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Friday, August 19, 2022

A Turkish Playbook for Fighting Populism by Seren Selvin Korkmaz - Project Syndicate

A Turkish Playbook for Fighting Populism Aug 18, 2022 SEREN SELVIN KORKMAZ While President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pursues a fear-based strategy of polarization, Turkey’s opposition parties are maintaining a strong alliance and a positive message. If they win next year’s national elections, democratic forces seeking to unseat populist autocrats elsewhere will certainly register how they did it. More:A Turkish Playbook for Fighting Populism by Seren Selvin Korkmaz - Project Syndicate

Summers Says MMT Backers Should Look at Erdogan’s Turkey Woes - Bloomberg

Summers Says MMT Backers Should Look at Erdogan’s Turkey Woes Ex-Treasury secretary speaks after Turkey’s surprise rate cut Turkish inflation rate at 24-year high, lira near record low Former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers urged supporters of modern monetary theory -- a heterodox economic school that argues governments can spend more than they think without spurring runaway inflation -- to look at the troubles such thinking has produced in Turkey. More:Summers Says MMT Backers Should Look at Erdogan’s Turkey Woes - Bloomberg

Turkey and the German Dream | Asharq AL-awsat

Turkey and the German Dream Friday, 19 August, 2022 - 05:45 It was almost exactly 20 years ago when Kemal Dervis told a group of reporters in Ankara that in “in 20 years”, Turkey would be one of Europe’s two biggest economies alongside Federal Germany. Shortly after that remark, however, Dervis’s brief tenure as Turkey’s “economic miracle worker” in Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit’s government was over. Dervis was not to become Turkey’s Ludwig Erhard, the man who shaped West-Germany’s postwar economic revival, and Ecevit himself soon took his own curtain call. More:Turkey and the German Dream | Asharq AL-awsat

Turkish Lira (TRY/USD) Tumbles After Central Bank Delivers Shock Rate Cut - Bloomberg

Analysts Caught Off Guard as Turkey Unexpectedly Cuts Repo Rate ByTugce Ozsoy August 18, 2022 at 1:27 PM GMT+2Updated onAugust 18, 2022 at 3:54 PM GMT+2 The shock decision by Turkey’s central bank to cut interest rates against a backdrop of soaring inflation surprised analysts and economists, who expect further intervention in currency markets as pressure builds on the lira again. ore:Turkish Lira (TRY/USD) Tumbles After Central Bank Delivers Shock Rate Cut - Bloomberg

Only 28.5 percent of Turks support executive presidential system, survey finds

Only 28.5 percent of Turks support executive presidential system, survey finds Only 28.5 percent of Turkish citizens support the current executive presidential system, with 66.4 percent demanding a shift to the parliamentary system, according to a recent survey. More:Only 28.5 percent of Turks support executive presidential system, survey finds

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Turkey shocks markets with rate cut despite inflation near 80%

Turkey shocks markets with rate cut despite inflation near 80% PUBLISHED THU, AUG 18 20227:14 AM EDTUPDATED MOMENTS AGO Natasha Turak Its main policy rate, which had been at 14% for the last seven months, was cut to 13% in a complete mismatch to what other central banks are doing around the world. Analysts expected no rate change; the move lower by the Turkish central bank has taken markets by surprise. The lira, Turkey’s currency, slid 0.9% against the dollar following the news, trading at more than 18.1 to the greenback — near a record low. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain June 29, 2022. Nacho Doce | Reuters Turkey’s central bank shocked markets Thursday with a cut to its benchmark policy rate, despite inflation in the country sitting near 80%. The lira, Turkey’s currency, slid 0.9% against the dollar, trading at more than 18.1 to the greenback after the news — near a record low. More:Turkey shocks markets with rate cut despite inflation near 80%

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Surge in Turkish exports to Russia raises western fears of closer ties | Financial Times

Surge in Turkish exports to Russia raises western fears of closer ties Value of goods sold soars 46% as companies fill trade void created by war sanctions More:Surge in Turkish exports to Russia raises western fears of closer ties | Financial Times

Monday, August 15, 2022

How Putin and Erdoğan are making the West irrelevant

How Putin and Erdoğan are making the West irrelevant By HUGO BLEWETT-MUNDY There is more in common between Turkey and Russia than one might think. Both are countries on the periphery of Europe and grappling with the loss of their respective empires. More:How Putin and Erdoğan are making the West irrelevant

Turkish Drone Maker Baykar Is Booked for Three Years, CEO Says - Bloomberg

Turkish Drone Maker Baykar Is Booked for Three Years, CEO Says TB2 production capacity increased to 20 drones per month Drone sales to Ukraine as Turkey declines to pick side in war More:Turkish Drone Maker Baykar Is Booked for Three Years, CEO Says - Bloomberg

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Turkey’s Foreign Reserves Get the Biggest Boost in a Year - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Foreign Reserves Get the Biggest Boost in a Year Gross foreign reserves, including gold, near $109 billion The bump comes after Russia started wiring money to Turkey Turkey’s foreign reserves rose by the most in a year to nearly $109 billion following money transfers from Russia for the construction of a nuclear power plant. More:Turkey’s Foreign Reserves Get the Biggest Boost in a Year - Bloomberg

Erdogan and Putin: Complicated Relations With Mutual Benefits - The New York Times

Erdogan and Putin: Complicated Relations With Mutual Benefits Turkey needs Russian cash, gas and business as Erdogan looks to a dicey election and a new incursion in Syria, while Moscow needs friends to try to evade Western sanctions. By Steven Erlanger Aug. 11, 2022, 9:02 a.m. ET BRUSSELS — Turkey’s mercurial president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is in political difficulty before elections next year, with his economy imploding, a central bank nearly out of foreign exchange and volcanic inflation running at about 80 percent annually. More:Erdogan and Putin: Complicated Relations With Mutual Benefits - The New York Times

Turkey – Europe’s new Gas hub? - Gateway House

Turkey – Europe’s new Gas hub? The Ukraine crisis has sent the EU scrambling for new gas supplies, generating fresh interest in gas pipelines from Central Asia and West Asia via Turkey. Practical difficulties make most of these new projects unviable. More:Turkey – Europe’s new Gas hub? - Gateway House

Monday, August 08, 2022

Turkey's president cracks down on creative freedom before election

Turkey’s punitive stranglehold on creative freedom has tipped into farcical overdrive With an election on the horizon, President Erdoğan appears increasingly panicked — and Turkey's artists and writers are paying the price. More:Turkey's president cracks down on creative freedom before election

Turkey: Difficult to live with, nearly impossible to live without – POLITICO

Turkey: Difficult to live with, nearly impossible to live without Erdoğan may make for a very complicated ally, but the country’s strategic importance to the Alliance is clear. More:Turkey: Difficult to live with, nearly impossible to live without – POLITICO

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Alarm mounts in western capitals over Turkey’s deepening ties with Russia | Financial Times

Alarm mounts in western capitals over Turkey’s deepening ties with Russia Officials warn of retaliation if Ankara helps Moscow evade sanctions after Erdoğan and Putin agree to increase co-operation mORE:Alarm mounts in western capitals over Turkey’s deepening ties with Russia | Financial Times

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Turkish Manufacturing Activity in Worst Funk Since First Wave of Pandemic - Bloomberg

Turkish Manufacturers in Worst Funk Since First Wave of Pandemic Business conditions among Turkish manufacturers deteriorated the most since May 2020 after output and new orders suffered their worst performance since the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. More:Turkish Manufacturing Activity in Worst Funk Since First Wave of Pandemic - Bloomberg

Monday, August 01, 2022

Friday, July 29, 2022

Challenging Turkish history from the ground up: "The stories of our families" - Qantara.de

Challenging Turkish history from the ground up "The stories of our families" More and more voices are being raised in Turkey that challenge previous versions of the country's history. These alternative accounts, still largely ignored by official quarters, are breaching longstanding taboos and deconstructing the political narrative. By Ceyda Nurtsch More:Challenging Turkish history from the ground up: "The stories of our families" - Qantara.de

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

EU wins arbitration in pharma trade dispute with Turkey | Reuters

EU wins arbitration in pharma trade dispute with Turkey Reuters GENEVA, July 25 (Reuters) - The European Union received a largely favourable ruling in its trade dispute with Turkey on Monday in the first appeal settled by arbitration to circumvent problems at the World Trade Organization (WTO). More:EU wins arbitration in pharma trade dispute with Turkey | Reuters

Monday, July 25, 2022

Turkish lira on slow slide in search of FX relief | Reuters

Turkish lira on slow slide in search of FX relief By Nevzat Devranoglu ANKARA, July 25 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira slipped again on Monday, sustaining a slow slide towards 18 against the dollar as concerns mounted about the government's foreign exchange policy in the face of surging inflation and fears of global recession. More:Turkish lira on slow slide in search of FX relief | Reuters

Friday, July 22, 2022

Violence against doctors and lawyers in Turkey: Exposed and at risk - Qantara.de

Exposed and at risk Violence against doctors and lawyers in Turkey has been growing in recent years. But instead of taking action, the government is openly hostile towards two unions representing the interests of people working in these professions. By Ayşe Karabat in Istanbul More:Violence against doctors and lawyers in Turkey: Exposed and at risk - Qantara.de

Monday, July 18, 2022

Will the Putin-Erdogan-Raisi Summit Spark a Turkish Incursion into Syria? | The Washington Institute

Will the Putin-Erdogan-Raisi Summit Spark a Turkish Incursion into Syria? by Soner Cagaptay, Andrew J. Tabler Jul 18, 2022 Moscow and Tehran may well assent to another cross-border operation, but Turkey’s choice of targets will depend on multiple U.S., Russian, and Iranian interests. More:Will the Putin-Erdogan-Raisi Summit Spark a Turkish Incursion into Syria? | The Washington Institute

Turkey's budget swings to 31.1 billion liras deficit from record surplus | Ahval

Turkey's budget swings to 31.1 billion liras deficit from record surplus Ahval Jul 18 2022 01:22 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Jul 18 2022 01:30 Gmt+3 Turkey reported a 31.1 billion lira ($1.82 billion) budget deficit for June, an increase of 24.3 percent from a year ago, after a record surplus in May. More:Turkey's budget swings to 31.1 billion liras deficit from record surplus | Ahval

Saturday, July 16, 2022

German airports want longer-term employment for Turkish staff - Latest News

German airports want longer-term employment for Turkish staff Gamze Şener-ISTANBUL German authorities have approved temporary employment of people from Türkiye to fill the staff shortage at the country’s airports, but airport operators demand longer-term employment. More:German airports want longer-term employment for Turkish staff - Latest News

Food is a luxury: Turkey struggles to survive as inflation rises to over 74 per cent | The Independent

Where food is a luxury: Turkey struggles to survive as inflation rises to over 74 per cent One subsidised restaurant seeks to help Turks facing escalating living costs. But such acts do little against a soaring inflation rate More:Food is a luxury: Turkey struggles to survive as inflation rises to over 74 per cent | The Independent

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Murder of Turkish doctor spurs rage against Turkey’s beleaguered health sector  - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East

Murder of Turkish doctor spurs rage against Turkey’s beleaguered health sector  The brutal shooting of a cardiologist in a conservative central Anatolian city has pitted the health sector not only against the government but also the General Directorate of Religious Affairs. More:Murder of Turkish doctor spurs rage against Turkey’s beleaguered health sector  - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East

Monday, July 11, 2022

Turkey: Uber 'ran aggressive lobbying campaign' to obtain licence but failed | Middle East Eye

Turkey: Uber 'ran aggressive lobbying campaign' to obtain licence but failed Leaks reveal the company spent thousands of dollars, yet couldn't convince the government to give it a licence to operate More:Turkey: Uber 'ran aggressive lobbying campaign' to obtain licence but failed | Middle East Eye

Gen Z rejects Turkey’s ruling AKP with 80 percent opposition | Ahval

Gen Z rejects Turkey’s ruling AKP with 80 percent opposition Jul 10 2022 04:07 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Jul 11 2022 08:21 Gmt+3 Some 80 percent of Turkey’s Gen Z, those born after 2000, say they will not vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party, according to a study by Gezici Research. Gen Z will make up 11.8 percent of Turkey’s voting adult population by the time the June 2023 elections roll around. More:Gen Z rejects Turkey’s ruling AKP with 80 percent opposition | Ahval

Friday, July 08, 2022

When it comes to Erdoğan, there’s no easy solution – POLITICO

When it comes to Erdoğan, there’s no easy solution Turkey’s leveraging its newfound strategic relevance, and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. More:When it comes to Erdoğan, there’s no easy solution – POLITICO

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Türkiye becomes 18th most populous country, official report reveals - Türkiye News

Türkiye becomes 18th most populous country, official report reveals ANKARA Türkiye, with a population of 84.68 million, ranks 18th among 195 countries in terms of population size as it constitutes 1.1 percent of the world’s total population, the U.N. reported on July 11, World Population Day. More:Türkiye becomes 18th most populous country, official report reveals - Türkiye News

Fruit becomes a luxury in Erdoğan’s Turkey as inflation threatens re-election bid | Financial Times

Fruit becomes a luxury in Erdoğan’s Turkey as inflation threatens re-election bid President ‘out of options’ as widespread hardship hands chance to opposition parties More:Fruit becomes a luxury in Erdoğan’s Turkey as inflation threatens re-election bid | Financial Times

Monday, July 04, 2022

Turkey′s professionals leave in search of better working conditions | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 04.07.2022

Turkey's professionals leave in search of better working conditions More and more well-educated Turks want to leave the country, especially because of the bad economic situation and staggering inflation at home. More:Turkey′s professionals leave in search of better working conditions | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 04.07.2022

Turkish inflation hits two-decade high of 78.6%

Turkish inflation hits two-decade high of 78.6% A money changer holds Turkish lira banknotes at a currency exchange office in Ankara, Turkey October 12, 2021. REUTERSPIX ISTANBUL: Inflation in Turkey in June soared to an annual rate of 78.6 percent -- the highest in 24 years, according to official data released Monday -- as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's unconventional economic policies continued to take their toll. More:Turkish inflation hits two-decade high of 78.6%

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Erdoğan raises Turkey’s minimum wage for second time in six months | Financial Times

Erdoğan raises Turkey’s minimum wage for second time in six months Inflationary pressures fuelled by fall in lira mean president’s move will do little to support households, analysts say More:Erdoğan raises Turkey’s minimum wage for second time in six months | Financial Times

Friday, July 01, 2022

The Turkish state and the Kurdish question: Turkey – a battle of narratives - Qantara.de

The Turkish state and the Kurdish question Turkey – a battle of narratives For a century, the Kurds and other minorities in Turkey have been subject to state repression. With his dissertation "The Kurdish Question in Turkey", political analyst Ismail Kupeli presents a new research paper on the topic. Interview by Gerrit Wustmann More:The Turkish state and the Kurdish question: Turkey – a battle of narratives - Qantara.de

Why Turkey's rise in Russia-Ukraine war is a masterclass in balancing, hedging strategy

Why Turkey’s rise in Russia-Ukraine war is a masterclass in balancing, hedging strategy Maintaining close defence ties with Ukraine while engaging with Russia to achieve foreign policy goals shows Turkey's balancing act has lessons. More:Why Turkey's rise in Russia-Ukraine war is a masterclass in balancing, hedging strategy

Erdogan Missed a Big Opportunity With NATO - Bloomberg

Erdogan Missed a Big Opportunity With NATO Instead of acting the statesman in a time of crisis, the Turkish president played parochial politics. He has little to show for it. To judge by Turkey’s pro-government media, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan scored a major geopolitical victory for his country at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Madrid this week. “Turkey slammed its fist on the table, Europe came to its knees,” declared the conservative Yeni Akit daily. More:Erdogan Missed a Big Opportunity With NATO - Bloomberg

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Germany launches airport staff hiring in Turkey | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 30.06.2022

Germany launches airport staff hiring in Turkey Germany is to ease the rules on employing foreign workers to deal with a ground staff crisis at its airports, Aviation expert Andreas Späth told DW though that the campaign will be too little too late. More:Germany launches airport staff hiring in Turkey | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 30.06.2022

With Turkey’s economy in crisis, Erdoğan picks fights abroad – POLITICO

With Turkey’s economy in crisis, Erdoğan picks fights abroad Facing a showdown with worried voters back home, Ankara’s long-time leader is wading into conflicts overseas. ISTANBUL — Restaurants have invested in wipe-clean menus so they can update their prices daily. Taxi drivers are asking passengers to top up their fares to meet rising fuel costs. A cappuccino that cost 20 lira earlier this year is now 30 lira. More:With Turkey’s economy in crisis, Erdoğan picks fights abroad – POLITICO

Turkey’s NATO deal may bring nationalist votes back to Erdogan | News | Al Jazeera

Turkey’s NATO deal may bring nationalist votes back to Erdogan Turkey blocked Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids until Ankara ‘got what it wanted’ – will that bring wavering voters back? More:Turkey’s NATO deal may bring nationalist votes back to Erdogan | News | Al Jazeera

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

What Turkey won with its NATO leverage - Atlantic Council

What Turkey won with its NATO leverage By Atlantic Council JUST IN The door is back open. After weeks of tension, Turkey finally dropped its objection to Finland and Sweden’s bids to join NATO as the Alliance kicked off its summit in Madrid on Tuesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan scored a face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden and spurred Stockholm and Helsinki to address his concerns about the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliate, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), while NATO moved toward securing two new members. Our experts, weighing in from the summit in Spain and around the globe, dissect the deal. More:What Turkey won with its NATO leverage - Atlantic Council

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Biden to meet Turkey's Erdogan at NATO summit: White House | Reuters

Biden to meet Turkey's Erdogan at NATO summit: White House Reuters SCHLOSS ELMAU, June 28 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will meet Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at this week's NATO summit in Madrid where the alliance will discuss the fallout of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday. More:Biden to meet Turkey's Erdogan at NATO summit: White House | Reuters

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Schengen: Turks increasingly being refused EU visas amid gruelling application process | Middle East Eye

Schengen: Turks increasingly being refused EU visas amid gruelling application process EU measures to exempt Venezuelans and Saudi citizens from needing visas have only added to anger felt by frustrated More:Schengen: Turks increasingly being refused EU visas amid gruelling application process | Middle East Eye

Saturday, June 25, 2022

How Turkey and Russia Are Reshaping the Black Sea Region | The National Interest

How Turkey and Russia Are Reshaping the Black Sea Region Both countries have increased their efforts to build a new regional order that is more responsive to their respective national interests. More:How Turkey and Russia Are Reshaping the Black Sea Region | The National Interest

EU gives Turkey a green light for "Turkish" trademark - Worldakkam

EU gives Turkey a green light for “Turkish” trademark The European Union agency responsible for trademarks has applied for registration of the term “Turkish” from Turkey. The European Union Intellectual Property Office granted a trademark to the Turkish Tourism Promotion and Development Agency in December last year. The trademark is valid until July 2031. More:EU gives Turkey a green light for "Turkish" trademark - Worldakkam

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with. More:Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Turkey's wartime bridge to the West is collapsing - Atlantic Council

Turkey’s wartime bridge to the West is collapsing By Yevgeniya Gaber Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression in Ukraine has forced countries around the world to reexamine their geopolitical choices. Turkey, a strategic partner to both of the states at war, has been affected more than most nations. Caught in a lose-lose situation where taking any side in the conflict would lead to a major rupture with the other partner, it has tried to maintain amicable relations with both Russia and Ukraine. More:Turkey's wartime bridge to the West is collapsing - Atlantic Council

Big wildfire forces evacuations near Turkish Marmaris resort

Big wildfire forces evacuations near Turkish Marmaris resort SUZAN FRASER ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — More than a thousand firefighters, aided by water-dropping planes and helicopters, on Wednesday battled a wildfire that erupted overnight near a popular resort in southwestern Turkey forcing dozens of home evacuations. More:Big wildfire forces evacuations near Turkish Marmaris resort

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Around 800 Syrians return from Turkey weekly, U.N. refugee agency official says | Reuters

Around 800 Syrians return from Turkey weekly, U.N. refugee agency official says By Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL, June 21 (Reuters) - About 800 Syrian refugees are returning to their country from Turkey every week but conditions are not suitable for a large number of voluntary returns, an official from the United Nations refugee agency said. More:Around 800 Syrians return from Turkey weekly, U.N. refugee agency official says | Reuters

Turkish central bank’s net forex reserves fall to 20-year low, data shows | Al Arabiya English

Turkish central bank’s net forex reserves fall to 20-year low, data shows Reuters, Ankara Published: 21 June ,2022: 12:03 PM GST Updated: 21 June ,2022: 12:10 PM GST The Turkish central bank’s net foreign currency reserves fell to a 20-year low of around $7 billion last week, according to calculations by four economists based on preliminary data. More:Turkish central bank’s net forex reserves fall to 20-year low, data shows | Al Arabiya English

Monday, June 20, 2022

No breakthrough in Turkey’s talks with Sweden, Finland over joining NATO - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

No breakthrough in Turkey’s talks with Sweden, Finland over joining NATO Discussions between Turkey, Finland and Sweden about the Nordic countries' proposed NATO membership have ended inconclusively as Ankara showed no signs of abandoning its hardline position. More:No breakthrough in Turkey’s talks with Sweden, Finland over joining NATO - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

The Turkish government is bringing in jail time for spreading ‘disinformation’ and journalists are concerned - Rebel News

Journalists concerned as Turkey set to pass 'disinformation' law Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says that ‘social media is a threat to democracy’ and that 'the people must be protected from lies.' More:The Turkish government is bringing in jail time for spreading ‘disinformation’ and journalists are concerned - Rebel News

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Turkish national carrier to change name to ‘Türkiye’ airline

Turkish national carrier to change name to ‘Türkiye’ airline Posted: Jun 14, 2022 / 07:34 AM CDT ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday the Turkish national carrier will rebrand as “Türkiye Hava Yolları” instead of “Turkish Airlines” as part of a push for his country to be known internationally as “Türkiye” instead of “Turkey.” More:Turkish national carrier to change name to ‘Türkiye’ airline

Electioneering in Turkey: Turkish right-wing populists on the rise - Qantara.de

Electioneering in Turkey Turkish right-wing populists on the rise Right-wing radicalism and nationalism have dominated Turkish politics for decades. Now a new right-wing populist grouping is stirring things up: enter the "Victory Party". By Elmas Topcu More:Electioneering in Turkey: Turkish right-wing populists on the rise - Qantara.de

Monday, June 13, 2022

Osman Kavala and Turkey's travesty of justice: Exploiting the fog of war - Qantara.de

Osman Kavala and Turkey's travesty of justice Exploiting the fog of war By supporting Ukraine and presenting himself as a regional mediator and peacemaker, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has found the political cover he needs to crack down further on potential dissidents and opposition figures at home, writes Seyla Benhabib More:Osman Kavala and Turkey's travesty of justice: Exploiting the fog of war - Qantara.de

Sunday, June 12, 2022

As elections approach, Turkey’s president finds enemies everywhere | The Economist

As elections approach, Turkey’s president finds enemies everywhere Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to distract public attention from soaring inflation More:As elections approach, Turkey’s president finds enemies everywhere | The Economist

Turkey to further limit resident permits for foreigners

Turkey to further limit resident permits for foreigners Xinhua 12th June 2022, 04:44 GMT+10 ANKARA, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Turkey will enforce stricter restrictions on the areas where foreign nationals can reside, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Saturday. More:Turkey to further limit resident permits for foreigners

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Turkish lira weakens to 17.20 against dollar | Reuters

Turkish lira weakens to 17.20 against dollar Reuters ISTANBUL, June 9 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira slid to beyond 17.2 against the dollar on Thursday, slipping for a fourth consecutive session towards December's record lows amid concerns over soaring inflation, a widening current account deficit and Ankara's policy response. More:Turkish lira weakens to 17.20 against dollar | Reuters

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Lira Sinks to 17 Per Dollar as Erdogan Rate Talk Fuels Forex Demand

Lira Sinks to 17 Per Dollar as Erdogan Rate Talk Fuels Forex Demand Kerim Karakaya Wed, June 8, 2022, 1:05 AM·2 min read (Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s lira tumbled beyond 17 per dollar for the first time since December amid a rush for foreign currency that was sparked this week after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruled out higher rates despite soaring inflation. More:Lira Sinks to 17 Per Dollar as Erdogan Rate Talk Fuels Forex Demand

Venezuelan leader, barred from US summit, arrives in Turkey – The Journal

Venezuelan leader, barred from US summit, arrives in Turkey Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has been welcomed in the Turkish capital one the same day as the foreign minister of Russia, a key ally of the ostracized Latin American regime, was also visiting the city More:Venezuelan leader, barred from US summit, arrives in Turkey – The Journal

Monday, June 06, 2022

Turkish lira slips again; Nebati says rates to stay put | Reuters

Turkish lira slips again; Nebati says rates to stay put Reuters ISTANBUL, June 6 (Reuters) - Turkey's lira slid to beyond 16.55 against the dollar on Monday, bringing its losses to more than 20% this year, due to concerns about a surge in inflation to a 24-year high and the finance minister's promise that rate would remain steady. More:Turkish lira slips again; Nebati says rates to stay put | Reuters

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Turkey will now be known as Türkiye (at least at the U.N.) - capradio.org

Turkey will now be known as Türkiye (at least at the U.N.) By Rachel Treisman | NPR Thursday, June 2, 2022 Burhan Ozbilici / AP Turkey has a new name —at least at the United Nations. The organization has agreed to recognize it as Türkiye after a request from the country's government, which has been working to rebrand the nation's name since last winter. More:Turkey will now be known as Türkiye (at least at the U.N.) - capradio.org

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Turkey and the new security architecture | Ahval

Turkey and the new security architecture Robert Ellis Jun 01 2022 09:32 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Jun 01 2022 10:07 Gmt+3 The spat about Finland and Sweden’s application for NATO membership has taken a serious turn. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s initial objections were to Scandinavian countries acting like “some kind of guest house for terrorist organisations.” His chief foreign policy advisor and spokesperson, İbrahim Kalın, claimed it was a matter of national security for Turkey. More:Turkey and the new security architecture | Ahval

Monday, May 30, 2022

Will Istanbul’s mayor be Erdoğan’s nemesis - or banned from politics? | Turkey | The Guardian

Will Istanbul’s mayor be Erdoğan’s nemesis - or banned from politics? Ekrem İmamoğlu appears well placed to take on the Turkish president, but an impending court case could end his career More:Will Istanbul’s mayor be Erdoğan’s nemesis - or banned from politics? | Turkey | The Guardian

Friday, May 27, 2022

Turkey's Syrian problem: Refugees – a hot topic in Turkish politics - Qantara.de

Turkey's Syrian problem Refugees – a hot topic in Turkish politics With tensions rising dangerously amid a burgeoning economic crisis, the Turkish government’s refugee policy – ad hoc, miscalculated and unclear – is making Syrians an easy target for the opposition. Ayse Karabat reports from Istanbul More:Turkey's Syrian problem: Refugees – a hot topic in Turkish politics - Qantara.de

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Interview: How Turkey’s Failure to Protect Women Can Cost Them Their Lives | Human Rights Watch

Interview: How Turkey’s Failure to Protect Women Can Cost Them Their Lives According to the most recent official data, around four out of ten women in Turkey have suffered physical and/or sexual violence during their lives. Hundreds are murdered by their partners every year, even though in some cases they had reported their abusers to authorities more than once. In some cases, their deaths could possibly have been prevented, had the authorities made sure that restraining orders were respected, breaches punished, and perpetrators prosecuted, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, “Combatting Domestic Violence in Turkey: The Deadly Impact of Failure to Protect.” More:Interview: How Turkey’s Failure to Protect Women Can Cost Them Their Lives | Human Rights Watch

Playing games in NATO: Turkey eyes its role in a new world order - Global Village Space

Playing games in NATO: Turkey eyes its role in a new world order Mr. Erdogan’s military plans complicate Swedish and Finnish accession to NATO. The two Nordic states slapped an arms embargo on Ankara after its initial incursion into Syria in 2019. The Turkish leader has demanded the lifting of the embargo as part of any deal on Swedish and Finnish NATO membership. More:Playing games in NATO: Turkey eyes its role in a new world order - Global Village Space

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Turkey’s opposition claims millions funneled to US through foundations close to president  - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey’s opposition claims millions funneled to US through foundations close to president CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu claims President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to leave Turkey in event of election defeat. More:Turkey’s opposition claims millions funneled to US through foundations close to president  - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

bne IntelliNews - Lira drags Turkey further down road to hell

Lira drags Turkey further down road to hell By bne IntelIiNews May 24, 2022 The Turkish lira dragged Turkey further down the road to economic hell on May 24, breaching the 16/$ threshold as markets despaired at a populist government that won’t play ball with conventional economics. More:bne IntelliNews - Lira drags Turkey further down road to hell

Monday, May 23, 2022

Erdogan’s NATO expansion roadblock will only harm Turkey | Henri J Barkey | AW

Erdogan’s NATO expansion roadblock will only harm Turkey Erdogan will find once more that his influence has significantly diminished if for no other reason but his own behaviour. More:Erdogan’s NATO expansion roadblock will only harm Turkey | Henri J Barkey | AW

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Turkey calls on citizens to avoid crowds in US over safety | Daily Sabah

Turkey calls on citizens to avoid crowds in US over safety BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL MAY 22, 2022 - 2:46 PM GMT+3 The General Directorate of Security (EGM) and Foreign Ministry on Sunday morning issued two separate warnings for the Turkish citizens in the United States, highlighting the dangers “of widely participated events.” EGM, which oversees the police, tweeted the warning, around the same time after a similarly worded tweet was sent out by the Foreign Ministry. More:Turkey calls on citizens to avoid crowds in US over safety | Daily Sabah

Friday, May 20, 2022

Unbowed by inflation, Turkey's central bank to hold rates in May | Reuters

Unbowed by inflation, Turkey's central bank to hold rates in May By Ali Kucukgocmen and Ezgi Erkoyun ISTANBUL, May 20 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank is expected to hold its policy rate at 14% next week despite an expected further rise in inflation after it hit 70% last month, a unanimous Reuters poll showed on Friday. More:Unbowed by inflation, Turkey's central bank to hold rates in May | Reuters

Public opinion in Turkey: Dreaming of a greater republic - Qantara.de

Public opinion in Turkey Dreaming of a greater republic Many Turks are dissatisfied with the international status of their country. At the same time, opinion polls reveal great scepticism among the Turkish population towards the USA. By Ronald Meinardus More:Public opinion in Turkey: Dreaming of a greater republic - Qantara.de

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

How serious is Turkey’s Erdogan in denying Finland, Sweden NATO membership? | PBS NewsHour

How serious is Turkey’s Erdogan in denying Finland, Sweden NATO membership? World May 18, 2022 11:20 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking an increasingly tough line against the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden despite far less strident statements from some of his top aides, U.S. officials are trying to determine how serious the often mercurial leader is and what it might take to get him to back down. More:How serious is Turkey’s Erdogan in denying Finland, Sweden NATO membership? | PBS NewsHour

Why Sweden’s stance on Kurds riles turkey’s Erdogan | Stars and Stripes

Why Sweden’s stance on Kurds riles turkey’s Erdogan By NICLAS ROLANDER, OTT UMMELAS BLOOMBERG  • May 18, 2022 At the heart of Turkey’s threat to stop NATO’s Nordic expansion is a clash of viewpoints over Kurdish political groups. Sweden, which along with Finland is seeking entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, has been one of Europe’s most willing recipients of migrants fleeing conflict, including Kurds. Turkey opposes Kurdish demands for statehood and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called Sweden a “nesting ground for terrorist organizations.” Since NATO admits new members only by unanimous consent, his views can’t easily be ignored. More:Why Sweden’s stance on Kurds riles turkey’s Erdogan | Stars and Stripes

Monday, May 16, 2022

Erdogan says Swedish, Finnish delegations should not bother coming to Turkey

Erdogan says Swedish, Finnish delegations should not bother coming to Turkey Reuters| Published: 05.16.22, 21:57 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Swedish and Finnish delegations should not bother coming to Ankara to convince it to approve their NATO bid. More:Erdogan says Swedish, Finnish delegations should not bother coming to Turkey

Friday, May 13, 2022

In Turkey, anger is mounting against Syrian refugees - California18

In Turkey, anger is mounting against Syrian refugees May 13, 2022 by We are in 2043. Second-class citizens, the Turks are confined to subordinate positions by their Syrian bosses; they are forced to speak Arabic and they are abused in the streets. The Silent Invasion, a short film released on May 3 on social networks and viewed by millions of people, has set the Turkish Internet on fire. The author, who raises the specter of a sort of Turkish-style “great replacement” theory, is Ümit Özdag, the leader of a new far-right formation, the Victory Party (Zafer). More:In Turkey, anger is mounting against Syrian refugees - California18

Parliament passes bill for violence against women, health staff - Turkey News

Parliament passes bill for violence against women, health staff ANKARA The Turkish Parliament late on May 12 approved a bill on the prevention of violence against women and health care workers. Violence against women and healthcare professionals was classified as a “catalog” crime, thus those perpetrators will be subject to pre-trial detention. More:Parliament passes bill for violence against women, health staff - Turkey News

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Turkey dials up the pressure on banks as lira slides | Financial Times

Turkey dials up the pressure on banks as lira slides Bankers say they are facing calls to limit foreign currency sales to corporates More:Turkey dials up the pressure on banks as lira slides | Financial Times

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Why Turkey Won’t Abandon Russia | The National Interest

Why Turkey Won’t Abandon Russia Turkey is dependent on Russia for trade, gas, the construction of a nuclear power plant, and for its occupation of various areas of Syria. More:Why Turkey Won’t Abandon Russia | The National Interest

Monday, May 09, 2022

Turkish President Erdogan's Outreach to Neighbors Has One Problem: Erdogan - Bloomberg

Erdogan’s Outreach to Neighbors Has One Problem: Erdogan Economic troubles at home have prompted the Turkish leader to repair ties abroad. Don’t count on the friendly tone to last. More:Turkish President Erdogan's Outreach to Neighbors Has One Problem: Erdogan - Bloomberg

Documentary about legendary Turkish coffee makes US debut | Daily Sabah

Documentary about legendary Turkish coffee makes US debut BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL MAY 09, 2022 - 10:11 AM GMT+3 "Beginning: Turkish Coffee Stories from Anatolia," a documentary prepared by the Turkish Coffee Lady Foundation for the promotion of Turkish coffee – the world's first coffee brewing technique – will be promoted with comprehensive events to be held in Los Angeles and San Diego in the United States within the scope of "Turkish Cuisine Week" and as part of a world tour. The documentary, which is a pioneering gastro-diplomacy work, aims to increase the awareness of the gastronomic value and historical importance of Turkish coffee abroad. More:Documentary about legendary Turkish coffee makes US debut | Daily Sabah

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Turkish doctors mount nationwide strike as prices explode - World Socialist Web Site

Turkish doctors mount nationwide strike as prices explode Ulaş Ateşçi 17 hours ago Hekimsen, a Turkish doctors union with nearly 20,000 members, went on nationwide strike on Thursday and Friday, demanding better wages and benefits. This strike, held in all departments “except for Emergency Services and Polyclinics, Delivery Room, COVID, Oncology, Hematology Polyclinics and all inpatient services,” will be followed by strikes on May 17-18 and May 26-27. More:Turkish doctors mount nationwide strike as prices explode - World Socialist Web Site

Friday, May 06, 2022

Istanbul Falls Victim to Turkish Political Cold War With Erdogan - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Biggest City Falls Victim to Cold War With Erdogan Istanbul’s autonomy and finances are being squeezed in a clash between the national government and the opposition-run municipality. More:Istanbul Falls Victim to Turkish Political Cold War With Erdogan - Bloomberg

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Inflation in Turkey soars to eye-popping near 70% in April

Inflation in Turkey soars to eye-popping near 70% in April Full Screen ANKARA – Inflation in Turkey soared to nearly 70% in April, official data showed Thursday, as skyrocketing prices eat away at earnings and put even basic necessities out of reach for many households. More:Inflation in Turkey soars to eye-popping near 70% in April

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Turkiye prepares new project for voluntary return of 1m Syrian – Middle East Monitor

Turkiye prepares new project for voluntary return of 1m Syrian May 3, 2022 Turkiye is preparing a new project that would allow voluntary return of 1 million Syrian refugees to their country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, reports Anadolu Agency. More:Turkiye prepares new project for voluntary return of 1m Syrian – Middle East Monitor

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Erdoğan’s approval rating drops after slow improvement | Ahval

Erdoğan’s approval rating drops after slow improvement Apr 30 2022 04:31 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Apr 30 2022 04:34 Gmt+3 A total of 42.1 percent of participants said they approved of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s handling of his job as president, according to the April study by leading pollster Metropoll. More:a href="https://ahvalnews.com/recep-tayyip-erdogan/erdogans-approval-rating-drops-after-slow-improvement">Erdoğan’s approval rating drops after slow improvement | Ahval

Friday, April 29, 2022

Turkish opposition: Courting Turkey’s disenchanted electorate - Qantara.de

Turkish opposition Courting Turkey’s disenchanted electorate Despite the economic crisis and Turkey's increasingly undemocratic track record, surveys show the ruling AKP is still the party of choice. So what exactly is holding back the opposition? Ayse Karabat reports from Istanbul More:Turkish opposition: Courting Turkey’s disenchanted electorate - Qantara.de

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Black Sea and Bosporus: Treaty tests Turkey's stance on Ukraine war

Turkey wants to be neutral in the Ukraine war. But a treaty from 1936 has it on a tightrope PUBLISHED WED, APR 27 202211:50 PM EDT The Montreux Convention of 1936 gave Turkey control over access to key straits of the Black Sea — an agreement that’s considered a big win for the country’s foreign policy to this day. But the agreement was thrust into the limelight after Russia’s invasion, when Ukraine asked Turkey at the end of February to apply the 1936 agreement to stop Russian ships from the crossing the straits into the Black Sea to attack Ukraine. More:Black Sea and Bosporus: Treaty tests Turkey's stance on Ukraine war

Turkey's Erdogan visits Saudi Arabia to mend strained ties - StarTribune.com

Turkey's Erdogan visits Saudi Arabia to mend strained ties By ANDREW WILKS and ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI Associated Press APRIL 28, 2022 — 3:00PM ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening in a major reset of relations between two regional heavyweights following the slaying of a Saudi columnist in Istanbul. More:Turkey's Erdogan visits Saudi Arabia to mend strained ties - StarTribune.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Turkey’s Lethal Weapon | Foreign Affairs

Turkey’s Lethal Weapon From Ukraine to Syria, Drones Are Reshaping Erdogan’s Foreign Policy By Soner Cagaptay and Rich Outzen April 27, 2022 On April 14, Ukrainian forces stunned the world when they sank the Moskva, the heavily armed cruiser that was the flagship of Moscow’s Black Sea fleet. As widely noted in the international press, the Ukrainians succeeded in hitting the ship with their homegrown Neptune missiles, despite the ship’s significant defenses. What has been somewhat less noted, however, were the foreign-made drones that enabled this remarkable attack: according to Ukrainian officials, the strike was coordinated by a pair of Turkish Bayraktar TB2 unmanned drones, which were able to evade the ship’s radar and which provided precise targeting information for the missiles. More:Turkey’s Lethal Weapon | Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Turkish Opposition Vows to Overturn Sentences Against Kavala, Others | World News | US News

Turkish Opposition Vows to Overturn Sentences Against Kavala, Others By Reuters By Ali Kucukgocmen and Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) -Turkish opposition leaders vowed to overturn jail sentences against philanthropist Osman Kavala and seven others convicted at the end of a case that lawyers said showed courts had become the government's "vehicle for revenge". More:Turkish Opposition Vows to Overturn Sentences Against Kavala, Others | World News | US News

Erdogan plans visit to Saudi Arabia, mending strained ties

Erdogan plans visit to Saudi Arabia, mending strained ties Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to fly to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, mending a rift between the Suni powers caused by the murder of Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in 2018. More:Erdogan plans visit to Saudi Arabia, mending strained ties

Turkey's consumer confidence worsens in April

Turkey's consumer confidence worsens in April AuthorAleksia Petrova ANKARA (Turkey), April 26 (SeeNews) - Turkey's consumer confidence index decreased to 67.3 points in April from 72.5 points in March, the country's statistical office said. The index stood at 80.2 points in April 2021. More:Turkey's consumer confidence worsens in April

Turkey lifts wearing of masks inside as COVID-19 cases fall - ABC News

Turkey lifts wearing of masks inside as COVID-19 cases fall Turkey has lifted one of its last remaining COVID-19 restrictions, the wearing of masks in crowded indoor locations ByThe Associated Press April 26, 2022, 3:45 PM • 2 min read ISTANBUL -- Turkey on Tuesday lifted one of its last remaining COVID-19 restrictions, the wearing of masks in crowded indoor locations. More:Turkey lifts wearing of masks inside as COVID-19 cases fall - ABC News

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Turkey facing its worst property crisis in history, Central Bank reveals – Middle East Monitor

Turkey facing its worst property crisis in history, Central Bank reveals April 24, 2022 at 10:29 am | Published in: Europe & Russia, News, Turkey Turkey is currently facing one of the worst property crises in its history after a number of economic causes have resulted in the doubling of housing prices in the country, data by Turkey's Central Bank has revealed. More:Turkey facing its worst property crisis in history, Central Bank reveals – Middle East Monitor

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Turkish opposition leader's flat goes dark over unpaid bills

Turkish opposition leader's flat goes dark over unpaid bills Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey's opposition leader said Thursday that his power supply had been cut after he stopped paying electricity bills in protest at soaring prices that he blamed squarely on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kemal Kilicdaroglu of the secular Republican People's Party (CHP) has seized on Turkey's economic troubles to try and mount a serious challenge to Erdogan in elections due by June 2023. mORE:Turkish opposition leader's flat goes dark over unpaid bills

Turkey and Central Asia: One nation, six states? - Qantara.de

Turkey and Central Asia One nation, six states? Turkey is turning towards the Turkic nations of Central Asia, intensifying its economic, diplomatic and military relationships with these countries. So what is driving Turkey’s Central Asia policy? Are we seeing a resurgence in nationalist Pan-Turkic geopolitics? Essay by Yasar Aydin mORE:Turkey and Central Asia: One nation, six states? - Qantara.de

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Hundreds rally against threat to close Turkish women’s rights group

Hundreds rally against threat to close Turkish women’s rights group ANKARA: Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday in several Turkish cities including Istanbul and Ankara against a move to close one of the country's most respected women's rights groups. More:Hundreds rally against threat to close Turkish women’s rights group

Friday, April 15, 2022

Turkey’s Neutrality on Ukraine Is Coming at a High Price

Turkey’s Neutrality on Ukraine Is Coming at a High Price (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Last summer, after years of open hostility, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Emmanuel Macron called a “verbal ceasefire.”  Now, the Turkish and French presidents are in direct communication as each tries to intercede with Vladimir Putin to broker an end to the war in Ukraine. More:Turkey’s Neutrality on Ukraine Is Coming at a High Price

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Turkey Positions Itself as Key to Ending Europe's Dependence on Russian Energy

Turkey Positions Itself as Key to Ending Europe's Dependence on Russian Energy April 12, 2022 6:29 PM With the European Union pledging to end its dependence on Russian gas, Turkey is positioning itself as a key bridge to alternative energy supplies from other nations. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul. Produced by: Rob Raffaele More:Turkey Positions Itself as Key to Ending Europe's Dependence on Russian Energy

Monday, April 11, 2022

Mending fences: The new normal in Turkish diplomacy

Mending fences: The new normal in Turkish diplomacy Analysis Giorgio Cafiero 11 April, 2022 Analysis: From mediation in the Ukraine war to improving ties with its neighbours, Turkey is striking a delicate geopolitical balance through diplomacy. More:Mending fences: The new normal in Turkish diplomacy

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Erdogan Is Like a Juggler in a Hurricane | Internationale Politik Quarterly

Erdogan Is Like a Juggler in a Hurricane The Ukraine war is forcing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reassess his course of maneuvering between Moscow and the West. Is a turnaround in Turkish foreign policy imminent? More:Erdogan Is Like a Juggler in a Hurricane | Internationale Politik Quarterly

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Turkey Transfers Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia - The New York Times

Turkey Transfers Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia The move will almost certainly end the last case aimed at serving justice for a heinous crime that drew global outrage. By Safak Timur and Ben Hubbard April 7, 2022 Updated 10:33 a.m. ET ISTANBUL — A court in Turkey ordered the transfer of the trial in the murder of the Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, a move almost certain to end the last case that held out some hope of serving justice for a heinous crime that drew global outrage. More:Turkey Transfers Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia - The New York Times

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Ukraine’s defence imports from Turkey jumped 30-fold in Q1 – Turkish data | WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo | 590 AM · 106.9 FM

Ukraine’s defence imports from Turkey jumped 30-fold in Q1 – Turkish data By Syndicated Content Apr 6, 2022 | 5:22 AM ANKARA (Reuters) – Ukraine received almost 30 times as much defence industry equipment from Turkey in first quarter as it did a year earlier, while it prepared for and fought against Russian invasion, official data showed. More:Ukraine’s defence imports from Turkey jumped 30-fold in Q1 – Turkish data | WKZO | Everything Kalamazoo | 590 AM · 106.9 FM

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Orban’s big win in Hungary bears lessons for Turkey’s staid opposition - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Orban’s big win in Hungary bears lessons for Turkey’s staid opposition What's left of Turkey's presidential system may be further eroded if Erdogan follows in Hungary's "illiberal" footsteps. More:Orban’s big win in Hungary bears lessons for Turkey’s staid opposition - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

In Turkey, President Erdogan’s Political Changes Rile Islamists | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

In Turkey, President Erdogan’s Political Changes Rile Islamists by Hany Ghoraba OPINION After years of poor relations, Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited Turkey recently, in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s invitation to “restart relations.” More:In Turkey, President Erdogan’s Political Changes Rile Islamists | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

Friday, April 01, 2022

West Africa and Turkey forge new security relations

Turkey and West Africa devise new security relations as Ankara’s continental presence expands By Mehmet Özkan and Aïssatou Kanté for ISS Today The transcontinental nation’s rapid African expansion holds lessons for countries in the region looking to diversify their partnerships. More:West Africa and Turkey forge new security relations

Turkey hikes gas prices for industry, households | Reuters

Turkey hikes gas prices for industry, households Reuters ISTANBUL, April 1 (Reuters) - Turkish state-owned energy importer BOTAS said late on Thursday it had raised natural gas prices for industrial facilities by 50% and those for households by 35%, raising the prospect of further stoking inflation which is expected to top 60% in March. More:Turkey hikes gas prices for industry, households | Reuters

Stakes high for peacemaker Erdogan

Stakes high for peacemaker Erdogan The very fact that talks have moved from Belarus, a key Russian ally, to Turkey is an indication that things have changed, and that Russia’s military position is not as strong as it had originally hoped for. Meanwhile, the decision to hold the meetings in Turkey makes sense for a number of reasons. It’s not the first time the two sides have met since the invasion on February 24. More:Stakes high for peacemaker Erdogan

Turkish parliament approves contentious election law changes :: WRAL.com

Turkish parliament approves contentious election law changes Posted March 31, 2022 2:40 p.m. EDT By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, TURKEY — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday approved electoral law amendments that critics maintain could pave the way to election fraud and aim to curtail an opposition alliance’s chances of wresting control of the house in the next elections. More:Turkish parliament approves contentious election law changes :: WRAL.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

International, domestic groups ring alarms on human rights in Turkey - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

International, domestic groups ring alarms on human rights in Turkey Two reports, one from Amnesty International and another from Turkey’s Association of Journalists, have again drawn attention to Turkey’s deteriorating record on freedom of expression. More:International, domestic groups ring alarms on human rights in Turkey - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Ukraine’s War Is Erdogan’s Opportunity

Ukraine’s War Is Erdogan’s Opportunity Turkey’s president is seizing on Europe’s crisis to establish his own country’s independent power. More:Ukraine’s War Is Erdogan’s Opportunity

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Will Ukraine crisis help Turkey dodge Western arms embargoes? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Will Ukraine crisis help Turkey dodge Western arms embargoes? Drawing on the role of Turkish drones in bolstering Ukraine’s defense, Erdogan has urged NATO partners to lift restrictions on military sales to Turkey. But US sanctions remain a tough row to hoe. More:Will Ukraine crisis help Turkey dodge Western arms embargoes? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Monday, March 28, 2022

Turkish inflation to top 60% in March, stay lofty all year | Reuters

Turkish inflation to top 60% in March, stay lofty all year Reuters ISTANBUL, March 28 (Reuters) - Turkey's annual inflation rate is expected to rise to 61.5% in March and only dip to 52.2% by year end due to the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and rising commodity prices, a Reuters poll showed on Monday. Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun Editing by Ece Toksabay More:Turkish inflation to top 60% in March, stay lofty all year | Reuters

Turkey faces risks acting as sanctions 'safe haven' for Russians | Reuters

Turkey faces risks acting as sanctions 'safe haven' for Russians By Jonathan Spicer ISTANBUL, March 28 (Reuters) - Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine sparked a flurry of Western sanctions on Moscow, at least one oligarch and thousands of other Russians have arrived in Turkey, seen as a safe place to stay, invest and hold assets despite its NATO membership. More:Turkey faces risks acting as sanctions 'safe haven' for Russians | Reuters

Friday, March 25, 2022

Erdogan gets no meeting with Biden at NATO Ukraine summit - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan gets no meeting with Biden at NATO Ukraine summit Despite reportedly intense diplomatic efforts, Turkey's president did not get to meet his US counterpart at today’s NATO summit in Brussels. More:Erdogan gets no meeting with Biden at NATO Ukraine summit - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish taxpayers outraged at cost of lira protection scheme - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish taxpayers outraged at cost of lira protection scheme Turkey’s Treasury faces a hefty bill from a controversial plan to defend the Turkish lira, even as the scheme has failed to make a major impact in reducing dollarization. More:Turkish taxpayers outraged at cost of lira protection scheme - Al-MonitorThe Pulse of the Middle East

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Turkey’s dilemma: whose side is Erdogan on? | The Spectator

Turkey’s dilemma: whose side is Erdogan on? From magazine issue: 26 March 2022 Vladimir Putin’s ill-conceived blitzkrieg in Ukraine has failed thanks, first and foremost, to the guts of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians. British and US-supplied anti-tank weapons have played a crucial role, too. But it’s Ukraine’s Turkish--made TB2 Bayraktar drones that have been the war’s most unexpectedly effective weapon. Unexpected not just because of their battlefield killing power but because the father-in-law of the TB2’s inventor and manufacturer is Recep Tayyip Erdogan – the only European leader to have once described himself as a friend of Vladimir Putin. More:Turkey’s dilemma: whose side is Erdogan on? | The Spectator

What Türkiye can teach Europe about handling a refugee crisis | Russia-Ukraine war | Al Jazeera

What Türkiye can teach Europe about handling a refugee crisis As it contemplates how to handle the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Russia-Ukraine war, Europe can turn to Türkiye for some lessons. More:What Türkiye can teach Europe about handling a refugee crisis | Russia-Ukraine war | Al Jazeera

Will Turkey become haven for sanctioned Russians? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Will Turkey become haven for sanctioned Russians? Ankara is facing increasing pressure to comply with sanctions imposed on Moscow and to increase scrutiny on Turkish banks to make sure they don’t violate sanctions. More:Will Turkey become haven for sanctioned Russians? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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Turkey's Erdogan asks EU to relaunch membership negotiations

Turkey's Erdogan asks EU to relaunch membership negotiations Negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU stalled over tension between bloc and Ankara More:Turkey's Erdogan asks EU to relaunch membership negotiations

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Turkey, Netherlands patch up relations amid Ukraine crisis - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey, Netherlands patch up relations amid Ukraine crisis Arriving for a top-level visit in Ankara after years of tense relations, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he would like Turkey to join sanctions against Russia but understands Ankara’s unique position. More:Turkey, Netherlands patch up relations amid Ukraine crisis - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Monday, March 21, 2022

Turkish tourism sector scrambles to minimize fallout of Ukraine war - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkish tourism sector scrambles to minimize fallout of Ukraine war Bracing for a big loss of Russian and Ukrainian holidaymakers this summer, Turkey’s tourism industry is looking for replacements in Europe and the Middle East. But few are hopeful that the gap can be closed. More:Turkish tourism sector scrambles to minimize fallout of Ukraine war - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Opinion | Observations in democratic erosion: A case study of Turkey - The Daily Iowan

Opinion | Observations in democratic erosion: A case study of Turkey Once hailed as a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, Turkey has began the march to autocracy More:Opinion | Observations in democratic erosion: A case study of Turkey - The Daily Iowan

Sunday, March 20, 2022

30 people injured in Turkey tunnel pile-up - Social News XYZ

30 people injured in Turkey tunnel pile-up POSTED BY: GOPI MARCH 19, 2022 Ankara, March 20 (SocialNews.XYZ) At least 30 people were injured in a traffic pile-up inside the Mount Bolu Tunnel on the Ankara-Istanbul motorway in Turkey, officials said. More:30 people injured in Turkey tunnel pile-up - Social News XYZ

Friday, March 18, 2022

Erdogan inaugurates world’s longest bridge

Erdogan inaugurates world’s longest bridge By AFPMarch 19, 2022 ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday opened the world’s longest suspension bridge over the Dardanelles strait in northwestern Turkey -- which cuts travel time between Asia and Europe to six minutes. More:Erdogan inaugurates world’s longest bridge

Israel-Turkey rapprochement complicates Ukraine mediation efforts - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Israel-Turkey rapprochement complicates Ukraine mediation efforts Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seem to be competing for a mediator role between Russia and Ukraine, but are they? More:Israel-Turkey rapprochement complicates Ukraine mediation efforts - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

How Turkey’s election bill could backfire on Erdogan’s ruling party - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

How Turkey’s election bill could backfire on Erdogan’s ruling party An upcoming change to Turkey's election law could boomerang and hurt Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party. More:How Turkey’s election bill could backfire on Erdogan’s ruling party - Al-Monitor:The Pulse of the Middle East

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Turkey's main opposition leader calls for referendum on citizenship for refugees | Ahval

Turkey's main opposition leader calls for referendum on citizenship for refugees Mar 17 2022 06:04 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Mar 17 2022 07:05 Gmt+3 The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party on Thursday criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over his promise to keep migrants in the country as he called for a referendum over whether refugees should be granted citizenship. More:Turkey's main opposition leader calls for referendum on citizenship for refugees | Ahval

Erdogan steps up pro-refugee rhetoric as 20,000 Ukrainians come to Turkey - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan steps up pro-refugee rhetoric as 20,000 Ukrainians come to Turkey The Turkish president’s pro-refugee rhetoric aims to deliver a positive message to Western allies and slash the opposition, but activists wonder if it is sincere. More:Erdogan steps up pro-refugee rhetoric as 20,000 Ukrainians come to Turkey - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Turkey tourism threatened by war in Ukraine | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 16.03.2022

Turkey tourism threatened by war in Ukraine Turkey's economy has been facing massive problems for years, and the country is set to suffer even more due to Russia's war in Ukraine as tourism takes another hit. More:Turkey tourism threatened by war in Ukraine | Business | Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 16.03.2022

Turkey: Ruling coalition propose election system changes to render opposition alliance ineffective – Medya News

Turkey: Ruling coalition propose election system changes to render opposition alliance ineffective The new requirement for every political party to individually win in a constituency means trouble for an opposition alliance of six, four of which are too small to win in any constituency by themselves. More:Turkey: Ruling coalition propose election system changes to render opposition alliance ineffective – Medya News

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Turkish draft law dampens early election talk | Reuters

Turkish draft law dampens early election talk By Nevzat Devranoglu and Ali Kucukgocmen ANKARA, March 14 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party and its nationalist MHP allies said on Monday they had presented a draft election law to parliament that analysts said would reduce the likelihood of early elections this year. More:Turkish draft law dampens early election talk | Reuters

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Could the Ukraine war end Turkey's dependence on Russia? - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Analysis | Could the Ukraine War End Turkey's Dependence on Russia? Turkey’s options, amid shifting economic and political considerations in the region, now include Israel as well More:Could the Ukraine war end Turkey's dependence on Russia? - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Israeli president holds talks with Erdoğan in Turkey | Jewish News

Israeli president holds talks with Erdoğan in Turkey Herzog: 'We will not agree on everything, and the relationship between Israel and Turkey has certainly known ups and downs … but we shall try to restart our relations.' More:Israeli president holds talks with Erdoğan in Turkey | Jewish News

Friday, March 11, 2022

Orhan Pamuk on Russia's War of Aggression: Turkey Is "Clearly on the Side of the West" - DER SPIEGEL

Turkey Is "Clearly on the Side of the West" In an interview, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk says that autocrats like Vladimir Putin will ultimately lose in the long run. He argues that the Russian leader is stuck in the Middle Ages. He also explains why Turkey is on the side of the West in this conflict, even if Recep Tayyip Erdoğan isn't vocal about it. More:Orhan Pamuk on Russia's War of Aggression: Turkey Is "Clearly on the Side of the West" - DER SPIEGEL

Thursday, March 10, 2022

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Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Can Turkey benefit from Europe’s quest to reduce Russian gas? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Can Turkey benefit from Europe’s quest to reduce Russian gas? Europe’s efforts to phase down gas imports from Russia might place Turkey at the center of routes for alternative supplies from Azerbaijan and Israel. More:Can Turkey benefit from Europe’s quest to reduce Russian gas? - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Turkish police clash with crowd gathering to mark Women’s Day | 1450 AM 99.7 FM WHTC | Holland

Turkish police clash with crowd gathering to mark Women’s Day By Syndicated Content Mar 8, 2022 | 3:43 PM ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police clashed with women who gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day in Istanbul on Tuesday, firing pepper spray as they sought to disperse a crowd of several thousand in the city centre. More:Turkish police clash with crowd gathering to mark Women’s Day | 1450 AM 99.7 FM WHTC | Holland

Monday, March 07, 2022

Women all around Turkey take to the streets on the eve of 8 March – Medya News

Women all around Turkey take to the streets on the eve of 8 March As women's groups staged demonstrations in various cities on the eve of 8 March, the largest one was in Istanbul where thousands joined both to celebrate International Women's Day and to protest against male violence and the Turkish state's complicity. More:Women all around Turkey take to the streets on the eve of 8 March – Medya News

A tangled web for Turkey in Russia’s war with Ukraine | Henri J Barkey | AW

A tangled web for Turkey in Russia’s war with Ukraine The longer this war goes on, the greater the likelihood Ankara will have no other option but to strengthen its ties with its NATO partners. More:A tangled web for Turkey in Russia’s war with Ukraine | Henri J Barkey | AW

Sunday, March 06, 2022

EU Confidential: Europe’s historic shift on Russia — Inside the war in Ukraine — Turkey’s role – POLITICO

EU Confidential: Europe’s historic shift on Russia — Inside the war in Ukraine — Turkey’s role BY CRISTINA GONZALEZ, ANDREW GRAY AND PAUL DALLISON March 5, 2022 10:00 am By CRISTINA GONZALEZ, ANDREW GRAY and PAUL DALLISON Dimitar Bechev has spent much of his career studying Russia and Turkey, so he’s ideally placed to assess how Ankara will approach Moscow’s war against Ukraine. The Turkish position on Russia “has always been a balancing act,” Bechev told POLITICO’s Andrew Gray from Oxford. On the one hand, Turkey is a part of NATO and has a close economic and political relationship with the European Union. And Ankara has also cultivated close political and trading ties with Ukraine. More:EU Confidential: Europe’s historic shift on Russia — Inside the war in Ukraine — Turkey’s role – POLITICO

Saturday, March 05, 2022

TURKEY 80% of Turks 'neutral' to war between Russia and Ukraine

80% of Turks 'neutral' to war between Russia and Ukraine The Turkey Monitor survey by Aksoy Research shows a cautious attitude in public opinion. Only 2.4% take Russia's side, while 19.4% favour a NATO alignment. At least half of the voters of all parties show concern. Ankara's mediation attempts in the crisis. More:TURKEY 80% of Turks 'neutral' to war between Russia and Ukraine

Friday, March 04, 2022

60 years German-Turkish Recruitment Agreement: German-Turks take the arts by storm - Qantara.de

60 years German-Turkish Recruitment Agreement German-Turks take the arts by storm Since the Labour Recruitment Agreement in 1961, Germany has become a second homeland for many people of Turkish origin. Not only have they become an important element of German society, they have also helped influence and shape the German arts scene quite considerably. By Ceyda Nurtsch More:60 years German-Turkish Recruitment Agreement: German-Turks take the arts by storm - Qantara.de

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Turkey's inflation hits 54%, deepening cost-of-living woes - ABC News

Turkey's inflation hits 54%, deepening cost-of-living woes Turkey’s annual inflation rate has further accelerated in February, marking the biggest jump since 2002 and deepening the squeeze on households that are already struggling to purchase basic goods More:Turkey's inflation hits 54%, deepening cost-of-living woes - ABC News

Turkish opposition more popular than Erdogan-led alliance | Ahval

Turkish opposition more popular than Erdogan-led alliance Mar 02 2022 10:16 Gmt+3 Last Updated On: Mar 02 2022 10:22 Gmt+3 The election alliance of opposition parties in Turkey, under the lead of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), stands to win a larger share of the vote than the ruling alliance of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Turkish pollster Metropoll found in a study. More:Turkish opposition more popular than Erdogan-led alliance | Ahval

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Germany and Turkey: what is at stake with ‘New’ Berlin and Ankara? - UK in a changing Europe

Germany and Turkey: what is at stake with ‘New’ Berlin and Ankara? DATE 02 Mar 2022 AUTHORS Ebru Turhan The relations between Germany and Turkey are deep-rooted, multidimensional, and intricate. The uniqueness and intricacy of the bilateral dialogue between the two countries largely stem from the continuous rollercoaster ride the two have shared over many decades. More: Germany and Turkey: what is at stake with ‘New’ Berlin and Ankara? - UK in a changing Europe

Turkey drops mask rules as it heads for normality ahead of tourist season - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey drops mask rules as it heads for normality ahead of tourist season Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announces a return to normal life after two years of COVID-19 measures, but medical association warns it may be too early. More:Turkey drops mask rules as it heads for normality ahead of tourist season - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

CBS News issues apology for showing Istanbul as Greek territory | Daily Sabah

CBS News issues apology for showing Istanbul as Greek territory BY DAILY SABAH ANKARA MAR 02, 2022 - 11:23 AM GMT+3 A cargo ship sails under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey, March 1, 2022. (EPA Photo) American broadcaster CBS News send a letter of apology on Wednesday after portraying Istanbul and the Turkish Straits as Greek territory in a news report on the Russia-Ukraine war. More:CBS News issues apology for showing Istanbul as Greek territory | Daily Sabah

Turkey, between a rock and a hard place on Russia – POLITICO

Turkey, between a rock and a hard place on Russia Ankara faces increasing pressure to choose between Moscow and Kyiv. More:Turkey, between a rock and a hard place on Russia – POLITICO

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Turkish Opposition Parties Promise to Slash Presidential Powers | World News | US News

Turkish Opposition Parties Promise to Slash Presidential Powers By Reuters By Ali Kucukgocmen ANKARA (Reuters) - Six Turkish opposition parties set out a joint plan on Monday to slash presidential powers and strengthen the role of parliament if they win the next election. More:Turkish Opposition Parties Promise to Slash Presidential Powers | World News | US News

Turkish Economy Beats All G-20 Nations With Double-Digit Growth | Regina Leader Post

Turkish Economy Beats All G-20 Nations With Double-Digit Growth Author of the article: Bloomberg News Baris Balci (Bloomberg) — Turkey’s economy expanded faster than peers in the fourth quarter as interest-rate cuts spurred a recovery from the pandemic, but the subsequent rise in the inflation rate could dent growth this year. More:Turkish Economy Beats All G-20 Nations With Double-Digit Growth | Regina Leader Post

Monday, February 28, 2022

Turkey calls Russian invasion of Ukraine a "war" - Axios

Turkey calls Russian invasion of Ukraine a "war" Ivana Saric Turkish officials on Sunday called Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine a "war," a change in rhetoric that could pave the way for Turkey to block the passage of Russian warships to the Black Sea. More:Turkey calls Russian invasion of Ukraine a "war" - Axios

Explained: Importance of Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits in Russia-Ukraine conflict and Turkey’s role

Explained: Importance of Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits in Russia-Ukraine conflict and Turkey’s role Ukraine has appealed to Turkey, who has the power accorded by the Montreux Convention, to block Russian warships from passing through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits which lead to the Black Sea More:Explained: Importance of Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits in Russia-Ukraine conflict and Turkey’s role

Turkey And The Fruitless Quest for a Monolithic Islamic Totality - The Friday Times - Naya Daur

Turkey And The Fruitless Quest for a Monolithic Islamic Totality As Aslam Kakar goes about his daily life in Istanbul, he finds Turkish people dealing with complex, often contradictory ideas about faith, nation and the world More:Turkey And The Fruitless Quest for a Monolithic Islamic Totality - The Friday Times - Naya Daur

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Russian Military Buildup on Ukraine Border Threatens Turkey’s NATO Relations

Turkey Could Lose Big in the Russia-Ukraine Standoff Conflict could topple Ankara’s delicate balancing act between NATO and Russia. More:Russian Military Buildup on Ukraine Border Threatens Turkey’s NATO Relations

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Ukraine crisis pushes Turkish builders, exporters into turmoil | Daily Sabah

Ukraine crisis pushes Turkish builders, exporters into turmoil BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL FEB 25, 2022 - 3:59 PM GMT+3 Turkish contractors and exporters have found themselves in a tight spot, with fears over the swings from Russia’s military intervention into Ukraine. More:Ukraine crisis pushes Turkish builders, exporters into turmoil | Daily Sabah

Friday, February 25, 2022

Turkey ranks 4th in 2021 European wind energy installations | Daily Sabah

Turkey ranks 4th in 2021 European wind energy installations BY DAILY SABAH ISTANBUL FEB 24, 2022 - 1:32 PM GMT+3 ENERGY-IMPORTS Turkey has ranked fourth in the list of countries with the highest wind energy installations in Europe, according to the latest WindEurope report, Wind Energy and Economic Recovery in Europe, as the country reached a capacity of 1.4 gigawatts (GW) last year. More:Turkey ranks 4th in 2021 European wind energy installations | Daily Sabah

Ukraine conflict: Turkey and Israel eye co-operation in Central Asia - Qantara.de

Turkey and Israel eye co-operation in Central Asia As Russia advances across the Ukraine, the geopolitical cards are being reshuffled in the Middle East. On the agenda is closer economic and security cooperation between Israel and the Turkic countries. James M. Dorsey reports More:Ukraine conflict: Turkey and Israel eye co-operation in Central Asia - Qantara.de

Thursday, February 24, 2022

With maverick policies, Turkey cannot hope to bring down prices | The Economist

With maverick policies, Turkey cannot hope to bring down prices Stabilising the lira will not be enough to stave off inflation Feb 25th 2022 ISTANBUL At least by comparison with last year’s disaster, when it crashed by 44% against the dollar, Turkey’s lira has had a good run of late. Since January the currency has lost only 4% of its dollar value. Part of the reason is a scheme to protect lira deposits against swings in the exchange rate, which the government introduced in December, and which has suppressed demand for hard currency. More:With maverick policies, Turkey cannot hope to bring down prices | The Economist

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Turkey's economy to be hit hard by Fed's expected interest rate hikes - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Turkey's economy to be hit hard by Fed's expected interest rate hikes Expected interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve to rein in inflation will deal further blows to Turkey’s economic turmoil. More:Turkey's economy to be hit hard by Fed's expected interest rate hikes - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan calls Russia's recognition of Ukrainian breakaways 'unacceptable' - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Erdogan calls Russia's recognition of Ukrainian breakaways 'unacceptable' President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who cut short his visit to Africa after Russia recognizes two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, expresses support for Zelensky’s proposal for summit. More:Erdogan calls Russia's recognition of Ukrainian breakaways 'unacceptable' - Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

Monday, February 21, 2022

Turkey’s opposition leader looks to emerge from Erdogan’s shadow – EURACTIV.com

Turkey’s opposition leader looks to emerge from Erdogan’s shadow EURACTIV.com with Reuters 2:10 A veteran Turkish political leader who has struggled for years to have President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voted out of office says it is “very clear” that his dream is drawing nearer, even as doubts remain about whether he will be the main opposition candidate at presidential elections set for 2023. More:Turkey’s opposition leader looks to emerge from Erdogan’s shadow – EURACTIV.com

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Soaring Energy Bills Deepen Crisis for Turks, and Erdogan - The New York Times

Soaring Energy Bills Deepen Crisis for Turks, and Erdogan Hit by spiraling inflation, electricity bills have doubled for households and businesses in only a month. More:Soaring Energy Bills Deepen Crisis for Turks, and Erdogan - The New York Times

How Far Will Turkey Go to Support Ukraine?

How Far Will Turkey Go to Support Ukraine? Erdogan has signaled strong support for Kyiv, but he won’t sacrifice a strong, stable working relationship with Russia. More:How Far Will Turkey Go to Support Ukraine?

Friday, February 18, 2022

TURKEY Challenged and eager to leave: young Turks against Erdogan

Challenged and eager to leave: young Turks against Erdogan Research carried out by the German organisation Kas reveals 73% of those questioned (aged between 18 and 25) would like to leave the country if they had the chance. Forty-eight per cent had no confidence in the president. Very little trust in politicians, parties and the press. Over 90% are in favour of premarital relations, 80% for gender equality. More:TURKEY Challenged and eager to leave: young Turks against Erdogan

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Half of Turkish electorate supports opposition bloc: MetroPoll survey - Turkish Minute

Half of Turkish electorate supports opposition bloc: MetroPoll survey By Turkish Minute - February 12, 2022 379 0 According to the results of a recent opinion poll conducted by the Ankara-based MetroPoll, 49.7 percent of voters said they “feel closest to” the county’s opposition bloc or “preferred” it over President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s alliance, local media reported on Saturday. More:Half of Turkish electorate supports opposition bloc: MetroPoll survey - Turkish Minute

Friday, February 11, 2022

Turkey wants billions worth of 'under the mattress' gold back in the financial system as it fights inflation, currency devaluation | Kitco News

Turkey wants billions worth of 'under the mattress' gold back in the financial system as it fights inflation, currency devaluation Anna Golubova Thursday February 10, 2022 17:44 Kitco NewsShare this article: (Kitco News) As Turkey battles inflation at nearly 50% and a very weak lira, the government wants to encourage citizens to convert their "under the mattress" gold worth billions of dollars into lira-denominated bank accounts. More:Turkey wants billions worth of 'under the mattress' gold back in the financial system as it fights inflation, currency devaluation | Kitco News

The Mayor of Istanbul Could Prove a Dangerous Challenger to Erdoğan - DER SPIEGEL

The Mayor of Istanbul Could Prove Dangerous to Erdoğan Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has transformed into a political star, and may be a worthy challenger to the Turkish president in coming elections. In a DER SPIEGEL interview, he talks about what he is doing right and what Erdoğan is doing wrong. More:The Mayor of Istanbul Could Prove a Dangerous Challenger to Erdoğan - DER SPIEGEL

Turkey-Armenia relations: Normalisation after 31 years of tension? - Qantara.de

Turkey-Armenia relations Normalisation after 31 years of tension? Turkish-Armenian rapprochement kicked off in Moscow in January, after a break of 13 years. This time, focusing on relatively easy fixes such as trade and transportation, both countries are emphasising a lack of pre-conditions. Turkey is nevertheless reluctant to let third countries, such as Russia, to play a role in the process. By Leyla Egeli More:Turkey-Armenia relations: Normalisation after 31 years of tension? - Qantara.de

Fitch Downgrades Turkey to 'B+'; Outlook Negative

Fitch Downgrades Turkey to 'B+'; Outlook Negative Fri 11 Feb, 2022 - 5:02 PM ET Fitch Ratings - London - 11 Feb 2022: Fitch Ratings has downgraded Turkey's Long-Term Foreign Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to 'B+' from 'BB-'. The Outlook is Negative. More:Fitch Downgrades Turkey to 'B+'; Outlook Negative

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Turkey says Deutsche Welle, others must obtain licences or have access blocked | Reuters

Turkey says Deutsche Welle, others must obtain licences or have access blocked ANKARA, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Turkey's broadcasting watchdog has given three international news agencies 72 hours to obtain an operating licence or else have access to their platforms blocked, one of its members said on Wednesday. More:Turkey says Deutsche Welle, others must obtain licences or have access blocked | Reuters

Turkey’s Doctors Are Leaving, the Latest Casualty of Spiraling Inflation - The New York Times

Turkey’s Doctors Are Leaving, the Latest Casualty of Spiraling Inflation Doctors, worn down by grueling hours and violence, are emigrating in rising numbers, undermining one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s signature achievements. By Carlotta Gall Published Feb. 7, 2022 Updated Feb. 8, 2022 ISTANBUL — Anxiety rose after an assistant doctor died last fall when she plowed her car into the back of a truck after a long shift. Then there were the growing cases of violence. An assistant doctor abandoned his career after a patient stabbed him in the stomach and hand. A pregnant nurse was hospitalized after being kicked in the belly. More:Turkey’s Doctors Are Leaving, the Latest Casualty of Spiraling Inflation - The New York Times

High energy prices put more pressure on Turks

High energy prices put more pressure on Turks Burcin GERCEK Wed, February 9, 2022, 2:19 AM·4 min read Adem ALTAN When temperatures plunged well below freezing in Ankara and energy prices soared, Dondu Isler had to make a tough choice to both stay warm and keep her soaring utility bills down. More:High energy prices put more pressure on Turks

Saturday, February 05, 2022

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President, and his wife test positive for Covid-19 - CNN

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and wife test positive for Covid-19 By Isil Sariyuce, for CNN Updated 10:26 AM ET, Sat February 5, 2022 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a press conference at the end of the Rome G20 Summit, on October 31, 2021 in Rome. Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife, Emine, have tested positive for Covid-19. Erdogan said on Twitter that the couple had contracted the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and were experiencing mild symptoms. More:Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President, and his wife test positive for Covid-19 - CNN

Friday, February 04, 2022

Talk of Turkish accession masks realpolitik about migration

Turkey remains sidelined for membership of the European Union even as other candidate countries continue to make determined, if fitful, progress toward membership. And yet, among some of the most senior Turkish officials, there remains a strong determination to restart EU accession discussions - and even some optimism about one day getting them back on track. More:Talk of Turkish accession masks realpolitik about migration

Firing of deans raises academic freedom concerns in Turkey

Deans Fired at Turkish University Incidents raise concerns about academic freedom and political interference. By Jack Grove for Times Higher Education February 4, 2022   The firing of three elected deans from Boğaziçi University, a research university in Turkey, could signal a renewed attack on institutional autonomy and freedom of speech in Turkey’s universities, scholars have warned. More:Firing of deans raises academic freedom concerns in Turkey

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Turkish Inflation Climbs to Highest in 20 Years on Lira, Energy | Financial Post

Turkish Inflation Climbs to Highest in 20 Years on Lira, Energy Author of the article: Bloomberg News Baris Balci (Bloomberg) — Turkey’s inflation rate accelerated to a near 20-year high in January, driven by rising energy, food prices and a weak lira. More:Turkish Inflation Climbs to Highest in 20 Years on Lira, Energy | Financial Post