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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Turkey′s Erdogan fears Generation Z | News | DW | 05.07.2020

Turkey's Erdogan fears Generation Z

Millions of young Turks will soon be of voting age and President Erdogan wants to win them over. Yet many of the country's youth feel rebellious and openly reject him.

More:Turkey′s Erdogan fears Generation Z | News | DW | 05.07.2020

Friday, July 03, 2020

‘A de-facto civilian coup is happening in Turkey:’ Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

‘A de-facto civilian coup is happening in Turkey:’ Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Leader of CHP party addresses a number of pressing issues in interview with the Independent Turkish
Kilicdaroglu wants newly formed political parties to join forces with the opposition Nation Alliance

More:‘A de-facto civilian coup is happening in Turkey:’ Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey After Rate Cuts Paused - Bloomberg

Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey After Rate Cuts Paused
By Cagan Koc
July 2, 2020, 12:47 PM EDT Updated on July 3, 2020, 3:14 AM EDT

A pickup in Turkey’s inflation is becoming hard to ignore even for a central bank that spent almost an entire year cutting interest rates.

Faster cost increases for food and energy kept inflation accelerating for a second month in June. Consumer prices rose an annual 12.6% after a gain of 11.4% in May, more than the median of 12% in a Bloomberg survey of 22 analysts.

More:Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey After Rate Cuts Paused - Bloomberg

Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again

Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again
"You say to us: 'Please don't turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque.' Do you mean Turkey should bow to your will?"

Hagia Sophia is the symbol of Istanbul and Turkey’s most popular tourist attraction. Every year, millions of visitors take in its gigantic brick dome and elaborate frescoes, which have earned the building UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site status.

More:Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque - BBC News

Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque
2 July 2020

The Hagia Sophia has huge significance as a religious and as a political symbol
A Turkish court has delayed a decision on whether the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul can be converted into a mosque.

The Council of State - Turkey's highest administrative body - said it would make a ruling within 15 days, after a hearing lasting just 17 minutes.

More:Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque - BBC News

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Turkish lawyers protest draft bill on bar associations

Turkish lawyers protest draft bill on bar associations

6/30/20 11:05 AM
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ANKARA, Turkey — Thousands of lawyers gathered outside Istanbul’s main courthouse Tuesday to protest a ruling party-proposed bill that would amend Turkish laws on attorneys and bar associations, changes the protesters allege is intended to silence lawyers with views that run counter to the government’s.

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Turkey cuts natural gas price for industry, freezes hike in electricity prices for 3 months | Daily Sabah

Turkey cuts natural gas price for industry, freezes hike in electricity prices for 3 months
BY DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL ENERGY JUN 30, 2020 6:50 PM GMT+3

Workers are seen in a Turkish Wagon Industry (TÜVASAŞ) plant in the northwestern province of Sakarya, Feb. 21, 2020. (DHA Photo)Turkey’s Petroleum Pipeline Company (BOTAŞ) has cut natural gas prices for the industrial sector by up to 12.5%, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Tuesday, while the country’s energy watchdog announced that the current tariff on the cost of electricity will remain in force for the next three months.

More:Turkey cuts natural gas price for industry, freezes hike in electricity prices for 3 months | Daily Sabah

Friday, June 26, 2020

Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: Will He – Or Won’t He? - The Globalist

Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: Will He – Or Won’t He?

Facing ever shakier voter support, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may finally be ready to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

More:Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: Will He – Or Won’t He? - The Globalist

Turkey targeting Dutch-Turks through Diyanet, says Netherlands committee | Ahval

Turkey targeting Dutch-Turks through Diyanet, says Netherlands committee
Ewout Klei and Arnout Maat
Jun 26 2020 10:34 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jun 26 2020 10:45 Gmt+3
Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, the Diyanet, is trying to exert its influence over Dutch-Turks - including through fear, intimidation, and threats - according to a new report released by a parliamentary committee in the Netherlands.

The "Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on Unwanted Influence from Unfree Countries" published its long-awaited report on Thursday on foreign interference in Dutch domestic affairs. Turkey is considered to be an "unfree" country by the committee.

More:Turkey targeting Dutch-Turks through Diyanet, says Netherlands committee | Ahval

Turkish central bank surprises with no rate cut for first time in year

Turkish central bank surprises with no rate cut for first time in yearJune 25 2020 11:39 PM

Bloomberg/Istanbul
Turkey’s central bank held off on cutting interest rates for the first time since governor Murat Uysal took over in July, unexpectedly offering relief for markets.
The Monetary Policy Committee left its key rate at 8.25% yesterday, in line with the forecasts of just two economists in a Bloomberg survey. The rest of the 20 analysts predicted another cut.

More:Turkish central bank surprises with no rate cut for first time in year

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hopes fade for unity in Turkish opposition to Erdoğan | World news | The Guardian

Hopes fade for unity in Turkish opposition to Erdoğan

Local election gains by the HDP in 2019 have been eroded by a government crackdown

More:Hopes fade for unity in Turkish opposition to Erdoğan | World news | The Guardian

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Deep Sea Rivals: Europe, Turkey, and New Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Lines | EuBulletin.Com

Deep Sea Rivals: Europe, Turkey, and New Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Lines
Written by @Eubulletin | Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

In a world of pandemics, forever wars, and great power showdowns, it might come as a surprise that Europe’s next crisis is emerging from disputes over maritime law. In the eastern Mediterranean, a scramble is under way between countries in the region for access to recently discovered gas fields. Conflicting legal claims to the fields are merging with old and new conflicts, and have led to the creation of a new geopolitical front in the eastern Mediterranean that should cause Europeans substantial concern. At the heart of these tensions lies the unresolved dispute in Cyprus and long-standing antagonism between Turkey and Greece, around which a broader front of anti-Turkey forces is lining up. These disputes have also now grown to encompass the civil wars in Libya and Syria, and have drawn in states from as far afield as the Gulf and Russia.

More:Deep Sea Rivals: Europe, Turkey, and New Eastern Mediterranean Conflict Lines | EuBulletin.Com

Made in Turkey? US ally seeks to edge out China - Asia Times

Made in Turkey? US ally seeks to edge out China
Turkish President Erdogan hopes to win more investment as the US moves to decouple from China
By JAMES M. DORSEY
JUNE 23, 2020

A Turkish-US business council is projecting Turkey as a trading alternative to China with the help of influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close associate of President Donald Trump.

More:Made in Turkey? US ally seeks to edge out China - Asia Times

Erdogan’s Ambitions for Turkey in Libya Are Growing

Erdogan’s Ambitions for Turkey in Libya Are Growing

BobGhosh
BloombergJune 23, 2020
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- If it looks like nation-building, smells like nation-building…. A flurry of Turkish measures and announcements suggests President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions in Libya are no longer restricted to protecting the government in Tripoli and enabling it to negotiate as equals with Khalifa Haftar, the rebel commander.

More:Erdogan’s Ambitions for Turkey in Libya Are Growing

Turkey allows top lawyers to march, ending standoff - Midland Daily News

Turkey allows top lawyers to march, ending standoff
Updated 8:51 am EDT, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Tuesday allowed a group of top lawyers to continue a symbolic march into the capital of Ankara, ending a more than 24-hour standoff between the lawyers and police.

More:Turkey allows top lawyers to march, ending standoff - Midland Daily News

Hedging Bets: Turkey Positions Itself As Supply Chain Alternative To China - Analysis - Eurasia Review

Hedging Bets: Turkey Positions Itself As Supply Chain Alternative To China – Analysis
June 23, 2020 James M. Dorsey 0 Comments
By James M. Dorsey

A Turkish-US business council is projecting Turkey as a trading alternative to China with the help of influential US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close associate of President Donald J. Trump.

More:Hedging Bets: Turkey Positions Itself As Supply Chain Alternative To China - Analysis - Eurasia Review

Turkish lawyers stage sit-in protest near capital

Turkish lawyers stage sit-in protest near capital
6/22/20 2:11 PM
ANKARA, Turkey — The heads of several Turkish lawyers’ associations on Monday began a sit-in demonstration after police blocked the group from marching to the capital, Ankara.

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Turkey implements uniform TL 900 fine for not wearing mask | Daily Sabah

Turkey implements uniform TL 900 fine for not wearing mask
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL TURKEY JUN 21, 2020 3:31 PM GMT+3

One person properly wears a mask, as two others keep theirs open on İstiklal Avenue, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 21, 2020. (DHA Photo)
The government ended confusion on fines regarding mask requirements enacted against the COVID-19 pandemic with a new regulation. Starting on Monday, anyone found not wearing a mask in cities where they are compulsory will be fined TL 900 ($131).

More:Turkey implements uniform TL 900 fine for not wearing mask | Daily Sabah

Turkish opposition mayors outshine Erdogan with kindness campaigns | Financial Times

Turkish opposition mayors outshine Erdogan with kindness campaigns
Leaders in Istanbul and Ankara win plaudits for their efforts to relieve Covid-19 hardship

Birol Suzer thought he had been the target of a practical joke when two men came into his grocery shop and said they wanted to pay off some of his customers’ debts.

More:Turkish opposition mayors outshine Erdogan with kindness campaigns | Financial Times

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Erdogan says Turkey lost ground in coronavirus fight - Reuters

Erdogan says Turkey lost ground in coronavirus fight
Jonathan Spicer, Irem Koca

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey had lost some ground in its battle with the coronavirus but a focus on hygiene, masks and social distancing will protect people and help the economy rebound in the second half of the year.

More:Erdogan says Turkey lost ground in coronavirus fight - Reuters

Friday, June 19, 2020

Turkey Now Has Swarming Suicide Drones It Could Export - The Drive

Turkey Now Has Swarming Suicide Drones It Could Export

This is yet another wake-up call to the threat that low-end weaponized hobby-like drones pose and how widespread they will become.

More:Turkey Now Has Swarming Suicide Drones It Could Export - The Drive

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Intel: Bolton says Trump sought to drop charges against Turkish bank at Erdogan’s behest

Intel: Bolton says Trump sought to drop charges against Turkish bank at Erdogan’s behest

Jun 18, 2020

President Donald Trump allegedly sought to convince the Justice Department to drop charges against Turkey’s Halkbank at the request of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Wall Street Journal reported in an overview of former national security adviser John Bolton’s tell-all book.

More:Intel: Bolton says Trump sought to drop charges against Turkish bank at Erdogan’s behest

Is Turkey already done with executive presidency?

Is Turkey already done with executive presidency?

Restoring the parliamentary system makes a nifty slogan for the Turkish opposition, but the panacea for the clogged political establishment is more demanding.

More:Is Turkey already done with executive presidency?

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

UN elects veteran Turkish diplomat as General Assembly president

UN elects veteran Turkish diplomat as General Assembly president

Volkan Bozkir becomes first Turkish national to head General Assembly ahead of the historic meeting.

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Amberin Zaman breaks down US-Turkey relations and the Kurdish question in Syria

Al-Monitor senior correspondent Amberin Zaman explains the background to the Kurdish question in Syria, US-Turkey relations, and what to expect next in the now nine-year war, as well as observations and advice for young journalists covering conflict and the Middle East.

More:Amberin Zaman breaks down US-Turkey relations and the Kurdish question in Syria

Turkish businesses call for mandatory masks to stop second COVID-19 wave | Ahval

Turkish businesses call for mandatory masks to stop second COVID-19 wave
Jun 17 2020 05:00 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Jun 17 2020 05:02 Gmt+3
Turkish businesses have called for the mandatory use of medical masks in public to stave off a second wave of contagion, Daily Sabah reported on Wednesday, after coronavirus infections spiked since Turkey eased prevention measures earlier this month.

More:Turkish businesses call for mandatory masks to stop second COVID-19 wave | Ahval

Istanbul mayor Imamoğlu would beat Erdoğan in presidential election, pollster says | Ahval

Istanbul mayor Imamoğlu would beat Erdoğan in presidential election, pollster says

Ekrem İmamoğlu, who became a figurehead for Turkey's political opposition by winning an election for Istanbul mayor last year, is more favoured than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to become the next president, the president of pollster Avrasya said on Tuesday.

More:Istanbul mayor Imamoğlu would beat Erdoğan in presidential election, pollster says | Ahval

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

'Erdogan's anti-Semitism has done great harm to Turkey' - www.israelhayom.com

'Erdogan's anti-Semitism has done great harm to Turkey'

Dr. Aykan Erdemir, Senior Director of the Turkey Program at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discusses the real challenges Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will face in 2023 and what must be done to rehabilitate Turkish democracy after he is out of office.

More:'Erdogan's anti-Semitism has done great harm to Turkey' - www.israelhayom.com

Monday, June 15, 2020

Turkey begins its coronavirus antibody testing [Video]

Turkey begins its coronavirus antibody testing

AFP UK14 June 2020
Turkish authorities begin COVID-19 antibody tests across the country. Antibody testing will determine whether the Turkish public has gained immunity against the coronavirus. Households are randomly selected, and each tested person undergoes a nasal swab and gives blood samples.

More:Turkey begins its coronavirus antibody testing [Video]

18 people injured in Turkey earthquake

18 people injured in Turkey earthquake

At least 18 people have suffered injuries in an earthquake of 5.7 magnitudes that stuck the eastern Turkish province of Bingol on Sunday.

More:18 people injured in Turkey earthquake

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Politics and COVID-19: Coronavirus sees political polarisation in Turkey deepen - Qantara.de

Coronavirus sees political polarisation in Turkey deepen

Rising tension between the Turkish government and the opposition fuels speculation of an early election as they battle over COVID-19 financial aid campaigns, triggering further polarisation. By Ayse Karabat

More:Politics and COVID-19: Coronavirus sees political polarisation in Turkey deepen - Qantara.de

How Islamists are Ruining Islam - by Mustafa Akyol

How Islamists are Ruining Islam
Mustafa Akyol

If religion does not remain in the sublime domain of eternal truths, and if it descends into interference with worldly affairs, it becomes a destroyer of all, as well as of its own self.

More:How Islamists are Ruining Islam - by Mustafa Akyol

Erdogan’s bewildering character | Arab News

Erdogan’s bewildering character

ABDULRAHMAN AL-RASHED

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become a prominent figure in the region’s politics because of his involvement in the area’s problems and wars. Most Arabs have gradually become aware of his true identity, previously hidden by the propaganda spread by his allies, the extremist Islamist groups that moved to Turkey to live under his protection.

More:Erdogan’s bewildering character | Arab News

Friday, June 12, 2020

Feature: Istanbulites fill Bosphorus shores to swim, sunbath amid easing COVID-19 restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Feature: Istanbulites fill Bosphorus shores to swim, sunbath amid easing COVID-19 restrictions

ISTANBUL, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's largest city Istanbul's shores along the Bosphorus Strait has been recently transformed into a resort town, as it was filled with residents in swimsuits amid the further easing of the COVID-19 restrictions.

More:Feature: Istanbulites fill Bosphorus shores to swim, sunbath amid easing COVID-19 restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkish medical association says coronavirus lockdown eased too soon - Reuters

Turkish medical association says coronavirus lockdown eased too soon

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s top medical association criticised the decision to ease restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus, saying moves were not backed by science and had come too soon, before the country had overcome the pandemic’s initial wave.

More:Turkish medical association says coronavirus lockdown eased too soon - Reuters

Hard landing - Life is tough for Turkish businesses | Business | The Economist

Life is tough for Turkish businesses
But the pandemic may bring opportunity as well as woes

Kale group, an aerospace and construction conglomerate, had been making and assembling engine parts for America’s f-35 stealth fighter jet since 2005. But when Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, purchased a missile-defence system from Russia last year, the American government booted its nato ally from the f-35 programme. Turkey’s air force has ordered 100 of the planes but has taken delivery of none. Turkish firms lost contracts worth an estimated $9bn. Kale was among those most affected. And then came covid-19.

More:Hard landing - Life is tough for Turkish businesses | Business | The Economist

Seven reasons why President Erdogan looks vulnerable | Financial Times

Seven reasons why President Erdogan looks vulnerable

The Turkish leader is meeting frustrating setbacks both at home and abroad

More:Seven reasons why President Erdogan looks vulnerable | Financial Times

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Turkey passes controversial 'nightwatchmen' bill

Turkey passes controversial 'nightwatchmen' bill

Critics of Turkey's nightwatchmen bill accuse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to build a loyal 'militia'

Turkey's parliament passed a controversial bill on Wednesday giving neighbourhood patrols greater powers, with critics accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to build a loyal "militia".

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RELEASE: Censorship in Turkey Fuels Greater Distrust, More Misinformation on Social Media - Center for American Progress

RELEASE: Censorship in Turkey Fuels Greater Distrust, More Misinformation on Social Media
Date: June 10, 2020
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Washington, D.C. — A new report from the Center for American Progress highlights how government censorship in Turkey has caused troubling developments in Turkey’s media landscape, leading to greater distrust and more misinformation being spread on social media.

More:RELEASE: Censorship in Turkey Fuels Greater Distrust, More Misinformation on Social Media - Center for American Progress

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Coronavirus in Turkey: Opposition steals a march on Erdogan in lockdown | News | The Times

Coronavirus in Turkey: Opposition steals a march on Erdogan in lockdown

In the First Wave series, Times and Sunday Times foreign correspondents investigate responses around the world to the Covid-19 threat. Today, Hannah Lucinda Smith and Burhan Yuksekkas report on Turkey

More:Coronavirus in Turkey: Opposition steals a march on Erdogan in lockdown | News | The Times

Monday, June 08, 2020

Turkey and Portugal among destinations adopting WTTC safety protocols | Travel Weekly

Turkey and Portugal among destinations adopting WTTC safety protocols
by Robin Searle Jun 8th 2020, 17:07

Destinations including Turkey, Jamaica, Mauritius and Portugal have adopted the WTTC’s recently-announced Safe Travels protocols to demonstrate their readiness to welcome visitors.

More:Turkey and Portugal among destinations adopting WTTC safety protocols | Travel Weekly

Erdogan transforms neighborhood watchmen into loyalist force

Erdogan transforms neighborhood watchmen into loyalist force

Turkish lawmakers are considering a bill to empower the country's controversial neighborhood watch in what critics say is a ploy to give the president a vigilante force under his direct control.

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AKP mulls changing election alliance rules - Turkey News

AKP mulls changing election alliance rules
Nuray Babacan - ANKARA

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) plans to make changes in the election laws so that each party in an election alliance would need to clear the 5 percent election threshold separately, a move that could prevent small political parties from forming groups in the parliament with the support of their allies.

More:AKP mulls changing election alliance rules - Turkey News

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Turks enjoy first lockdown-free weekend in nearly two months - CGTN

Turks enjoy first lockdown-free weekend in nearly two months

Cafes, restaurants and other facilities were allowed to reopen on Monday as Turkey’s COVID-19 infection rates slowed.

Turks ventured outdoors on Saturday for their first weekend without lockdown restrictions that lasted nearly two months, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan lifted a stay-at-home order.

More:Turks enjoy first lockdown-free weekend in nearly two months - CGTN

Friday, June 05, 2020

Turkey‘s Post-Pandemic Trajectory: Ankara Rolls Out a More Assertive Foreign Policy | EuBulletin.Com

Turkey‘s Post-Pandemic Trajectory: Ankara Rolls Out a More Assertive Foreign Policy
Written by @Eubulletin | Friday, June 5th, 2020

Turkey has been swift to implement its own brand of diplomacy during the coronavirus pandemic, including deliveries of medical supplies and plans for long-term cooperation on medical equipment. This cooperative diplomacy goes hand in hand with an assertive foreign policy, illustrated by military interventions and challenges to the legal order in the Eastern Mediterranean. While consistent with the government’s strategy for 2023 – when Turkey will hold both a presidential election and celebrations of the country’s centennial – this policy is bound to create increasing difficulties for Ankara’s partners.

More:Turkey‘s Post-Pandemic Trajectory: Ankara Rolls Out a More Assertive Foreign Policy | EuBulletin.Com

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Turkey News: Police Power Boost May Make Force Loyal to Erdogan - Bloomberg

Turkey's Opposition Says Erdogan May Be Creating Loyal Security Force
By Selcan Hacaoglu and Firat Kozok
June 4, 2020, 6:19 AM EDT Updated on June 4, 2020, 7:47 AM EDT

Turkey’s government plans to give new powers to a 28,000-strong auxiliary police force, raising concerns that it’s being groomed to show allegiance to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and not the state.

More:Turkey News: Police Power Boost May Make Force Loyal to Erdogan - Bloomberg

Turkey not planning keeping weekend stay-at-home order as virus curbs ease | News | 1450 99.7 WHTC

Turkey not planning keeping weekend stay-at-home order as virus curbs ease
Wednesday, June 03, 2020 3:17 p.m. EDT by Thomson Reuters

FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk at Grand Bazaar as it reopens after weeks of the close doors amid the spread of the co
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's health minister said on Wednesday his team would not recommend extending a weekend stay-at-home order nearly two months after it was imposed as the government continues to ease coronavirus containment measures.

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Turkey 2nd among European countries with largest HEPP capacity, eyes 1st place by 2023 | Daily Sabah

Turkey 2nd among European countries with largest HEPP capacity, eyes 1st place by 2023
BY DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL ENERGY JUN 04, 2020 3:01 PM GMT+3

Turkey's Ilısu Dam on the Tigris River that has recently started partially operating. (DHA Photo)
Turkey is the second in Europe and the ninth country worldwide to have the largest installed power generated from hydroelectrical power plants (HEPP), and with newly inaugurated plants to start operating at full capacity, the country foresees reaching first place in Europe by 2023.

More:Turkey 2nd among European countries with largest HEPP capacity, eyes 1st place by 2023 | Daily Sabah

Turkish parliament strips status of three opposition MPs | News | WKZO

Turkish parliament strips status of three opposition MPs
Thursday, June 04, 2020 10:20 a.m. EDT by Thomson Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Enis Berberoglu, the first lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) jailed amid government purges foll
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament stripped two pro-Kurdish lawmakers and one MP from the main opposition party of their parliamentary status on Thursday after convictions against them became final, drawing sharp criticism from their parties.

Those stripped of their status were Leyla Guven and Musa Farisogullari from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and the Republican People's Party's (CHP) Enis Berberoglu.

More:Turkish parliament strips status of three opposition MPs | News | WKZO

Erdoğan’s Turkey and the Problem of the 30 Million - War on the Rocks

ERDOĞAN’S TURKEY AND THE PROBLEM OF THE 30 MILLION
SELIM KORUJUNE 4, 2020
COMMENTARY
On July 15, 2017, Turkey marked the first anniversary of the averted coup attempt. Erdoğan addressed a huge crowd of supporters, recounting the events that were already becoming a foundational legend for his new political regime. “When the putschist traitors attacked on the night of July 15th, we gave 250 of our heroes to the soil,” Erdoğan said, referring to those who were killed that night. “Do you know what we got in return? In return, we saved the future, the prospects of a Turkey of 50 million.”

More:Erdoğan’s Turkey and the Problem of the 30 Million - War on the Rocks

Turkish inflation rises more than expected to 11.4pc in May - Business - Business Recorder

Turkish inflation rises more than expected to 11.4pc in May
Consumer price inflation edged lower in the previous two months due to a drop in oil prices and falling domestic demand stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The monthly rise was led by a 6.85pc increase in clothing and footwear prices and a 3.30p

More:Turkish inflation rises more than expected to 11.4pc in May - Business - Business Recorder

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Turkey’s megaprojects threaten ‘mega’ financial havoc

Turkey’s megaprojects threaten ‘mega’ financial havoc

Turkey’s government might be forced to nationalize some megaproject investments, chief among them the new airport in Istanbul, which have hit dire straits under the combined impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Turkey’s existing economic woes.

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Turkish Airlines' Extreme Catering Downgrades | One Mile at a Time

Turkish Airlines’ Extreme Catering Downgrades
MAY 31, 2020 BY BEN (LUCKY) 97
TURKISH
Airlines around the world are adjusting onboard service to reflect the new reality. It’s in everyone’s interest for interaction between people to be limited in tight spaces, and that includes interaction between flight attendants and passengers.

More:Turkish Airlines' Extreme Catering Downgrades | One Mile at a Time

Why is Erdogan afraid of free bread?

Why is Erdogan afraid of free bread?

Turkey's main opposition party has successfully turned the pandemic into an opportunity by building a dynamic grassroots movement in the face of authoritarian rule.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Turkey opens new hospitals as daily coronavirus cases drop - ABC News

Turkey opens new hospitals as daily coronavirus cases drop

Two hospitals for coronavirus patients open in Istanbul as Turkey’s daily number of new cases falls to its lowest since the peak of the outbreak
By
The Associated Press
May 31, 2020, 2:51 PM

ANKARA, Turkey -- Two hospitals for coronavirus patients were opened in Istanbul on Sunday as Turkey’s daily number of new cases fell to its lowest since the peak of the outbreak.

More:Turkey opens new hospitals as daily coronavirus cases drop - ABC News

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Istanbul Convention and women's protection: Bombing the heart of the family in Turkey? - Qantara.de

Bombing the heart of the family in Turkey?

Turkey signed up to the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention, which aims to protect women from violence. Conservative forces in the country, however, are calling for Turkey's immediate withdrawal, claiming the traditional family is in danger. By Pelin Unker and Daniel Derya Bellut

More:The Istanbul Convention and women's protection: Bombing the heart of the family in Turkey? - Qantara.de

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Turkish president says to partially lift COVID-19 restrictions on June 1 - China.org.cn

Turkish president says to partially lift COVID-19 restrictions on June 1

ISTANBUL, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday announced that a series of bans, which were previously imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, would be lifted on June 1

More:Turkish president says to partially lift COVID-19 restrictions on June 1 - China.org.cn

Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency - BBC News

Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency
By Orla Guerin
BBC International Correspondent, Istanbul

Turkey has a lower recorded death toll than many other countries in Europe
Covid-19 came late to Turkey - on 11 March - but soon singed every corner of the country. Within a month all 81 provinces had been affected.

It was the one of the fastest growing outbreaks in the world - worse than China or the UK. There were fears that the death toll would soar turning Turkey into another Italy, which was then the hardest hit country.

More:Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency - BBC News

Turkey Borrowed Foreign Currency as Lira Tumbled - WSJ

Turkey Borrowed Foreign Currency as Lira Tumbled

Central bank short-term borrowing from its local banking system jumped to a record in April

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Pandemic May PushTurkey Further to Autocracy | Voice of America - English

Pandemic May PushTurkey Further to Autocracy
May 28, 2020 06:46 AM
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For years, international observers, western governments, and opposition politicians in Turkey have warned of the country’s slide to what one commentator called "an elected autocracy" under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Now,as coronavirus infections and deaths drop,the government has tightened already stringent controls on social media. Critics say the pandemic is accelerating Turkey’s descent from democratic freedoms. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.

More:Pandemic May PushTurkey Further to Autocracy | Voice of America - English

After rare silence, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

After rare silence, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

Istanbul: An eerie silence has fallen over Istanbul´s Grand Bazaar, one of the world´s oldest, largest and most visited markets, where a raucous mixture of languages, cultures and commerce has buzzed for centuries.

More:After rare silence, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Turkish President May Call Elections 2 Years Before The End Of His Term | WGLT

Turkish President May Call Elections 2 Years Before The End Of His Term
By PETER KENYON • MAY 25, 2020

Officially, Turkey's next presidential election is supposed to be three years away, and opposition parties see a chance to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's expected reelection bid. But as NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul, Erdogan could call elections next year to catch his challengers off guard.

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Turkish consortium eyes Philips' home appliances business - report

Turkish consortium eyes Philips' home appliances business - report

ANKARA (Turkey), May 26 (SeeNews) - A consortium of Turkish business associations is considering а potential acquisition of the household appliances business of Dutch conglomerate Philips, Turkish media reported.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Turkey's trains to run next week, airline to avoid staff cuts - Reuters

Turkey's trains to run next week, airline to avoid staff cuts

ISTANBUL, May 23 (Reuters) - Turkey said on Saturday some intercity trains will re-start next week as it gradually eases a partial coronavirus lockdown, while the chairman of Turkish Airlines said it was likely there would be no staff cuts for two years.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Turkey's central bank sees signs economy may have bottomed out - Reuters

Turkey's central bank sees signs economy may have bottomed out

ISTANBUL, May 21 (Reuters) - The Turkish central bank said on Thursday the economy may have bottomed out earlier this month after a slump brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, as it delivered what it called a “measured” interest rate cut to 8.25% from 8.75%.

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Turkey sees drop in daily coronavirus infections - The Hour

Turkey sees drop in daily coronavirus infections
Updated 2:07 pm EDT, Thursday, May 21, 2020

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday reported its lowest daily increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the past two months, with 961 new infections in the past 24 hours.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Turkish President Keeps Pushing Forward With The Waterway Project : NPR

Turkish President Keeps Pushing Forward With The Waterway Project

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing forward with the project of digging the waterway parallel to the Bosporus, despite warnings that it is not viable and could do ecological damage.

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Turkey’s wind energy capacity surges in 10 years with new technologies | Daily Sabah

Turkey’s wind energy capacity surges in 10 years with new technologies
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AA
ISTANBUL ENERGY MAY 19, 2020 2:22 PM GMT+3

A total of 3,285 turbines installed across Turkey. (File Photo)
With new technologies came into use, further contributed with financial backing and investments, Turkey’s wind energy sector’s installed capacity surged tenfold in the last 10 years, Turkey Wind Energy Association's (TÜREB) chairman said Tuesday.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records | Daily Sabah

Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records
BY DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL TURKEY MAY 17, 2020 7:46 PM GMT+3

A woman cools off with some water from a fountain amid all-time high May temperatures, during a six-hour break from the coronavirus curfew, Muğla, Turkey, May 17, 2020. (AA Photo)
Sunday saw all-time high temperatures in provinces throughout western Turkey, including in southern Antalya, southwestern Muğla, Burdur and Isparta, and northwestern Bursa.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Turkish firm produces first domestic drug for COVID-19 - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkish firm produces first domestic drug for COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-16 02:15:08|Editor: huaxia
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- A Turkish company recently launched the first domestic production of a drug to be used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, the Demiroren news agency reported Friday.

The production has been progressing at the facility of the pharmaceutical company in the Cerkezkoy district of Tekirdag Province, some 150 km from Istanbul, under the surveillance of about 100 scientists.

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Turks celebrate Ramadan under shadow of pandemic

Turks celebrate Ramadan under shadow of pandemic

From masked drummers to online pide contests, Turks are bring new twists to Ramadan in the coronavirus era.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Erdogan attacks opposition mayors over virus aid - France 24

Erdogan attacks opposition mayors over virus aid

Issued on: 15/05/2020 - 07:28
Modified: 15/05/2020 - 07:26

On the Turkish capital's bridges and bus stops, Ankara mayor Mansur Yavas urges wealthier residents to help poorer citizens during the coronavirus pandemic by paying off their debts to grocers.

"Kindness is more contagious than disease," the advert proclaims, showing a large black book with the word "paid" in red.

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Health minister declares virus outbreak under control in Turkey | Daily Sabah

Health minister declares virus outbreak under control in Turkey
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL TURKEY MAY 14, 2020 2:11 PM GMT+3

A security officer checks the body temperature of a woman at the entrance of a shopping mall on Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul, Turkey, May 11, 2020. (AFP Photo)
With the number of patients recovered from COVID-19 surpassing 100,000, more than 70% of the country's coronavirus cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the outbreak is now under control in Turkey
Turkey has registered a constant recovery rate since week five of the outbreak, and the pandemic is now considered under control, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Wednesday.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Is a coup really looming in Turkey?

Is a coup really looming in Turkey?

Amid Turkey’s deepening economic woes and the COVID-19 pandemic, the main opposition has come into the government's crosshairs for allegedly inciting a military coup, which is no coincidence.

more:Is a coup really looming in Turkey?

Turkey Faces Currency Crisis As COVID-19 Strains Economy : NPR

Turkey Faces Currency Crisis As COVID-19 Strains Economy
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In Turkey, the government is touting its donations of medical supplies abroad even though coronavirus is taking a steep toll in Turkey and the economy is on the brink.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Disinfection industry booms in Turkey - CGTN

Coronavirus Pandemic: Disinfection industry booms in Turkey

Many businesses in Turkey have taken a hit due to COVID-19. Shopping malls and restaurants are closed, and factories are shut down. But one industry is flourishing – disinfection services. CGTN's Michal Bardavid reports.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

COVID-19 increases Turkey’s appetite for health tourism

COVID-19 increases Turkey’s appetite for health tourism

Health tourism is not a new thing for Turkey. In 2010, the Health Ministry established the Health Tourism Unit, which later became the Health Tourism Coordination Council (SATURK), to orchestrate the efforts to turn Turkey into a medical tourism hub.

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Turkey accuses five nations of forming 'alliance of evil' | News | fredericksburg.com

Turkey accuses five nations of forming 'alliance of evil'
By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press 7 hrs ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Tuesday accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an “alliance of evil” after these countries issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara’s policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya.

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Coronavirus economic shocks could prove catalyst for Erdoğan's political decline | World news | The Guardian

Coronavirus economic shocks could prove catalyst for Erdoğan's political decline
Collapsing economy and handling of crisis may deal president mortal blow

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is a populist juggernaut, fond of suggesting that his leadership is the only way to protect the country from enemies both real and imagined. The coronavirus pandemic, however, is an existential crisis unlike anything he has faced before.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Could Turkey’s opposition provide a model for the defeat of populist authoritarian rule? | openDemocracy

Could Turkey’s opposition provide a model for the defeat of populist authoritarian rule?

COVID-19 could strengthen global resilience against populist authoritarianism. Those movements should also learn from each other.

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Roundup: Turkey's shopping malls, barbershops reopen amid easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Roundup: Turkey's shopping malls, barbershops reopen amid easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions
Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-11 23:36:08|Editor: huaxia
ISTANBUL, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Most of the shopping malls, barbershops and beauty salons across Turkey resumed operations on Monday as part of a gradual easing of the restrictions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huseyin Altas, chairman of Turkey's Shopping Centers and Investors Association, told reporters that 350 out of a total of 436 malls in the country opened their doors to clients.

More:Roundup: Turkey's shopping malls, barbershops reopen amid easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkish doctors turn detectives to track COVID-19 - CNA

Turkish doctors turn detectives to track COVID-19

ISTANBUL: In full protective gear, two doctors climb the stairs four at a time. Their first task of the day: To test a woman who has had contact with a COVID-19 patient in Istanbul.

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Saturday, May 09, 2020

Turkey and EU ties on 70th year of Europe Day

Turkey and EU ties on 70th year of Europe Day

Today, the European Union is set to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration which created the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) with the participation of France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg

more:Turkey and EU ties on 70th year of Europe Day

Turkey plans almost $3 billion capital injection for state banks, sources say - Reuters

Turkey plans almost $3 billion capital injection for state banks, sources say
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey plans to inject about 20 billion lira ($2.8 billion) of new capital into three state banks - Ziraat Bank, Halkbank (HALKB.IS) and Vakifbank (VAKBN.IS) - in the coming days, two banking sources told Reuters on Friday.

Turkish banks are under increased pressure to lend in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that is tipping the nation’s economy into what is expected to be its second recession in less than two years. State lenders generally have smaller capital buffers than their private peers.

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Friday, May 08, 2020

Why is Turkey prioritizing shopping malls in reopening plan?

Why is Turkey prioritizing shopping malls in reopening plan?

Ankara’s haste to reopen shopping malls may be an effort to revive sagging consumption, but it also has to do with a tight nexus between politicians and businesses in the country.

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Ankara mayor’s popularity soars during COVID-19 pandemic

Ankara mayor’s popularity soars during COVID-19 pandemic 

Ankara’s secular mayor represents a robust and resilient challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in terms of popularity
Yavas has been widely praised for his social projects during the pandemic, which have helped people from all backgrounds
ANKARA: Yusuf Derin, 45, is the father of four and has desperately been searching for employment since losing his job at a restaurant when it closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has led to a nationwide recession.

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Inside Istanbul's 'plague islands' | CNN Travel

Inside Istanbul's 'plague islands'
Video by Ed Scott-Clarke and Joseph Ataman, text by Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN • Published 8th May 2020

(CNN) — Like many places around the world, Turkey has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 100,000 cases have been registered in the country, with the vast majority recorded in Istanbul.
But this isn't the first time Turkey's largest city has been devastated by an outbreak of disease.
Around 540 CE, Istanbul, known as Constantinople at the time, fell victim to one of the worst outbreaks of the Black Death, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people each day.

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Burak Bekdil: Turkey's Erdoğan Could Face Serious Political Challenge :: Middle East Forum

Burak Bekdil: Turkey's Erdoğan Could Face Serious Political Challenge
by Marilyn Stern
Middle East Forum Radio
May 8, 2020

Burak Bekdil, Ankara-based columnist and Charles Wax Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, spoke to Middle East Forum Radio host Gregg Roman on April 22 about the coronavirus pandemic's impact on Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's political future.

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Istanbul Municipality launches campaign to fund unpaid bills - Turkey News

Istanbul Municipality launches campaign to fund unpaid bills
ISTANBUL

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has launched an online aid campaign calling on better-off residents to help financially troubled dwellers in paying their unpaid bills, as the coronavirus pandemic has strained many households in Turkey’s largest city.

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Turkey has not become like Italy. Was it science or luck? | Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

Turkey has not become like Italy. Was it science or luck?
AuthorTülin Daloğlu

In this issue of Turkeyscope, senior Turkish journalist Tülin Daloğlu provided an insider's perspective on Turkey's struggle with the Coronavirus. The article analyzes the measures that have been implemented since the eruption of the first COVID-19 case in Turkey and their effects on the Turkish public.

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In Turkey, the AKP’s COVID-19 Strategy Could Be Its Downfall

In Turkey, the AKP’s COVID-19 Strategy Could Be Its Downfall

Ryan Bohl
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
May 8, 2020 | 10:00 GMT

Pedestrians wearing masks walk down a street in Istanbul’s historic Eminonu district on May 5, 2020. Many stores remain closed in Istanbul, which has become the epicenter of Turkey’s COVID-19 epidemic. 

(Diego Cupolo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
To bolster what remains of its legitimacy, President Erdogan’s party will likely double down on nationalist and protectionist policies, even if such efforts create more problems down the road....

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The Turkish lira's perfect storm | News | WKZO

The Turkish lira's perfect storm
Thursday, May 07, 2020 10:46 a.m. EDT by Thomson Reuters

FILE PHOTO: A merchant counts Turkish lira banknotes at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
By Marc Jones

LONDON (Reuters) - Turkey's lira has slumped to a record low and worries are mounting that it is being sucked into a perfect storm.

The coronavirus is bringing a deep recession, analysts estimate the central bank has used up roughly a quarter of its freely available currency reserves in recent months and with huge dollar-denominated liabilities to service there are question marks about what its policy response is.

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Thursday, May 07, 2020

Istanbul Tulip returns home after 200 years

Istanbul Tulip returns home after 200 years

Dutch consul general hands over flower to mayor, 16 million Istanbulites

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Turkey's exports fell more than 41%, imports fell 28% amid a pandemic - Daily NewsX

Turkey’s exports fell more than 41%, imports fell 28% amid a pandemic
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Turkey’s exports and imports have been negatively affected by the coronavirus, with a marked decline observed in the course of April.

Exports fell 41.38% yoy to $ 9 billion during the month, according to preliminary data from the Ministry of Commerce published on Monday.

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Istanbul officials launch aid campaign to fund unpaid utility bills - China.org.cn

Istanbul officials launch aid campaign to fund unpaid utility bills
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ISTANBUL, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Local officials in Turkey's biggest city Istanbul on Wednesday launched a new online aid campaign for those who have trouble paying their invoices due to limitations against COVID-19.

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Erdogan's cold war with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Erdogan's cold war with Saudi Arabia and UAE

Turkey's patience with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is running low, sources tell Al-Monitor.

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Erdogan Faces His Biggest Test of the Pandemic: The Economy - The New York Times

Erdogan Faces His Biggest Test of the Pandemic: The Economy

Some are hoping that the coronavirus achieves what some of the president’s advisers have failed to do: persuade Mr. Erdogan to reverse his authoritarian grip over fiscal policy in Turkey.

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Turkish barbers overjoyed at resuming business

Turkish barbers overjoyed at resuming business

Country gradually begins normalization amid novel coronavirus outbreak as barbershops to resume work on May 11

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Pressure on Turkey’s Economy Builds as Lira Nears Record Low - WSJ

Pressure on Turkey’s Economy Builds as Lira Nears Record Low
Turkey’s central bank has run short of foreign-currency reserves and turned to the U.S. for possible help, but analysts say Washington is unlikely to oblige
By Caitlin Ostroff and David Gauthier-Villars

The Turkish lira slid to its lowest level in two years Wednesday as investors speculated that its central bank would struggle to stem the currency’s decline amid the coronavirus economic crunch.

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Turkish officials thought drawing rainbows would turn kids gay - Insider

Turkish officials reportedly ordered children to stop drawing rainbows, claiming it was a ploy to turn them gay
Connor Perrett

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference after cabinet meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on May 4, 2020. Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Turkish officials reportedly told school principals to forbid students from drawing rainbows and attaching them to windows, claiming the project was a ploy to turn children gay.

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Monday, May 04, 2020

Youth and elderly to leave homes at different times as Turkey eases lockdown | The Independent

Youth and elderly to leave homes at different times as Turkey eases lockdown

Lifting of restrictions comes amid drop in coronavirus deaths

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Turkey has become a hostage to Erdogan’s leadership – opinion - The Jerusalem Post

Turkey has become a hostage to Erdogan’s leadership – opinion

Now, with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis, Turkey has itself become a hostage.

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37 Percent of EU’s Waste in Turkey - english

37 Percent of EU’s Waste in Turkey

According to the statistics shared by the Eurostat, the European Union (EU) countries exported 31 million tons of waste in 2019, 11.4 million of which was to Turkey. The country has ranked first in the statistics, well ahead of other countries.

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Turkey Seeks US Funds, but Roadblocks Lie Ahead - The Media Line

Turkey Seeks US Funds, but Roadblocks Lie Ahead
KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI
05/03/2020

There remains a bitter aftertaste in Washington over Ankara’s acquisition of Russian weapons

Turkey’s pursuit of US funding to limit an economic crisis faces a major roadblock after Ankara said it would eventually go ahead and activate a key Russian weapon system.

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Hitler's Man In Turkey: The Unbelievable Story of a Nazi Spy Inside the British Embassy | The National Interest

Hitler's Man In Turkey: The Unbelievable Story of a Nazi Spy Inside the British Embassy
Codename: Cicero.

by Kelly Bell

On the evening of October 29, 1943, a middle-aged man, innocuous in appearance but for his deep-set, penetrating eyes, appeared at the German embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara. The facility’s intelligence officer, Ludwig Moyzisch, who at first was unimpressed by his after hours caller, received him. Conversing in their common language of French, the Austrian intelligence operative and his shadowy Turkish visitor became more intense as they continued to speak.

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Turkey Records 61 New COVID-19 Deaths, Lowest in Over a Month - The New York Times

Turkey Records 61 New COVID-19 Deaths, Lowest in Over a Month
By The Associated Press
May 3, 2020

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health minister has announced 61 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, which is the lowest number in over a month. The country's total death toll stands at 3,397.

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Friday, May 01, 2020

bne IntelliNews - TURKEY INSIGHT: The lira’s past 7. Now don’t be a tough guy Erdogan, don’t be a fool!

TURKEY INSIGHT: The lira’s past 7. Now don’t be a tough guy Erdogan, don’t be a fool!

By Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 1, 2020
So, here we are again—past seven. It’s taken 21 months but the Turkish lira has again weakened through the psychologically important 7.00-to-the-dollar level not seen since Turkey’s August 2018 currency crisis, which brought an all-time nadir of 7.23.

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Coronavirus and press freedom in Turkey: Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses" - Qantara.de

Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses"

Is the Turkish president Erdogan using the fight against coronavirus to silence the few remaining critical press voices in the country? Opposition and journalists fear a new wave of censorship. By Daniel Derya Bellut

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Internet commerce grows in Turkey – Middle East Monitor

Internet commerce grows in Turkey
April 30, 2020 at 3:02 pm | Published in: Coronavirus, Europe & Russia, News, Turkey

April 30, 2020 at 3:02 pm
The volume of electronic commerce (e-commerce) in Turkey has grown 39 per cent in 2019, according to a report published by Turkey’s Informatics Industry Association (TÜBİSAD) yesterday.

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Turkish journalist Fatih Portakal charged for tweet about president’s speech - Committee to Protect Journalists

Turkish journalist Fatih Portakal charged for tweet about president’s speech
April 30, 2020 3:50 PM ET

Istanbul, April 30, 2020 – Turkish authorities should drop the charges against journalist Fatih Portakal and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Turkey says virus outbreak at peak as government weighs easing restrictions

Turkey says virus outbreak at peak as government weighs easing restrictions

The country’s health minister credits new therapies and contact tracing for a recent decline in new cases, but warns it is still too soon to loosen restrictions on mobility to mitigate the outbreak.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ghostly and melancholic: A portrait of Istanbul

‘Ghostly and melancholic’: Bustling Istanbul is muted by quarantine
Normally buzzing with activity, Turkey’s timeless city is now a harbor of resilience.
Seagulls fill the sky above Istanbul, Turkey, seen here from the Karakoy neighborhood.
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BY ONUR UYGUN
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PUBLISHED APRIL 29, 2020

The Bosporus, the narrow strait running through the heart of Istanbul, flows at the intersection of Europe and Asia. It’s both a watery highway and a metaphor, uniting social life in this city of 15 million people. On a typical spring day, Istanbullus— from sweatshirt-wearing students to grandmothers in headscarves—pack the city’s waterside parks, sunning themselves to a soundtrack of seabirds. At rush hour, a cacophony of car horns resonates from the sahil yolu (seaside road).

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Turkey's new medical center to trace COVID-19 patients after recovery - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Turkey's new medical center to trace COVID-19 patients after recovery

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-29 01:15:14|Editor: huaxia
ISTANBUL, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A state hospital in Turkey's biggest city of Istanbul opened a new center on Tuesday to track the health conditions of the recovered COVID-19 patients.

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Fuel truck bomb kills at least 40 people in Turkish area of northern Syria | Thomas Seibert | AW

Fuel truck bomb kills at least 40 people in Turkish area of northern Syria

The Turkish Defence Ministry blamed Kurdish militants for the blast in a crowded area of downtown Afrin.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

World Bank approves $100 mln loan to support Turkey's health system amid pandemic

World Bank approves $100 mln loan to support Turkey's health system amid pandemic
AuthorDragana Petrushevska
PublishedApr 27, 2020 13:44 EEST
Source: minsvyaz.ru
ANKARA (Turkey), April 27 (SeeNews) - The World Bank said it has approved a $100 million (92.2 million euro) loan to Turkey to support the country's health system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the funds, Turkey's ministry of health will implement a project aimed at helping the government to slow the spread of the infection and reinforce the overall health system to detect and treat cases, the World Bank said in a statement on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Turkish cenbank makes big one-day bond buy, yields tumble - Reuters

Turkish cenbank makes big one-day bond buy, yields tumble

ISTANBUL, April 27 (Reuters) - Turkey’s central bank bought 5 billion lira ($715 million) in debt from the Unemployment Insurance Fund on Monday, continuing its economic stimulus and pushing bond yields lower in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, according to two bankers.

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Turkey Seeks to Restart Economy With Domestic Flights in May - Bloomberg

Turkey Seeks to Restart Economy With Domestic Flights in May
By Firat Kozok
April 27, 2020, 7:50 AM EDT Updated on April 27, 2020, 1:46 PM EDT
Officials mull gradual resumption of trains, reopening schools
On Monday Turkey reported fewest new cases in almost 3 weeks

Turkey is deliberating whether to start reopening its economy with the resumption of some domestic flights as early as mid-May, officials with direct knowledge of the plans said.

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Press freedom in Turkey: Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses" - Qantara.de

Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses"

Is the Turkish president Erdogan using the fight against coronavirus to silence the few remaining critical press voices in the country? Opposition and journalists fear a new wave of censorship. By Daniel Derya Bellut

More:Press freedom in Turkey: Erdogan's crusade against "all media and political viruses" - Qantara.de

COVID-19 crisis stokes fear of food insecurity in Turkey

COVID-19 crisis stokes fear of food insecurity in Turkey

The novel coronavirus is threatening to inflate food prices in Turkey, whose agricultural sector was already in dire straits and overly reliant on imports before the pandemic.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Turkey’s Erdogan Tangled In His Own Web Of Deceit | News Ghana

Turkey’s Erdogan Tangled In His Own Web Of Deceit
By Ahmed Al-Khaled -Apr 25, 2020

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey’s foreign policy centered around Recep Erdogan’s ambitions has been devised as a giant web weaved all across Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe. Now the Turkish leader may fall prey to his own schemes.
“Zero problems with neighbors” – this was the catchy motto selected by then Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan for his country’s foreign policy not so long ago. These days, when the relations of Turkey with neighbors and more distant states alike appear to be made of problems almost entirely, the motto looks like a dark joke – a one that didn’t age well (or did, depending on the point of view) – and gives grounds for re-evaluation of the Turkish leadership’s actions and decisions that led the country to its current state.

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LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: Building for the Apocalypse | Lost Coast Outpost | Humboldt County

LETTER FROM ISTANBUL: Building for the Apocalypse

We go out every couple of days, just to get groceries from the supermarket. But even that is becoming an ordeal, since the government imposed a four-day lockdown every week, from Thursday to Sunday.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan has found a cure for coronavirus - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com

Opinion Turkey's Erdogan Has Found a Cure for Coronavirus

The Turkish president is writing the playbook for how to reframe a disastrous coronavirus death toll as a glorious success for the supreme leader

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Erdoğan Fights Turkey's Mayors, Not COVID-19 :: Middle East Forum

Erdoğan Fights Turkey's Mayors, Not COVID-19
by Burak Bekdil
BESA Center Perspectives
April 23, 2020

Excerpt of article originally published under the title "Turkey and Coronavirus: Divided We Stand."

... The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forcefully reminded Turks of their deep underlying divisions. Those divisions are making it impossible for them to come together to fight a potential catastrophe that is national, not ideological.

More:Erdoğan Fights Turkey's Mayors, Not COVID-19 :: Middle East Forum

Refugees and migration in the Aegean: The EU and Turkey need each other – and a new refugee deal - Qantara.de

The EU and Turkey need each other – and a new refugee deal

The refugee crisis on Turkey's borders can only be resolved with a new EU deal. It should build on the current plan, but avoid its flaws, writes Ozgur Unluhisarcikli of the German Marshall Fund of the United States

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COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus breeds domestic violence in Turkey - Qantara.de

Coronavirus breeds domestic violence in Turkey

Countries under coronavirus lockdown have seen a marked rise in domestic violence. Women's rights activists in Turkey criticise that existing laws are not being applied and the government is not doing enough to protect victims. By Pelin Unker and Daniel Derya Bellut
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COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus breeds domestic violence in Turkey - Qantara.de

bne IntelliNews - Lira left further exposed as Turkish central bank gives imperilled economy shot in arm with another rate cut

Lira left further exposed as Turkish central bank gives imperilled economy shot in arm with another rate cut

By bne IntelIiNews April 23, 2020
Turkey’s central bank on April 22 cut its benchmark interest rate by 100bp—twice as much as the market consensus anticipated—to 8.75% in a bid to keep credit flowing despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) upheaval and the risk of further undermining the embattled Turkish lira and financial stability.

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3,000 tonnes of 'hidden gold' stashed under people's mattresses to help Turkey's economy during pandemic

3,000 tonnes of 'hidden gold' stashed under people's mattresses to help Turkey's economy during pandemic
By Gani Mohamed Waseem
April 23, 2020 22:15 +08

Turkey seems to have found a treasure trove of "hidden gold" to give its economy a much needed fillip during these trying times.

100 tonnes of "hidden gold" put back into Turkish economy

According to a report in Turkey's Daily Sabah news, Turkish banks and gold refineries have helped put over "100 tonnes of gold hidden in people's homes" back into the country's financial system. But there is still around 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes of gold "stashed under people's mattresses," the report cites a leading gold refinery in Turkey as saying.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Turks mark major holiday under virus lockdown

Turks mark major holiday under virus lockdown

A four-day curfew has Turkey locked down as health workers battle an outbreak that has now exceeded 100,000 cases.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Larger than expected rate cut raises pressure on Turkish lira

Larger than expected rate cut raises pressure on Turkish lira

Turkey’s central bank surprised market watchers Wednesday with a significant interest rate cut to bolster the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, though analysts say the move poses inflationary risks.

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8 Policy Recommendations for Dealing With the ‘New’ Turkey | The National Interest

8 Policy Recommendations for Dealing With the ‘New’ Turkey

The world is witnessing in slow-motion a second Iran in the making, less violent and dramatic, more sophisticated and potentially more enduring.

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Resilience in Turkey

RESILIENCE
IN TURKEY

Don’t Write off Turkey’s Democracy

There was a time when Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — whether you liked him or not — represented change. He stood for a forward-looking vision for the country, suggesting that he could navigate the most pressing challenges, from the Kurdish issue to corruption, to economic mismanagement, and he did. The people loved him for this reason and supported him at the ballot box.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Turkish economy to shrink for first time in a decade this year: Reuters poll - Reuters

Turkish economy to shrink for first time in a decade this year: Reuters poll
Ezgi Erkoyun
4 MIN READ

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s economy is expected to contract this year for the first time in over a decade as the coronavirus pandemic slashes output through mid-year, and it’s unlikely to grow again until 2021, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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Erdogan’s dream airport in dire straits amid pandemic

Erdogan’s dream airport in dire straits amid pandemic

The company operating Istanbul’s new mega airport appears unlikely to hold on for even a few months without assistance, as the COVID-19 pandemic hits Turkey’s aviation industry.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Owners abandon dogs in Turkey amid virus fears - Republic World

Owners Abandon Dogs In Turkey Amid Virus Fears
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Pets in Turkey are being abandoned in increasing numbers as Turkey's coronavirus crisis deepens, activists say.

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121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows - The New York Times

121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows
By The Associated Press
April 18, 2020

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health minister said Saturday that 121 more people have died of COVID-19, with total deaths standing at 1,890.

Fahrettin Koca shared the figures on Twitter, saying 3,783 more people were infected with the coronavirus. The total number of confirmed infections is 82,329.

More:121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows - The New York Times

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Marc Pierini: The ripple effects of the coronavirus in Turkey | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice

Marc Pierini: The ripple effects of the coronavirus in Turkey
By Marc Pierini. Published April 18. Updated April 18 at 1:57 pm

A staff member of Ankara Cankaya Municipality, feeds pigeons in Ankara, on April 11, 2020, during the 48-hour curfew imposed by the government to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Photo by AFP
The way autocratic regimes make use of the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting democracy and governance worldwide. Turkey is no exception.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows - The New York Times

121 New Virus Deaths in Turkey as Infection Rate Slows
By The Associated Press
April 18, 2020
Updated 1:36 p.m. ET

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s health minister said Saturday that 121 more people have died of COVID-19, with total deaths standing at 1,890.

Fahrettin Koca shared the figures on Twitter, saying 3,783 more people were infected with the coronavirus. The total number of confirmed infections is 82,329.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Coronavirus Has Opposite Effects on Turkish Policy in Syria and Libya - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Coronavirus Has Opposite Effects on Turkish Policy in Syria and Libya
Soner Cagaptay with Deniz Yuksel

April 17, 2020

Ceasefire agreements and contagion concerns will likely limit Turkish operations in Syria for the time being, but Ankara has no such constraints in its Libya proxy war.

As of April 16, Turkey’s government had reported over 74,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,643 deaths. Thanks to the advancement of healthcare services under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s mortality rate stands relatively low at around 2 percent, comparable to Germany’s. Although the overall health impact of COVID-19 is yet to be seen, Turkey seems to be doing better than many other countries at the moment (e.g., Italy’s mortality rate is around 12 percent).

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Turkey Releases Refugees from Quarantine Amid Coronavirus Lockdown  | Voice of America - English

Turkey Releases Refugees from Quarantine Amid Coronavirus Lockdown 
By Heather Murdock, Shadi Turk
April 16, 2020 10:21 AM

Families crowd together in the streets despite coronavirus fears, in Izmir, Turkey, April 13, 2020. (Photo courtesy of refugees)
ISTANBUL - After more than two weeks of forced quarantine, hundreds of refugees in Turkey have been released haphazardly in recent days, with many being left on the streets in locked down coastal areas.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Turkish study shows full lockdown would limit economic damage

Turkish study shows full lockdown would limit economic damage
ReutersApril 16, 2020

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey could sharply limit damage to its economy if it were to impose a nationwide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and faces a 17% economic contraction if it maintains its current course, research showed on Thursday.

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Turkey passes bill to cushion COVID-19 fallout, protect economic, social life | Daily Sabah

Turkey passes bill to cushion COVID-19 fallout, protect economic, social life
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AA
ISTANBUL ECONOMY APR 16, 2020 12:57 PM GMT+3

People wear face masks as they walk down İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul, Turkey, April 14, 2020. (AFP Photo)
The Turkish Parliament on Thursday ratified a bill to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on economic and social life, further guaranteeing a series of economic measures to help the country’s economy to survive, while shielding businesses and the public from an overall fallout.

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Opinion: EU, Turkey need each other and a new refugee deal | Opinion | DW | 16.04.2020

Opinion: EU, Turkey need each other and a new refugee deal

The refugee crisis on Turkey's borders can only be resolved with a new EU deal. It should build on the current plan but avoid its flaws, writes Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

More:Opinion: EU, Turkey need each other and a new refugee deal | Opinion | DW | 16.04.2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Turkey says rate of coronavirus infection stabilizes

Turkey says rate of coronavirus infection stabilizes
Ayla Jean Yackley April 15, 2020

ARTICLE SUMMARY
The health minister sees signs the fast-spreading contagion is coming under control as the number of new cases remains steady. But an independent physicians’ group warns the government may be undercounting.

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Turkey completes first phase of vaccine efforts - Turkey News

Turkey completes first phase of vaccine efforts
İZMİR

Scientists in western Turkey commenced the lab tests of an antigen they designed for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.     

Research is ongoing with the collaboration of the Ege University Drug Development and Pharmacokinetic Research Application Center (ARGEFAR) in Izmir province and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

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Turkish lira slides to 6.9 vs dollar as outbreak hits budget | Nasdaq

Turkish lira slides to 6.9 vs dollar as outbreak hits budget
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Ali Kucukgocmen Reuters
Ceyda Caglayan Reuters
Ebru Tuncay Reuters
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APR 15, 2020 8:48AM EDT

ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) - Turkey's lira slid more than 1% on Wednesday to its lowest level since the height of the 2018 currency crisis, as the coronavirus fallout took a deep bite out of the government's budget and data showed corporate deals fizzled last month.

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Locking up dissidents, Turkish style: the saga of Osman Kavala | openDemocracy

Locking up dissidents, Turkish style: the saga of Osman Kavala

The accusation that Osman Kavala supported both the Gülen movement and the Gezi movement was outlandish from the outset.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Turkey emerges as key player in global COVID-19 fight | TheHill

Turkey emerges as key player in global COVID-19 fight
BY SASHA TOPERICH, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 04/14/20 01:30 PM EDT 23THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey has proven itself as a key supporter of world efforts. State-run media say Turkey acted promptly and efficiently to curb spread of the coronavirus, and it’s true the government closed schools and universities only one day after the first positive case was identified in the country, among other measures. This response was by far faster than that of some key European countries.

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Turkish Airlines Extends Flight Cancellations Until May 20 - The New York Times

Turkish Airlines Extends Flight Cancellations Until May 20
By Reuters
April 14, 2020, 6:42 a.m. ET

ANKARA — Turkish Airlines has extended the cancellation of international flights to May 20 from May 1 over the coronavirus outbreak, the airline said on Tuesday, adding that domestic flights would remain suspended until April 20.

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Erdogan’s weekend lockdowns not enough to fight coronavirus | MEO

Erdogan’s weekend lockdowns not enough to fight coronavirus

Turkish parliament approves release of thousands of prisoners as safety measure against coronavirus outbreak.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Turkish parliament passes bill to release thousands from prison amid coronavirus - Reuters

Turkish parliament passes bill to release thousands from prison amid coronavirus
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law that will allow the release of tens of thousands of prisoners to ease overcrowding in jails and protect detainees from the coronavirus, but which critics slam for excluding those jailed on terrorism charges.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan blocks pandemic funds for cities run by opposition - The Jerusalem Post

Turkey's Erdogan blocks pandemic funds for cities run by opposition

As chaos spills onto Turkish streets due to coronavirus, critics say move is meant to undermine mayors

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Turkish Interior Minister Resigns After Decision to Introduce Curfew Amid COVID-19 Outbreak - Sputnik International

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Turkish authorities imposed a snap 48-hour curfew across major cities on Saturday, providing little warning to citizens, leading to crowds of people flooding the streets Friday night to stock up on food and emergency supplies.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Cases in Turkey are rising rapidly: Corona-Ignorant Erdogan with the decree for Chaos | KXan 36 Daily News

Cases in Turkey are rising rapidly: Corona-Ignorant Erdogan with the decree for Chaos
April 12, 2020

The Turkish government has imposed because of the Corona-crisis for this weekend in the short term, output restrictions in 31 cities. This also applies to the country’s largest city, the metropolis of Istanbul, such as provincial Governor Ali Yerlikaya confirmed late on Friday evening in a Tweet.

Because the measure was only announced just two hours in advance, set in Istanbul, immediately panic purchases. In super markets, bakeries and neighborhood shops and queues formed. She had not expected such a measure, said the Istanbulerin Simona Hayrabe to the AFP news Agency. “But it came so suddenly.”

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Istanbul’s baskets become a lifeline for older people under COVID-19 curfew | Ahval

Istanbul’s baskets become a lifeline for older people under COVID-19 curfew
Apr 11 2020 12:36 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 11 2020 12:43 Gmt+3
Istanbul’s tradition of dangling baskets from windows to collect groceries has become a lifeline for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Jenna Scatena writing in Conde Nast Traveler.

Scatena first learned about about the custom when she was accidentally hit on the head by a basket dangled on the end of long rope by an elderly lady from an upper storey window. A grocery store clerk nudged her aside and placed groceries in the basket, before the lady hoisted it back up.

More:Istanbul’s baskets become a lifeline for older people under COVID-19 curfew | Ahval

Friday, April 10, 2020

Carpark employee becomes chairman of Turkish clothing company | Ahval

Carpark employee becomes chairman of Turkish clothing company
Apr 11 2020 12:01 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 11 2020 12:04 Gmt+3
Turkish clothing brand Koton appointed one of its parking lot employees as the chairman of the firm’s board of directors, Gazete Duvar reported on Thursday.

Lütfü Çağkaya, who was in charge of Koton’s parking lot in Istanbul, stepped up to his new position on April 1, as the coronavirus pandemic took its toll on the Turkish textile industry, the news site said, citing sources close to the company.

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Turkey orders partial curfew as COVID-19 deaths climb to 1,006 | Ahval

Turkey orders partial curfew as COVID-19 deaths climb to 1,006

Turkish Interior Ministry has ordered a two-day curfew in 31 provinces, between midnight April 10 and midnight April 12, while Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Friday evening announced 98 new deaths and 4,747 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country. More than 30,800 tests were carried out since the minister’s announcement on Thursday, and 281 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

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Turkey's COVID-19 infection rate is the fastest rising in the world. Here's why it got so many cases so quickly. | Business Insider

Turkey's COVID-19 infection rate is the fastest rising in the world. Here's why it got so many cases so quickly.
JAMES PASLEY
APR 10, 2020, 3:36 PM

Turkey, a nation of 80 million, had the fastest growing number of coronavirus cases in the world.
Less than a month ago, it didn’t have a single case. As of April 10, it had 42,282 confirmed cases with 908 deaths.
Here’s what happened in between.

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EU - Coronavirus Debt: Netherlands refuses to 'Go Dutch' on EU coronavirus debt - Reuters

As the European Union spars over an emergency economic package for countries reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch have revived their image of thriftiness by refusing to support a plea by southern members to take on collective debt.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-netherlands/netherlands-refuses-to-go-dutch-on-eu-coronavirus-debt-idUSKCN21R31J

World Bank expects Turkey's economy to expand by 0.5% in 2020

World Bank expects Turkey's economy to expand by 0.5% in 2020

ANKARA (Turkey), April 9 (SeeNews) - Turkey's economy is expected to grow by 0.5% in 2020, over 3 percentage points lower than the previous estimate, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the World Bank said.

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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Turkey's Fight Against Coronavirus Fails to Heal Divisions, Opponents Say - The New York Times

Turkey's Fight Against Coronavirus Fails to Heal Divisions, Opponents Say
By Reuters
April 9, 2020, 10:30 a.m. ET

ISTANBUL — President Tayyip Erdogan has evoked Turkey's war of independence in calls for unity against the coronavirus, but opposition parties say their exclusion from fund-raising efforts and the detention of government critics is instead fuelling division.

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Desperate for medical supplies, US asks to buy from Turkey | Daily Sabah

Desperate for medical supplies, US asks to buy from Turkey
BY DAILY SABAH WITH AGENCIES
ISTANBUL POLITICS APR 09, 2020 2:56 PM GMT+3

Medics and hospital workers tend to a COVID-19 patient outside the Montefiore Medical Center Moses Campus in the Bronx borough of New York City, Tuesday, April 07, 2020. (AFP)
The United States has submitted a list of medical supplies they would like to purchase from Turkey, seeking Ankara’s help in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that has inflicted a major blow to the country’s already fragile health care system and depleted the Strategic National Stockpile.

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Millions left out of Turkey's coronavirus economic package - opposition leader | Ahval

Millions left out of Turkey's coronavirus economic package - opposition leader
Apr 09 2020 07:29 Gmt+3
Last Updated On: Apr 09 2020 07:31 Gmt+3
Ali Babacan, a former heavyweight from Turkey’s ruling party who founded the rival Deva Party last month, said the Turkish government’s stimulus package to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic had failed to provide for millions of people employed in informal work.  

On March 18, Turkey unveiled a relief package worth 100 billion Turkish liras ($15.4 billion) which includes debt payment delays and tax cuts across various sectors to limit the economic fallout from coronavirus.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Erdogan's Response to the Coronavirus Will Destroy Turkey’s Economy

The Coronavirus Will Destroy Turkey’s Economy

Ankara’s finances were weak before the pandemic—but the combination of external debt, a public health crisis, and a president who chooses to protect his reputation rather than his people could spell disaster.

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