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Germany says: Turkish think tank SETA disseminating pro-AKP propaganda in Europe – Turkish Minute

[…] According to DW, the German government also stated that a SETA report titled “International Media Outlets’ Operations in Turkey” that was published in July 2019 served to pressure the Turkish government’s opponents.[…]

[…] The SETA report, which analyzed foreign news outlets’ coverage of the July 2016 coup attempt and the AKP’s subsequent crackdown, drew strong criticism from journalists, press unions, foreign media outlets and critics, who accused the pro-government think tank of profiling journalists through methods used by the Turkish police for gathering intelligence.

The German government also revealed in November 2019, in response to a parliamentary inquiry questioning the financial sources of SETA, that the foundation was funded mainly by the family of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s son-in-law and former Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak. […]

Greece submits bill on western territorial waters extension – Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s conservative government has submitted a bill to parliament to extend the western limit of its territorial waters in the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles, following negotiations with its regional neighbours Italy and Albania. FILE PHOTO: Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias attends the foreign affairs ministers council in Brussels, Belgium …

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U.S. government begins legal proceedings against Turkish hacker group – Ahval

The U.S. government is taking Turkish hacker group Ayyıldız Team to court in the United States, according to IndyTurk. The U.S. government lodged a request with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York requiring social media companies Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google to reveal details of the group’s social media …

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Facing a changing main opposition, Erdoğan doubles down on polarization – Middle East Institute

Last week, on a TV show, a veteran CHP MP and former culture minister, Fikri Sağlar, explained he felt uncomfortable seeing female judges wearing headscarves in courts. He stated that, “When I stand before a judge wearing a türban, I doubt that she will defend justice. Some of them act militantly and ideologically, and a struggle must be waged against this.” The CHP quickly responded after the comments, saying Sağlar’s views did not represent the party’s official stance on the headscarf issue. CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu also reiterated that the CHP is not interested in how women dress in their daily lives, at work, or in the courts.

Priceless value of Turkey’s partnership – Daily Sabah

If both the U.S. and the EU were not following double standards in their ties with Turkey and lent the importance to the country that it deserves, today’s alliances would be much more powerful.

Turkey’s redlines were ignored many times by both the EU and the U.S. For example, the Greek Cypriot administration violated all international norms and agreements by rejecting the U.N. plan for Cyprus; however, it was still accepted as an EU member. However, this very EU created many obstacles for Turkey’s membership process.

Turkey’s Frantic Gold Rush Points to a Financial Crisis Ahead – The National Interest

Ultimately, the demand for gold reflects the realities of political and economic life in Turkey. On the one hand, citizens try to preserve what little wealth they have. On the other, a predatory political elite seeks economic gain amid the chaos.

In all likelihood, ordinary Turks will bear the brunt of their government’s ill-advised economic policies and machinations involving gold. If the currency crisis deepens, then Erdogan may have to ban FX deposits and convert citizens’ savings at an “official”— i.e., below-market—exchange rate, letting hyperinflation and negative real rates do the work. On Nov. 20, Erdogan asked Turks to “register whatever you have under the pillow, both abroad and domestically, without any question.” It is unlikely that many Turks will respond.

Biden appoints staunch Turkey critic Brett McGurk to National Security Council – Middle East Eye

In 2017, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu openly called for McGurk’s removal. “Brett McGurk, the USA’s special envoy in the fight against Daesh [IS], is definitely and clearly giving support to the PKK and YPG. It would be beneficial if this person is changed,” Cavusoglu said at the time.

A Turkish official told MEE after McGurk’s nomination was revealed by US media reports earlier this week that the appointment was not surprising since Biden was gathering former Obama administration officials with “awful” track records to fill up national security positions. 

“Beyond doubt, McGurk has harmed Turkish-American relations,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “He no longer has much room in northern Syria to support the YPG. But his attitude towards other issues in the region from Libya to Iraq remains to be seen.”

Whereabouts of former minister Albayrak subject of speculation, jokes among Turks – Turkish Minute

Turkey’s Former finance minister, Berat Albayrak, who is also the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has not appeared in public since his unexpected resignation from office in early November, leading to widespread speculation as well as jokes about his whereabouts. In a surprise move on Nov. 8, Albayrak stepped down, citing health reasons, in …

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Sarraj Heads to Rome Again as Turkey ‘Summons’ his Senior Military Officials – Asharq AL-awsat

Libya has witnessed a flurry of developments in recent days, capped on Thursday with Government of National Accord (GNA) chief Fayez al-Sarraj’s surprise visit to Rome – his second in a month. Italian media noted that the two-day visit was supposed to have been a formal trip. Sarraj was then expected to then travel to …

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Greece, Israel Seal $1.6 Billion Defense Deal – Voice of America

ATHENS, GREECE – Greece said Tuesday it had approved a landmark $1.68 billion deal with Israel, providing for the procurement of 10 state-of-the-art jet fighters and training of pilots as the government in Athens upgrades its defenses, mainly against its longtime foe Turkey. The deal, which both sides are set to sign in the coming …

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Eyes don’t lie: Erdoğan, Bahçeli meet amid big problems – Yetkin Report

President Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, the election partner of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at his home. This was the third contact of the leaders of the People’s Alliance in a week. The first meeting was held in the Presidential Palace, before an award ceremony on Dec. 30, 2020. The second was on the phone calls on Dec. 31. No official statement was made on the content of the talks. However, looking at the leaking backstage information and the problems on the country’s agenda, it is not hard to guess that they are having difficult times and this was seen in their expressions and body language. Eyes do not lie.

I am not going to make a “crack” analysis of Erdoğan and Bahçeli’s looks, stances, and the way they said goodbye to each other. Still, it is obvious that the new year did not take a happy start for the two leaders and they are aware that there are serious problems on the desk of Turkey’s ruling alliance. And what are these problems?

May Gulf reconciliation cut Turkey’s ties to Muslim Brotherhood? – Yetkin Report

When Saudi Arabia killed the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi in its İstanbul consulate it, in fact, killed two birds with one stone. Not only the Kingdom silenced a dissident but it gave a message to all the dissidents fleeing Arab dictatorships that they should not feel safe in Turkey. There is a little known or …

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