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Saturday, September 21, 2019

A new crisis looming at Istanbul’s new airport | Ahval

A new crisis looming at Istanbul’s new airport
Becoming fully operational in April, Istanbul`s new airport continues to be a symbol of improper planning, extravagance, and maladministration in Turkey.

A brand new crisis is appearing on the horizon for the Istanbul Airport, the city’s third, which has witnessed problems in many areas from its tender and privileges granted by the state to its construction, service quality, and flight safety. 

The due date for the payment of the first instalment of credit taken for the construction of the new airport - Turkey’s highest amount - is drawing near. It is estimated that the new airport, under the existing conditions, is to garner a much lower number of passengers than its 95 million capacity.

More:A new crisis looming at Istanbul’s new airport | Ahval

Two to watch at the UN General Assembly: Turkey’s Erdogan and Iraq’s Salih

Two to watch at the UN General Assembly: Turkey’s Erdogan and Iraq’s Salih
Week in Review September 20, 2019

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkish leader meets Trump ahead of safe-zone deadline; Iraqi president offers new direction for Iraq and region.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Diyanet: The Turkish religious authority that makes millions | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 20.09.2019

Diyanet: The Turkish religious authority that makes millions

Turkey's highest religious authority brings in huge profits, say experts. But as a historic brewery in Istanbul faces demolition for a dormitory, critics argue that such profiteering is not in line with Islam.

More:Diyanet: The Turkish religious authority that makes millions | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 20.09.2019

EU refugee deal: Erdogan wants rid of the Syrian refugees - Qantara.de

Erdogan wants rid of the Syrian refugees

President Erdogan has threatened to ditch the EU refugee deal. After election losses and faced with escalating conflict in Idlib, the attitude towards the growing number of Syrian refugees has become increasingly harsh. Daniel Heinrich has the details

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Shaking the status quo in Turkey: #Susamam rappers: "Turkish society is on our side" - Qantara.de

#Susamam rappers: "Turkish society is on our side"

#Susamam has had more than 25 million clicks on YouTube. The musicians' message to their fellow citizens: "Don't remain silent!" The ruling AKP party in Turkey feels provoked; the Turkish press has even admonished Deutsche Welle

More:Shaking the status quo in Turkey: #Susamam rappers: "Turkish society is on our side" - Qantara.de

Turkey’s Mount Ida: who thought this would be a good idea? | openDemocracy

Turkey’s Mount Ida: who thought this would be a good idea?

Erdogan's quest for development, with its numerous high profile projects aiming for completion by the centenary of the Turkish Republic in 2023 comes with potential liabilities.

More:Turkey’s Mount Ida: who thought this would be a good idea? | openDemocracy

Turkey Implements New Personal Health Data Regulation - Food, Drugs, Healthcare, Life Sciences - Turkey

Turkey: Turkey Implements New Personal Health Data Regulation
Last Updated: 19 September 2019
Article by Murat Soylu, Zekican Samlı and Duru İyem
Bezen & Partners

The Personal Health Data Regulation (the "Regulation") was published in the Turkish Official Gazette dated 21 June 2019 and numbered 30808, repealing the previous Regulation on Processing and Ensuring the Privacy of Personal Health Data published in the Turkish Official Gazette dated 20 October 2016 and numbered 29863. The new regulation sets forth the personal health data processing regime that public institutions and private legal entities must comply with.

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Fmr Turkey PM: Scandal If Turkish Counter-Terror Files Opened | MEMRI

Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: 'If The Counter-Terror Files [Of Turkey] Were To Be Opened, A Lot Of People Could Not Face Anyone'

In an August 23, 2019 speech in Sakarya, Turkey, former Turkish Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said: "If the counter-terror files [of Turkey] were to be opened, a lot of people could not face anyone. Those who criticize us today could not face anyone. I'm telling you. When, in the future, the history of the Republic of Turkey is written, I am sure that one of the most critical few-month periods will be that of June 7 to November 1, [2015]."[1]On September 2, Davutoğlu was expelled from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's party, the ruling Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), of which Davutoğlu had at one point been the leader.[2] Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said that Davutoğlu had been expelled from the party specifically because Davutoğlu's statement in the August 23 speech had been perceived as a threat to the AKP.[3]

More:Fmr Turkey PM: Scandal If Turkish Counter-Terror Files Opened | MEMRI

Five years with turbulent Turkey's 'militant people' - BBC News

Five years with turbulent Turkey's 'militant people'
By Mark Lowen
BBC Turkey correspondent, Istanbul

The defeat of the 2016 coup consolidated support for President Erdogan
"Istanbul never leaves you - its beauty pulls you back," a friend told me as I packed up my life here.

After five years it was time to leave, and I recalled with a smile what a senior editor in London told me back in 2014: "Ah yes, Turkey... it slightly struggles to break through on air."

More:Five years with turbulent Turkey's 'militant people' - BBC News

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Attacks on Aramco oil facilities risk higher inflation, lower growth in Turkey | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO

Attacks on Aramco oil facilities risk higher inflation, lower growth in Turkey
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 8:08 a.m. CDT

By Ali Kucukgocmen

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The weekend attack on Saudi oil production facilities could delay Turkey's efforts to contain inflation and to finally leave a recession behind if a supply shock means global oil prices stay elevated, analysts said.

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Sparkle cuts power use as it expands Istanbul data centre

Sparkle cuts power use as it expands Istanbul data centre by 40%
2h | Alan Burkitt-Gray

Sparkle has expanded its data centre in Istanbul by 40% but reduced the power consumption by 14%.

Revealing the expansion at Capacity Eurasia in Istanbul this week, Sparkle – owned by Italian operator TIM – said the Yenibosna data centre is now “the first green data centre in Turkey, thanks to its energy-efficient power and cooling systems”.

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Turkey ups pressure on visa-free entry into EU

Turkey ups pressure on visa-free entry into EU
By EUOBSERVER

TODAY, 08:57
Turkey's pro-government Anadolu Agency reported that president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is stepping up internal pressure to meet the criteria for the process of visa-liberalisation dialogue with the European Union. "In order to ensure the completion of visa liberalisation for our citizens, it is necessary to accelerate the efforts to meet the criteria registered in the Visa Liberalisation Roadmap," he said in a circular published in the Official Gazette.

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European development bank backs organic farming in Turkey - Daily Sabah

European development bank backs organic farming in Turkey

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and a Turkish organic farming company have signed a 16 million euro ($18 million) financing deal to help take the firm to the next level.

More:European development bank backs organic farming in Turkey - Daily Sabah

Is Erdoğan Solely Responsible for Turkish Foreign Policy?

Is Erdoğan Solely Responsible for Turkish Foreign Policy?
By Dr. Spyridon N. LitsasSeptember 18, 2019

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,293, September 18, 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Many believe Turkey will return to “Western normality” as soon as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan finishes his political career. But Turkey’s behavior is influenced by the systemic restructuring of the international arena after the end of the Cold War more than it is by Erdoğan’s aura, as was apparent in the 1990s prior to his advent. It is unwise to anticipate a significant change in Turkish foreign policy once Erdoğan leaves the scene.

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EU Turkey Delegation Head to İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu: There is Great Responsibility on You - english

EU Turkey Delegation Head to İstanbul Mayor İmamoğlu: There is Great Responsibility on You

Berger and İmamoğlu have exchanged views on cooperation and problems of the city.

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Turkey’s lira firms after report of Saudi oil output normalizing faster than anticipated | canada.com

Turkey's lira firms after report of Saudi oil output normalizing faster than anticipated
REUTERS Updated: September 17, 2019

ANKARA — Turkey’s lira firmed on Tuesday, outperforming other emerging market currencies, after a Reuters report that Saudi Arabia’s oil output will return to normal levels quicker than expected following the weekend attacks on its production facilities.

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Don't read too much into Turkey's gag order reversal, warn free press advocates

Don't read too much into Turkey's gag order reversal, warn free press advocates
Amberin Zaman September 17, 2019

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkey’s highest court has struck down a reporting ban surrounding a 2013 corruption probe, but some human rights defenders warn the win for press freedom may prove minor.

REUTERSSupporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party hold a banner of four former ministers while shouting anti-government slogans during a protest in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 17, 2014.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled unanimously that a reporting ban slapped on the work of a parliamentary commission set up to investigate corruption charges leveled against four former ministers in a quashed 2013 probe violated free expression and press freedom.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Rampant child abuse in Turkey’s religious schools  | Ahval

Rampant child abuse in Turkey’s religious schools 
Religious schools in Turkey have been hit by a string of sexual abuse scandals in recent years, yet due to links to the ruling party, the crimes are often hushed up. 

Islam-focused educational institutions such as state-run Imam Hatip schools have proliferated during the 17-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has worked to instil religious values in Turkey’s youth and funded an explosion in Islamist foundations in the education sector.

More:Rampant child abuse in Turkey’s religious schools  | Ahval

Monday, September 16, 2019

Turkey's steel sector could face losses after cuts to EU quotas: industry chief - Reuters

Turkey's steel sector could face losses after cuts to EU quotas: industry chief
Ceyda Caglayan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - New restrictions on imports to the European Union next month may further damage the Turkish steel sector, even as it seeks new markets to compensate for losses from U.S. and EU tariffs, Turkey’s Steel Exporters’ Association (CIB) chief said.

More:Turkey's steel sector could face losses after cuts to EU quotas: industry chief - Reuters

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit - World - The Jakarta Post

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit
Raziye Akkoc and Maria Panina
Agence France-Presse

Ankara, Turkey/ Moscow, Russia   /   Mon, September 16, 2019   /   11:22 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts on Monday for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus's push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib.

More:Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit - World - The Jakarta Post

Sunday, September 15, 2019

'We Don't Want To Die': Women In Turkey Decry Rise In Violence And Killings : NPR

'We Don't Want To Die': Women In Turkey Decry Rise In Violence And Killings

September 15, 20198:02 AM ET
JOANNA KAKISSIS

Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.

She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.

"One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals," recalls Dirican, shuddering. "He beat me with a belt and said, 'You're going to listen to me, you're going to obey whatever I say to you.' "

More:'We Don't Want To Die': Women In Turkey Decry Rise In Violence And Killings : NPR

First Step for Tunnel to Eliminate Flood Risk in Istanbul - RayHaber

First Step for Tunnel to Eliminate Flood Risk in Istanbul
15/09/2019 Levent Elmastaş 34 Istanbul, RAILWAYS, GENERAL, HIGHWAYS, URBAN Rail Systems, HEADLINE, Marmara Region, TURKEY 0

The first step was taken to eliminate the risk of flooding in Istanbul

İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu participated in the Ayvalıdere Rain Water Tunnel TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) Lowering Ceremony to save flood risk areas in 4 districts 11 in different points. Imamoğlu stated that such works were written and drawn as individual ingenuity in populations that defeated populism. I never want and wish to be remembered on my own. I want this to be examined, perceived and served by all our colleagues, all business people, all Istanbul. If we do that, if we succeed, we will truly become patriots.

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The demise of democracy in Turkey | IOL News

The demise of democracy in Turkey
OPINION / 15 SEPTEMBER 2019, 07:42AM / SHANNON EBRAHIM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in 2003 as a moderate and modernising Muslim leader in the region, with a large support base at home where he was largely considered the flower of democracy. How far he has fallen from that pedestal seventeen years later both at home - where even stalwarts of his own party the AKP have turned against him - and many in the region now consider him a threat to regional peace and stability.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Syrians Adopt Precautions From Home to Evade Arrest in Turkey - WSJ

Syrians Adopt Precautions From Home to Evade Arrest in Turkey

Detouring to avoid checkpoints, speaking warily even at home—‘It seems our fate to always be hunted’

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Friday, September 13, 2019

How Turkish TV is taking over the world | Television & radio | The Guardian

How Turkish TV is taking over the world

‘The first agreement we should make is: don’t call them soap operas,” Dr Arzu Ozturkmen, who teaches oral history at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, scolds me. “We are very much against this.” What Turkey produces for television are not soap operas, or telenovelas, or period dramas: they are dizi. They are a “genre in progress”, declares Ozturkmen, with unique narratives, use of space and musical scores. And they are very, very popular.

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Top Turkish court orders release of jailed Cumhuriyet journalists | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO

Top Turkish court orders release of jailed Cumhuriyet journalists
Thursday, September 12, 2019 11:55 a.m. CDT

FILE PHOTO: A security personnel stands guard at the headquarters of Cumhuriyet newspaper, an opposition secularist daily, in Istanbul, Turk
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals ordered on Thursday the release of six former employees of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper who were jailed on terrorism-related charges, two of the newspaper's lawyers said.

The top court's ruling that the journalists should be released is binding and the lawyers told Reuters they expected it to be implemented immediately.

More:Top Turkish court orders release of jailed Cumhuriyet journalists | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Turkey slashes key interest rate again in bid to stimulate economy | Middle East Eye

Turkey slashes key interest rate again in bid to stimulate the economy

The higher-than-expected cut comes a week after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was 'allergic' to high rates

More:Turkey slashes key interest rate again in bid to stimulate economy | Middle East Eye

Turkey Can Go Big on Rate Cut Without Erdogan's Iconoclast Nudge - Bloomberg

Turkey Can Go Big on Rate Cut Without Erdogan's Nudge
By Cagan Koc
September 12, 2019, 6:46 AM GMT+2
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Don’t just blame President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if Turkey’s central bank decides again to err on the side of lowering interest rates more than anticipated.

More:Turkey Can Go Big on Rate Cut Without Erdogan's Iconoclast Nudge - Bloomberg

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot Handle New Migrant Wave From Syria | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot Handle New Migrant Wave From Syria
by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

Turkey cannot handle a new wave of migrants from northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that Ankara and Washington needed to establish a “safe zone” in the region as soon as possible.

More:Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot Handle New Migrant Wave From Syria | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Erdogan spares no punches to defeat his political opponents - The National

Erdogan spares no punches to defeat his political opponents
Backed to a corner, Mr Erdogan is fighting for political survival. However, one would be foolish to count him out

There are many uncertainties in Turkish politics - the performance of the economy, relations with the West, the future of the country’s Syrian refugees. However, there is one thing that can be said with certainty. Turkey’s firebrand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP government don't take kindly to strong opposition.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

President Erdogan's former ally Ali Babacan to form rival political party - The National

President Erdogan's former ally Ali Babacan to form rival political party
Turkey's former deputy prime minister said he is to form a new party after months of speculation

Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan has announced his much-rumoured plans to form a new political party to rival President Recep Tayipp Erdogan's AKP.
Turkey's former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan is to form a new political party to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday.

Mr Babacan is a founding member of Mr Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), but he resigned from the party in July citing "deep differences". He also served as economy and foreign minister before becoming deputy prime minister between 2009 and 2015.

More:President Erdogan's former ally Ali Babacan to form rival political party - The National

Monday, September 09, 2019

Turkish Billionaire Aydin Dogan Plans to Enter Investment Banking - Bloomberg

Turkish Billionaire Dogan Plans to Enter Investment Banking
By Asli Kandemir and Kerim Karakaya
September 9, 2019, 4:22 PM GMT+2 Updated on September 9, 2019, 4:35 PM GMT+2
Dogan Holding is said to weigh buying or starting its own bank
Return to banking comes after sale of retail bank in 2005

Aydin Dogan in his office in Istanbul on Feb. 24, 2009. Photographer: Murad Sezer/AP
Turkish billionaire Aydin Dogan is planning to enter investment banking after exiting consumer lending 14 years ago and breaking up a media empire that once put him in running battles with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

More:Turkish Billionaire Aydin Dogan Plans to Enter Investment Banking - Bloomberg

Crisis-hit Turkey suffers erosion in investments

Crisis-hit Turkey suffers erosion in investments

ARTICLE SUMMARY
Turkey’s economic downturn has been marked by a dramatic decline in investments, both private and public, bearing heavily on joblessness.

REUTERS/Murad SezerPeople change money at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Turkey, March 28, 2019.
Turkey’s gross domestic product shrank 1.5% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to official figures released this week, with a dramatic decrease in investments standing out as a major driver of the contraction. The decline in investments — both in the private and public sector — has been going on for 12 months, bearing heavily on joblessness.

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Istanbul to save $8.7 million from 1,247 mothballed cars | Ahval

Istanbul to save $8.7 million from 1,247 mothballed cars

The opposition-controlled Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has announced that it will save nearly 50 million liras ($8.7 million) a year by ending contracts for 1,247 vehicles rented by the previous ruling Islamist party administration, Turkish independent news site Diken reported.

“The yearly rental price of the cars we have returned comes to nearly 35.75 million liras, and the fuel expense came to 13.75 million liras, meaning a yearly total saving of 49.5 million liras,” Diken quoted the municipality’s general secretary Yavuz Erkut as saying.

More:Istanbul to save $8.7 million from 1,247 mothballed cars | Ahval

Susamam: Turkey's social problems laid bare in popular hip hop song - The National

Susamam: Turkey's social problems laid bare in popular hip hop song

The song, with a title that translates as 'I can't stay quiet', urges Turks to face injustices and has been viewed millions of times since its release last week, writes Andrew Wilks in Ankara

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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Overnight music hit turns rappers into social justice heroes in Turkey · Global Voices

Overnight music hit turns rappers into social justice heroes in Turkey
Posted 7 September 2019 13:07 GMT

Turkey woke up on Friday morning to an unstoppable musical hit that apparently struck a chord with its citizens for speaking openly about sensitive issues such as domestic violence and nepotism.

The song, Susamam [which translates as ‘cannot stay silent’], became a number one trending video on YouTube on the morning of September 6 in Turkey. Uploaded at midnight by the creator of the song, Turkish rapper Şanışer [Shanisher or Sarp Palaur], Susamam is an ode to Turkey and its most pressing social, political, and cultural issues. Within 48 hours, it has also turned into one of the most popular hashtag on Turkish social media. It proved so popular some local government Twitter accounts shared the song. There is now an Instagram filter that encourages you to take a picture and share it, and T-shirts are on sale whose profits will be donated to village schools.

More:Overnight music hit turns rappers into social justice heroes in Turkey · Global Voices

Istanbul mayor believes higher court will reverse main opposition ruling | Euronews

Istanbul mayor believes higher court will reverse main opposition ruling
By Reuters• last updated: 06/09/2019 - 16:02

ANKARA (Reuters) – Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Friday he believed a court ruling sentencing the main opposition’s Istanbul chairwoman to nearly 10 years in prison would be reversed by higher courts, adding that he was saddened by the decision.

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Friday he believed a court ruling sentencing the main opposition’s Istanbul chairwoman to nearly 10 years in prison would be reversed by higher courts, adding that he was saddened by the decision.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Schools in Turkey: Erdogan's youth, religious but not educated? - Qantara.de

Erdogan's youth, religious but not educated?

The Turkish school system is in crisis: pupil performance is slipping. Critics blame the Erdogan government for the trend, which has recently founded hundreds of Imam Hatip religious schools. Information from Burcu Karakas and Daniel Derya Bellut

More:Schools in Turkey: Erdogan's youth, religious but not educated? - Qantara.de

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Daring new TV show offers close glimpse into mysterious Ankara nightlife

Daring new TV show offers close glimpse into mysterious Ankara nightlife
Paul Benjamin Osterlund September 5, 2019

Having made its debut earlier this summer on the increasingly popular Turkish streaming site BluTV, the show “Pavyon” ("Nightclub") takes a close look at a deep-rooted, culturally-specific and infamous type of nightlife that is particularly prominent in the capital of Ankara.

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Turkey threatens to ′open the gates′ to Europe for refugees | News | DW | 05.09.2019

Turkey threatens to 'open the gates' to Europe for refugees

The Turkish president has vowed to unblock what was once considered the main gateway for refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe. Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the US and the EU create a safe zone in northern Syria.

More:Turkey threatens to ′open the gates′ to Europe for refugees | News | DW | 05.09.2019

How Sincere Is the Turkey-Iran Friendship?

How Sincere Is the Turkey-Iran Friendship?
By Dr. Alon J. Doenyas September 5, 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: If the world press is anything to go by, the Turkey-Iran courtship is getting serious, and Russia is playing best man. The two countries’ strengthening ties are based on shared regional goals, the most prominent of which is Syria. But how sincere is the burgeoning relationship?

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Erdogan says it's unacceptable that Turkey can't have nuclear weapons

Erdogan says it's unacceptable that Turkey can't have nuclear weapons
Reuters Ankara Updated: 05-09-2019 00:54 IST Created: 05-09-2019 00:52 IST

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to forbid Ankara from obtaining its own nuclear weapons, but did not say whether Turkey had plans to obtain them. "Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell us) we can't have them. This, I cannot accept," he told his ruling AK Party members in the eastern city of Sivas.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Turkish steelmaker Koc to stop production

Turkish steelmaker Koc to stop production
Published date: 04 September 2019

Turkish steelmaker Koc Celik will fully halt production at its Iskenderun plant from the end of September until January 2020 unless the market situation in Turkey improves, it said today.

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Turkey says it faces up to $3 billion in trade losses with Britain under no-deal Brexit - Reuters

Turkey says it faces up to $3 billion in trade losses with Britain under no-deal Brexit
Can Sezer

FILE PHOTO: A flag depicting the British Union Jack design and the EU design is seen outside of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey may lose trade with Britain worth up to $3 billion in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Wednesday, adding that many Turkish companies lacked information on the consequences of such a scenario.

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Turkey’s strongman sets a grim standard | Comment | The Times

Turkey’s strongman sets a grim standard
hannah lucinda smith

President Erdogan has inspired a generation of European populists to downgrade democracy

You may wonder why Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, continues to hold elections.

His party steals state resources for campaigning and he stamps out internal rivals with intimidation. His family and allies control most of Turkey’s television channels, and face little if any opposition in the press. In the run-up to polling day, Erdogan gets ten times more airtime than his nearest rival.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Turkey’s Inflation Slips More Than Forecast as Slowdown Resumes - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Inflation Slips More Than Forecast as Slowdown Resumes
By Cagan Koc
September 3, 2019, 9:03 AM GMT+2

Turkey’s inflation rate resumed its decline as a more stable lira and the effect of a high base of comparison restrain price growth.

More:Turkey’s Inflation Slips More Than Forecast as Slowdown Resumes - Bloomberg

Turkey Bracing for New Jihadi Threat | Voice of America - English

Turkey Bracing for New Jihadi Threat
By Dorian Jones
September 3, 2019 01:15 PM

FILE - A Syrian army soldier holds a Syrian flag as he stands on a military vehicle in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria, Aug. 24, 2019.
ISTANBUL - Thousands of jihadis are set to seek sanctuary in Turkey with Damascus' forces laying siege to Idlib, the last Syrian rebel enclave. With Damascus determined to take control of all of Syria, analysts warn it's only a matter of time before Turkey faces an exodus of not only refugees, but also the arrival of extremist fighters, posing a significant security threat to the country.

More:Turkey Bracing for New Jihadi Threat | Voice of America - English

Monday, September 02, 2019

Turkish economy shrinks 1.5% yoy in Q2, less than expected - Reuters

Turkish economy shrinks 1.5% yoy in Q2, less than expected

ISTANBUL, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The Turkish economy contracted 1.5% year-on-year in the second quarter, better than expectations, and it recorded another positive quarter-on-quarter reading as the economy looks to shake off the effects of recession after last year’s currency crisis.

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

Erdogan’s Russian Pipe Dreams - The Globalist

Erdogan’s Russian Pipe Dreams

While Turkey’s President dreams big power dreams, Putin plays Erdogan like a fiddle.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Opinion: Women in Turkey (and elsewhere) are not fair game | Opinion | DW | 31.08.2019

Opinion: Women in Turkey (and elsewhere) are not fair game

A Turkish man kills his former wife in broad daylight, and thousands take to the streets to protest violence against women. But the shocking crime is not just a problem in Turkey, writes Beate Hinrichs.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

bne IntelliNews - VW ‘one tax pledge away from choosing Turkey over Bulgaria for €1bn plant’

VW ‘one tax pledge away from choosing Turkey over Bulgaria for €1bn plant’

By bne IntelliNews August 30, 2019
A pledge from Turkey for a change in the special consumer tax system at a specific date in the future would reportedly be enough to convince Volkswagen to choose the country over Bulgaria as the location for a €1bn multi-brand auto production plant.
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Turkey marks Independence War victory - Turkey News

Turkey marks Independence War victory
ANKARA

Turkish people celebrated Victory Day on Aug. 30 marking the anniversary of when Turkish armies succeeded in the Great Offensive under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk against occupying Greek forces on the same date in 1922.

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Ergenekon: The bizarre case that shaped modern Turkey | Middle East Eye

Ergenekon: The bizarre case that shaped modern Turkey
Alex MacDonald

Hundreds faced arrest and prosecution since 2007 over membership of a 'terror' organisation - but prosecutors recently ruled that the group may never have existed
In July, Turkey saw the closure of one of the longest-running and strangest chapters in its recent political history: the notorious Ergenekon trials.

For decades prosecutors and police claimed a secretive, ultra-secular, ultra-nationalist organisation named Ergenekon had been carrying out terrorist attacks and manipulating events behind the scenes, all in an alleged plot to throw Turkey into chaos and justify a military coup ousting then-prime minister, and current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

More:Ergenekon: The bizarre case that shaped modern Turkey | Middle East Eye

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Turkey drifting from the West towards Russia? - Modern Diplomacy

Turkey drifting from the West towards Russia?
By Andrei Isaev

In the years of the Cold War, Turkey positioned itself at the vanguard of the free, i.e. Western world, confronting the so-called “evil empire”. Many Turks, especially in the hinterland, truly believed that the words “communism” and “terrorism” meant the same, while newspapers wrote about the “oppressed” status of millions of Turks in the USSR. But everything changed at the end of the 20th century. The 1990s became a period of unprecedented growth in bilateral trade, as Turkish contractors rushed to tap into Russian expanses by erecting a variety of buildings of disputable architectural value. The collapse of the USSR gave rise to expectations of the arrival of a “Turkic century” and a “Turkic world from the Adriatic to the Great Wall of China.” According to many in Turkey, the Turkic-speaking people living in Russia were to occupy a place in this world too.

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Europe’s Complicity in Turkey’s Syrian-Refugee Crackdown - The Atlantic

Europe’s Complicity in Turkey’s Syrian-Refugee Crackdown

Ankara is moving against Syrians in the country—and the European Union bears responsibility.

More:Europe’s Complicity in Turkey’s Syrian-Refugee Crackdown - The Atlantic

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Istanbul mayor cuts funding to AKP projects as waste outrage grows

Istanbul mayor cuts funding to AKP projects as waste outrage grows
Diego Cupolo August 28, 2019

The misuse of state funds has been a central issue in Turkey since this spring’s municipal elections. Istanbul’s new opposition Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who won both that vote and a do-over election on June 23, is now following through on campaign promises to audit expenditures and cut wasteful spending.

More:Istanbul mayor cuts funding to AKP projects as waste outrage grows

Locals fight to stop Canadian firm’s gold mine project in northwest Turkey | Ahval

Locals fight to stop Canadian firm’s gold mine project in northwest Turkey

Massive deforestation and revelations that cyanide will be used in the production process have sparked a protest movement against a Canadian company’s construction of a gold mine in northwest Turkey’s Ida Mountains, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported on Monday.

More:Locals fight to stop Canadian firm’s gold mine project in northwest Turkey | Ahval

Will Putin's 'ice cream diplomacy' with Erdogan help resolve Idlib?

Will Putin's 'ice cream diplomacy' with Erdogan help resolve Idlib?
Maxim A. Suchkov August 27, 2019

MOSCOW — They say that familiarity breeds contempt. In recent years Russian President Vladimir Putin has met his Turkish counterpart more than any other foreign leader. Practically every meeting between the two brings something amusing, be it Putin pulling the chair from under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or treating the Turkish leader with Russian ice cream. Both obviously enjoy media attention and know how to work public interest in their personas. Both still have the ability to surprise the public. Both seem to enjoy it. Most importantly, however, they know how to link the projection of this “special personal relationship” between the two to the improvement of Russia-Turkey relations.

More:Will Putin's 'ice cream diplomacy' with Erdogan help resolve Idlib?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lira flash crash: Erdoğan double-down leaves Turkey exposed | Ahval

Lira flash crash: Erdoğan double-down leaves Turkey exposed

Turkey’s vulnerability to shifts in investor sentiment – and a possible repeat of last year’s currency crisis -- was exposed on Monday when Japanese investors sold the lira in droves, leading to a flash crash that briefly sent the currency down by 10 percent against the dollar.

The lira later recovered most of its losses to end the day down 1.2 percent at 5.8296 per dollar, but the flash crash – the second this year – points to growing concern over the direction of economic policy under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

More:Lira flash crash: Erdoğan double-down leaves Turkey exposed | Ahval

Monday, August 26, 2019

Turkish lira slides on trade war unease, hit by 'flash crash' - Reuters

Turkish lira slides on trade war unease, hit by 'flash crash'
Daren Butler, Nevzat Devranoglu

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish lira weakened more than 1% against the dollar on Monday, after briefly tumbling to 6.47 overnight in what market watchers described as a “flash crash” as Japanese investors cut risk assets over Sino-U.S. trade war worries.

More:Turkish lira slides on trade war unease, hit by 'flash crash' - Reuters

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Turkey Plans to Make Cyprus Ghost Town Varosha Tourist Lure - The National Herald

Turkey Plans to Make Cyprus Ghost Town Varosha Tourist Lure
By TNH Staff August 25, 2019

Turkey plans to help Turkish-Cypriots reopen the abandoned town of Varosha, a once-famous celebrity-filled seaside resort, that was shut down after the unlawful 1974 invasion that saw Turkey occupy the northern third of the island.

More:Turkey Plans to Make Cyprus Ghost Town Varosha Tourist Lure - The National Herald

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Erdogan Warns of Crisis as Syrian Offensive Strains Turkish-Russian Ties | Voice of America - English

Erdogan Warns of Crisis as Syrian Offensive Strains Turkish-Russian Ties
By Dorian Jones
August 23, 2019 03:24 PM

ISTANBUL - A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the rebel-controlled Idlib enclave is putting Turkey's recent rapprochement with Russia to the test. Ankara, which backs the rebels, is voicing alarm over the attack, warning of a "humanitarian crisis."

More:Erdogan Warns of Crisis as Syrian Offensive Strains Turkish-Russian Ties | Voice of America - English

Friday, August 23, 2019

“We will continue until we win,” say the Turkish protesters taking on a major Canadian mining project - Equal Times

“We will continue until we win,” say the Turkish protesters taking on a major Canadian mining project

(Nick Ashdown)
At a teahouse in the tiny village of Karaibrahimler in Turkey’s lush north-western Biga Peninsula, older male residents sitting at a table debate with young environmentalists from Istanbul and the nearby town of Çanakkale about the adjacent gold and silver mining project.

More:“We will continue until we win,” say the Turkish protesters taking on a major Canadian mining project - Equal Times

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Turkish Democracy Is Down, But Not Out by Javier Solana - Project Syndicate

Turkish Democracy Is Down, But Not Out

Aug 22, 2019 JAVIER SOLANA
Relations between Turkey and the West are damaged, but not irreparably, and the same is true of Turkish democracy. Although President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to believe that his country’s geostrategic importance gives him carte blanche, the fact is that Turkey needs the West, and the West needs Turkey.

More:Turkish Democracy Is Down, But Not Out by Javier Solana - Project Syndicate

Turkey: Why Are Elections Being Held at All? | Al Bawaba

Turkey: Why Are Elections Being Held at All?

“The government has not offered any clear evidence linking the mayors to terrorist acts and has not declared why they were allowed to contest elections in the first place,” he added.
The suspensions of elected mayors and the detainment of hundreds of people in eastern and southeastern Turkey has sparked harsh criticism and has raised questions as to why elections are being held in the country at all.

More:Turkey: Why Are Elections Being Held at All? | Al Bawaba

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Turkish central bank moves to boost profits of state banks - Reuters

Turkish central bank moves to boost profits of state banks
Nevzat Devranoglu, Ezgi Erkoyun

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Aug 20 (Reuters) - A central bank decision that banks with higher loan growth can hold lower reserves will boost profits at Turkish state banks and encourage private banks to follow suit with increased lending, analysts say.

More:Turkish central bank moves to boost profits of state banks - Reuters

Monday, August 19, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Turkey’s Rising Wave of Social Protests - The Globalist

Turkey’s Rising Wave of Social Protests

This year’s Istanbul election and last year’s move to a presidential system have unified and galvanized the opposition, raising questions about Erdogan’s next move.

By Soner Cagaptay, August 17, 2019

Ever since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a rout in Istanbul’s June 23 mayoral race, Turkey has witnessed a rise in anti-government protests, mostly focusing on environmental issues.

more:Turkey’s Rising Wave of Social Protests - The Globalist

Turkish Lawyers to Boycott Ceremony at Presidential Palace | Asharq AL-awsat

Turkish Lawyers to Boycott Ceremony at Presidential Palace
Sunday, 18 August, 2019 - 17:45

Dozens of bar associations representing lawyers from provinces across Turkey, including the largest cities, have said they will boycott an annual ceremony for the judiciary because it will take place at the presidential palace.

more:Turkish Lawyers to Boycott Ceremony at Presidential Palace | Asharq AL-awsat

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Now, Anatolia’s natural resources are up for grabs | Yavuz Baydar | AW

Now, Anatolia’s natural resources are up for grabs

The problem with Turkey’s opposition in general is its disorder and lack of coherence in organising the public discontent.

More:Now, Anatolia’s natural resources are up for grabs | Yavuz Baydar | AW

Turkey's provincial bar associations wage unexpected war on Ankara | Ahval

Turkey's provincial bar associations wage unexpected war on Ankara
This story has been updated several times according to increasing number of provincial bar associations that are boycotting the ceremony.

The Turkish Bar Association, said on Saturday that its president Metin Feyzioğlu would attend a ceremony marking the beginning of the judicial year at the Turkish Presidency’s Congress and Culture Centre in Ankara despite provincial bar associations’ calls for a boycott, Artı Gerçek news site reported.

More:Turkey's provincial bar associations wage unexpected war on Ankara | Ahval

US-Turkey Tug-Of-War About The Kurds – OpEd – Eurasia Review

US-Turkey Tug-Of-War About The Kurds – OpEd
August 17, 2019 Neville Teller 0 Comments
By Neville Teller

Valiant Kurdish Pershmerga troops bore the brunt of the West’s struggle against Islamic State (IS) in Syria.  The defeat of IS on the ground is largely due to them, and the US-led coalition owes them a debt of gratitude.  The north-eastern region of Syria has always been a Kurdish-occupied  area, and now the Kurds have established a semi-autonomous self-governing region there known as Rojava.

More:US-Turkey Tug-Of-War About The Kurds – OpEd – Eurasia Review

Turkey at a crossroads between authoritarianism and liberalisation - analysis | Ahval

Turkey at a crossroads between authoritarianism and liberalisation - analysis

Turkey is experiencing a crumbling of the broad regime coalition, leaving room for a narrower, more sectarian and coercive ruling alliance, while simultaneously being presented with the historic opportunity for radical liberalisation, wrote analysts Sinem Adar and Yektan Türkyılmaz in Open Democracy.

Analysts maintain the June 23 Istanbul municipal mayoral election rerun, which saw the opposition candidate score a landslide victory against the candidate from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), was a revitalising moment for the opposition and a nearly fatal blow to Erdoğan’s grip on power.

More:Turkey at a crossroads between authoritarianism and liberalisation - analysis | Ahval

Turkey plugs bleeding budget with large central bank transfer | Business – Gulf News

Turkey plugs bleeding budget with large central bank transfer

Without disbursement, the government would have posted a budget deficit of about 12b liras

More:Turkey plugs bleeding budget with large central bank transfer | Business – Gulf News

Turkish Bitcoin Adoption Ramps Up amid Flagging Economic Recovery

TURKISH BITCOIN ADOPTION RAMPS UP AMID FLAGGING ECONOMIC RECOVERY
By Aaron Weaver 16/08/2019 3 Min read In Bitcoin Analysis, Cryptocurrency News, News

By CCN Markets: Turkey likes bitcoin more than any of the other 14 nations polled in a recent survey by Dutch banking group ING. Sixty-two percent of Turks were crypto positive, while 36% said they would be happy to be paid in bitcoin. Meanwhile, Austrians were the most skeptical, with only 13% being pro-crypto.

More:Turkish Bitcoin Adoption Ramps Up amid Flagging Economic Recovery

Friday, August 16, 2019

The decline of Erdoğanist authoritarianism: a new chance for “democratization” in Turkey? | openDemocracy

The decline of Erdoğanist authoritarianism: a new chance for “democratization” in Turkey?
The Istanbul municipal elections might be the beginning of the post-Erdoğan period. But is it the end of authoritarianism?

Sinem Adar
Yektan Türkyılmaz
16 August 2019

Turkey continues to be a most intriguing case for political analysts of the global wave of authoritarianism. Ekrem İmamoğlu’s resounding ballot-box victory against a humiliated Binali Yıldırım in the re-run of the Istanbul municipal mayoral election on June 23 added new impetus to the already bourgeoning curiosity about Turkey’s political future. As the number of post-election analyses has mushroomed, pundits have almost unanimously celebrated this landslide victory as a revitalizing moment for the opposition and a nearly fatal blow to Erdoğan’s grip on power.

More;The decline of Erdoğanist authoritarianism: a new chance for “democratization” in Turkey? | openDemocracy

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Will Turkey and China Become Friends? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Will Turkey and China Become Friends?
Soner Cagaptay with Deniz Yuksel

August 14, 2019

Despite their limited economic relations and ongoing differences over the Uyghur issue, the two countries could grow closer if Western partners fail to provide the financial boost Turkey needs so badly.

More:Will Turkey and China Become Friends? - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

How Turkey deals with returning Islamic State fighters - Young, evicted and back

How Turkey deals with returning Islamic State fighters
A mixed picture

Print edition | Europe
Aug 17th 2019 | ISTANBUL
Suheyla remembers the day clearly. She had invited her children for dinner and was preparing her youngest son’s favourite stew. He never showed up. Neither did her four daughters. When none of them picked up the phone, she and her husband Lutfu understood what was happening. They rushed to a police station to ask the authorities to track down their children: they were headed south. A month later one of Suheyla’s daughters called. She and her siblings, the youngest 18 and the eldest 27, along with her brother’s wife and their infant son, had smuggled themselves into Syria and joined Islamic State (is).

more;How Turkey deals with returning Islamic State fighters - Young, evicted and back

Turkey’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate hits highest on record | Financial Post

Turkey's seasonally adjusted jobless rate hits highest on record

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to its highest level on record, statistical data showed on Thursday, despite a slight fall in the April-June headline figures.

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Erdogan Plays Washington Like a Fiddle – Foreign Policy

Erdogan Plays Washington Like a Fiddle

As U.S. policymakers worry about their special relationship with Ankara, Turkey’s president knows it's already dead.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Turkish lira weakens as investors remain cautious of emerging markets | Financial Post

Turkish lira weakens as investors remain cautious of emerging markets

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s lira made up most of its early losses on Tuesday on news that the United States will delay imposing some tariffs on China, but investors remained wary of emerging markets after the Argentinian peso hit a record low against the dollar.

More:Turkish lira weakens as investors remain cautious of emerging markets | Financial Post

Turkey's Erdoğan makes troubling turn toward Atatürk - Foreign Affairs | Ahval

Turkey's Erdoğan makes troubling turn toward Atatürk - Foreign Affairs

The politician from whom the Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initially sought to distance himself, the secular-minded, Western-leaning founder of Turkey, is the one Turkey’s president has come to resemble the most, said an analysis for Foreign Affairs magazine. 

Erdoğan is the most baffling politician in Turkey’s history, polarising and popular, by turns calm and angry, and with an ideology that shifts every few years. But starting with his early years in Turkey’s Islamist Welfare Party, he steadily built a base among Turkey’s poor and conservatives, which he converted into a series of increasingly impressive electoral victories, from Istanbul mayor in 1994 to the Turkish prime ministership and finally president in 2014.

More:Turkey's Erdoğan makes troubling turn toward Atatürk - Foreign Affairs | Ahval

How Turkey's Erdogan Stays in Power by Reinventing his Persona

Erdogan’s Way
The Rise and Rule of Turkey’s Islamist Shapeshifter
By Kaya Genc September/October 2019

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the most baffling politician to emerge in the 96-year history of Turkey. He is polarizing and popular, autocratic and fatherly, calculating and listless. Erdogan’s ideology shifts every few years, and he appears to make up his road map as he goes along. He is short-tempered: he grabs cigarette packs from citizens to try to force them into quitting, scolds reporters who ask tough questions, and once walked off the stage after an angry exchange with the Israeli president at the World Economic Forum in Davos. But he can also be extremely patient. It has taken him 16 years to forge what he calls “the new Turkey,” an economically self-reliant country with a marginalized opposition and a subservient press.

More:How Turkey's Erdogan Stays in Power by Reinventing his Persona

Monday, August 12, 2019

Turkey’s Rising Wave of Social Protests - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Turkey’s Rising Wave of Social Protests
Soner Cagaptay and Deniz Yuksel

August 12, 2019

This year’s Istanbul election and last year’s move to a presidential system have unified and galvanized the opposition, raising questions about Erdogan’s next move.

Ever since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a rout in Istanbul’s June 23 mayoral race, Turkey has witnessed a rise in anti-government protests, mostly focusing on environmental issues. The wave of peaceful demonstrations—the country’s largest since the 2013 Gezi Park rallies—suggests a newfound vitality among the opposition, with potentially deep implications for Turkey’s democracy.

More:Turkey’s Rising Wave of Social Protests - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

90 US troops arrive in Turkey to set up safe zone on Syrian border: Reports | Indiablooms - First Portal on Digital News Management

90 US troops arrive in Turkey to set up safe zone on Syrian border: Reports

Ankara, Aug 12 (Sputnik) Some 90 US service personnel arrived in southern Turkey on Monday, days after the two allies agreed to set up a safe zone in northeastern Syria, Turkish media said.

More:90 US troops arrive in Turkey to set up safe zone on Syrian border: Reports | Indiablooms - First Portal on Digital News Management

Investors are right to be rattled by Turkey’s central bank purge | Euromoney

Investors are right to be rattled by Turkey’s central bank purge

By: Published on: Monday, August 12, 2019
The gradual erosion of institutional credibility could prove more damaging to Turkey than economic and political shocks.

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Withheld in Turkey: how the government exploits removal requests to silence critical and independent voices · Global Voices

Withheld in Turkey: how the government exploits removal requests to silence critical and independent voices

Twitter and other platforms ''[do] not want to anger the Turkish government''.

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Turkish fund considered front runner to take over British Steel - The London Post

Turkish fund considered front runner to take over British Steel

The British government is reportedly waiting to announce bid for British Steel, with Turkish consortium favoured over others. 

The country’s second largest steelmaker was put into compulsory liquidation on May 22 after Greybull Capital, which bought the company from Tata Steel (TISC.NS) for one pound three years ago, failed to secure funding to continue operating it.

more:Turkish fund considered front runner to take over British Steel - The London Post

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Turkish lira defies dire predictions for now, but risks loom over longer-term sustainability - The Japan News

Turkish lira defies dire predictions for now, but risks loom over longer-term sustainability

Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pictured during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Wednesday.

7:30 pm, August 10, 2019

Reuters
ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkey’s lira has risen in recent months despite Ankara abruptly sacking the central bank governor and risking U.S. sanctions over Russian missiles, silencing for now critics who had warned such moves could cause another currency crisis.

More:Turkish lira defies dire predictions for now, but risks loom over longer-term sustainability - The Japan News

Friday, August 09, 2019

Turkey Got $1 Billion From China Swap in June Boost to Reserves - Bloomberg

Turkey Got a $1 Billion Foreign Cash Boost From China in June

By Kerim Karakaya and Asli Kandemir
August 9, 2019, 1:54 PM GMT+1 Updated on August 9, 2019, 3:32 PM GMT+1
Cash infusion reflects Erdogan’s efforts to realign Turkey
First time Turkey gets significant cash under the 2012 deal
China’s central bank transferred $1 billion worth of funds to Turkey in June, Beijing’s biggest support package ever for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered at a critical time in an election month.

The inflow marks the first time Turkey received such a substantial amount under the lira-yuan swap agreement with Beijing that dates back to 2012, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter who asked not to be named because the information isn’t public.


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Tough season for the Turkish opposition | openDemocracy

Tough season for the Turkish opposition

Ekrem Imamoglu, if he wants to be next leader of the country, has to go far beyond the local election coalition of early 2019, and look for a new kind of social contract.

More:Tough season for the Turkish opposition | openDemocracy

Thursday, August 08, 2019

U.S. Safe Zone Deal Can Help Turkey Come to Terms with the PKK and YPG - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

U.S. Safe Zone Deal Can Help Turkey Come to Terms with the PKK and YPG
Soner Cagaptay

August 7, 2019

Checking the YPG’s ascendance in Syria could bring the PKK back to the negotiating table, ultimately making Turkey more amenable to Kurdish enclaves across the border.

Earlier today, Ankara and Washington agreed to “stand up a joint operations center in Turkey as soon as possible to coordinate and manage the establishment of a safe zone” in Syria. This development could help realign the relationship between Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoot, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), a group that controls large swaths of Syria’s northern frontier. That in turn could help heal a major sore point in U.S.-Turkish relations.

More:U.S. Safe Zone Deal Can Help Turkey Come to Terms with the PKK and YPG - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Ankara’s opposition mayor awards municipal employees first holiday premium in 25 years | Ahval

Ankara’s opposition mayor awards municipal employees first holiday premium in 25 years

The newly elected opposition mayor of the Turkish capital, Ankara, has signed off on a religious holiday bonus for municipal staff, a common practice in Turkey that had not been implemented at the Ankara municipality for 25 years.

Mansur Yavaş announced on Wednesday that civil servants at the municipality would receive a bonus ahead of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice), left-wing news site Artı Gerçek reported.

More:Ankara’s opposition mayor awards municipal employees first holiday premium in 25 years | Ahval

bne IntelliNews - Turkey’s Teflon lira rises and rises but dollarisation rates show Turks not yet buying into recovery

Turkey’s Teflon lira rises and rises but dollarisation rates show Turks not yet buying into recovery

Critics say Erdogan is now de facto at the wheel when it comes to Turkey's monetary policy and he's in no mood to budge.
By bne IntelliNews August 6, 2019
The Turkish lira has become the Teflon lira of late with nothing knocking it off a surge up the tracks. Not geopolitical and defence rows with the US—Donald Trump has proved a handy pal with his great reluctance to hit the Erdogan administration with sanctions—and not President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s July firing of the central bank governor by presidential decree, leaving the idea that the national lender still retains monetary policy independence as for the birds.

More:bne IntelliNews - Turkey’s Teflon lira rises and rises but dollarisation rates show Turks not yet buying into recovery

Turkey, U.S. Reach Agreement on Creating Buffer Zone in Syria - Bloomberg

Turkey, U.S. Reach Agreement on Creating Buffer Zone in Syria
By Onur Ant
August 7, 2019, 10:11 AM GMT+1 Updated on August 7, 2019, 4:48 PM GMT+1
NATO allies to create joint operation center for coordination
Turkey has vowed to remove Kurdish militia from border area

Turkey and the U.S. reached a long-sought agreement to distance American-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters from the Turkish border, softening a major point of contention between the NATO allies.

Turkish and American officials meeting in Ankara over the past three days agreed to set up a joint operations center to coordinate efforts to carve out a buffer zone in northern Syria, according to statements from both governments. The area would be off-limits to the Kurdish forces, which Turkey regards as threats to its territorial integrity.

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UPDATE 1-After protests, Alamos CEO defends Turkish mine project against 'misinformation'

UPDATE 1-After protests, Alamos CEO defends Turkish mine project against ‘misinformation’
PUBLISHED 4 HOURS AGO

Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Canada-based Alamos Gold has defended its environmental record at a mining project in western Turkey against a wave of protests, saying it had paid for future reforestation at the site and denying cyanide would leak into the surrounding area.

More:UPDATE 1-After protests, Alamos CEO defends Turkish mine project against 'misinformation'

The Turkish summer camp where children are taught to shout ‘death to Jews’ - The Jewish Chronicle

The Turkish summer camp where children are taught to shout ‘death to Jews’

Politician calls for government probe after footage of young girls being encouraged to hate generates outrage in Turkey

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Turkey Needs Friends in a Volatile Region

Turkey Needs Friends in a Volatile Region

It is becoming harder and harder to ascertain who exactly are Turkey’s long-term allies. On July 26, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened that Turkey would simply look elsewhere for fighter jets if frozen out of the US F-35 program, of which it has been an integral part.

More:Turkey Needs Friends in a Volatile Region

Turkish court bans access to 136 social media accounts, sites, including independent Bianet | Ahval

A Turkish court banned access to 136 websites and Twitter accounts after a request by the gendarmerie.

The court ruling said the gendarmerie command last month submitted a request for banning the websites and social media accounts, including the independent news site bianet.org and the Twitter account of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Oya Ersoy, independent outlet MedyaScope.tv reported on Tuesday.

More:Turkish court bans access to 136 social media accounts, sites, including independent Bianet | Ahval

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Curbing creeping authoritarianism in Turkey | Ahval

Curbing creeping authoritarianism in Turkey

The victory of Turkish secular opposition candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, in the rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election in June is a rebuke to the authoritarian tendencies of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his governing Islamist party. Although the election highlights the competitive nature of Turkey’s politics, the country’s democracy is not definitively back on track. Continued authoritarian behaviour by Erdoğan’s government poses challenges for both Turkish society and Western interests.

More:Curbing creeping authoritarianism in Turkey | Ahval

The politicisation of Turkey’s armed forces continues | Ahval

The politicisation of Turkey’s armed forces continues

A meeting of Turkey’s Supreme Military Council last week continued the politicisation of the armed forces as part of a strategy to create an army comprised of Erdoğan loyalists through expulsions, promotions, retirements and trials.

Turkish pro-government media outlets have badly misreported decisions announced last week after a meeting of the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ), the committee that decides the promotions and retirements of top generals.

More:The politicisation of Turkey’s armed forces continues | Ahval

Monday, August 05, 2019

'Stop the eco-slaughter': Thousands march in Turkey against Canadian-owned gold mine | Middle East Eye

'Stop the eco-slaughter': Thousands march in Turkey against Canadian-owned gold mine
Opposition to mining project in northwest Turkey has mounted after tens of thousands of trees were felled

Thousands of people have gathered around the outskirts of a small town in western Turkey to protest against a Canadian-owned gold mine project they say will negatively impact the local environment.

Around 5,000 protesters staged a peaceful and unusually large demonstration near the town of Kirazli on Monday against the environmental pollution they say the project will generate, Reuters news agency reported.

More:'Stop the eco-slaughter': Thousands march in Turkey against Canadian-owned gold mine | Middle East Eye

Friday, August 02, 2019

Behind Erdogan’s Strange Ideas About Interest Rates: QuickTake - Bloomberg

Behind Erdogan’s Strange Ideas About Interest Rates
By Onur Ant
August 2, 2019, 6:01 AM GMT+2 From

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doesn’t like it when the country’s banks charge people relatively heavily to borrow money. That alone doesn’t make him unusual for a politician, given that cheap money can garner electoral support. What makes Erdogan extraordinary is his unorthodox argument for low interest rates and his determination to bring them about by wresting control of monetary policy from theoretically independent central bankers.

More:Behind Erdogan’s Strange Ideas About Interest Rates: QuickTake - Bloomberg

The Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP: Decision time for Turkeyʹs opposition - Qantara.de

Decision time for Turkeyʹs opposition

Will the CHP take Imamogluʹs success in the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral elections, achieved through the support of the HDP, as an opportunity to finally abandon its rigid attitude towards the Kurds? By Gulistan Gurbey

more:The Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP: Decision time for Turkeyʹs opposition - Qantara.de

bne IntelliNews - TURKEY INSIGHT: Awesome, surreal!

TURKEY INSIGHT: Awesome, surreal!

On some days not a single transaction occurs even with Turkey's benchmark government bonds since the government has spooked private investors to lower interest rates.
By Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 1, 2019
In terms of surrealism in global finance, Turkey must have a fair claim to the lead with the OFFICIAL (yes please, note the upper case letters) inflation data from the country’s TUIK statistical institute currently indicating tempting real returns on Turkish lira (TRY) bonds and the central bank (even quicker nowadays to answer the direct-line phone when the monetary masterminds in the Erdogan administration choose to make a call) almost certainly set to cut its policy rate further across the remainder of the year in the dash for another dose of short-term growth that distracts from the longer-term reckoning.

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

The closing of the Turkish mind

The closing of the Turkish mind

An authoritarian state can do many things to get rid of democratic types but ultimately the government must attack the institutions that produce and sustain them. This is what Erdogan and his allies have sought to do. AP

Suzy Hansen
Aug 1, 2019 — 1.49pm

Ilhan Uzgel learned he had been fired while driving his Honda Civic from the village of Ayas to Ankara, after a visit to his ailing, elderly father. A little after midnight, one of his former research assistants called his cellphone. “Ilhan Hocam,” the student said, using a Turkish honorific (“my teacher”) bestowed on educators. “Your name was on the list.”

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ankara municipality registers 136 million-lira budget surplus under opposition mayor | Ahval

Ankara municipality registers 136 million-lira budget surplus under opposition mayor

The municipality of Turkish capital Ankara has registered a budget surplus of 136 million liras ($ 24.6 million) in its first 100 days under the leadership of a mayor from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), left-wing news site Birgün reported on Wednesday.

The Ankara municipality was 8.4 billion liras in debt when opposition mayor Mansur Yavaş took office in April, Birgün said, citing a newly published booklet documenting the new mayor’s first 100 days on the job.

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Turkey breaks record on refugees attending universities – Middle East Monitor

Turkey breaks record on refugees attending universities
July 30, 2019 at 8:52 pm | Published in: Europe & Russia, International Organisations, News, Turkey, UN
Diploma [File photo]
July 30, 2019 at 8:52 pm

Turkey has broken a record on higher education for students under international protection, the head of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) said on Tuesday, says Anadolu Agency.

Abdullah Eren said that YTB provides “Turkey scholarships” to students from different parts of the world since 2011.

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Turkish Tweaks Set Stage for Rate Cuts in New Governor's Debut - Bloomberg

Turkish Tweaks Set Stage for Rate Cuts in New Governor's Debut

By Cagan Koc and Onur Ant
July 30, 2019, 6:23 PM GMT+2 Updated on July 31, 2019, 10:32 AM GMT+2
Turkey’s central bank lowered its inflation forecast for this year, opening the door for what may be the biggest easing push in emerging markets even as new Governor Murat Uysal struck a note of caution.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Turkey reverses course, releases some academics imprisoned on dubious charges

Turkey reverses course, releases some academics imprisoned on dubious charges
by Eugene Chudnovsky
 | July 29, 2019 10:02 AM

The pendulum of Turkish justice that has been crashing academics for their real and invented political dissent since 2016 has swung back. On July 26, the Turkish Constitutional Court, in a stunning reversal, ruled that sentences given to ten Academics for Peace who protested a massacre of Kurdish civilians by the Turkish army violated their freedom of expression.

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İmamoğlu expresses support for former Erdoğan ally's party | Ahval

İmamoğlu expresses support for former Erdoğan ally's party

Istanbul’s newly elected opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has stated his approval of a measure by the interior ministry to move Syrian refugees not registered in the megacity to their original province of registration.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Turkish TV show about urban poor hits a raw nerve | Constanze Letsch | AW

Turkish TV show about urban poor hits a raw nerve

TV shows such as “Cukur” depict the lives of unemployed young men who live in poor urban districts and who try to survive in an unjust, brutal world by means of petty crime.
Saturday 27/07/2019

Tough scenes. A poster of the television show “Cukur.” (Facebook)
ISTANBUL - Scores of tourists strike various poses in front of a run-down cafe. Camera phones flash. Graffiti decorates the walls. Violent Turkish rap music blasts from nearby speakers. “It’s Cukur!” a young woman says happily to her friend and lifts her arm for another selfie.

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Turkey’s Digitürk cries foul over TV deal as lira slides - Financial Times | Ahval

Turkey’s Digitürk cries foul over TV deal as lira slides - Financial Times

Turkish TV network Digitürk’s struggle with a $125 million payment on a broadcasting deal, citing a plunge in the lira since it was signed in November 2016, is a reflection of the predicament before many Turkish companies as they face falling lira revenues while confronting dollar-denominated liabilities, wrote Financial Times Turkey correspondent Laura Pitel.

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Russia and Turkey are becoming allies, overshadowing Israel - analysis - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

RUSSIA AND TURKEY ARE BECOMING ALLIES, OVERSHADOWING ISRAEL - ANALYSIS

As Turkey and Russia grow closer they inevitably also grow closer in their work on ending the Syrian conflict and also on other regional and international issues.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

As Opposition Builds, Turkey's Erdogan Grasps at Straws

As Opposition Builds, Turkey's Erdogan Grasps at Straws

The threat of defections by prominent, former members of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will present a real threat to the viability of the party's national governance, possibly leading to elections much earlier than the next scheduled polls in June 2023.
To combat this threat and buy time until conditions are more favorable, the AKP will use its ideological, economic and institutional resources to maintain power and stymie defections from its ranks.
But because the AKP has lost strength, it might not be able to prevent a rebellion within its ranks from seriously challenging the long rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP loyalists.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Key US Base at Risk as Turkish-US Tensions Escalate | Voice of America - English

Key US Base at Risk as Turkish-US Tensions Escalate
By Dorian Jones
July 25, 2019 02:15 PM

ISTANBUL - With the United States mulling sanctions over Turkey's recent procurement of Russian missiles, Ankara is warning that America's use of a critical military air base could be at risk.

The U.S.'s decades-long use of Incirlik Air Base is seen as not only of vital military importance, but underscores the strategic relationship between the two NATO allies.

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The EU’s relationship with Turkey is failing - Charlemagne

The EU’s relationship with Turkey is failing
What Europe does now will be a test of its foreign-policy seriousness


Print edition | Europe
Jul 27th 2019
Mustafa kemal ataturk anchored Turkey in Europe and the wider West after the collapse of the Ottoman empire. About a century on Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reversing that process. The Turkish president’s successive power grabs have edged the country closer to its eastern neighbours and rendered its application for eu membership a joke. Two recent incidents have made matters worse. On July 12th the Turkish air force acquired a Russian s-400 surface-to-air missile system, prompting its exclusion from nato’s f-35 stealth-fighter-jet programme. Then on July 15th the eu imposed sanctions over Turkey’s drilling for gas in waters around Cyprus, a member of the union whose northern third remains controlled by Turkey.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Where is Erdoğan? Turks wonder | Ahval

here is Erdoğan? Turks wonder

Turkey’s social media is abuzz with speculation over the whereabouts of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the president, normally ever-present on television screens making speeches and meeting dignitaries, has not been seen in public for a week.

The rumours spiked after Arab and Israeli news outlets, each citing the other, reported that Erdoğan had died of a heart attack and his death had been kept secret. The reports originated from Alraees News, an Arabic web site, the Greek City Times said.

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Turkey Is a Bad Place to Be an Influencer – Foreign Policy

Turkey Is a Bad Place to Be an Influencer

Anxious about its failure to establish cultural hegemony, the Erdogan government is going after internet stars.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Associate of Michael Flynn Is Found Guilty of Secretly Lobbying for Turkey - The New York Times

Associate of Michael Flynn Is Found Guilty of Secretly Lobbying for Turkey

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Bijan Kian, a former business associate of Michael T. Flynn, was accused of secretly lobbying for Turkey.CreditCreditJacquelyn Martin/Associated Press
By Adam Goldman
July 23, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A business associate of the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn was convicted on Tuesday in Northern Virginia of secretly lobbying for Turkey, a victory for the government after the judge considered dismissing the case because prosecutors lacked evidence.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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