it is compulsory for children to be 69-months-old by September to start the primary education, raised from 66 months.

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Saturday, July 06, 2019

Ankara municipality issues warning to ex-mayor over access to city’s security system | Ahval

Ankara municipality issues warning to ex-mayor over access to city’s security system

The municipality of the Turkish capital of Ankara has issued a warning to the city’s long-time former mayor Melih Gökçek, after discovering the ex-mayor had access to the municipal security system in his home.

The municipality’s inventory records showed that the recording and control systems of security cameras in Ankara’s Dikmen valley were installed in the home of the former Justice and Development Party (AKP) mayor Gökçek, left-wing newspaper Birgün reported on Saturday.

Gökçek, who served as mayor of the Turkish capital from 1994 to 2017, was given three days to return the security cameras system, which is part of the Ankara municipality’s inventory, it said.

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After Losing Istanbul, Erdogan's Grip on Turkey Will Never Be the Same | The National Interest

After Losing Istanbul, Erdogan's Grip on Turkey Will Never Be the Same

Erdogan’s days may not be numbered already but his grip on power will never be the same again.

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Turkey removes central bank governor, appoints deputy - Latest News

Turkey removes central bank governor, appoints deputy
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency

Turkey removed Murat Çetinkaya as central bank governor early July 6 and replaced him with the bank’s deputy governor, Murat Uysal, according to a presidential decree published in the official gazette.

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Friday, July 05, 2019

Turkish court overrules life sentences against three journalists: state media - The Globe and Mail

Turkish court overrules life sentences against three journalists: state media
ISTANBUL

Turkey’s high court overruled life sentences against three journalists, who were sentenced over alleged links to the network of U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

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Thursday, July 04, 2019

Can Turkish politics be depolarised? · Global Voices

Can Turkish politics be depolarised?
The ruling party is no longer in charge of the largest municipality
Posted 4 July 2019 20:25 GMT

Imamoglu clebrates victory in Istanbul. Campaign photo posted by Imamoglu's Twitter on June 24.

In the end it was easy. Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition candidate in Istanbul's municipal election, swept to victory on June 23 with 54% of the votes, after a rerun ordered by the country's main electoral authority.

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Turkey’s Opposition, Buoyed by Its Win in Istanbul, Faces a Long Road Ahead

Turkey’s Opposition, Buoyed by Its Win in Istanbul, Faces a Long Road Ahead

David O’Byrne Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The resounding victory by opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu in last week’s mayoral election in Istanbul delivered a sharp blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, whose 17-year grip on power suddenly looks a little less tight. In addition to a resurgent opposition, Erdogan now also faces rumbles of discontent from within the AKP and a looming challenge from several of his own former allies who are planning to launch a new center-right party. But both the opposition and Erdogan’s erstwhile AKP partners face an uphill task taking on the man who has dominated Turkish politics for so long.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

EU - Turkey: Friends at a distance - Modern Diplomacy

EU – Turkey: Friends at a distance

The recent conflict over Turkish drilling vessels exploring for oil in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus has triggered another wave of debates between Turkey and the European Union. For Turkey, membership or non-membership in the EU has long passed the political and economic format, having developed into a nationwide dilemma.

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Monday, July 01, 2019

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu slams Erdogan's AKP after Istanbul defeat - Reuters

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu slams Erdogan's AKP after Istanbul defeat

ANKARA (Reuters) - A former Turkish prime minister and close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday harshly criticized the ruling AK Party after a stinging electoral defeat in Istanbul last week that was widely seen as ominous for Erdogan at national level.

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Turkish and Chinese leaders discuss foreign investment and Xinjiang controversies | Foreign Brief

Turkish and Chinese leaders discuss foreign investment and Xinjiang controversies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive in Beijing today to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Ankara slammed Beijing on February 9 with a strong statement condemning China for its treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims in the country. The statement was issued in response to the alleged death of jailed Uighur poet Abdurehim Heyit.

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Love Will Set You Free From Populism – Foreign Policy

Love Will Set You Free From Populism

The mayoral election in Istanbul offers the emotional template for defeating authoritarian leaders elsewhere in the world.

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Will Istanbul results finally see Turkey’s CHP get it together? | Stephen Starr | AW

Will Istanbul results finally see Turkey’s CHP get it together?

Ekrem Imamoglu and the head of the CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, would do well to remember that their victory in Istanbul amounts to little more than a protest vote against Erdogan – not an unconditional approval of their own policies and personalities.

More:Will Istanbul results finally see Turkey’s CHP get it together? | Stephen Starr | AW

In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation - Erasmus

In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation

Why the government’s effort to create a more devout society has failed

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Opposition aims to curb Erdogan’s powers after election rout

Opposition aims to curb Erdogan’s powers after election rout

Orhan Kemal Cengiz July 1, 2019

ARTICLE SUMMARY
The government’s debacle in local polls in Istanbul and most of Turkey’s other big cities has set the stage for a new power struggle in which the opposition appears bent on trimming Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. The president, in turn, seeks to debilitate the newly elected opposition mayors.


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Saturday, June 29, 2019

A Wounded Erdogan Could Be Even More Dangerous - Antiwar.com Original

A Wounded Erdogan Could Be Even More Dangerous

The Turkish leader’s party has lost Istanbul, but Erdogan may respond by provoking a foreign policy crisis to consolidate his power.

by Conn Hallinan Posted on June 29, 2019
For the second time in a row, Turkish voters have rebuked President Recep Tayyir Erdogan’s handpicked candidate for the mayoralty of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest and wealthiest city. The secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, swamped Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yildirim in an election that many see as a report card on the president’s over 16 years in power.

More:A Wounded Erdogan Could Be Even More Dangerous - Antiwar.com Original

Friday, June 28, 2019

Erdoğan’s rule may end before 2023 elections - analysis | Ahval

Erdoğan’s rule may end before 2023 elections - analysis

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose party lost Istanbul to the opposition, may not succeed in holding his office until the next presidential elections in 2023, U.S. weekly newspaper The National Herald said on Thursday.

More:Erdoğan’s rule may end before 2023 elections - analysis | Ahval

Internal documents show Turkey's highest court rejecting appeals out of hand | Ahval

Internal documents show Turkey's highest court rejecting appeals out of hand
(Updated)

The website of Turkey’s Constitutional Court (AYM) has been shut down after an apparent fault revealed template judgements that appeared to show the court rejecting appeals before they had been lodged, journalist Kemal Göktaş reported for Diken.

More:Internal documents show Turkey's highest court rejecting appeals out of hand | Ahval

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Voice of Istanbul - The Statesman

Voice of Istanbul

In contrast, Binali Yildirim, the ruling AKP candidate, received 45 per cent of the votes. Four months ago, the denial of victory to Imamoglu by the High Electoral Council was faintly reminiscent of the predicament of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar in 1991.

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Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey: Erdogan loses Istanbul but can he rule till 2023?

Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey: Erdogan loses Istanbul but can he rule till 2023?

The next national election is not due till 2023. But can Turkey’s strongman hold on to his office till then ? After 16 years in power, Erdogan and his party show chinks in the armour

More:Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey: Erdogan loses Istanbul but can he rule till 2023?

Opponents of Turkey’s erratic president should try harder - Istanbul stands up to a bully

Opponents of Turkey’s erratic president should try harder
After an opposition victory in Istanbul, rumours swirl of a ruling-party split

Jun 29th 2019
What did he think he was playing at? When Turkey’s autocratic president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, strong-armed his country’s electoral watchdog into annulling the result of a mayoral election his party had lost in March, it looked like an obvious blunder. Surely, many observers thought, the people of Istanbul would furiously resent having their votes overruled, and flock in bigger numbers than before to support the opposition man, Ekrem Imamoglu? Unless, of course, Mr Erdogan had a sinister plan up his sleeve to rig the new election.

more;Opponents of Turkey’s erratic president should try harder - Istanbul stands up to a bully

News Analysis: Turkish president likely to make changes in ruling party after Istanbul re-election defeat - Xinhua | English.news.cn

News Analysis: Turkish president likely to make changes in ruling party after Istanbul re-election defeat

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-26 01:25:18|Editor: Yamei
ANKARA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Sunday's polls in Istanbul, the biggest city of Turkey with 15 million residents, seen as a sample of political tendencies in the country, were a test for the ruling party, said local experts.

More:News Analysis: Turkish president likely to make changes in ruling party after Istanbul re-election defeat - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Istanbul Revote: What Happens Next? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The Istanbul Revote: What Happens Next?
Soner Cagaptay, Lisel Hintz, Kemal Kirisci, and Alan Makovsky

June 26, 2019

Four experts discuss the opposition's landslide victory and its implications for Turkish politics generally and President Erdogan's future specifically.

More:The Istanbul Revote: What Happens Next? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Democracy pushes back against Erdogan in Turkey - Los Angeles Times

Democracy pushes back against Erdogan in Turkey
By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD
JUN 25, 2019 | 3:05 AM

On the surface, Sunday’s mayoral election in Istanbul centered on garbage collection, water service and other municipal issues. But it was ultimately a referendum on the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the increasingly oppressive rule of his Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP).

More:Democracy pushes back against Erdogan in Turkey - Los Angeles Times

Imamoglu Won the Vote, but Can He Save Istanbul? – Foreign Policy

Imamoglu Won the Vote, but Can He Save Istanbul?

The new mayor will preside over a city that people are fleeing in droves.

More:Imamoglu Won the Vote, but Can He Save Istanbul? – Foreign Policy

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Erdogan's Miscalculations Fueled Emergence of Potential Rival - Bloomberg

How Erdogan's Own Mistakes Helped Fuel the Popularity of a New Rival
By Selcan Hacaoglu and Firat Kozok
June 25, 2019, 4:00 AM GMT+2

A series of miscalculations and a refusal to recognize the depth of discontent with a weakening economy and years of divisive rule handed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the biggest setback of his career.

Four major factors helped Ekrem Imamoglu, a little-known Istanbul district mayor, trounce the candidate from Erdogan’s ruling AK Party on Sunday night and cruise to victory in the repeat election the president demanded.

More:Erdogan's Miscalculations Fueled Emergence of Potential Rival - Bloomberg

bne IntelliNews - TURKEY INSIGHT: Imamoglu earthquake — Has Erdogan thrown in the towel?

TURKEY INSIGHT: Imamoglu earthquake — Has Erdogan thrown in the towel?

By Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 24, 2019
Don’t waste too much time on this question. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not thrown in the towel. This conjuror, this polariser, who has made life in Turkey miserable for so many Turks since 2002—first as PM, then as president, and next as the nearly all-powerful executive president—will be back for another round.

more:bne IntelliNews - TURKEY INSIGHT: Imamoglu earthquake — Has Erdogan thrown in the towel?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Turkey: How will AK Party try to fix erosion of electoral base? | Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Al Jazeera

Turkey: How will AK Party try to fix erosion of electoral base?
A big defeat for Turkey's ruling party in the rerun of Istanbul's mayoral election.
Inside Story24 Jun 2019 19:01 GMT Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Elections, AK Party

It took a quarter of a century, but Turkey's opposition has finally worked out how to defeat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

More:Turkey: How will AK Party try to fix erosion of electoral base? | Recep Tayyip Erdogan | Al Jazeera

Istanbul mayoral vote: Is ‘disastrous’ loss beginning of Erdogan’s end? - BBC News

Istanbul mayoral vote: Is ‘disastrous’ loss beginning of Erdogan’s end?
By Mark Lowen

The defeat of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party ends 25 years of its rule in Istanbul
As the scale of Ekrem Imamoglu's victory became clear, his supporters thronged his election headquarters. Lining the street outside was a row of cameras. Among them: Turkey's state broadcaster TRT, heavily under the thumb of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

More:Istanbul mayoral vote: Is ‘disastrous’ loss beginning of Erdogan’s end? - BBC News

For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due - The New York Times

For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due
Turkey’s strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, voting Sunday in Istanbul’s mayoral election. His candidate was defeated.

By Peter S. Goodman
June 24, 2019

The shocking rebuke of Turkey’s governing party in Sunday’s mayoral election in Istanbul resonated as more than a yearning for new leadership in the nation’s largest city. It signaled mounting despair over the economic disaster that has befallen the nation under the strongman rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

More:For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due - The New York Times

Istanbul erupts into celebration after landmark victory for opposition party – video | Global | The Guardian

Istanbul erupts into celebration after landmark victory for opposition party – video

Tens of thousands of people celebrated on the streets of Istanbul as main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu claimed a decisive victory in the city’s re-run election. Imamoglu's win dealt one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promises a new beginning in the country's largest city. The election was Istanbul's second in three months after results of an initial March vote were scrapped. Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), was leading with 54% of votes versus 45% for Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened

More:Istanbul erupts into celebration after landmark victory for opposition party – video | Global | The Guardian

UPDATE 1-Turkish lira firms after opposition wins Istanbul election - Reuters

UPDATE 1-Turkish lira firms after opposition wins Istanbul election
2 MIN READ

ISTANBUL, June 24 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira strengthened overnight after the opposition dealt a stinging blow to President Tayyip Erdogan by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election on Sunday.

More:UPDATE 1-Turkish lira firms after opposition wins Istanbul election - Reuters

Signs of Democratic Life in Turkey - WSJ

Signs of Democratic Life in Turkey
Erdogan tries to steal an election but creates a new rival.

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By The Editorial Board
June 23, 2019 3:43 pm ET
Good news is rare in Turkey these days, but on Sunday voters in Istanbul gave hope to the country’s beleaguered democrats. Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) won the mayoralty of Turkey’s largest city with about 54%. Former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, representing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), conceded Sunday evening. The president also congratulated the winner.

More:Signs of Democratic Life in Turkey - WSJ

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Istanbul vote signals shift in Erdogan's dominance - CNN

Istanbul vote signals shift in Erdogan's dominance in Turkey
Analysis by Arwa Damon, Gul Tuysuz, Isil Sariyuce and Jomana Karadsheh, CNN

Updated 2157 GMT (0557 HKT) June 23, 2019

The Erdogan effect: How one man shaped Turkey 03:32
Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Change, hope, and a new beginning. That's the promise of Istanbul's newly elected mayor Ekrem Imamoglu.

His slogan, "Everything will be great" is on everyone's lips in Turkey.

More:Istanbul vote signals shift in Erdogan's dominance - CNN

Istanbul Mayoral Elections: Could Result Threaten Turkish President Erdogan?

Istanbul Mayoral Elections: Could Result Threaten Turkish President Erdogan?
By Wesley Dockery
06/23/19 AT 3:52 PM
In a major blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish opposition has won the mayoral elections in Istanbul.

Erdogan's preferred candidate, former Prime Minister and fellow Justice and Development Party (AKP) member Binali Yilderim, only won 45.1% of the vote to opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu's 54%.

More:Istanbul Mayoral Elections: Could Result Threaten Turkish President Erdogan?

Signs of Democratic Life in Turkey - WSJ

Signs of Democratic Life in Turkey

Erdogan tries to steal an election but creates a new rival.
By The Editorial Board
June 23, 2019 3:43 pm ET
Good news is rare in Turkey these days, but on Sunday voters in Istanbul gave hope to the country’s beleaguered democrats. Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) won the mayoralty of Turkey’s largest city with about 54%. Former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, representing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), conceded Sunday evening. The president also congratulated the winner.


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Erdogan just suffered a humiliating defeat. And thanks to Istanbul, Turkey’s democracy just won a famous victory - Turkey - Haaretz.com

Erdogan Just Suffered a Humiliating Defeat. And Thanks to Istanbul, Turkey’s Democracy Just Won a Famous Victory

Denied his first victory in Istanbul’s mayoral elections on dubious grounds, Imamoglu has now won by a far larger margin of victory. He’s humbled Erdogan big time – and offered new hope for Turkey’s embattled democrats

more:Erdogan just suffered a humiliating defeat. And thanks to Istanbul, Turkey’s democracy just won a famous victory - Turkey - Haaretz.com

Istanbul election important if its legacy is a trend - Analysis - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

ISTANBUL ELECTION IMPORTANT IF ITS LEGACY IS A TREND - ANALYSIS
It’s the second election in the city since a March 31 election, which also saw Imamoglu win, was annulled.
BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN JUNE 23, 2019 22:57

A closely watched election in Istanbul saw the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu defeat former prime minister Binali Yildirim to become mayor.

More:Istanbul election important if its legacy is a trend - Analysis - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

Erdoğan's party defeated in Istanbul mayoral election rerun | World news | The Guardian

Erdoğan's party defeated in Istanbul mayoral election rerun
Embarrassment for president as AKP lose Istanbul to CHP party’s Ekrem İmamoğlu

Bethan McKernan in Istanbul

Turkey’s ruling party in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election rerun has conceded defeat, handing the nation’s beleaguered opposition a landmark victory that will have dramatic consequences for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grip on the country.

More:Erdoğan's party defeated in Istanbul mayoral election rerun | World news | The Guardian

Landmark Istanbul loss a blow to Turkey's Erdogan :: WRAL.com

Landmark Istanbul loss a blow to Turkey's Erdogan
Posted 16 minutes ago

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press

ISTANBUL — The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul celebrated a landmark win Sunday in a closely watched repeat election that ended weeks of political tension and broke President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party's 25-year hold on Turkey's biggest city.

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Istanbul rerun puts Turkey’s changing media scene in the spotlight | Ahval

Istanbul rerun puts Turkey’s changing media scene in the spotlight

When Ekrem İmamoğlu was announced as the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul mayoral candidate in December, his recognition rate was at 14 percent in Turkey. Just before March 31 local polls in Istanbul, this rate reached 94 percent.

More:Istanbul rerun puts Turkey’s changing media scene in the spotlight | Ahval

RPT-Hard-hit Turkish assets hinge on election, Trump-Erdogan meeting | Financial Post

RPT-Hard-hit Turkish assets hinge on election, Trump-Erdogan meeting
Reuters
Nevzat Devranoglu and Ceyda Caglayan
June 23, 2019

ANKARA/ISTANBUL — Investors could snap up sold-off Turkish assets or dump them with force depending on the outcome of Sunday’s re-run election in Istanbul and, days later, a high-stakes meeting between President Tayyip Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

More:RPT-Hard-hit Turkish assets hinge on election, Trump-Erdogan meeting | Financial Post

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Istanbul mayor′s race: Taking on the establishment | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 22.06.2019

Istanbul mayor's race: Taking on the establishment

Ekrem Imamoglu rocked Turkish politics with his shock mayoral victory in Istanbul in March. But after the first vote was annulled over apparent irregularities, he's running again. Opinion polls show that he's ahead.

More:Istanbul mayor′s race: Taking on the establishment | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 22.06.2019

The writing on the wall that could spell disaster for Erdoğan in Istanbul election | World news | The Guardian

The writing on the wall that could spell disaster for Erdoğan in Istanbul election

A shock mayoral win in March led the regime to void elections. Polls suggest a new ballot on Sunday may boost the anti-government vote

More:The writing on the wall that could spell disaster for Erdoğan in Istanbul election | World news | The Guardian

The Istanbul race is personal for Erdoğan. The result could transform Turkey - CNN

The Istanbul race is personal for Erdoğan. The result could transform Turkey
By Işıl Sarıyüce and Eliza Mackintosh, CNN

Updated 11:42 PM ET, Fri June 21, 2019

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)On a recent afternoon at a coffee house in the Istanbul neighborhood where Turkey's president grew up, Güngör Saytuğ was ruminating on his old friend's rise to power.

Decades ago, Saytuğ and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were sitting in the locker room after an amateur soccer game when Erdoğan announced out of the blue that he would someday become prime minister, and then president.

More:The Istanbul race is personal for Erdoğan. The result could transform Turkey - CNN

World View: Turkey’s hopes hang on Ekrem Imamoglu

World View: Turkey’s hopes hang on Ekrem Imamoglu
Rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election poses threat to Erdogan authority
about 17 hours ago

Paul Gillespie

Datca town council in southwest Turkey is closing its beaches because of “expected simultaneous sand and snow storms”. The hotel we are staying in at Bozburun, on a similar peninsula further south, is also refusing guests on that day. Its owners will be in Istanbul to vote in the rerun of its mayoral election.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Erdogan ‘resorts to dirty tricks’ in battle for Istanbul | World | The Times

Erdogan ‘resorts to dirty tricks’ in battle for Istanbul
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul

President Erdogan has resorted to media manipulation and subterfuge in an eleventh-hour attempt to snatch Istanbul back from his opponents in elections tomorrow.

More:Erdogan ‘resorts to dirty tricks’ in battle for Istanbul | World | The Times

The Heat: Turkey election controversy

The Heat: Turkey election controversy

Anand Naidoo@anandnaidoo

Published June 20, 2019 at 6:01 PM
Turkey’s top electoral body has annulled the results of the March 31 election for mayor of Istanbul, ordering a re-vote for this weekend.

The move followed complaints of voting irregularities from the country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after opposition candidate Ekrem Imanoglu appeared to score a narrow victory over the president’s candidate Binali Yildirim. The controversial decision to rerun the election has increased concerns over democracy and the rule of law in Turkey.

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Turkey Nailbiter Is Market's Worst Nightmare, No Matter Who Wins - Bloomberg

Turkey Nailbiter Is Market's Worst Nightmare, No Matter Who Wins
By Tugce Ozsoy and Cagan Koc
June 20, 2019, 6:30 PM GMT+2 Updated on June 21, 2019, 7:00 AM GMT+2

It’s not who wins the electoral sweepstakes in Istanbul this Sunday that could dictate the market’s mood for months to come.

More:Turkey Nailbiter Is Market's Worst Nightmare, No Matter Who Wins - Bloomberg

Erdogan’s Purges Leave Turkey’s Justice System Reeling - The New York Times

Erdogan’s Purges Leave Turkey’s Justice System Reeling
The authoritarianism of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and the cronyism in his governing party are undermining Turkey’s economy and education system.

By Carlotta Gall
June 21, 2019

ANKARA, Turkey — Once jailed for reciting a poem at a political rally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has styled himself throughout his rise as a champion of freedom and justice, and his early push for judicial reforms were widely hailed.

More:Erdogan’s Purges Leave Turkey’s Justice System Reeling - The New York Times

The stealing of an election in Istanbul | Newsday

The stealing of an election in Istanbul

Updated June 21, 2019 6:00 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs Kurdish votes for his Justice and Development Party to win the Istanbul mayoral election on Sunday. However, polls indicate that 80 percent of Kurds are expected to vote for the opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP. Imamoglu had already won the March 31 mayoral race, but Erdogan’s Supreme Electoral Council rejected the results and ordered a new election. This time, Erdogan will make sure his AKP party wins.

More:The stealing of an election in Istanbul | Newsday

Erdogan in lose-lose situation after Istanbul vote – analysts

Erdogan in lose-lose situation after Istanbul vote – analysts

Istanbul's voting public will re-run its mayoral election on Sunday, June 23

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Erdogan Faces Moment of Truth as Istanbul Goes to Polls Again

Erdogan Faces Moment of Truth as Istanbul Goes to Polls Again

Erdogan's AK Party had not lost an election in IStanbul for nearly two decades before the March 31 vote, won narrowly by opposition candidate Erkrem Imamoglu before the High Election Board cancelled the result following AKP appeals.

More:Erdogan Faces Moment of Truth as Istanbul Goes to Polls Again

Istanbul Election Re-Run May Decide Turkey’s Future | Balkan Insight

Istanbul Election Re-Run May Decide Turkey’s Future

Hamdi Firat BuyukBelgrade, SarajevoBIRNJune 21, 2019
The re-vote on Sunday in Turkey’s largest city and main economic centre may determine President Erdogan’s fate and signal a change in Turkish politics.

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bne IntelliNews - Why it’s tempting to think the Istanbul revote will bring about the end of Erdogan

Why it’s tempting to think the Istanbul revote will bring about the end of Erdogan

By Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 20, 2019
On the eve of the end-of-March Turkish local elections, bne IntelliNews asked whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could actually emerge the loser from the contest, even though by rights such an outcome should have been a dead certainty when one thinks of how badly his administration has botched Turkey’s economy. But given the democratic deconstruction of the country during Erdogan’s 17 years at the top, our reporting team has had too much experience of strange goings-on at the Turkish ballot box to think that logical assessments necessarily hold sway.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Turkish Democracy Is Still Alive – Foreign Policy

Turkish Democracy Is Still Alive
And the Istanbul elections show how.
BY MURAT SOMER | JUNE 19, 2019, 5:14 PM

People in a restaurant watch a televised lived debate between mayoral candidates Binali Yildirim and Ekrem Imamoglu in Istanbul on June 16. BURAK KARA/GETTY IMAGES
On June 23, somewhere between 8 and 9 million residents of Istanbul will go to the polls to elect their mayor—again. The leading contenders are Ekrem Imamoglu, a dynamic young former district mayor from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), and Binali Yildirim, a seasoned politician and former prime minister from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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İmamoğlu appears poised for another victory in Istanbul on Sunday - analysis | Ahval

İmamoğlu appears poised for another victory in Istanbul on Sunday - analysis

Turkey’s main opposition Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu has demonstrated through his solid support base, a broader and deeper opposition coalition than Turkey has ever seen, that another victory in Sunday’s election is very much within reach, wrote Louis Fishman, assistant professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York and expert on Turkish affairs, wrote in Haaretz.

More:İmamoğlu appears poised for another victory in Istanbul on Sunday - analysis | Ahval

Tired of treading softly, Turkey's Erdogan back on election warpath | Euronews

Tired of treading softly, Turkey's Erdogan back on election warpath
By Reuters• last updated: 19/06/2019 - 17:02

By Orhan Coskun, Humeyra Pamuk and Jonathan Spicer

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has gone on the warpath against the main opposition days ahead of a re-run of a mayoral vote in Istanbul, scrapping plans to avoid divisive rhetoric that some officials in his ruling AK Party believed would alienate voters.

More:Tired of treading softly, Turkey's Erdogan back on election warpath | Euronews

Army of lawyers prepares to defend high-stakes Istanbul poll | Financial Times

Army of lawyers prepares to defend high-stakes Istanbul poll
Both sides deploy thousands of election monitors as tension rises ahead of vote rerun

Merve Yavuz was 1,500 miles from Istanbul when Turkey’s election board cancelled the result of the city’s mayoral election. But the corporate lawyer, who lives in France, decided she had to find a way to help in the rerun of the vote. “I said: I can’t stand this. I can’t just sit at home and watch — I have to go,” she said.

More:Army of lawyers prepares to defend high-stakes Istanbul poll | Financial Times

Turkey holds its breath: Is Erdogan about to lose, again? - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Opinion Turkey Holds Its Breath: Is Erdogan About to Lose, Again?

Turkey’s president once said: 'If we lose Istanbul, we lose Turkey.' What happens if he loses Istanbul twice? And to Ekrem Imamoglu's unprecedented liberal, secular, Kurdish, nationalist and conservative Muslim coalition?

More:Turkey holds its breath: Is Erdogan about to lose, again? - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Can Turkey crawl back from the economic brink? | Business News

Can Turkey crawl back from the economic brink?World News

Updated Jun 18, 2019 | 13:51 IST | AFP
The currency lost almost a third of its value against the dollar last year, helping to plunge the economy into recession and fuelling inflation of around 20 per cent.

More:Can Turkey crawl back from the economic brink? | Business News

Mayoral election re-run in Turkey: Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan - Qantara.de

Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan

Having spent just seventeen days in the job, Ekrem Imamoglu from the Republican Peopleʹs Party wants to win back the office of Mayor of Istanbul. Who is this man – and why is his potential re-election so significant for Turkeyʹs future? By Marian Brehmer

more:Mayoral election re-run in Turkey: Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan - Qantara.de

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Has Met His Match – Foreign Policy

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Has Met His Match

Turkey’s soccer-obsessed president is engaging in a last-ditch effort to help his party hold on to power in Istanbul. Can Ekrem Imamoglu beat him at his own game?

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Ezel Sahinkaya | Voice of America - English

Analysts Skeptical of Turkey's Vow to Protect Free Speech

In late May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced Turkey's new judicial reform package whose main goal was to increase 'citizens' confidence' in the country's judicial system

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run - Reuters

Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run
Ezgi Erkoyun, Humeyra Pamuk
3 MIN READ

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attacked Istanbul’s ousted mayor on Tuesday, days before a crucial re-run of the municipal vote, accusing him of being aligned with a U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a 2016 failed coup.

More:Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run - Reuters

Will Erdoğan respect the Istanbul rerun result? | Ahval

Will Erdoğan respect the Istanbul rerun result?

With just days to go before Istanbul’s rerun mayoral election on June 23, this is a good time to consider the vote’s likely impact on Turkey’s foreign relations.

Four outcomes are most likely: 1) Ekrem İmamoğlu, candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), wins indisputably; 2) Binali Yıldırım, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate and former prime minister, wins indisputably; 3) İmamoğlu wins, but Erdoğan and the AKP challenge the results; 4) Yıldırım gains a disputed victory and faces allegations of vote rigging.

More:Will Erdoğan respect the Istanbul rerun result? | Ahval

Opposition says 'injustice' will galvanize Istanbul voters

Opposition says 'injustice' will galvanize Istanbul voters
By: AYSE WIETING, Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) - The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul said Monday he believes "the injustice" caused by the cancellation of his electoral win in March will galvanize voters in his favor in Sunday's rerun election.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Ekrem Imamoglu also said a second victory for him on June 23 would amount to a win for "democracy and for Istanbul."

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Erdogan bids Ataturk farewell - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

MIDDLE ISRAEL: ERDOGAN BIDS ATATURK FAREWELL

Fascinated by European technology, education and government, Ataturk saw the Middle East as socially reactionary, economically stagnant and culturally ignorant.

More:Erdogan bids Ataturk farewell - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

Monday, June 17, 2019

Candidates for Istanbul Mayor Hold Rare Debate on Live TV - The New York Times

Candidates for Istanbul Mayor Hold Rare Debate on Live TV

ISTANBUL — In a rare democratic experience for Turkish citizens, the two main candidates for mayor of Istanbul, gearing up for a repeat election on June 23, went head to head Sunday evening in the first live television debate the country has seen in 17 years.

More:Candidates for Istanbul Mayor Hold Rare Debate on Live TV - The New York Times

As battle for Istanbul reaches fever pitch, Turkey’s ruling party regrets its pop culture problem · Global Voices

As battle for Istanbul reaches fever pitch, Turkey's ruling party regrets its pop culture problem

Popstars are political assets and the ruling party is losing them

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Turkey Angry With Southern EU Nations

Turkey Angry With Southern EU Nations

6/15/2019 | 9:14 AM CDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey on Saturday criticized southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.

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Of Turks and Americans

Of Turks and Americans

Winston Churchill once said “you can count on the Americans to do the right thing,” then he added, I presume with a smile, “after they have exhausted all other possibilities.” It isn’t any different for the Turks, I may add.

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Why Istanbul’s rerun is a battle for the soul of Turkey | openDemocracy

Why Istanbul’s rerun is a battle for the soul of Turkey

Six summers ago, Erdogan’s social engineering efforts triggered their first major backslash in Istanbul. And this March, spring came back to Istanbul.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Inside Europe: A risky election rerun in Turkey | Media Center | DW | 14.06.2019

Inside Europe: A risky election rerun in Turkey

Istanbul will rerun its mayoral election on June 16. In March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party was defeated in the city's local elections. That result was widely seen as a political game changer. But a rerun was called after the authorities annulled the vote over irregularities. The country's opposition and the EU said the move was undemocratic. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.

More:Inside Europe: A risky election rerun in Turkey | Media Center | DW | 14.06.2019

Turkey seeks jail terms for two Bloomberg reporters | Financial Times

Turkey seeks jail terms for two Bloomberg reporters

Turkey has launched a criminal investigation into two Bloomberg journalists over a story published at the height of a currency crisis that struck the country last summer.

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Ex–Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu Fights Erdoğan With Radical Love - The Atlantic

A Turkish Opposition Leader Is Fighting Erdoğan With ‘Radical Love’

“All around the world, populism is used to divide and rule. But I believe we can turn this trend upside down.”

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DAILY SCRAP REPORT: Turkish buying rally continues in deep-sea markets | Metal Bulletin.com

DAILY SCRAP REPORT: Turkish buying rally continues in deep-sea markets

Turkish steel producers have continued their deep-sea scrap purchases, increasing their combined tonnage for import to 226,000 tonnes in two days, sources said on Thursday June 13.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Turkey’s Three Moments of Truth - Carnegie Europe - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Turkey’s Three Moments of Truth
MARC PIERINI
The Turkish leadership has not only turned its back on its proclaimed European ambitions. It has also launched itself into a different political, legal, and ethical orbit.

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The Syrian funeral that divided Turkey

The Syrian funeral that divided Turkey

Fehim Tastekin June 13, 2019

Given Ankara's long-running support for armed groups in Syria, it's not unnatural that a funeral ceremony for a commander of one of those groups be held in Turkey. Abdel Baset al-Sarout, 27, a commander in Jaysh al-Izza who became a media icon, was taken to a hospital in Reyhanli in Hatay province on June 8. Sarout soon succumbed to his injuries, and a crowded funeral ceremony took place at Tevhid Mosque in Reyhanli the following day, before his body was sent to Syria for burial.​

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Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu needs real changes to tackle corruption | Ahval

Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu needs real changes to tackle corruption
The opposition candidate in the rerun of the vote to elect a new mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, has raised public hopes for tackling endemic corruption in Turkey.

İmamoğlu was declared the winner of the March 31 mayoral election, but the electoral authority ordered the vote held again on June 23 after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) objected to what it said were ballot irregularities.

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Istanbul mayoral election centers on fight against corruption | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 13.06.2019

Istanbul mayoral election centers on fight against corruption
Turkey's ruling party has been accused of using Istanbul city funds to benefit business contacts and the president's family. Now an opposition candidate for mayor is vowing to put an end to the nepotism ― if he can win.

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Turkey eases credit card rules in latest economic stimulus | Ahval

Turkey eases credit card rules in latest economic stimulus

Turkey eased repayment rules on credit card debt and made it easier to purchase furniture and holidays in an attempt to stimulate economic growth.

Turks will be required to repay a minimum of 30 percent of their credit card debt on a monthly basis, down from rates as high as 40 percent, according to a decision published in the Official Gazette on Thursday.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Istanbul notary official warned for verifying Erdoğan’s university diploma without proof | Ahval

Istanbul notary official warned for verifying Erdoğan’s university diploma without proof

The Turkish Notaries Union has issued a warning to a notary clerk for verifying the photocopied university diploma of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan without receiving a hard copy of the original document, pro-government Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Turkey signs largest financial cooperation project with EU for railway construction | Ahval

Turkey signs largest financial cooperation project with EU for railway construction

Turkey and the European Union have signed a $1.24-billion financial cooperation project to construct a railway line between Istanbul and the Turkish border with Bulgaria.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Why is Turkey torn between the United States and Russia? | openDemocracy

Why is Turkey torn between the United States and Russia?

In the last five years, the majority of Turkish society has embraced anti-western discourses probably at the deepest level since NATO membership in 1952.

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European Rights Court Censures Moldova for Deporting Turks | Balkan Insight

European Rights Court Censures Moldova for Deporting Turks

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Moldova violated the rights of several Turkish professors by deporting them to Turkey, which was seeking their arrest for alleged links to cleric Fethullah Gulen’s movement.

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Restraining the Impulse to Expel Turkey from NATO | The National Interest

Restraining the Impulse to Expel Turkey from NATO

Tension between Washington and Ankara stems from America's frustration with Erdogan.

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Turkey's local elections were not free or fair | openDemocracy

Turkey's local elections were not free or fair

If Turkey can hang on to the remaining threads of its democracy and the fractured political opposition can organise itself effectively, it might not bode well for the future of president Erdogan and his ruling party.

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Turkey's support for state banks limits risk of downgrade -Fitch - Reuters

Turkey's support for state banks limits risk of downgrade -Fitch

ISTANBUL, June 11 (Reuters) - Turkey’s decision this year to inject its state banks with capital shows Ankara’s will to support the financial sector and limits the risk for a rating downgrade, credit rating agency Fitch said on Tuesday.

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Young Turks Losing Their Religion | Jonathan MS Pearce

Young Turks Losing Their Religion
JUNE 11, 2019 BY JONATHAN MS PEARCE

Recently, I posted about how Turkey is facing a move away from religion (“Is Turkey, under Erdogan, Becoming More Atheistic?“) even given the increasing politically enforced religionism in the country. From it, DW reported:

According to a recent survey by the pollster Konda, a growing number of Turks identify as atheists. Konda reports that the number of nonbelievers tripled in the past 10 years. It also found that the share of Turks who say they adhere to Islam dropped from 55 percent to 51 percent.

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The AKP's Thirst for Power Risks Leaving Turkey High and Dry

The AKP's Thirst for Power Risks Leaving Turkey High and Dry

On March 31, it looked as if the Republican People's Party (CHP) had successfully wrenched Istanbul's mayorship from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party, which has held the economically and politically powerful position for nearly two decades. But despite securing nearly 14,000 more votes than its rival, the CHP's victory was short-lived. After the results were announced, the AKP was quick to allege election fraud, resulting in the decision to rerun the election. Should it face another loss in the June 23 revote, the party is likely to repeat the tactic — laying bare just how far the AKP will go to secure control over the city.

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Election Puts Istanbul’s Budget—and Ruling Party’s Use of It—in Spotlight - WSJ

Election Puts Istanbul’s Budget—and Ruling Party’s Use of It—in Spotlight

Turkish President Erdogan, who pushed for a rerun of the mayoral vote, denies opposition politicians’ allegations that city spending goes to support AKP projects

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Interview with Turkish author Asli Erdogan : "There is nothing left of democracy in Turkey" - Qantara.de

"There is nothing left of democracy in Turkey"

For Turkish author Asli Erdogan the annullation of the mayoral electoral result in Istanbul marked the end of democracy in Turkey. Gezal Acer spoke to her about her life in German exile and the situation of writers and freedom of speech in Turkey

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TURKEY/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES : Erdogan family's drones help Turkey's diplomacy in Africa and the Gulf

Erdogan family's drones help Turkey's diplomacy in Africa and the Gulf

In Libya's skies, drones supplied by the Unted Arab Emirates, Khalifa Haftar's uncontested sponsor, are up against Turkish drones.

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Binali Yıldırım's gamble | James in Turkey

Binali Yıldırım’s gamble
Monday 10 June 2019
The former prime minister has more to lose by challenging Istanbul mayoral rival Ekrem İmamoğlu to Turkey’s first televised political debate in 17 years

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Channeling Trump, Turkey's Opposition Bashes CNN as `Fake News' - Bloomberg

Channeling Trump, Turkey’s Opposition Bashes CNN as ‘Fake News’
By Cagan Koc
June 10, 2019, 1:45 PM GMT+2

It’s not only Donald Trump who has a beef with CNN’s news coverage. Cable News Network Inc.’s Turkish franchise is also facing backlash for its sympathetic coverage of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party.

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Sunday, June 09, 2019

Why do Istanbul mayoral candidates need to tour Anatolia to seek support? | Ahval

Why do Istanbul mayoral candidates need to tour Anatolia to seek support?

Some found it puzzling when the two main candidates for the June 23 Istanbul rerun used the three-day Eid al-Fitr break this week to visit provinces in Anatolia and seek the support of voters there, rather than in Istanbul.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu and the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Binali Yıldırım will compete for a second time later this month to be elected as the mayor of Istanbul, after the country’s Supreme Election Council annulled the local polls in March 31 in Turkey’s financial powerhouse, following an AKP appeal which cited severe irregularities.

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Saturday, June 08, 2019

Turkish dam could hold trouble for Anatolia’s cultural heritage and for Iraq | Thomas Seibert | AW

Turkish dam could hold trouble for Anatolia’s cultural heritage and for Iraq

Approximately 70% of Iraq’s water flows from neighbouring countries, including the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that originate in Turkey.

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Will Imamoglu score victory in Istanbul election again? | Yavuz Baydar | AW

Will Imamoglu score victory in Istanbul election again?

June 23 will mark a date when Islamists will show whether they are respectful of an election result if they witness a repeated loss.

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Friday, June 07, 2019

Turkey’s President Erdogan may face a mutiny in his own party - A hard AK to follow

Turkey’s President Erdogan may face a mutiny in his own party
Former bigwigs in the ruling party are said to be planning a new one


Print edition | Europe
Jun 6th 2019 | ISTANBUL
One of the more tedious pastimes in Turkish politics is debating whether murmurs of discontent in the ruling Justice and Development (ak) party will transform into open rebellion against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speculation inevitably begins whenever a former ak luminary says something even mildly critical of Turkey’s strongman, and dies down when nothing else follows.

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Pentagon suspends Turkish F-35 training program; pilots ordered out of U.S. by July - Washington Times

Pentagon suspends Turkish F-35 training program; pilots ordered out of U.S. by July

The Pentagon is suspending its training program for Turkish pilots learning to fly the advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, ordering the roughly 40 trainees to leave the U.S. by the end of July.

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

US not to train Turkish pilots on F35 jets due to Ankara's defence deal with Moscow

US not to train Turkish pilots on F35 jets due to Ankara's defence deal with Moscow

The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets, U.S. officials say, in a clear sign of the escalating dispute over Ankara's plans to purchase Russian air defences.

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Turkey’s President Erdogan may face a mutiny in his own party | The Economist

Turkey’s President Erdogan may face a mutiny in his own party
Former bigwigs in the ruling party are said to be planning a new one
Jun 8th 2019 | ISTANBUL

ONE OF THE more tedious pastimes in Turkish politics is debating whether murmurs of discontent in the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party will transform into open rebellion against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speculation inevitably begins whenever a former AK luminary says something even mildly critical of Turkey’s strongman, and dies down when nothing else follows.

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Living Planet: Eco-friendly fair clothing from Turkey | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 06.06.2019

Living Planet: Eco-friendly fair clothing from Turkey

Cheap labor in sweatshops, pesticides on cotton fields, short-lived throwaway garments - the fashion industry isn't generally famed for being environment friendly or the ideal employer. But things are changing. Consumers are increasingly interested in clothing that's sustainable both in terms of the materials used and the workers who make it. In Istanbul, a company is catching on to the trend.

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As Istanbul vote re-run approaches, Erdogan faces trouble within party - The National

As Istanbul vote re-run approaches, Erdogan faces trouble within party

The president is contending with growing divisions and rumours of a rival split

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Asia Times | Turkey issue will define future of EU | Article

Turkey issue will define future of EU

By FAISAL AL YAFAI

Last week, the European Union released its latest report on Turkey’s progress toward EU membership. It did not make comforting reading. On topic after topic – the judicial system, corruption, human rights and the economy – the EU found either limited progress or “serious backsliding.” Negotiations, said the report, were in effect at a standstill.

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Erdogan Pushes to Cement His Hold on Turkey

Erdogan Pushes to Cement His Hold on Turkey
By Sinan Ciddi
Board of Contributors

The annulment of the March 31 mayoral election in Istanbul and the ordering of a do-over on June 23 raises questions about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government's willingness to recognize election results that do not produce favorable outcomes.
If the opposition candidate again wins the Istanbul mayoral election, there is a chance that Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party will not recognize the outcome and will appoint a caretaker appointee.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Fiction fights a battle for freedom of thought in Turkey | Financial Times

Fiction fights a battle for freedom of thought in Turkey

Novelist Elif Shafak is the latest writer to fall foul of an authoritarian regime

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How Brexit is playing into Erdoğan’s hands in Turkey | Elcin Poyrazlar | Opinion | The Guardian

How Brexit is playing into Erdoğan’s hands in Turkey
Elcin Poyrazlar
Turkey is losing its champion in Europe, just as the president distances himself from the EU – and democracy
Wed 5 Jun 2019 11.30 BST

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ‘capitalised on the anti-Turkey discourse to embark on his single-minded pursuit of greater power’. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters
In the early hours of 4 October, 2005, Jack Straw, the then British foreign secretary, and Abdullah Gül, his Turkish counterpart, walked, tired-eyed and hand-in-hand, into a packed press conference in Luxembourg.

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Editorial: Turkey's crucial decision | Editorials | postandcourier.com

Editorial: Turkey’s crucial decision
Jun 4, 2019 Updated 7 hrs ago

Turkey faces a momentous choice this summer between an unreliable alliance with Russia or continuing membership in NATO with the United States. Turkey’s appalling autocratic President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, having agreed to buy a major Russian weapons system dangerous to NATO interests, unwisely is likely to stick to his chosen path.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

As religion creeps back into Turkish government, so it does in U.S. | Rick Snedeker

As religion creeps back into Turkish government, so it does in U.S.
JUNE 4, 2019 BY RICK SNEDEKER
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The headline in a recent Daylight Atheism blog post — “Ataturk Triumphed Over Religion” — is, unfortunately, premature.

Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, left, greets the Shah of Persia Reza Pahlavi in Ankara, 1934. (Levan Ramishvili, Flikr, Public Domain)
It refers to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the strongman founder and first president of Turkey’s modern secularly structured republican government and society, who did indeed transform that once-theocratic Muslim state into a nontheistic republic during his rule in 1923-38.

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Turkey: Electoral Board Appoints Same Polling Officials Ahead of Istanbul Do-Over

Turkey: Electoral Board Appoints Same Polling Officials Ahead of Istanbul Do-Over

What Happened: Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) has cleared the way for the same balloting officials who monitored voting in Istanbul's contested mayoral election on March 31 to oversee the June 23 revote, the Hurriyet Daily News reported June 4. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has appealed the decision, which appears to contradict the AKP claims that prompted the election do-over in the first place.

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Turkey: Electoral Board Appoints Same Polling Officials Ahead of Istanbul Do-Over

İmamoğlu says will win Istanbul election by overcoming division | Ahval

İmamoğlu says will win Istanbul election by overcoming division

Ekrem İmamoğlu, declared winner of the March election for Istanbul mayor before the result was overturned, said he would win the June 23 rerun on by overcoming division and embracing pluralism.

The awe-inspiring energy of citizens will show that it is possible to stand against authoritarian power, İmamoğlu said in an op-ed for the Washington Post published on Tuesday.

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Istanbul Residents To Vote In New Election For Mayor June 23 : NPR

Istanbul Residents To Vote In New Election For Mayor June 23

PETER KENYON

In Turkey, residents of Istanbul are angry after their mayoral election results were voided in what appeared to be a power play by the ruling party. They plan to come out in big numbers for the redo.

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Istanbul Election Re-Run May Become Pivotal for EU-Turkey Relations - Scholar - Sputnik International

Istanbul Election Re-Run May Become Pivotal for EU-Turkey Relations - Scholar © REUTERS / Murad Sezer
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Istanbul mayoral election, set to be re-run after the opposition party won in March vote, may become a turning point for EU-Turkish relations and Turkey's — recently stalled — integration in the bloc, according to experts.

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Turkey’s road into the EU is blocked

Turkey’s road into the EU is blocked

Nurettin Kurt
The European Union published its regular report on the situation Turkey. The Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Expansion, Johannes Hahn, stated that no new developments in the framework of the negotiation process with Ankara.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘turns to thug rule’ to win back Istanbul | World | The Sunday Times

Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘turns to thug rule’ to win back Istanbul

A wave of beatings before a rerun of the city’s mayoral election signals an attempt to silence political opponents, critics say

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Turkish economy emerges from recession after three quarters  | Financial Times

Turkish economy emerges from recession after three quarters 
Growth boosted by politically motivated lending in run-up to elections, analysts say

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