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Monday, May 20, 2019

Turkey starts new civil service purge | World | The Times

Turkey starts new civil service purge
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
May 20 2019

Turkey has issued warrants for the arrest of 249 foreign ministry officials in another purge nearly three years after a failed coup.

Ninety-one staff have already been detained in police operations across 42 provinces. The chief prosecutor’s office in Ankara said yesterday that it initiated the operations as a result of investigations into irregularities in the foreign service entrance exams.

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Is New Istanbul Airport Already In Danger Of Failing? - Live and Let's Fly

IS NEW ISTANBUL AIRPORT ALREADY IN DANGER OF FAILING?
MATTHEW MAY 20, 2019

Will Istanbul’s beautiful new airport fail on account of clouds and fog? Some experts fear the answer is yes.

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Spotlight: Turkey's ruling party changes strategy for Istanbul election do-over - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Turkey's ruling party changes strategy for Istanbul election do-over
Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-20 20:08:23|Editor: ZX
ANKARA, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The two blocs of Turkish political landscape are getting ready for their strategies to appeal voters of Istanbul, the biggest city of the country, for the re-run of mayoral election on June 23.

More:Spotlight: Turkey's ruling party changes strategy for Istanbul election do-over - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey world’s second largest beekeeping country

Turkey world’s second largest beekeeping country

Turkey is one of few self-sufficient countries on beekeeping, head of Ankara Beekeepers Association says

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Turkey and the New Scramble for Africa: Ottoman Designs or Unfounded Fears? - Lawfare

Turkey and the New Scramble for Africa: Ottoman Designs or Unfounded Fears?
By Zach Vertin Sunday, May 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Turkey has emerged as an important, but confusing, actor in the greater Middle East and beyond. Its policies have oscillated as its role has expanded, and it now plays an important role in the Horn of Africa as well as with its neighbors. Zach Vertin, a colleague in the Brookings Foreign Policy program, assesses the changes in Turkey's foreign policy and explains how the country's domestic politics and the ambitions of the Erdogan regime interact with the broader strategic realities the country faces.

Daniel Byman

More:Turkey and the New Scramble for Africa: Ottoman Designs or Unfounded Fears? - Lawfare

Turkey ranks 95th among 155 countries worldwide in Islamic values | Ahval

Turkey ranks 95th among 155 countries worldwide in Islamic values

Turkey placed 95th among 153 countries in Islamic values, with non-Muslim countries nabbing the top 40 spots, according to an annual study by two academics at George Washington University.

New Zealand topped the list of the 2018 index of Islamicity  while no Muslim-majority country made it into the top 40, the survey conducted by Hossein Askari, an Iranian-born professor of International Business and International Affairs, and Scheherazade Rehman, director of the EU Research Center at the university, found.

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Centenary of Atatürk’s landing on Samsun marked across Turkey - Turkey News

Centenary of Atatürk’s landing on Samsun marked across Turkey
SAMSUN

Turkish people celebrated the Commemoration of Atatürk and Youth and Sports Day on May 19, marking the centenary of the starting point of the Turkish War of Independence and the emergence of modern Turkey.

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Erdogan Finds Himself in a Geopolitical Cul-de-Sac

Erdogan Finds Himself in a Geopolitical Cul-de-Sac

The concrete “cracks” reportedly found at the construction site of what will be Turkey’s first nuclear power plant may be nothing compared to the cracks starting to re-emerge in the country’s relationship with Russia.
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Erdogan Finds Himself in a Geopolitical Cul-de-Sac

Islamist coups helped Erdogan

Islamist coups helped Erdogan
Sunday, 19 May 2019 | Anwar Alam

The possible death of democracy in Turkey will have wide ranging ramifications in the region too. Already low in democratic indicators of governance, the failure of democracy in Turkey would convince many in the region that democracy is alien to Muslim/Islamic culture and tradition. Second a ‘democratic vacuum’ in the region would continue to provide a conducive condition for the development of ISIS and other kind of Islamist terrorist forces globally and regionally.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ataturk’s landing 100 years ago celebrated Sunday in New Haven - New Haven Register

Ataturk’s landing 100 years ago celebrated Sunday in New Haven
By Ed Stannard Published 7:37 pm EDT, Friday, May 17, 2019

NEW HAVEN — On May 19, 1919, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk stepped off a ship at Samsun, Turkey, on the Black Sea, after a three-day trip from Istanbul, and launched the Turkish War of Independence against the allies who had divided up the territory that had been ruled by the Ottoman Empire before it collapsed in World War I.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Religion and media in Turkey: Reviving Sufism with Yunus Emre - Qantara.de

Reviving Sufism with Yunus Emre

The TV series "Yunus Emre: The journey of love" was a massive hit in Turkey when it was first aired four years ago. But this popular television spectacle is not the only evidence of a renewed interest in Sufi spirituality in Turkey. Marian Brehmer reports from Istanbul

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Erdogan Slams Turkish Tycoon Who Dared to Criticize Policies - Bloomberg

Erdogan Slams Turkish Tycoon Who Dared to Criticize Policies
By Taylan Bilgic and Ugur Yilmaz
May 17, 2019, 9:26 AM GMT+3 Updated on May 17, 2019, 11:49 AM GMT+3
Bosses’ club Tusiad, top businessman Tuncay Ozilhan targeted
Comments follow Ozilhan’s criticism on economy and governance

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Photographer: ADEM ALTAN/AFP
The tension between Turkey’s top businesses and its president spiked as Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the Turkish Industry & Business Association, specifically targeting Tuncay Ozilhan, one of the country’s richest individuals.

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Turkey Protests U.S. After Trump Ends Key Trade Preferences

Turkey Protests U.S. After Trump Ends Key Trade Preferences

Cagan Koc
BloombergMay 17, 2019

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to end the nation’s preferential trade treatment, after the move weighed on the Turkish currency.

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Despite Everything, the People of Turkey are Determined to Choose Democracy

Despite everything, the people of Turkey are determined to choose democracy

Oya Ozarslan
May 16

There was once a time when Turkey’s electoral system was considered a strength in promoting political integrity in the country. Now it has become one of the biggest contributing factors to the rapid erosion of Turkish democracy. The aftermath of the local elections of March 2019 has made the situation even worse.

More:Despite Everything, the People of Turkey are Determined to Choose Democracy

Turkish-Cypriot poised to make history in Cyprus EU vote

Turkish-Cypriot poised to make history in Cyprus EU vote

Date created : 17/05/2019 - 05:43

European elections are often drab, overlooked affairs, but in Cyprus a Turkish Cypriot professor is breaking taboos and is poised to be elected as an MEP in a first for the ethnically divided island.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

US cuts Turkish steel tariffs by half  | Financial Times

US cuts Turkish steel tariffs by half 

Decision brings duties in line with other countries as diplomatic tensions ease

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Turkey’s slow-motion earthquake - Geographical

Turkey’s slow-motion earthquake
Written by  Katie Burton Published in Tectonics

Rescue workers search a collapsed building in the aftermath of an earthquake in Istanbul 16May
2019
The discovery of a slow-motion earthquake near Istanbul, which took place in 2016, raises the question of how these lesser-known events interact with more deadly natural disasters
In the summer of 2016, a large earthquake took place beneath the Sea of Marmara, a body of water enclosed by Turkey. But it was so slow that nobody without specialist monitors detected it. Occurring south of Istanbul, in the zone of the Earth known as the mid-crustal depth, the event went on for more than 50 days, emitting energy that, had it been released in one go, would have resulted in a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

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Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu to file legal complaint over efforts to link him to Gülenists | Ahval

Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu to file legal complaint over efforts to link him to Gülenists

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)’s Istanbul mayoral candidate, said on Thursday that he would file a legal complaint against reported attempts to link him to the outlawed Gülen religious movement, Diken news site reported.

More:Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu to file legal complaint over efforts to link him to Gülenists | Ahval

President vs mayor in Istanbul rerun - analyst | Ahval

President vs mayor in Istanbul rerun - analyst

The upcoming rerun of the Istanbul mayoral vote will be an unprecedented clash between the country's most powerful politician and a local candidate, and could be a glimpse of Turkey's political future, said an analysis for The Guardian.

More:President vs mayor in Istanbul rerun - analyst | Ahval

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Turkey's main opposition calls for lawyers to monitor fresh mayoral election in Istanbul - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey's main opposition calls for lawyers to monitor fresh mayoral election in Istanbul

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-15 20:05:57|Editor: xuxin
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's main opposition party on Wednesday called for lawyers in the country to monitor the ballot boxes during the re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul on June 23.

More:Turkey's main opposition calls for lawyers to monitor fresh mayoral election in Istanbul - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The Turkish Lira Outlook Deteriorates With A 70% Probability Of A Currency Crisis » Exchange Rates UK

The Turkish Lira Outlook Deteriorates With A 70% Probability Of A Currency Crisis
Posted by Elaine Housten in GBP to TRY, - 15 May 2019 08:13

The Turkish Lira remained choppy into Wednesday's session with early losses (0.6% versus the USD) more than ofsetting Tuesday's 0.49% recovery as market's with the release of Turkey's latest industrial production (down 2.2% annually) adding to the abundance of risk-factors already weighing on th Lira.

More:The Turkish Lira Outlook Deteriorates With A 70% Probability Of A Currency Crisis » Exchange Rates UK

Erdogan's expanding dictatorship is steering Turkey toward dead end - StamfordAdvocate

Erdogan's expanding dictatorship is steering Turkey toward dead end
The Washington Post Published 10:14 pm EDT, Monday, May 13, 2019

After appearing on a television talk show Friday, Yavuz Selim Demirag, a columnist for a Turkish newspaper who has been critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, was approached outside his home in Ankara, the capital. He heard shouts of "Hit him, kill him!" before he was pummeled with baseball bats. The attackers fled in a vehicle. He was hospitalized with a broken nose and brain trauma. This is what has become of Turkey's once-vibrant democracy, now reduced to hit squads and fear.

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Can social media change the course of Turkish politics? | The Independent

Can social media change the course of Turkish politics?

With Istanbul’s mayoral election due to rerun in June, opposition candidates who receive little mainstream media coverage are taking to Twitter and YouTube to mobilise support

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Washington Post: Erdogan's expanding dictatorship is steering Turkey toward dead end | Opinion | omaha.com

Washington Post: Erdogan's expanding dictatorship is steering Turkey toward dead end

After appearing on a television talk show Friday, Yavuz Selim Demirag, a columnist for a Turkish newspaper who has been critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, was approached outside his home in Ankara, the capital. He heard shouts of “Hit him, kill him!” before he was pummeled with baseball bats. The attackers fled in a vehicle. He was hospitalized with a broken nose and brain trauma. This is what has become of Turkey’s once-vibrant democracy, now reduced to hit squads and fear.

More:Washington Post: Erdogan's expanding dictatorship is steering Turkey toward dead end | Opinion | omaha.com

How Istanbul’s mayoral elections are shaping the future of Erdoğan’s Turkey | Sinan Ulgen | Opinion | The Guardian

How Istanbul’s mayoral elections are shaping the future of Erdoğan’s Turkey
Sinan Ülgen

A controversial overturning of the result has laid the way for a rematch the president’s party cannot afford to lose

More:How Istanbul’s mayoral elections are shaping the future of Erdoğan’s Turkey | Sinan Ulgen | Opinion | The Guardian

Turkey Detains Two over Attack on Parliament Guard — Naharnet

Turkey Detains Two over Attack on Parliament Guard

Turkish authorities detained two alleged left-wing militants who attacked a parliament security officer with a razor-like object in Ankara, the prosecutor's office said.

The suspects had already been charged before the attack with membership of the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C).

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Voters mysteriously added, subtracted for Istanbul election re-run

Voters mysteriously added, subtracted for Istanbul election re-run
Jasper Mortimer May 14, 2019
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ARTICLE SUMMARY
While Ankara lawyers express their disappointment that the government rescinded the results of the Istanbul mayoral election, voters are mysteriously added to and subtracted from the electoral roll for the June 23 do-over, even though the roll is supposed to remain the same as for the March 31 election.

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Turkey’s once-venerable news source mired in election controversy - Coda Story

Turkey’s once-venerable news source mired in election controversy
Turkey’s state-backed news agency says it’s fighting fake news. Independent journalists says it’s created the problem

TEXT BY GÜLTEN SARI VISUALS BY INGE SNIP 15 MAY, 2019 
Earlier in April luminaries from some of Europe’s most trusted state-funded news agencies gathered for their annual meeting to discuss what they all agreed was a singular threat to their countries’ way of life: disinformation. The president of news media at Axel Springer spoke of the noble role of journalism delivering “reliable information.” The global news director for Agence France Presse spoke about reinforcing a culture of verified data, especially during elections.

More:Turkey’s once-venerable news source mired in election controversy - Coda Story

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Istanbul election rerun leaves Erdogan lonely at the top - Opinion - Jerusalem Post

ISTANBUL ELECTION LEAVES ERDOGAN LONELY AT THE TOP
One sound-bite explains the drama surrounding Turkey’s voting
BY PINAR TREMBLAY MAY 14, 2019 21:25

As Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan grabbed more power over the years, he simply dismissed colleagues he did not like. Imprisoning opposition leaders, including Selahattin Demirtas, and ostracizing the top echelons of the AKP (Justice and Development Party) have become routine. Erdogan also replaced elected mayors in the last two years with state appointees.

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Dutch issue scathing travel advise for Turkey over phone privacy | NL Times

DUTCH ISSUE SCATHING TRAVEL ADVISE FOR TURKEY OVER PHONE PRIVACY
By Janene Pieters on May 14, 2019 - 12:30

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for Turkey on Monday to warn Dutch travelers to the country that phone privacy is not something that is respected in Turkey. Phones and other electronic devices can be searched at Turkish airports, and statements made on social media may be punishable in the country, the Ministry warns, NU.nl reports.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived – Foreign Policy

Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

The country’s political system doesn't deserve the laments it’s recently received.

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The Battle for Istanbul - Sigma Turkey

The Battle for Istanbul
Posted by Robert Ellis | May 13, 2019 | Insights | 0

The battle for Istanbul, the rerun of the mayoral election which will take place on June 23, will be as decisive for the future of Turkey as the battle of Stalingrad in 1943 was for the Second World War, or the siege of Kobani in 2014 was for the war against the Islamic State.

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Turkish opposition candidate collects 5 mln lira for Istanbul campaign in a day | Ahval

Turkish opposition candidate collects 5 mln lira for Istanbul campaign in a day

The main Turkish opposition party candidate in the rerun of the election for mayor of Istanbul received 5 million lira ($820,00) in donations for his campaign in one day, opposition newspaper Sözcü said on Monday.

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The battle of Istanbul will shape Turkey’s future | European Council on Foreign Relations

The battle of Istanbul will shape Turkey’s future
Commentary
Asli Aydıntaşbaş
13th May, 2019

Mstyslav Chernov (cropped) - CC BY 4.0

It came as a surprise to many international observers when, on 31 March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost local elections in many of Turkey’s major cities, including Istanbul and Ankara. A city of 16 million people, Istanbul has been the centrepiece of AKP’s financial system and social networks since 1994 – when a young Erdogan became mayor and started his march to power. Few suspected that Erdogan could lose an election there. Yet the vote not only took Istanbul from Turkey’s ruling party but also challenged the notion that Erdogan was invincible and would remain president for life.

More:The battle of Istanbul will shape Turkey’s future | European Council on Foreign Relations

Exclusive: Turkey presses banks to agree high-stakes bailout of bad energy loans | One America News Network

Exclusive: Turkey Presses Banks To Agree High-Stakes Bailout Of Bad Energy Loans

FILE PHOTO: Skyscrapers in the business and financial district of Levent, which comprises of leading banks' and companies' headquarters, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
May 13, 2019

By Ebru Tuncay, Can Sezer and Jonathan Spicer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s plan to clean up some $13 billion in bad energy loans, one of the worst hangovers from last year’s currency crisis, is taking shape even as some banks hold out for the government to agree to safeguards and higher electricity prices.

More:Exclusive: Turkey presses banks to agree high-stakes bailout of bad energy loans | One America News Network

How This Airport Is Planning To Dominate The$35B Airline Industry

How This Airport Is Planning To Dominate The$35B Airline Industry

Lauren deLisa Coleman

Once the four phases are completed the total cost is projected to be $12 billion dollars.

Istanbul ,Turkey - May 3 2019: New Istanbul Airport Terminal. , interior view.It is the main international airport serving Istanbul, Turkey. It is located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of the city. In the future, it is the latest airport available to 200 million people. GETTY
Travel and technology are deeply intertwined. Demands and pace are increasing as the ecosystem of air travel expands daily creating dizzying challenges and nearly insurmountable hurdles.  Such was the situation with Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Considered as one of the world's busiest airports given its nearly 70 million annual passengers, the location had essentially reached its limit. But what has recently developed is not only a new, larger location but also that which is state-of-the-art in its technology offerings now making Ataturk Airport not only the largest but one of the first truly Smart Airports in the world.

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Turkey’s love affair with Erdogan is ending | Ireland | The Times

Turkey’s love affair with Erdogan is ending
vincent boland

The president lifted millions out of poverty, but faced with a faltering economy he has become the autocrat he reviled

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Republicanism Compared: Turkey and the US - The Globalist

Republicanism Compared: Turkey and the US

Why is standing up to one-man rule and presidential family nepotism actively pursued among AK Party grandees in Turkey, but not by Republicans in the U.S.?


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Main opposition party to establish news centre for Istanbul election | Ahval

Main opposition party to establish news centre for Istanbul election

Turkey's main opposition Istanbul mayoral candidate said his party would establish a news centre for the upcoming election that would be alternative to state-run Anadolu Agency, Cumhuriyet reported on Saturday.

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Spotlight: No plain sailing ahead for Turkey as thorny foreign policy issues may take critica - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: No plain sailing ahead for Turkey as thorny foreign policy issues may take critica

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-12 21:00:27|Editor: Shi Yinglun
ISTANBUL, May 12 (Xinhua) -- Tough times lie ahead for Turkey unless policies are readjusted as the country faces increasingly hot foreign policy issues amid an ailing economy and sharp divergences at home, analysts told Xinhua.

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AKP targets blighted suburb in second battle for Istanbul | Financial Times

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AKP targets blighted suburb in second battle for Istanbul
District hit by construction crash a key target for Erdogan’s party in mayoral rerun

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Turkish Democratic Left Party candidate withdraws from Istanbul poll - Reuters

Turkish Democratic Left Party candidate withdraws from Istanbul poll
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An opposition candidate announced on Sunday he was withdrawing from next month’s rerun of mayoral elections in Istanbul, in a move likely to aid the man who was declared the winner when the vote was initially held in March.

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China's Uyghurs practice their culture 'freely' in Turkey - CNN

China's persecuted Uyghurs live 'freely' in Turkey
By Jomana Karadsheh and Isil Sariyuce, CNN

Updated 12:01 AM ET, Sun May 12, 2019

Istanbul (CNN)The call to prayer at Emine Inanc mosque brings together immigrants who have found sanctuary in Istanbul's working-class Zeytinburnu neighborhood.

With no room inside the overcrowded mosque, dozens of worshippers spill onto the street. For some, like Ishqiyar Abudureyimu, praying openly would have been unimaginable just a few years ago when he was living in China.

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Turkish pro-govt media falsely accuses opposition of electoral fraud | Ahval

Turkish pro-govt media falsely accuses opposition of electoral fraud

Another week, another coup in Turkey. The Supreme Election Council (YSK) ruled on Monday to cancel and rerun the mayoral election in Istanbul; the opposition called it a coup against Turkish democracy and the voters’ will, while supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have said the decision reversed an “attempted coup” against Istanbul and the nation.

More:Turkish pro-govt media falsely accuses opposition of electoral fraud | Ahval

Saturday, May 11, 2019

'Everything will be fine': Hashtag campaign seeks to buoy opposition ahead of Istanbul repeat vote | Middle East Eye

Everything will be fine': Hashtag campaign seeks to buoy opposition ahead of Istanbul repeat vote

Although brimming with optimism at the outset, supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu face a gruelling month-long campaign

More:'Everything will be fine': Hashtag campaign seeks to buoy opposition ahead of Istanbul repeat vote | Middle East Eye

Turkey's current account deficit seen at $984 million in March: Reuters Poll - Reuters

Turkey's current account deficit seen at $984 million in March: Reuters Poll
Ali Kucukgocmen

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s current account is expected to show a deficit of $984 million in March, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, as the trade deficit remains low due to high import prices and economic activity remains weak.

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Turkish opposition journalist hospitalized following attack

Turkish opposition journalist hospitalized following attack

Associated Press•May 11, 2019
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A journalist critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and its nationalist allies has been hospitalized after being attacked outside his home.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Turkey’s Lira Has Lessons for Global Democracies: Respect Institutions or Else

Lira Lessons for Democracies: Respect Institutions or Else

Turkish currency Lira fell nearly 40 percent in 2018. The currency has been in free fall yet again, following the announcement of results of municipal elections in Turkey last month.

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Cars, contracts and debt: what Istanbul’s mayor found in 17 days

Cars, contracts and debt: what Istanbul’s mayor found in 17 days
Ekrem Imamoglu says his brief time in office made him resolve to end wasteful spending
about 12 hours ago
Carlotta Gall in Istanbul

Ekrem Imamoglu spent just 17 days as the mayor of Istanbul before the election council of Turkey annulled the vote and forced him from office. But the short peek he gained into the dealings of the mayor’s office – revealing dozens of cars at his disposal, millions budgeted for officials’ homes and a city sinking into debt – gave him ammunition in the political battle ahead. He fully intends to use it before the new election on June 23rd.

More:Cars, contracts and debt: what Istanbul’s mayor found in 17 days

Erdogan Just Committed Political Suicide – Foreign Policy

Erdogan Just Committed Political Suicide
By overturning an election in Istanbul, he may have triggered a Turkish Spring.
BY HENRI J. BARKEY | MAY 10, 2019, 2:20 PM

On March 31, Turkey’s Supreme Election Council annulled the Istanbul municipal elections in which the opposition had defeated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The decision was not a surprise. For more than a month, AKP stalwarts as well as the Turkish press, which is almost completely dominated by Erdogan, had been laying the groundwork for this reversal by claiming irregularities and alleging all kinds of mischief by ballot handlers. And this is not the first time that the AKP has resorted to chicanery to get the electoral results it wanted. In the 2017 constitutional referendum, which replaced a parliamentary system with the current presidential one, Erdogan managed to reverse a defeat at the polls through last-minute ballot stuffing and other means of cheating.

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Re-run of Istanbul election: same candidates, different strategies – EURACTIV.com

Re-run of Istanbul election: same candidates, different strategies

Istanbul is getting ready for a re-run of the mayoral election that has laid bare Turkey’s deep political divisions and raised concerns about its democracy. People are canceling vacations, and holiday resorts published spoofs about heavy snows expected on 23 June.

More:Re-run of Istanbul election: same candidates, different strategies – EURACTIV.com

Istanbul rerun will be a race between opposition candidate and Turkish President - Foreign Policy  | Ahval

Istanbul rerun will be a race between opposition candidate and Turkish Presiden

The rerun of local elections in Istanbul on June 23 will be a contest between the opposition candidate and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Foreign Policy said on Thursday.

Erdoğan put his credibility on the line by campaigning hard in Istanbul and after the results were announced, he publicly urged electoral authorities to annul the results and decide for a rerun.

More:Istanbul rerun will be a race between opposition candidate and Turkish President - Foreign Policy  | Ahval

Re-run of Istanbul election: same candidates, different strategies – EURACTIV.com

Re-run of Istanbul election: same candidates, different strategies
By Zeynep Atilgan | EURACTIV with Reuters  2:51

Supporters of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu cheer as they wait for him during a protest against the rerun of Istanbul elections in Istanbul, Turkey, 06 May 2019. [EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN]

Istanbul is getting ready for a re-run of the mayoral election that has laid bare Turkey’s deep political divisions and raised concerns about its democracy. People are canceling vacations, and holiday resorts published spoofs about heavy snows expected on 23 June.

More:Re-run of Istanbul election: same candidates, different strategies – EURACTIV.com

Erdogan could lose more than Istanbul in high-stakes electoral gamble

Erdogan could lose more than Istanbul in high-stakes electoral gamble
Author Cengiz Candar May 10, 2019

ARTICLE SUMMARY
With many Turks outraged over the nullification of Istanbul's election results, the oppression of dissent and violence expected going into the rerun could backfire on the increasingly authoritarian president.

More:Erdogan could lose more than Istanbul in high-stakes electoral gamble

Asia Times | Turkish capitalism’s ‘original sin’ | Article

Turkish capitalism’s ‘original sin’

By ÖMER TAŞPINAR

When it comes to Turkey’s problem with democracy today, what happened to the Armenian and Greek populations of Anatolia a century ago might seem irrelevant. Yet the very opposite is true. Turkey will never become a true liberal democracy – one dedicated to the proposition that every citizen deserves equal protection – unless it comes fully to terms with the tragic history of the Anatolian Christians.

More:Asia Times | Turkish capitalism’s ‘original sin’ | Article

Dollar Frenzy That Jolted Lira Starts to Dissipate Among Turks - Bloomberg

Dollar Frenzy That Jolted Lira Starts to Dissipate Among Turks
By Constantine Courcoulas
May 9, 2019, 10:27 AM EDT Updated on May 10, 2019, 1:50 AM EDT

At least one thing in Turkey is moving in the right direction: locals have stopped hoarding dollars and euros.

Households and companies sold a net $1.2 billion of hard currency in the week ended May 3, the latest central bank data show. That’s the fourth straight week of sales and takes a retreat in their foreign-currency holdings over the past month to just under $3 billion.

More:Dollar Frenzy That Jolted Lira Starts to Dissipate Among Turks - Bloomberg

Deposed Istanbul mayor vows ‘revolution’ for democracy - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

Deposed Istanbul mayor vows ‘revolution’ for democracy
AFPMay 10, 2019

ISTANBUL: Istanbul’s deposed mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who was stripped of his election win this week, said he would lead a “revolution” for democracy ahead of next month’s re-run of the vote.

More:Deposed Istanbul mayor vows ‘revolution’ for democracy - Newspaper - DAWN.COM

How low could the Turkish lira go? - CGTN

How low could the Turkish lira go?
Updated 21:14, 10-May-2019
Louise Greenwood

The value of the lira is set to plummet further after the announcement of a new mayoral election in Istanbul, currency experts are warning.

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Turkish artists stand by Istanbul's ousted mayor - Reuters

Turkish artists stand by Istanbul's ousted mayor
Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Dozens of Turkey’s most prominent artists have taken to social media to support Istanbul’s ousted mayor, responding to his call for them to speak out against a decision to annul his election victory over President Tayyip Erdogan’s party.

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Opinion | Has Erdogan Created His Perfect Opponent? - The New York Times

Has Erdogan Created His Perfect Opponent?

Turkey’s president is undermining the political system that carried him from the streets to the presidency.

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Attack on opposition leader Kilicdaroglu: Return of the lynch mob in Turkey? - Qantara.de

Return of the lynch mob in Turkey?

Turkish opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu was attacked by an angry mob in public and nearly killed – the latest in a spate of such violence. What does the incident say about the political culture in the country? By Burcu Karakas

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Only 17 Days in Office, Opposition Candidate Saw Spending to ‘Spoil a Mayor’ - The New York Times

Only 17 Days in Office, Opposition Candidate Saw Spending to ‘Spoil a Mayor’
Ekrem Imamoglu of the opposition Republican People’s Party addressing supporters during a protest against the rerun of Istanbul’s elections.

By Carlotta Gall
May 9, 2019

ISTANBUL — Ekrem Imamoglu spent just 17 days as the mayor of Istanbul before the election council of Turkey annulled the vote and forced him from office.

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Thursday, May 09, 2019

Has Turkey been pasting headscarves onto women in school textbooks? | Euronews

Has Turkey been pasting headscarves onto women in school textbooks?

A school textbook distributed by the Turkish government has received criticism after it was revealed that several photos of women in it had been photoshopped to show them wearing a headscarf.

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Turkish Lira Continues to Fall Despite Backdoor Tightening - WSJ

Turkish Lira Continues to Fall Despite Backdoor Tightening

Central bank suspends one-week repo auctions, announces new reserve-requirement ratios
By Avantika Chilkoti
May 9, 2019 4:45 p.m. ET
The Turkish lira continued to slide Thursday after the country’s central bank temporarily tightened monetary policy in an attempt to make it more difficult for investors to bet against the currency.

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The Istanbul Rerun Isn’t About the Mayor. It’s About Turkey’s Future. – Foreign Policy

The Istanbul Rerun Isn’t About the Mayor. It’s About Turkey’s Future.

The controversial decision to hold a new mayoral election after Erdogan’s party narrowly lost has divided the ruling AKP and further imperiled Turkey’s democratic credentials.

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Asia Times | Turkish capitalism’s ‘original sin’ | Article

Turkish capitalism’s ‘original sin’

By ÖMER TAŞPINAR

When it comes to Turkey’s problem with democracy today, what happened to the Armenian and Greek populations of Anatolia a century ago might seem irrelevant. Yet the very opposite is true. Turkey will never become a true liberal democracy – one dedicated to the proposition that every citizen deserves equal protection – unless it comes fully to terms with the tragic history of the Anatolian Christians.

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Turkey's central bank steps in after the lira nosedives to an eight-month low

Turkey's central bank steps in after the lira nosedives to an eight-month low

Natasha Turak | @NatashaTurak

Turkey's beleaguered currency breached 6.24 against the dollar in Thursday trade, its lowest level in eight months amid deep market uncertainty worsened by the recent announcement of new elections for the city of Istanbul

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Ousted Istanbul mayor says election re-run a battle for democracy - Reuters

Ousted Istanbul mayor says election re-run a battle for democracy
Daren Butler, Birsen Altayli

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Istanbul’s ousted mayor says he will go into battle for Turkish democracy next month when he stands in a re-run of an election he thought had granted him the city to govern for five years.

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The new depths of Erdogan’s autocracy - The Istanbul election

The new depths of Erdogan’s autocracy

Turkey’s president can no longer bear to lose at the ballot box

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Turkey’s Erdoğan changes campaign team for Istanbul rerun | Ahval

Turkey’s Erdoğan changes campaign team for Istanbul rerun

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has changed his party’s campaign team for the rerun of the Istanbul mayoral election on June 23 to try to reach voters who were undecided or did not to vote the first time round, Hürriyet newspaper said on Thursday.

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Erdoğan shows how to mismanage a currency crisis: ex-IMF official | Ahval

Erdoğan shows how to mismanage a currency crisis: ex-IMF official

A former International Monetary Fund official is joining a chorus of economists, analysts and ratings agencies in calling on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to urgently deal with Turkey's economic problems.

More:Erdoğan shows how to mismanage a currency crisis: ex-IMF official | Ahval

'Everything will be fine': opposition rallies for Istanbul vote re-run

'Everything will be fine': opposition rallies for Istanbul vote re-run

by Fulya OZERKAN
Agence-France Presse8 May 2019

Their slogan -- #herseycokguzelolacak, meaning "everything will be fine" -- has gone viral on social media
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Free refunds on flights, crowdfunded bus tickets for students and crazy weather warnings -- it's all designed to keep Istanbul residents in the city and ensure the opposition wins a controversial replay of the mayoral election.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Can Dundar: Turkish democracy will continue despite Erdogan | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 08.05.2019

Can Dundar: Turkish democracy will continue despite Erdogan

Istanbul's mayoral election will be re-run, following an appeal from the strongman president's party. Exiled journalist Can Dundar gave DW his appraisal of the complex situation leading up to the June 23 election.

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Turkish opposition - Erdogan's mandate must also be revoked if Istanbul poll annulled - Reuters

Turkish opposition - Erdogan's mandate must also be revoked if Istanbul poll annulled
Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s main opposition party said on Wednesday it had formally requested the annulment of President Tayyip Erdogan’s mandate because the same flaws his AK Party alleged in the city’s March 31 mayoral vote occurred in last year’s national elections.

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TURKEY'S MAIN OPPOSITION SUBMITS REQUEST TO ELECTION BOARD TO CANCEL LAST YEAR'S NATIONAL ELECTION AS WELL AS MARCH 31 VOTE ACROSS ISTANBUL DISTRICTS - CNNTURK

TURKEY'S MAIN OPPOSITION SUBMITS REQUEST TO ELECTION BOARD TO CANCEL LAST YEAR'S NATIONAL ELECTION AS WELL AS MARCH 31 VOTE ACROSS ISTANBUL DISTRICTS - CNNTURK
Reuters•May 8, 2019
TURKEY'S MAIN OPPOSITION SUBMITS REQUEST TO ELECTION BOARD TO CANCEL LAST YEAR'S NATIONAL ELECTION AS WELL AS MARCH 31 VOTE ACROSS ISTANBUL DISTRICTS - CNNTURK

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The Bad News Keeps on Coming for Turkey's Already Battered Banks - Bloomberg

The Bad News Keeps on Coming for Turkey's Already Battered Banks
By Asli Kandemir
May 8, 2019, 1:59 AM EDT
Lenders already burdened with about $28 billion restructurings
Weaker lira is making foreign-debt repayments more expensive

The Lira slumped to a seven-month low on Tuesday.

Drawn-out elections and a rout in the lira mean more bad news for Turkey’s banks.

mORE:The Bad News Keeps on Coming for Turkey's Already Battered Banks - Bloomberg

Turkey cities urge Istanbul residents to scrap June holidays and vote in mayoral election re-run | Euronews

Turkey cities urge Istanbul residents to scrap June holidays and vote in mayoral election re-run

After officials on Monday ordered a re-run of elections in Istanbul, several municipalities took to Twitter urging people from the city not to come on holiday in June, but to stay and vote.

mORE:Turkey cities urge Istanbul residents to scrap June holidays and vote in mayoral election re-run | Euronews

Erdogan’s deathblow to Turkish democracy

Erdogan’s deathblow to Turkish democracy
By Elisha Maldonado May 7, 2019 | 7:53pm | Updated
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ISTANBUL — The people of Istanbul are flaming mad, and with good reason: On Monday, the country’s national election board canceled the results of the March 31 mayoral election and ordered a do-over.

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Turkey's president didn't like an election outcome so he's "fixing" it

Turkey’s President Didn’t Like An Election Outcome So He’s “Fixing” It
JAZZ SHAWPosted at 2:31 pm on May 7, 2019

Our “ally” in Turkey continues to blaze a trail toward a future for his country that looks less and less democratic by the day. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s PK party didn’t fare all that well in the country’s recent round of parliamentary elections. They didn’t lose power, but there was definitely a shift in the electorate and opposition parties fared better than in previous years. One place where Erdogan’s candidates did especially poorly was in the major city of Istanbul. Erdogan’s party’s candidate for mayor was defeated there by Ekrem Imamoglu of the CHP party. That apparently didn’t sit well with the President, so he’s decided to take an unusual course of action. He’s having the election run again. (Reuters)

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RIP, Turkish Democracy

RIP, Turkish Democracy
With his iron fist, President Erdogan has crushed a decades-long period of free and fair elections in Turkey
BY: Aaron Kliegman

May 7, 2019 6:36 pm

In May 1950, the ruling political party in Turkey, which had governed for 27 straight years, held a free and fair election and lost—badly. Rather than contest—or worse, ignore—the results, the Republican People's Party handed over power to the victorious opposition. There was no bloodshed, no attempt to hold onto power. A deeply entrenched, somewhat authoritarian government that had dominated a one-party state for years allowed the democratic process to work. It was certainly a first in Turkish history, and one would be hard-pressed to find a previous, comparable example in all of Middle Eastern history. Sure, Turkey experienced volatile politics over the next several decades, but it continued to hold free and fair elections under the principle of one person, one vote. And 1950 was the hinge point. Sixty-nine years after that milestone, however, the period of Turkish democracy has effectively ended.

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Istanbul might again reject Erdogan’s authoritarianism - The Washington Post

Istanbul might again reject Erdogan’s authoritarianism

By Editorial Board May 7 at 7:18 PM
LOCAL ELECTIONS in Turkey about five weeks ago offered encouraging signs that the country’s democracy was still alive. Opposition candidates won mayoral races in several of the most important cities, including Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, which is Turkey’s largest city and the political base of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The results suggested that pluralism was reemerging in Turkish politics and that Mr. Erdogan, who has ruthlessly consolidated power in recent years, would be obliged to allow more space for it

More:Istanbul might again reject Erdogan’s authoritarianism - The Washington Post

Turkish opposition confident of winning Istanbul poll re-run, lira sinks again - Reuters

Turkish opposition confident of winning Istanbul poll re-run, lira sinks again
Tuvan Gumrukcu, Nevzat Devranoglu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s main opposition party said on Tuesday its candidate for Istanbul mayor would again contest and win the post, after the election board ordered a re-run of the city election in a ruling that has spooked investors and drawn European criticism.

More:Turkish opposition confident of winning Istanbul poll re-run, lira sinks again - Reuters

Why Erdogan Will Win in Istanbul, and What This Means for Turkish Democracy - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Why Erdogan Will Win in Istanbul, and What This Means for Turkish Democracy
Soner Cagaptay

May 7, 2019

Despite the opposition’s resilience, the president can use any number of legal, political, or foreign policy tools to ensure his candidate wins this time around, no matter the reputational costs.

On May 6, Turkey’s election board canceled the outcome of Istanbul’s March 31 mayoral race, in which opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu defeated Binali Yildirim of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) by less than 1 percent of the vote. The ruling came shortly after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleged that the race was “stained” and demanded that it be re-run. Signaling the strength of his hold on the country’s institutions, Turkey’s election monitoring body has announced that a new Istanbul election will in fact be held on June 23. Imamoglu faces a seemingly unwinnable battle in his quest to win again, since Erdogan will pull out all the legal, political, and diplomatic stops to bring his candidate (perhaps Yildirim again) to victory.

More:Why Erdogan Will Win in Istanbul, and What This Means for Turkish Democracy - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

‘We will never give up’ - BBC News

Turkey’s opposition candidate pledges to 'never give up’

In a speech broadcast on social media, Turkey's opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu has pledged to not “give up” despite his election victory in Istanbul’s mayoral election being overturned.

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Tensions Rise Between EU & Turkey Over Drilling, Election

Tensions Rise Between EU & Turkey Over Drilling, Election
May 7, 2019 CAIN BURDEAU FacebookTwitterEmail

(CN) — Relations between the European Union and Turkey are becoming more bitter after Turkey sent a ship to drill for natural gas and oil in disputed waters off the island of Cyprus, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that the election for mayor of Istanbul, which his party lost, needs to be done over.

The moves by Turkey further eroded relations with the EU.

In 2005, Turkey and the EU began formal talks about Turkey’s entry into the EU bloc, but those talks have broken down and are on hold.

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Rerunning the Istanbul election will hurt Turkey | Financial Times

Rerunning the Istanbul election will hurt Turkey

The decision to cancel an opposition victory undermines democracy

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Rerunning the Istanbul election will hurt Turkey | Financial Times

Rerunning the Istanbul election will hurt Turkey

The decision to cancel an opposition victory undermines democracy

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Erdogan’s Long Arm in Europe – Foreign Policy

Erdogan’s Long Arm in Europe

Turkey is seeking influence and votes throughout the EU and spreading ideas that imperil efforts to integrate the Turkish diaspora.

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International outcry over Istanbul election re-run - BBC News

International outcry over Istanbul election re-run

Protests have erupted across Istanbul over the decision to re-run the election
The EU and leading member states have sharply criticised a decision in Turkey to re-run Istanbul's mayoral election, after a shock opposition win.

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EU Requests International Observation in Repeated Elections in Turkey

EU Requests International Observation in Repeated Elections in Turkey

Brussels, May 7 ( Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) has advocated Tuesday the presence of international observers at the repeated elections in Istanbul, amid criticism of the recent decision of the Superior Electoral Council (YSK).

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Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu could win more votes in new poll | Ahval

Turkish opposition’s İmamoğlu could win more votes in new poll

Although Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu was officially confirmed as mayor of Istanbul after the March 31 election, he now faces a rerun following an appeal by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party.

But in the month since the polls, İmamoğlu’s popularity has if anything grown, and he could get more votes than last time round.

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bne IntelliNews - TURKEY INSIGHT: Democracy? That died long ago. Economic recovery? Don’t bet the farm on it

TURKEY INSIGHT: Democracy? That died long ago. Economic recovery? Don’t bet the farm on it.

Annulling of Istanbul election result that put a chink in Erdogan’s armour knocks an already ensnared economy and ushers in some dark political scenarios.

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Erdoğan’s Istanbul election gamble – POLITICO

Erdoğan’s Istanbul election gamble
Annulling mayoral election threatens to undermine his legitimacy as Turkey’s leader.

By ZIA WEISE 5/7/19, 6:33 PM CET

If, as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is fond of saying, "whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey," then his country's future now hangs in the balance.

On Monday, Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) announced that March's Istanbul mayoral election, which ended in a narrow opposition victory, would be annulled and re-run in June. The decision, after weeks of government pressure, is a watershed moment for Turkey — and a monumental gamble for Erdoğan.

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Turkey cancels the opposition’s victory in the Istanbul election - A rerun for Recep

Turkey cancels the opposition’s victory in the Istanbul election

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems ready to win back the city by hook or by crook

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As Turkey slips into an Erdogan dictatorship, the economy is falling apart - Axios

Turkey's economy is getting worse

Data: Factset; Chart: Axios Visuals
Turkey's outlook got worse on Monday as the country continues slipping into dictatorship, under a dictator who doesn't seem to care much for laws or macroeconomics.

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Turkey’s Uncertain Path

Turkey’s Uncertain Path
MAY 7, 2019 | INTEL BRIEF
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Turkish President Erdogan has always sought to outwardly present himself as a strong leader, especially in matters of foreign and security policy, as he continues to edge Turkey further away from the West. Domestically, however, his image has been increasingly sullied over the past year. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have consolidated power, especially over the last decade, centralizing authority to a degree previously unseen in modern Turkey. Restrictions on the press, and the widespread jailing of journalists, political opponents, and academics—especially in the years since the failed 2015 coup—are now a quotidian tool of Erdogan and the AKP. Criticizing Erdogan comes with considerable risk, which was a tradeoff some seemed willing to accept with a booming Turkish economy. But a deeply struggling economy has fueled the credible political opposition to Erdogan that had been stifled for years.

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‘We Will Win Again,’ Opposition Vows in Istanbul Election Do-Over - The New York Times

‘We Will Win Again,’ Opposition Vows in Istanbul Election Do-Over
Ekrem Imamoglu entered office as mayor of Istanbul last month. Then, on Monday, the election result was annulled.
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The decision by Turkish authorities to wipe away a stinging defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and rerun the election for mayor of Istanbul left the opposition angered but determined on Tuesday to win the race a second time.

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Erdogan Makes Mockery of Elections - The Globalist

Erdogan Makes Mockery of Elections

Ultimately, Erdogan might end up losing Istanbul again. And botch yet another opportunity to normalize relations with the Kurds.

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Istanbul in turmoil after mayor’s removal | World | The Times

Istanbul in turmoil after mayor’s removal

Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
May 7 2019
The Times

President Erdogan’s opponents face a bitter seven-week election battle to try to retake control of Istanbul after the mayor of Turkey’s biggest city was stripped of office last night in a move seen as a major blow to democracy in the country.

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Istanbul vote re-run means 'extra uncertainty' -Fitch official - Reuters

Istanbul vote re-run means 'extra uncertainty' -Fitch official
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ISTANBUL, May 7 (Reuters) - Turkey’s decision to re-run Istanbul elections on June 23 adds nearly two months of uncertainty over its plan to rebalance and stabilize the economy, Edward Parker, managing director at Fitch Ratings who heads the group that covers Turkey, said on Tuesday.

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Erdogan Crossed a Line on Turkey’s Democracy: Balance of Power - Bloomberg

Erdogan Crossed a Line on Turkey’s Democracy: Balance of Power
By Benjamin Harvey
May 7, 2019, 6:00 AM EDT

Has the Middle East lost its biggest democracy?

Turkey's election board canceled the result of a March 31 mayoral vote in Istanbul and will hold a new ballot next month. That tilts the balance toward an outcome favorable to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his candidate lost the nation's biggest city.

More:Erdogan Crossed a Line on Turkey’s Democracy: Balance of Power - Bloomberg

UPDATE 2-Turkish lira, markets fall after vote results scrapped - Reuters

Turkish lira, markets fall after vote results scrapped

By Ali Kucukgocmen and Jonathan Spicer

ISTANBUL, May 7 (Reuters) - Turkish financial markets tumbled on Tuesday after the elections board ruled to scrap and re-run Istanbul elections, with the lira down 1.3 percent to its weakest level since last year’s currency crisis was waning in October.

More:UPDATE 2-Turkish lira, markets fall after vote results scrapped - Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan defends Istanbul election re-run amid protests - BBC News

Turkey's Erdogan defends Istanbul election re-run amid protests

Protests have erupted across Istanbul over the decision to re-run the election
Istanbul's mayoral election was affected by "organised crime and serious corruption", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

Mr Erdogan was defending the decision to re-run the 31 March vote, which returned a slim win for the opposition.

Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu, who has been stripped of his duties, described the move as "treacherous"

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Turkey election fiasco hits at 'heart' of EU relations

Turkey election fiasco hits at 'heart' of EU relations

Istanbul, home to 15m people, accounts for almost a third of Turkey's GDP. Now the election victory of the opposition CHP party in the city has been overturned (Photo: Remon Rijper)
By ANDREW RETTMAN

BRUSSELS, TODAY, 09:27
The way Turkey handles the Istanbul election controversy could shape future EU relations, top officials have warned.

But for some leading MEPs, Turkish democracy just breathed its last gasp.

More:Turkey election fiasco hits at 'heart' of EU relations

Monday, May 06, 2019

Turkish opposition says re-run of Istanbul election sign of ...

Turkish opposition says re-run of Istanbul election sign of "dictatorship"
by Reuters
Monday, 6 May 2019 17:04 GMT

ANKARA, May 6 (Reuters) - Turkey's main opposition said on Monday it was a "plain dictatorship" that had decided on a re-run of local elections in Istanbul, after the election board decided to annul vote results showing a painful defeat for President Tayyip Erdogan's party.

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Why Turkey just became a more difficult ally

Why Turkey just became a more difficult ally
by Erin Dunne
 | May 06, 2019 03:00 PM

It’s no secret that democracy is slipping in Turkey. But the latest indicator — an announcement from the country’s election commission that voided the results of opposition victory in Istanbul, should leave no illusions on where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stands.

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Why did Turkey allow jailed Kurdish leader to meet lawyers after long pause?

Why did Turkey allow jailed Kurdish leader to meet lawyers after long pause?
Amberin Zaman May 6, 2019

ARTICLE SUMMARY
In his first meeting with lawyers in eight years, imprisoned Kurdistan Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan called for "democratic negotiation" between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds and for hunger strikers protesting his treatment not to endanger their health.


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Turkey – the world’s largest prison for journalists ǀ View | Euronews

Turkey – the world’s largest prison for journalists ǀ View

As usual during the first days of spring, the weather was sunny when I stepped inside the cold walls of Bakırköy women’s prison in Istanbul. Inside I met Nazlı Ilıcak, a 75-year-old journalist who was sentenced to life imprisonment for having “attempted to destroy the constitutional order.” She has been in prison for almost three years now and was still surprised at how a notebook in which she kept friends’ phone numbers could be taken as evidence to support accusations of “terrorism.”

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Spotlight: Analysts not expecting Turkey to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran despite rhetoric - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Analysts not expecting Turkey to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran despite rhetoric

ISTANBUL, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Turkey would observe the U.S. sanctions against Iran despite its sharp criticism of Washington's unilateral moves as Ankara would not risk yet another confrontation with its NATO ally amid economic woes, analysts told Xinhua.

More:Spotlight: Analysts not expecting Turkey to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran despite rhetoric - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey's Innovation Week Tackles the Importance of Building "Conscious Smart Cities"

Turkey's Innovation Week Tackles the Importance of Building "Conscious Smart Cities"

Canay Atalay breaks down how to create a conscious smart city and the role it will play in the future during Turkey's Innovation Week.

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Isolation Strangles Turkey | Asharq AL-awsat

Isolation Strangles Turkey
Opinion

Salman Al-dossary
Salman Aldosary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper
A quick review over Turkey's foreign relations throughout the past decade would clearly show how some countries lose their alliances, special relations and friends to suddenly find themselves alone.

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Turkey to rule on Istanbul election re-run appeal on Monday: AKP candidate - Reuters

Turkey to rule on Istanbul election re-run appeal on Monday: AKP candidate
Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s High Election Board will rule on Monday on an appeal by President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) calling for a re-run of the Istanbul local elections that the party narrowly lost, the AKP’s mayoral candidate in the city said.

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Israel hits offices of Turkish state news agency in Gaza | News | DW | 04.05.2019

Israel hits offices of Turkish state news agency in Gaza

Israeli forces have hit a Gaza City building housing Turkey's state-run news agency. Turkish President Erdogan has fiercely denounced the attack, which is likely to increase tensions between Israel and Turkey.

More:Israel hits offices of Turkish state news agency in Gaza | News | DW | 04.05.2019

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Turkey’s Inevitable Recession (Part II) – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Turkey’s Inevitable Recession (Part II) – Analysis
May 4, 2019 Claudio Grass 0 Comments
By Claudio Grass

Spillover effects
Turkey’s debt problem, coupled with the plummeting lira, is arguably the most important risk factor for the nation’s economy. To make matters worse, far from it posing a threat just to Turkey itself, it also has the potential to inflict significant damage elsewhere too, starting with key economies in the Eurozone.

More:Turkey’s Inevitable Recession (Part II) – Analysis – Eurasia Review

Turkey is waiting for a new party

Turkey is waiting for a new party

Rumors of a “new political party” have been heard among conservative circles for more than a year (most of it them coming from the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) electorate), and have increased dramatically after the appearance of website in February that seems to indicate a new political formation. Although discussions about who is behind this site, and whether these people represent a new political movement that will become an alternative to the AKP have been going on for two months, it is quite clear that no matter what this topic will take an important place on the domestic political agenda in Turkey.

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Turkish universities shut down cafeterias for Ramadan - Birgün | Ahval

Turkish universities shut down cafeterias for Ramadan - Birgün

Turkish students are protesting universities on social media after they announced closing cafeterias during Ramadan, left-wing Birgün daily reported on Friday.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan will run from May 6th to June 4th this year. More and more universities in Turkey in recent years announce before Ramadan that they will close cafeterias during the holy month.

More:Turkish universities shut down cafeterias for Ramadan - Birgün | Ahval

Turkish lira crisis a boon for tourism, curse for other sectors

Turkish lira crisis a boon for tourism, curse for other sectors

Until there is greater clarity, experts foresee foreign investors remaining cautious

More:Turkish lira crisis a boon for tourism, curse for other sectors

Turkey's largest mosque formally opens in Istanbul

Turkey's largest mosque formally opens in Istanbul

"Attacks in the name of religion on places of worship or innocent civilians constitute terrorism, not jihad," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the inauguration of Camlica Mosque.

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Erdogan’s Turkey at a crossroads | Comment | ekathimerini.com

Erdogan’s Turkey at a crossroads

ISTANBUL – “Our country is finally blessed with a period of four-and-a-half years without electoral disputes,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan trumpeted some two weeks ago, addressing a crowd of public servants in Ankara. “It is now time to leave all tensions behind, embrace our opponents and focus on the challenges for the economy, security and stability of our country,” he added, before the assembled crowd broke out in ceremonial applause.


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A Summer of Discontent Awaits Turkey

A Summer of Discontent Awaits Turkey
By Sinan Ciddi
Board of Contributors

There are signs of divisions within Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party as it debates how to react to the defeats it suffered in municipal elections on March 31 and whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should soften his authoritarian tactics.


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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey's Dreams of Rate Cuts - Bloomberg

Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey's Dreams of Rate Cuts

By Cagan Koc May 2, 2019,

Turkey’s inflation is reversing course at just the wrong time for a central bank waiting to undo its crisis-level monetary policy.

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Boys' rescue from forest provides bright spot for Turks

Boys' rescue from forest provides bright spot for Turks
Jasper Mortimer May 2, 2019

Article Summary
The rescue of two boys, ages 4 and 5, from a forest brought a modicum of hope the day after May Day to Turkish union members and others who have seen their buying power dwindle and are still seeing the nation's governing party trying to reverse the results of the March 31 Istanbul mayor election.

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Turkey's Local Elections and the Future of Erdoğan's Leadership

Turkey’s Local Elections and the Future of Erdoğan’s Leadership
By Ibrahim Taha On May 2, 2019

Turkey held its first elections since the country formally transitioned to a presidential system on March 31st, 2019. The elections were held amidst warnings of an economic recession, as analysts described the vote as a referendum on Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Since sweeping into power in 2002, Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has maintained a majority of public support. Consecutive electoral victories of the AKP and President Erdoğan enabled economic growth which, in turn, has been credited to social, political, and economic reforms.

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Turkey opens criminal probes into disputed Istanbul election | Financial Times

Turkey opens criminal probes into disputed Istanbul election

Erdogan’s ruling AKP party lodged in battle to regain control of city after high-profile defeat

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Erdogan looks to banks as Turkey teeters into recession -

Erdogan looks to banks as Turkey teeters into recession
Tom Stevenson | 1/05/2019 9:00 am

With Turkey's economy in a downturn, the interventionist Erdogan government is keen for state and private banks to provide cheaper credit. Tom Stevenson reports.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Istanbul police detains dozens as Turkey marks May 1

Istanbul police detains dozens as Turkey marks May 1

Istanbul police detained dozens of people who were trying to hold a May day rally at city centre square on Wednesday in defiance of a protest ban.

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Opinion: Strongmen with weak economies | Opinion | DW | 01.05.2019

Opinion: Strongmen with weak economies

Trump, Putin, Erdogan, Orban — are all "strong leaders" who boast that they are fostering economic dominance. The truth, says Alexander Görlach, is that their countries are in decline.

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Why Erdogan is terrified of Istanbul’s new mayor - The Washington Post

Why Erdogan is terrified of Istanbul’s new mayor

By Asli Aydintasbas
May 1 at 3:05 PM

The Istanbul city hall building is a huge modern structure at the heart of the city’s historic peninsula, which is otherwise replete with Ottoman-era mosques and remnants of Byzantine churches. The building’s mid-century modernism reflects the yearnings of the young republic in the early 1950s, when Turkey was about to join NATO, eager to claim its place in the West.

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US says religious freedoms in Turkey remained deeply troubling in 2018 | Turkey Purge

US says religious freedoms in Turkey remained deeply troubling in 2018
by TurkeyPurge | May 1, 2019 |

Int'l Reactions US says religious freedoms in Turkey remained deeply troubling in 2018 In 2018, the state of religious freedom in Turkey remained deeply troubling, raising serious concerns that the country’s current trajectory will lead to the further deterioration of conditions in the year ahead, the US State Department said in its annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2019, released on Apr 29.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Three thousand prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey

Three thousand prisoners on hunger strike in Turkey

Nearly 3,000 people in 90 prisons across Turkey are refusing food in protest of jail conditions for Abdullah Ocalan - leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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Monday, April 29, 2019

EU should not underestimate the anti-populist message from Turkey

EU should not underestimate the anti-populist message from Turkey

It has been a month since the local elections were held, and we still do not know the official result of Istanbul - Turkey’s most populated and economically-important city. Once again, the governing coalition is missing out on a tremendous opportunity to govern for four consecutive years without the disruption of an election.

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Turkey: Riding The Economic Titanic | Seeking Alpha

Turkey: Riding The Economic Titanic

Apr. 29, 2019 5:17 PM ET
Summary: President Erdogan continues to “stay the course” and “full speed ahead” pursuing an unorthodox post-municipal elections economic policy which has a deleterious impact on Turkey’s present-day economy. The end of sanction waivers on Iranian oil imports exacerbates Turkey’s plummeting foreign reserves and high external debt and may possibly be catastrophic should Brent prices rise another $10/bbl. Erdogan must create a political face-saving narrative in actively seeking international financial assistance.

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Erdogan Is Writing Checks the Turkish Economy Can’t Cash – Foreign Policy

Erdogan Is Writing Checks the Turkish Economy Can’t Cash

The president’s stimulus programs may help him stay in power, but they will cost his country in the long run.

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In Turkey, Erdogan Is Still Calling All the Shots – Foreign Policy

In Turkey, Erdogan Is Still Calling All the Shots

The president’s coalition partners aren’t pulling him to the right. They’re doing his bidding.

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Turkey, Spain and Britain: The radicalisation of hegemonic nationalisms | CommonSpace

Turkey, Spain and Britain: The radicalisation of hegemonic nationalisms

In the final contribution to our week of special coverage on international self-determination movements, Rhiannon Davies explores the nationalisms of hegemonic states, and how they can be radicalised in opposition to autonomy and independence movements

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Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers Russia arms, on Iran oil - Finance Daily

Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers Russia arms, on Iran oil

Posted by Lawrence Niewhuis on Apr 29th, 2019

Turkey”expects” that the Trump government to grant it waivers out of U.S. sanctions linked to its own purchases of petroleum and Russian air defenses, a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

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Why did the Turkish judiciary take lynching attempt so lightly?

Why did the Turkish judiciary take lynching attempt so lightly? Orhan Kemal Cengiz April 29, 2019

An attempt to lynch Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), occurred April 21 during a funeral in Ankara for soldiers who were slain in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. The crowd first booed Kilicdaroglu. Then he was pushed, shoved and punched in the face. He took refuge at a house in the village, as his bodyguards thought it was too dangerous to take him out of the village in a car and through the angry crowd. Kilicdaroglu was in the house for at least an hour because the crowd refused to disperse in spite of demands by security forces. Some people tried to break into the house, and a woman called on the crowd to set the house on fire. Meanwhile, his minivan was pelted with large stones and seriously damaged.

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Ankara's realignment with Russia will cost Turkey more than it thinks | TheHill

Ankara's realignment with Russia will cost Turkey more than it thinks
By Merve Tahiroglu and Greg Everett, opinion contributors — 04/29/19 02:30 PM EDT

Washington’s deadline for Turkey to abandon its plans to purchase the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system from Russia is fast approaching, with little progress. Fiercely defending his purchase of the missile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accelerating Turkey’s strategic shift away from NATO. The costs of this shift are much larger than Turkey’s leaders are willing to admit — and not only on the country’s defense sector, but also its energy sector.

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Opinion: Stories of the Turkish coup attempt continue to be silenced - The Tacoma Ledger

Opinion: Stories of the Turkish coup attempt continue to be silenced
by Bengisu Incetas

The country of Turkey, a marvelous land with rich, cultural history throughout several of its major cities. Istanbul has some of the most historical mosques and churches in the world, such as the Sultan Ahmed and Hagia Sophia. Ankara, Turkey’s capital, holds nothing but pure Turkish culture throughout the city, where everyone knows each other is a part of one, inclusive community. The sun has always been bright in Turkey — however, there was a dark cloud cast over it on July 15, 2016.

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The Beginning of the End of Erdogan’s Era - The Globalist

The Beginning of the End of Erdogan’s Era

Public sentiment is moving away from President Erdogan in Turkey’s largest cities, especially his hometown of Istanbul. This will have major political ramifications.

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Political Islamists brace to lose financial favors after Istanbul shift

Political Islamists brace to lose financial favors after Istanbul shift

Sibel Hurtas April 29, 2019

Article Summary: After major gains in local elections last month, including a landmark victory in Istanbul, Turkey’s main opposition vows to turn off the funding spigots for Islamic entities, which have long underpinned the ruling party’s electoral machine.

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Erdogan: Turkey will either 'live or die' in confronting foreign powers
April 29, 2019

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will not surrender to economic terrorism of "foreign powers", vowing to confront “those who are plotting against our people”.

“Though challenges we face have reminded us that we should never give up on our ambition to build a big and strong Turkey,” Erdogan told a gathering of his ruling AK party in Ankara Sunday.

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Asia Times | Biggest loser from US-Turkey defense spat will be EU | Article

Biggest loser from US-Turkey defense spat will be EU
Faisal Al Yafai

The hot war of words between Ankara and Washington over Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system shows no signs of cooling. This month, Washington made its most serious threat yet, as Vice-President Mike Pence warned that Turkey “must choose” between the weapons system and its membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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DW launches Turkish YouTube channel +90 | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 29.04.2019

DW launches Turkish YouTube channel +90

Deutsche Welle and three major international media partners have launched a Turkish-language YouTube channel named +90. They aim to strengthen freedom of speech and the press in Turkey.

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Internal divisions in Turkey deepen: Lessons from the recent local elections | EUROPP

Internal divisions in Turkey deepen: Lessons from the recent local elections

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a disappointing result in the country’s local elections on 31 March. But did the results reflect the beginning of the end for the AKP’s dominance over Turkish politics, or were they simply a consequence of voters backing individual candidates who made convincing appeals to local voters?

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Row in Turkey’s governing party bursts into the open || AW

Row in Turkey’s governing party bursts into the open

Davutoglu severely criticised limits on the freedom of speech in Turkey, a country that has jailed more than 130 journalists, more than any other nation, in recent years.

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Erdogan between a rock and a hard place || AW

Erdogan between a rock and a hard place

While the “grand coalition” has entered the agenda as a new term, the uncertainties in the battle for power and its possible redistribution are far stronger than any opening visible.

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Ponzi scheme between Istanbul municipality and Erdoğan’s son’s foundation - columnist | Ahval

Ponzi scheme between Istanbul municipality and Erdoğan’s son’s foundation - columnist

Istanbul’s Okçular Archery Foundation, a project of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son, has been supported by the resources of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality since its founding, said columnist Murat Ağırel in nationalist Yeniçağ daily on Saturday.

The columnist’s claim arrives amid increasing reports of municipality funds transferred to charities linked to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) following the opposition’s victory of the Istanbul and Ankara municipalities in the March 31 local polls.

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Number of Schengen Visa Applications From Turkey Drops for the First Time in Years

Number of Schengen Visa Applications From Turkey Drops for the First Time in Years

The Schengen Consulates in the Republic of Turkey have received about 9.5% less Schengen Visa applications in 2018, compared to the previous year.

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The second ‘conquest’ of Istanbul – what it means for Turkey

The second ‘conquest’ of Istanbul – what it means for Turkey

Samira Ahmedbeyli, Rustam Isamilbeyli
April 27, 2019
The Turkish authorities have lost a number of major cities to the opposition in local elections. While some are celebrating, some experts warn that a dangerous confrontation may be approaching

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Erdogan’s Party Is Deeply Divided by Push to Redo Istanbul Election - The New York Times

Erdogan’s Party Is Deeply Divided by Push to Redo Istanbul Election

By Carlotta Gall

April 25, 2019

ISTANBUL — A last-ditch effort by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s governing party to annul the election for mayor of Istanbul has opened wide divisions in the party’s rank and file and with its nationalist allies, as even the president has come under unusual attack.

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Attack on Turkish opposition leader premeditated - CHP report | Ahval

Attack on Turkish opposition leader premeditated - CHP report

The attack on the leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) during a military funeral on Sunday in Ankara was a premeditated assault guided by 15 provocateurs, including Ankara municipality workers, said a preliminary investigation prepared by the party, Cumhuriyet reported .

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Turkish Removal of Hawkish Rate Pledge Worsens Lira's Plight - Bloomberg

Turkish Removal of Hawkish Rate Pledge Worsens Lira's Plight
By Ugur Yilmaz , Cagan Koc , and Constantine Courcoulas

April 24, 2019, 2:40 PM EDT Updated on April 25, 2019, 7:53 AM EDT Turkey’s central bank dropped a commitment to deliver further monetary tightening if needed as it extended its interest-rate pause to seven months. The lira tumbled to its weakest since October. The Monetary Policy Committee led by Governor Murat Cetinkaya tweaked its forward guidance in a statement accompanying its decision on Thursday, saying its action “will be determined to keep inflation in line with the targeted path.” The MPC kept the benchmark rate at 24 percent, in line with forecasts.

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Turkey Gives Banks $3.7 Billion Lending Boost to Spur Growth - Bloomberg

Turkey Gives Banks $3.7 Billion Lending Boost to Spur Growth
By Ercan Ersoy
April 25, 2019, 4:37 AM EDT Updated on April 25, 2019, 7:11 AM EDT

Sovereign wealth fund buys debt issued by government lenders
President Erdogan is seeking to rekindle growth with credit

Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund bolstered the capital ratios of five state-owned banks by 3.3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) in a bid to keep credit flowing in the recession-hit economy.

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Turkey’s Strongman Weakened by Municipal Election Reversal - WhoWhatWhy

Turkey’s Strongman Weakened by Municipal Election Reversal

It was only a municipal election, yet, after more than three weeks, it continues to reverberate loudly within NATO’s second-largest power and across the region. At a time when relations between the US and Turkey are going from bad to worse, some say it is the beginning of the end for the rule of the country’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Turkey’s Erdoğan to build Istanbul canal despite losing city election | Ahval

Turkey’s Erdoğan to build Istanbul canal despite losing city election

Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) will press ahead with plans to build a canal through Istanbul despite losing the seat of city mayor last month, Hürriyet newspaper reported .

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Collapse of rule of law in Erdoğan’s Turkey | Ahval

Collapse of rule of law in Erdoğan’s Turkey

The collapse of the rule of law affects all Turkish citizens, especially those of Kurdish origin. Repression intensified after a ceasefire with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) collapsed in mid-2015, and accelerated after the failed coup a year later and the subsequent two-year state of emergency. Anti-terrorism legislation, criminal defamation regulations, and the law against insulting Turkishness are used to silence political opposition.

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Thousands protest against child sex abuse in Istanbul | Ahval

Thousands protest against child sex abuse in Istanbul

Thousands marched in the streets of Istanbul in protest on Wednesday night after the reported rape of a child in the Küçükçekmece district.

The five-year-old girl was found by her family in a pool of blood outside her home on Monday, Turkish news outlets reported.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Turkey’s democracy wakes up

Turkey’s democracy wakes up
Ömer Taşpınar
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The most fundamental question in Turkish politics – since the country entered an unprecedented phase of civilian autocracy after the
Gezi Park protests in 2013 – is an existential one about democracy: Do elections matter? More precisely, would President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surrender power because of election results?

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The Turkish Constitutional Court caught red-handed

The Turkish Constitutional Court caught red-handed

Orhan Kemal Cengiz April 24, 2019

Article Summary
The European Court of Human Rights has just struck a massive blow to Turkey's Constitutional Court, which is the target of criticisms that it does little to protect human rights. VEDAT ARIK/AFP/Getty Images Can Dundar (R), editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet daily, and Erdem Gul (L), the Ankara bureau chief, speak to the media after being freed from Silivri prison, Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 26, 2016. The Turkish Constitutional Court — once seen as a bulwark of freedoms and human rights — is now criticized for its inability to deliver justice to Turkish citizens. The top court has issued crucial freedom-serving decisions in the past, such as the decision to lift the ban on Twitter and Facebook, and another that challenged the government's anti-democratic actions. Since 2016, however, the top court has been at the receiving end of criticisms over its hesitation to deliberate certain cases that might provoke the ire of the government.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Why did pro-government media fail Erdogan?

Why did pro-government media fail Erdogan?

Pinar Tremblay April 23, 2019

Article Summary
Erdogan’s choice of press corps for his Russia trip suggests that a more hawkish faction among the pro-AKP media is likely to gain access to the president’s ear.

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