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Friday, February 15, 2019

Trump to nominate Satterfield ambassador to Turkey | Reuters

Trump to nominate Satterfield ambassador to Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump intends to nominate David Satterfield, a veteran diplomat with deep experience in the Middle East, to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey, the White House said on Friday.

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US-Turkey Relations From a New Right Perspective - Conservative Daily News

US-Turkey Relations From a New Right Perspective

Posted by: Andrew Aleksi-Lankinen in Opinion, Trending Commentary, World News February 14, 2019 0

US-Turkey relations have gotten ever more complicated, and sadly readers rarely get an honest look into this topic by the people they trust to cover the news of the day.

It is crucial in an age of liars and demagogues who seek to distort everything their critics say, that readers know that just because they give a take about what the diplomatic relations should be, that doesn’t mean at all they support everything the leader does.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Turkey fails to win green light for safe zone at Syria summit

Turkey fails to win green light for safe zone at Syria summit
Ayla Jean Yackley February 14, 2019

Article Summary
Iran and Russia’s leaders tell President Recep Tayyip Erdogan he must acquire consent from Damascus to launch an offensive in northeast Syria against Kurdish forces.

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Turkey’s Erdogan facing resistance to his dictatorial rule – People's World

Turkey’s Erdogan facing resistance to his dictatorial rule
February 14, 2019 7:54 AM CST By Conn Hallinan

“Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when he was first elected mayor of Istanbul—sums up the Machiavellian cynicism of Turkey’s authoritarian president. As Turkey gears up for municipal elections March 31, it is a prophecy Erdogan has more than fulfilled: the prisons filled with the opposition, the media largely silenced, the courts intimidated, the bureaucracy tamed, and more than 150,000 people fired.

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Shockwaves of Turkey's Market Tremors Keep Pounding Economy - Bloomberg

Shockwaves of Turkey's Market Tremors Keep Pounding Economy
By Cagan Koc
February 14, 2019, 5:02 AM EST Updated on February 14, 2019, 6:32 AM EST

The economic fallout from Turkey’s currency crash last summer just kept on getting worse toward the end of the year.

Industrial production capped 2018 with its biggest plunge since June 2009 following three months in contraction, according to data released by Turkstat on Thursday. Led by a double-digit fall in manufacturing, output dropped an annual 9.8 percent in December. Industry fared worse than every estimate compiled by Bloomberg.

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U.S. ally Turkey looks to Russia and Iran to protect its interests

U.S. ally Turkey looks to Russia and Iran to protect its interests

Analysis: The U.S. organized a global conference on the Mideast in Warsaw, but Turkey's leader is at a summit with Russian and Iranian leaders instead.

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Spotlight: Turkish government struggles against soaring prices ahead of polls - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Spotlight: Turkish government struggles against soaring prices ahead of polls

by Burak Akinci ANKARA, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Ahead of mayoral and municipal elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared war against inflation that risks to jeopardize his ruling party's election bid amid an economic downturn.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Turkey's Erdogan Is Due for Another Rebuke - FPIF

Turkey’s Erdogan Is Due for Another Rebuke

With municipal elections on the horizon, Turks are likely to note that imprisoning the opposition hasn’t exactly raised living standards.

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Turkish Directors Find Homes at Berlin, Other Global Film Festivals – Variety

Turkish Directors Find Homes at Berlin, Other Global Film Festivals
By Nick Vivarelli

Political turbulence is making it tough for filmmakers in Turkey with ambitions to make movies that can travel globally. But despite many impediments, Turkish auteurs are still managing to maintain a significant presence on the festival circuit.

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Turkish Lira Exchange Rate Forecasts - TRY Faces Uphill Struggle As Central Bank Battles Inflation And Poor Credibility

Turkish Lira Exchange Rate Forecasts - TRY Faces Uphill Struggle As Central Bank Battles Inflation And Poor Credibility

Posted by Elaine Housten in GBP to TRY, and modified 13 Feb 2019 14:35
Turkey's Central Bank Faces Credibility Crisis as Economy Slips Closer to Recession

Turkish central bankers are coming under renewed criticism over their handling of monetary policy in response to high inflation leading some market participants to forecast a difficult year for the Turkish Lira (TRY) and Turkish economy in general.

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Turkey's construction industry struggles on | Turkey News | Al Jazeera

Turkey's construction industry struggles on
Fantasy homes sitting vacant have become a stark reminder of Turkey's financial struggle.

by Stefanie Dekker

Empty high-rises and homes fit for royalty have become symbols of Turkey's struggling economy.

Construction has been at the heart of the country's growth but inflation and a devalued currency are threatening to take the industry from boom to bust.

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Dutch to investigate foreign-funded weekend schools as Turkey backs 12 - DutchNews.nl

Dutch to investigate foreign-funded weekend schools as Turkey backs 12 Education

February 13, 2019

Netherlands and Turkey flag pins The Dutch cabinet is to set up an investigation into informal weekend schools in the Netherlands following the news that Turkey is to fund 12 Saturday and Sunday schools for children aged six to 17. The aim is to find out which countries as well as Turkey are funding informal schooling, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said. The investigation has been launched, Koolmees said, because he ‘shared MPs concerns’ about the development.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Muslim Influence is Declining in Turkey - World Religion News

Muslim Influence is Declining in Turkey

Pushing political Islam has the opposite effect

The results of a survey released by Konda research have made it clear Turkey is going towards a more secular future. This is surprising as the present government pursues political Islam. The poll has compared views touching on multiple lifestyle aspects among present-day Turks with those polled in 2008. About 55 percent described themselves as pious in the earlier survey. In contrast, only 51 percent responded the same in 2018. The same decade witnessed the rise in the number of individuals “without belief” or atheists from two percent to five percent. The findings by Konda suggests that a rising number of Turks, although religious and conservative, feel much less restricted by Islamic rules. They are also more aware when it comes to the rights of women. They are also much more tolerant of multiple religious viewpoints.

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Renewed vision for US-Turkey relations

Renewed vision for US-Turkey relations

The United States and Turkey have had a complicated relationship in recent years. Yet, events over the last few months suggest both countries understand the strategic importance of their ties and the need to place a renewed focus on strengthening the relationship. Commercial ties between the U.S. and Turkey represent one of the pillars of enduring shared interests and offer a path to regain traction in the relationship.

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Turkish ruling party sets up mobile food stalls to lure votes

Turkish ruling party sets up mobile food stalls to lure votes
Amberin Zaman February 12, 2019

Article Summary
Turks are lining up in the thousands to buy subsidized vegetables at mobile stalls in Istanbul and Ankara as the ruling party attempts to fight soaring food prices ahead of elections.

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China issues Turkey safety alert after Ankara’s ‘vile’ statements about treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang | South China Morning Post

China issues Turkey safety alert after Ankara’s ‘vile’ statements about treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang

Turkey becomes third country subject to Beijing travel advice after Canada, where Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is detained, and Sweden – where tourist row rankles

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Ads In Disguise: How To Comply With Regulations In Turkey - Media, Telecoms, IT, Entertainment - Turkey

Turkey: Ads In Disguise: How To Comply With Regulations In Turkey Last Updated: 12 February 2019 Article by Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar, LL.M. and Merve Altınay Moroğlu Arseven

In today's digital world, brands, as well as individuals, use social media and internet effectively and actively. Users can follow up any content, news, article, and photo online and can share their comments through social media. In addition, more consumers now prefer online shopping and are interested in user comments. In response to these consumer behaviour trends, companies adopt new marketing strategies, by focusing on time spent online by consumers. While the traditional media loses its popularity and receive less investment, the advertisement on digital platforms are now seen as a rising star. In 2017, the total global amount of media investment rose by 4%, and 37% of this investment was made to the advertisement in digital platforms, and Turkey is not an exception to the changing trends: Indeed, in 2017, the share of the investments made on advertisement in digital platforms is 25.9% of the total media investment, and such share has been raised 19.7% compared to 201

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Turkey May Have to Face Its Protesters in U.S. Court - Bloomberg

Turkey May Have to Face Its Protesters in U.S. Court

The government may face a lawsuit over what happened outside its ambassador’s Washington residence in May 2017.

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I lost my country. Let me help you save yours

I lost my country. Let me help you save yours
Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran sets out in How to Lose a Country the path from democracy to dictatorship

Ece Temelkuran

The fighter jets are breaking the dark sky into giant geometric pieces as if the air were a solid object. It’s July 15th, 2016; the night of the attempted coup in Turkey. I am piling pillows up against the trembling windows. I guess they’ve just dropped a bomb on the bridge, but I can’t see any fire. People are talking on social media about the bombardment of the parliament building. “Is this it?” I ask myself. “Is tonight the Reichstag fire for what remains of Turkish democracy and my country?” On TV, a few dozen soldiers are barricading the Bosporus bridge, shouting at the startled civilians: “Go home! This is a military takeover!”

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Past Misdeeds Are Coming Back to Haunt Turkey's Central Bank - Bloomberg

Past Misdeeds Are Coming Back to Haunt Turkey's Central Bank
By Paul Abelsky
and Cagan Koc
February 12, 2019, 5:22 AM EST Updated on February 12, 2019, 9:03 AM EST

High rates squeezing economy as it slides toward recession
Policy makers increasingly taking their cue from the market

Past dithering on inflation is hampering the Turkish central bank’s ability to prop up the weakening economy.

While the lira crashed and prices soared over the summer, Governor Murat Cetinkaya and colleagues hesitated until September before finally raising interest rates. The legacy of that delay means the central bank is trying to quell inflation and keep investors on side for fear of unsettling the currency even as Turkey slides toward recession. The result: an economy painfully squeezed by real rates that Morgan Stanley estimates are double the level for emerging markets as a whole.

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Time to clear the clouds over Turkey | FT Alphaville

Time to clear the clouds over Turkey

Carlos Hardenberg of Mobius Capital Partners argues that Turkey must return to it's initial recipe of reform and prudence

When I moved to Istanbul in 2006, an old friend who had lived in Turkey for decades shared an important observation with me: trying to fully understand the country is like drinking the local Raki. Initially crystal clear, the drink is then mixed with water which makes it turn cloudy. Drinking a few glasses of this tasty spirit (a must with a fresh sea bass) will cause you, at the very least, some confusion.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Turks Examine Their Muslim Devotion After Poll Says Faith Could Be Waning | KALW

Turks Examine Their Muslim Devotion After Poll Says Faith Could Be Waning
By Peter Kenyon • 7 hours ago

Turkey has been governed for most of the past two decades by a party steeped in political Islam. So when a pollster recently surveyed personal beliefs, there was a finding that stood out: Levels of piety were flat, or even declining, compared with a decade ago.

The apparent shift is not seismic, but it has Turks talking about where their country is headed.

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Netflix drama ‘The Protector' ushers a new dawn in Turkish television industry - The National

Netflix drama ‘The Protector' ushers a new dawn in Turkish television industry

A new generation of young Turkish filmmakers are ripping up the rulebook on homegrown drama with their new Netflix series

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Turkey to scrap VAT on books, printed media, Erdogan says - Nasdaq.com

Turkey to scrap VAT on books, printed media, Erdogan says
February 10, 2019, 10:50:00 AM EDT By Reuters

Reuters

ISTANBUL, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Turkey will cut value-added tax (VAT) to zero on books, magazines and newspapers in a regulation that parliament is to discuss next week, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

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Turkish current account returns to deficit in December | Business Recorder

Turkish current account returns to deficit in December
Fawad Maqsood February 11, 2019

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s current account is expected to go back into deficit in December after four months of surpluses, a Reuters poll showed on Monday, as the economy takes a hit from falling tourism revenues.

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Turkey opens government vegetable stalls in battle with inflation | Reuters

Turkey opens government vegetable stalls in battle with inflation
Ezgi Erkoyun

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Battling a sharp rise in food costs, Turkish authorities opened their own markets on Monday to sell cheap vegetables directly to shoppers, cutting out retailers who the government has accused of jacking up prices.

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How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold | Reuters

How Venezuela turns its useless bank notes into gold
Corina Pons, Maria Ramirez

EL CALLAO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuela’s most successful financial operations in recent years have not taken place on Wall Street, but in primitive gold-mining camps in the nation’s southern reaches.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Turkish, American businesspeople support $75 billion bilateral trade volume target - Daily Sabah

Turkish, American businesspeople support $75 billion bilateral trade volume target

The $75 billion trade volume target set by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump was welcomed by Turkish and American businesspeople. On Feb. 4-8, a delegation of 52 American businesspeople visited the Turkish capital Ankara and met their Turkish counterparts, discussions were held on how to accomplish the bilateral trade volume of $75 billion, which currently hovers slightly above $20 billion.

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The geopolitics of the Syrian conflict: Getting Erdogan on board - Qantara.de

Getting Erdogan on board

Recently, while considering the future of war-torn Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the Adana agreement signed over two decades ago between Turkey and Syria. How this should be interpreted depends on which side you are on, as Ayse Karabat explains

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Turkey's local elections: Playing ping-pong with the Syrians - Qantara.de

Playing ping-pong with the Syrians

In the run-up to local elections in Turkey, the government and opposition are trying to instrumentalise the refugee issue for their own ends. Experts warn against a rhetoric of division. Hilal Koylu reports from Ankara

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Turkish Food Fight Spreads With Fines, Raids as Inflation Stings - Bloomberg

Turkish Food Fight Spreads With Fines, Raids as Inflation Stings
By Cagan Koc
February 10, 2019, 9:50 AM EST

Turkey has found that fighting words alone aren’t enough to deter the people it blames for runaway food inflation.

After weeks of bashing those deemed price-gougers as traitors and even terrorists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party is backing up threats with deeds. Fines are on the way after raids of wholesale food markets in five provinces on Feb. 6 uncovered “exorbitant” price increases of up to 800 percent for certain items, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Sunday.

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Collapsed Istanbul building: toll hits 21 | Daily Telegraph

Collapsed Istanbul building: toll hits 21
Ergin Hava, dpa, Deutsche Presse Agentur
February 9, 2019 3:49pm

The death toll has risen to 21 three days after a residential building collapsed in Istanbul.
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Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says a total of 14 people have been rescued so far and authorities believe all people trapped in the rubble have been removed.

The search will continue nevertheless, Soylu said on Saturday.

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Turkey building collapse: Death toll from horror incident in Istanbul raised to 18 | London Evening Standard

Turkey building collapse: Death toll from horror incident in Istanbul raised to 18

Jacob Jarvis

The official death toll from a horrific building collapse in Istanbul has risen to 18 on the same day mourners gathered for the funeral of a family of nine killed in the tragedy.

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Can Kashmir become Cyprus? | TNS - The News on Sunday

Can Kashmir become Cyprus?

Adnan Rehmat February 10, 2019

‘The last divided capital in the world’. That is the weighty identity borne by the sepia-toned wondrous capital Cyprus, an island state lying pretty in the seas of the eastern Mediterranean. The island is puzzlingly both an independent entity as well as politically, socially and militarily supported by Greece and Turkey in separated parts. The northern third is controlled by Ankara and billed as ‘free Northern Cyprus’, in the fashion of ‘Azad Kashmir’, but recognised only by Turkey (and in evasive diplomatic-speak by Pakistan), while the substantial southern part is recognised by the European Union, and most of the rest of the world, as the independent ‘Republic of Cyprus.’

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Turkey: Illegal construction a focus as collapse deaths rise | CTV News

Turkey: Illegal construction a focus as collapse deaths rise

Mehmet Guzel and Suzan Fraser, The Associated Press

ISTANBUL -- As emergency teams worked around the clock in search of any more survivors trapped in the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul, its collapse put the spotlight on illegal construction and raised alarms over the scope of possible destruction in the event that a large earthquake hit the city.

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Fears of brain drain as Turkey’s brightest flee to Germany - InfoMigrants

Fears of brain drain as Turkey’s brightest flee to Germany

By Marion MacGregor Latest update : 2019/02/07
Asylum seekers from Turkey have much higher levels of education than the average among migrants in Germany. More than 10,600 Turkish nationals applied for asylum in Germany in 2018 – nearly half of them said they already had university degrees.

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Turkey's Foreign Policy Priorities are Shifting | The National Interest

Turkey's Foreign Policy Priorities are Shifting

Ankara has turned its back on the European Union and U.S. foreign-policy objectives; instead, it is focused on becoming a regional power player.

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Pompeo gets kebab-skewered after posting geography-challenged map of DIVIDED Turkey — RT World News

Pompeo gets kebab-skewered after posting geography-challenged map of DIVIDED Turkey
Published time: 7 Feb, 2019 14:28

Mike Pompeo has found himself barraged by enraged Turkish netizens after the US Secretary of State shared a gif which, for reasons that may forever remain a mystery, appears to include an erroneously bisected map of Turkey.

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Turkey Wealth Fund Said to Hire Banks for 1 Billion Euro Loan - Bloomberg

Turkey Wealth Fund Said to Hire Banks for 1 Billion Euro Loan
By Kerim Karakaya
, Ercan Ersoy
, and Asli Kandemir
February 6, 2019, 9:50 AM EST Updated on February 6, 2019, 11:35 PM EST

Turkey’s largely dormant sovereign wealth fund hired Citigroup Inc. and Industrial Commercial Bank of China Ltd. to act as coordinators for a 1 billion euro ($1.14 billion) syndicated loan, according to five people with knowledge of the matter.

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5 million Turks living outside of Turkey: Foreign Ministry - Turkey News

5 million Turks living outside of Turkey: Foreign Ministry

Umut Erdem – ANKARA 5 million Turks living outside of Turkey: Foreign Ministry A Turkish market in German capital Berlin. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has announced that five million Turkish nationals were residing in a total of 152 countries worldwide. The announcement came upon the submission of a parliamentary motion by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Sezgin Tanrıkulu demanding to know how many Turks were living abroad.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Turkey Said to Drop Isbank Takeover From Agenda Until Ballot

Turkey Said to Drop Isbank Takeover From Agenda Until Ballot
[Bloomberg]
Firat Kozok
BloombergFebruary 6, 2019

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey isn’t rushing plans to seize the main opposition party’s stake in the nation’s largest listed lender, Turkiye Is Bankasi AS.

A legislative change allowing the Treasury to take over the CHP’s 28 percent holding in Isbank isn’t currently on the list of bills the ruling party expects to present to parliament before municipal elections in March, according to a senior official with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Twitter, the Turkish State’s New Political Tool - Transitions Online

Twitter, the Turkish State’s New Political Tool

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be fighting the March local elections in ‘eco-friendly’ cyberspace, following the opposition’s pioneering use of social media for politics.
by Sahra Atila 6 February 2019

As our regular readers know, TOL normally does not cover Turkey, unless an issue concerns one of the countries we do cover in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. However, for the last few months, we have been making an exception because of the dire situation faced by many journalists in Turkey since the attempted coup in 2016. After that dramatic event, almost 200 media outlets were closed down and scores of critically minded journalists lost their jobs and now struggle to eke out an existence. We are proud to provide some international exposure to many of these Turkish reporters and expand, at least for now, our mission of supporting independent journalism and the freedom of the media to this fascinating and important part of the world.

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Greece's Tsipras sees seminary as source of hope for Turkey ties | Reuters

Greece's Tsipras sees seminary as source of hope for Turkey ties

Murad Sezer

HEYBELIADA, Turkey (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras voiced hope that a closed Orthodox Christian seminary he was visiting in Turkey on Wednesday would be reopened as part of efforts to boost ties long strained by disputes over territory, energy and Cyprus.

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Making Turkey Great Again - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Making Turkey Great Again

Soner Cagaptay

Fletcher Forum of World Affairs

Winter 2019

Given the numerous risks that lie ahead, it remains to be seen if Erdogan can deliver his country back to safety, let alone to greatness.
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The following is an excerpt of an article originally published by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. To read the full article, download the PDF.

Since coming to power in 2003, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attempted to make Turkey great again—in the mold of the Ottoman Empire that ruled over three continents before declining in the eighteenth century. In many ways, Erdogan has simply followed in the footsteps of previous leaders who attempted to reassert Turkey’s grandeur in the wake of the empire’s collapse at the end of World War I. His methods, however, have diverged from theirs, aligning less with the tradition of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and late Ottoman sultans. In his attempt to reestablish Turkey as a great power, Erdogan has made a radical break with the Western foreign policy consensus—which had been the foundation of Turkey’s international relations strategy since Ottoman decline.

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In Your Dreams! Pompeo Infuriates Turkish Netizens With Map of Divided Turkey - Sputnik International

In Your Dreams! Pompeo Infuriates Turkish Netizens With Map of Divided Turkey

It's so far unclear why the map, published by the US Secretary of State on Twitter, has a border dividing Turkey in two. The State Department and other US officials haven't commented on the publication yet.

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Balkan Roots: Turkey’s Ruling Party Plays Identity Politics :: Balkan Insight

Balkan Roots: Turkey’s Ruling Party Plays Identity Politics

Under Erdogan, Turkish politicians and people with roots in the Balkans are coming under fire amid the rise of identity politics.
Hamdi Firat Buyuk BIRN Sarajevo

Melih Gokcek, a former mayor of Ankara, believed he had a compelling reason why the opposition candidate to run the Turkish capital, was unfit for office.

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Bloomberg-Speaking of EM: Lira's Abnormal Calm Belies Tug-of-War (Podcast)

Speaking of EM: Lira's Abnormal Calm Belies Tug-of-War (Podcast)

Dana El Baltaji DEBaltaji

The lira typically tops the list of the world’s most volatile currencies. Not this year. It’s been wedged in a trading band for weeks, stuck in a tug-of-war between carry traders chasing yields and local investors’ incessant demand for dollars. And neither side is backing down. While the central bank’s signal that it won’t cut rates any time soon has fueled demand for lira assets from offshore funds, local households and companies’ bid for dollars in isn’t slowing.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Turkey's Erdogan says Isbank to become Treasury's property By Reuters

Turkey's Erdogan says Isbank to become Treasury's property
Economy9 hours ago (Feb 05, 2019 05:15AM ET)

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Isbank, the largest listed lender, will become the property of the Treasury, triggering a fall of around 3 percent in the bank's shares.

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Greek premier arrives in Turkey for two-day visit | News | ekathimerini.com

Greek premier arrives in Turkey for two-day visit

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Ankara Tuesday for a two-day visit in the wake of a two-year deterioration in bilateral relations and the emergence of a new front dividing the two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Monday, February 04, 2019

Turkey’s ailing agriculture faces even bleaker future

Turkey’s ailing agriculture faces even bleaker future

Mustafa Sonmez February 4, 2019

Article Summary
Turkey's leaders are accusing grocers of price gouging amid soaring food prices, but refuse to acknowledge the cause of the problem: the country’s shrinking agricultural supply.

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The geopolitics of the Syrian conflict: Getting Erdogan on board - Qantara.de

Getting Erdogan on board

Recently, while considering the future of war-torn Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the Adana agreement signed over two decades ago between Turkey and Syria. How this should be interpreted depends on which side you are on, as Ayse Karabat explains

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Sunday, February 03, 2019

Turkish Food Price Spoiler Could Spell End of Inflation Slowdown - Bloomberg

Turkish Food Price Spoiler Could Spell End of Inflation Slowdown
By Cagan Koc

A runup in Turkey’s food costs is threatening to halt a broader deceleration in price growth.

Shortages last month caused by flash floods in Antalya, a hub for greenhouse farming, are making matters worse after the rapid depreciation of the lira in August raised the cost of food imports and transportation. Data due Monday will show inflation stalled in January at 20.3 percent from a year earlier, according to the median of 23 forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists.

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Thousands rally in Istanbul for Turkish hunger strikers

Thousands rally in Istanbul for Turkish hunger strikers

Thousands of people rallied in Istanbul Sunday for hunger strikers protesting against the prison conditions of militant Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Wife of former Turkish Cypriot leader dies after illness - Cyprus Mail

Wife of former Turkish Cypriot leader dies after illness

February 2nd, 2019 Jean Christou Cyprus 7 Comments
Wife of former Turkish Cypriot leader dies after illness

Aydin Denktash

The wife of former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, Aydin, aged 86, has died in hospital in the north of Nicosia, reports said on Saturday.

She had been hospitalised in critical condition in the north suffering from pneumonia. Her condition was critical and she had been placed on a ventilator. Doctors said she was being treated for various other health issues.

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Turkish electoral priority: ideology or economics? | Gokhan Bacik | AW

Turkish electoral priority: ideology or economics?

Economic rationality presumes that the AKP’s votes in the 2019 local elections should be noticeably lower than the 42.6% the party received in June 2018.

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Friday, February 01, 2019

Turkey says very clear that it does not need to borrow from IMF | Reuters

Turkey says "very clear" that it does not need to borrow from IMF

ANKARA, Feb 1 (Reuters) - It is “very clear” that Turkey does not need to borrow from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), given the country’s current economic performance, the Turkish Finance Ministry said on Friday.

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All Greek-Turkish issues on the table at Tsipras-Erdogan meeting at AkSaray

All Greek-Turkish issues on the table at Tsipras-Erdogan meeting at AkSaray

By Manolis Kostidis / Published on: 01-02-2019, 18:24

All Greek-Turkish issues on the table at Tsipras-Erdogan meeting at AkSaray
Alexis Tsipras' visit to Turkey was upgraded with the sudden change in the program. While all the preparations had been made for the Greek Prime Minister's visit to Istanbul on February 5, and the General Secretariat of Information had sent letters for the accreditation of journalists, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said the visit would take place in Ankara. Consultations between the two sides were preceded and until the last minute those who had been involved in the organization of the visit did not know the intentions of Erdogan and Tsipras.

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Turkey’s Tough Times Could Be Good News for Its Wine Exports - Bloomberg

It Might Be Time for Turkish Wine

A cheap lira could help build international sales of varietals from the land where it all began.
By Ross Kenneth Urken
February 1, 2019, 3:00 AM EST

As the Bible tells it, Noah pioneered winemaking when his ark landed on Mount Ararat, in the far east of modern-day Turkey. After the deluge was over, he is said to have planted a vineyard.

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Turkish population surpasses 82 mn, median age 32 - General news - ANSAMed.it

Turkish population surpasses 82 mn, median age 32

Equal distribution by gender, over 15 mn in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - Turkey's population in 2018 surpassed 82 million residents, with annual growth of nearly 1.2 million people, up 1.4%, according to data distributed Friday by the state registration system based on residency (ADNKS).

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Oil discovered in Turkey

Oil discovered in Turkey
1 February 2019 16:45 (UTC+04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 1

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Oil deposits were discovered in Turkey’s Siirt province, Trend reports with reference to the Turkish media.

The oil was discovered at a depth of 715 meters during explorations.

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In Turkey, football is an outlet for dissent - Believe, boys, believe

In Turkey, football is an outlet for dissent

But the government’s influence is spreading—in the stands and on the pitch

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