New Turkey Vision

Turkey blasts ‘unauthorised’ German search on Libya-bound ship – Daily Mail

Turkey accused the German navy on Monday of conducting an “unauthorised” search on a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in a bid to enforce a United Nations arms embargo on Libya. But the European Union’s Operation Irini — tasked with halting arms shipments to the strife-torn north African country — said it had made a “good faith” …

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Turkey Needs Radical New Direction to Save the Economy – Chatham House

Although Ankara has witnessed what appears to be an abrupt change of its top economic team with two fresh appointments to key positions – Naci Ağbal as head of the presidential budget and strategy directorate and Lütfi Elvan as finance and treasury minister – a cardinal rule of thumb in Turkish politics is that the …

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Erdoğan’s U-turn on EU because of failing economy, says Babacan – Bianet

The government’s recent change in discourse about Europe is related to the “sinking economy,” according to Ali Babacan, the chair of the Democracy and Progress (DEVA) Party, who was also in charge of the country’s economy until 2015. “When they started to realize that they sank the economy, they began to talk about the European …

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EU Officials Watch in Awe Greek Turkish Air Fights Live – GreekReporter.com

European Union officials had the opportunity to watch a Greek Air Force aircraft chasing away Turkish F-16 fighter jets that had violated Greek airspace live.

The presentation took place during the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) conference of the 15th Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) High-Level Course (HLC) 2019 – 2020 Module 3.

The conference was held November 2-6 at the Hellenic Air Force Academy (HAFA) in Tatoi, organized by the Directorate of International Relations of the Ministry of National Defense, under the General Director Dr. Konstantinos Balomenos.

Fragile peace in Nagorno-Karabakh leaves Russia and Turkey in charge – Business Insider

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement last week to end six weeks of bloody fighting over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The agreement is widely seen as a win for Russia, which has regained substantial influence in the region, and for Turkey, whose military support to the gains made by Azerbaijan. Visit Business Insider’s homepage …

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Why Biden must not fall for Erdogan’s promised reforms – The National

Just a month ago the leading think tank, European Council on Foreign Relations, was bemoaning the lack of cards in the bloc’s hand to play against the Turkish leader. The Europeans stand frustrated and apparently impotent in front of his expansionist power projects both at sea in the Mediterranean and conflict zones from Libya to Nagorno-Karabakh.

Why then is Mr Erdogan appearing to give ground?

His shake-up of his economic team this week was an uncharacteristic concession. Mr Erdogan engineered the exit of his son-in-law Berat Albayrak as finance and treasury minister. The Turkish President has also promised to shake up his country’s institutions and enact judicial reforms.

Turkey extends seismic survey work in disputed Mediterranean area to 29 November – Ahram Online

Turkey said it was extending the seismic survey work of its Oruc Reis ship in a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean until Nov. 29, in a move that could add to tensions in the region. NATO members Turkey and Greece are locked in a dispute over the extent of their continental shelves and conflicting …

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“Turkey today is to radical Islamism what Saudi Arabia was in the 20th century” – American Enterprise Institute

“Every dictator wakes upwondering if today could be his last” states Michael Rubin for TurkishPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Evangelos D. Kokkinos forpentapostagma.gr. The respected analyst of AmericanEnterprise Institute (AEI) and former Pentagon official, analyzes what thechanges of the political landscape in the USA will bring to US-Turkeyrelations and the consequences that they …

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Ankara sanctions loom ahead of EU summit – Arab News

Brussels is unlikely to step back from its threat to impose curbs following Turkey’s insistence on carrying out drilling in disputed zones During a visit earlier this week condemned as “provocative and illegal” by the Cypriot government, Erdogan called for a “two-state” solution in Cyprus ANKARA: Turkey is facing a renewed threat of EU sanctions over …

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Pompeo’s unusual visit and the dire state of Turkey-US relations – Arab News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Turkey this week as part of his seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East. The nature of the visit and his remarks ahead of it had caused intense debate. Throughout his regional tour, Pompeo has met with top officials, but Turkey, a NATO ally, has been the only exception. No meeting took place between Pompeo and any Turkish official during his visit to the country.

Bicommunal group denounces partial opening of Varosha – Cyprus Mail

An informal bicommunal group, ‘Imaginary Famagusta’, on Friday denounced the opening of part of the fenced area of Varosha as a violation of UN resolutions and of European Court of Human Rights decisions on property rights of Greek Cypriots by Turkey which reduces chances for an agreement for a federal Cyprus. Members of the informal …

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Is Turkey Really Building a New Tank? – The National Interest

Despite being trumpeted as an all-Turkish design, the Altay tank leans heavily on a number of foreign components. In particular, the Altay program would like to have copied the engine and transmission that South Korea’s K2 tank uses, of a German design. This may prove to be impossible.

Due to tensions between Berlin and Ankara as well as a German arms embargo against Turkey, Turkish negotiations with German defense firms soured, sinking plans for the German-designed engine and transmission. Turkey, a non-European Union member, has faced criticism from a number of EU countries due Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. What exactly will be used in place of the German design remains to be seen.