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February 17, 2021
Concerns about Turkey’s regional assertiveness have pushed Greece to adopt a more proactive foreign policy, with Athens building new military and diplomatic alliances. “Against the Iranian axis, a resounding and strong regional alliance has been formed. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf countries, and the State of Israel are members…
February 17, 2021
February 16, 2021
Last week, the Turkish minister of defense once again denounced what he perceived as Greek attempts to reframe Greco-Turkish disputes as wider disputes between Turkey and third parties, powerful countries or regional entities. Speaking during joint military exercises with the participation of Turkish and Azeri forces, Hulusi Akar called on…
February 16, 2021
February 12, 2021
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s habit of lashing out at foreign leaders, including Greek ones of course, is hard to understand sometimes; the Turkish president obviously feels that he is invincible and has the right to insult and threaten whomever he chooses. Kyriakos Mitsotakis became the most recent target of his ire,…
February 12, 2021
February 4, 2021
With friction growing between Ankara and Athens, the longstanding alliance between Pakistan and Turkey has prompted Greece and India to consider the mutual benefits of a strategic partnership. In the modern era, the balance of geopolitical power is constantly shifting, with new alliances being formed and historical tensions coming to…
February 4, 2021
February 3, 2021
The cultural subversion of the United States, Europe and the rest of the world. This is the compiled version of all of Bezmenov’s lectures I could find. This is G. Edward Griffin’s shocking video interview, Soviet Subversion of the Free-World Press (1984), where he interviews ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector…
February 3, 2021
January 29, 2021
NEW YORK -UNITED NATIONS – The United States on Thursday called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turkish forces from Libya, after a deadline for them to leave was ignored. This appeal marked a firmer expression of US policy toward oil-rich Libya under the new administration of President Joe…
January 29, 2021
January 22, 2021
Dear Mr. Borrell, On Thursday, you received your dear friend Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu with open arms in Brussels. You were the master of ceremonies. Normally for Turkey, a so-called “candidate country”, Çavuşoğlu’s host should have been Oliver Varhelyi, Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement. But those days are long…
January 22, 2021
January 22, 2021
Amid a period in which geopolitical tensions are heating up in the Eastern Mediterranean, Spain is stepping up its diplomatic efforts to lower the temperatures. As tensions between Greece and Turkey were heating up last summer, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya visited both countries’ capitals on July…
January 22, 2021
January 19, 2021
Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism. In an episode that has tediously repeated itself several times since July, Turkey’s seismic-survey ships and navy vessels clash with Greek authorities while probing for hydrocarbons in waters off the small Greek island…
January 19, 2021
January 12, 2021
Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund has turned into the country’s biggest source of financing after the central bank’s foreign currency reserves turned negative, the trade deficit widened and revenue for the tourism industry slumped, Sözcü newspaper reported. The fund’s balance sheet took a big hit in 2019 and those financial problems…
January 12, 2021
January 10, 2021
Ahead of the imminent exploratory contacts with Ankara, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in an interview with Kathimerini that Athens will have a constructive disposition, but stressed he is worried that Turkey is neither the country of the early 2000s that harbored European ambitions nor that which engaged in these talks in…
January 10, 2021
January 10, 2021
In Turkey it’s not very difficult to be labelled a terrorist by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or other members of the AKP government. You can be given this honour by signing petitions, protesting, being Kurdish, being a journalist, or even being an abstract financial force like inflation. Students are the…
January 10, 2021
January 9, 2021
[…] 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,…
January 9, 2021
January 9, 2021
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…
January 9, 2021
January 9, 2021
Freedom of press and expression in Turkey have expanded  “incomparably’’ from two decades ago, when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came into power, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s communications director said on Saturday. Turkish media maintains diversity and an environment of freedom, with “certain circles’’ within and outside of…
January 9, 2021
January 9, 2021
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…
January 9, 2021
January 9, 2021
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…
January 9, 2021
January 8, 2021
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…
January 8, 2021
January 7, 2021
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…
January 7, 2021
January 6, 2021
Around 2,000 Turkish hotels and other tourist facilities, from the 5-star to the boutique, are reportedly presently on sale on online platforms. A total of 86 new adverts for the sale of hotels in Turkey were uploaded on popular e-commerce platform Sahibinden.com in the first two days of 2021. Turkish daily…
January 6, 2021
January 5, 2021
Whoever speaks against Turkey in the European Union actually seeks to destroy Europe’s future, the spokesperson for Turkey’s ruling party said Monday. Accusing some European leaders of taking a different approach when trying “to cause disturbances in Turkey,” Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesperson Ömer Çelik said after a…
January 5, 2021
January 4, 2021
Banks cannot engineer a balance between exchange rates and interest rates in a country with free capital flows, where banks’ funding conditions are affected by the global economic environment and by country risk. As Turkey has demonstrated, using banks for this purpose destroys both internal and external economic balances. ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON,…
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish police clashed on Monday with students who protested against President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of a new rector at one of the country’s top universities, saying the process was undemocratic. In a decree published on Saturday, Erdogan appointed Melih Bulu, who has a doctorate in business management,…
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
Turkey narrowly averted a financial crisis at the end of last year. But Ankara’s fix was a Band-Aid and won’t last through 2021. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved a shift to more orthodox monetary policy in late 2020 with the appointment of a credible team and pro-market measures. Markets have…
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s Orthodox Church said on Monday it would defy a government lockdown order imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus and open churches to the faithful during the Epiphany celebration on Jan. 6. Greece tightened coronavirus curbs for a week from Sunday and reversed an earlier…
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
Turkey’s annual consumer price inflation rate was 36.7 percent last month, far higher than official claims, said ENAGrup (ENAG), an independent institution set up last year to track the country’s inflation. Inflation in Turkey accelerated to 14.6 percent in December from 14 percent the previous month, the Turkish Statistical Institute…
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to buy vegetables sold in a tent set up by the municipality in the Bayrampasa district of Istanbul, Turkey, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) -Turkish inflation edged higher than expected to 14.6% year-on-year in December as food costs jumped, official data showed…
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
From the perspective of a monetary economist, inflation is always the first item that should be addressed on the way to sustainable growth. Hence my unduly emphasis on price stability. Despite all the tragedy and loss, perhaps one of the few gains in 2020 was to bring the abstract notion…
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
At Friday prayers, the area around Berlin’s Sehitlik mosque can seem like a forgotten corner of Istanbul. It’s not just the traditional Ottoman mosque, complete with dome, twin minarets and pierced screens, or the fact that many of the older faithful greet each other in Turkish. Even the sermon, as…
January 4, 2021
January 3, 2021
Turkey has begun 2021 with a busy agenda in terms of foreign affairs. Its major foreign policy issues can be divided into three chapters. One chapter is its relations with the US. The files in this chapter include Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-manufactured S-400 air defense system, its exclusion from…
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
The Southern Gas Corridor, which will supply Caspian gas to Europe via Turkey, will turn Azerbaijan and Turkey into a strategic energy corridor, Murat Akan, international trade operation specialist in Turkey, told Trend. “Natural gas has entered its golden age, because it has gained geopolitical importance and has become a…
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
TEHRAN (FNA)- Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) said Armenia has announced that it will replace 2,250 Turkish products with Iranian goods in reaction to the recent Turkish sanctions. “Due to Turkish sanctions, Armenia has planned to replace Iranian goods with 2,250 products imported from Turkey,” the Iranian official said,…
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored this morning the entry of a new military column of Turkish forces via Kafr Losin crossing, north of Idlib. The column consists of 12 armoured vehicles. The column headed towards Turkish posts in southern rural Idlib. The number of military vehicles entered…
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
The 10th meeting of high ranking Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Railway Project workgroup, better known as the ECO Train was recently convened aimed at the urgent revival of this major regional economic plan. The spokesman of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry expressed certainty during his last week’s press conference that the ECO Train project…
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
Military operation spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a car bomb that targeted workers of a Turkish company killing four people in Somalia on Saturday. Four people, including a Turkish national, and several other Turkish workers were injured after a suicide bomber attacked a road construction site…
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
The United Kingdom’s new trade deal with Turkey ignores the Turkish government’s continuing human rights abuses and should have been scrutinised by British parliament, Guardian columnist Simon Tisdall wrote in an opinion piece published on Sunday. The agreement also boosts Turkey’s “dangerous” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and undermines pledges by…
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
The UK’s new trade agreement with Turkey, signed last week, ignores the Turkish government’s continuing human rights abuses, boosts its dangerous president, and undermines ministerial pledges that “global Britain” will uphold international laws and values. The deal took effect on 1 January without even rudimentary parliamentary scrutiny. Here, stripped of…
January 3, 2021
January 2, 2021
US President-elect Joe Biden has sent a reply letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressing his warm thanks for the congratulations letter sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch immediately after his election victory. In his letter, Joe Biden states: Your Holiness, Thank you for your kind words and wishes. I’m sorry because…
January 2, 2021
December 31, 2020
Turkey has decided to turn the recently renovated Holy Trinity Armenian Church in the south-central Konya province into a cultural centre, the Armenian weekly newspaper Agos reported. The 19th-century building, which has been closed to worship and visitors even after restoration project ended in 2017, will be re-opened as the…
December 31, 2020
December 30, 2020
Ahmet Altan, one of Turkey’s most skillful historical novelists, lives in solitary confinement in a cell four meters long, at Silivri Prison, Europe’s largest penal facility. In I’ll Never See This World Again, his fifteenth book, and the first he wrote from prison, Altan recalled the passing comment of a judge who…
December 30, 2020
December 30, 2020
Turkish prisons stood out as centers of human rights violations in Turkey in 2020, although some 90,000 prisoners were released as part of COVID-19 precautions. Insufficient measures against COVID-19 and prolonged imprisonments were among the violations in prisons, while Turkish citizens outside suffered from impunity, state oppression, and police violence.…
December 30, 2020
December 30, 2020
There’s a feverish discussion under way among foreign policy experts on what the President-elect should do about Turkey. It really has to be high up on his list of urgent worries, they seem to believe. Not least because Donald Trump’s approach was so incoherent and so apparently unfocused. That is,…
December 30, 2020
December 29, 2020
KARACHI — The governments of Turkey, Iran and Pakistan will revive a transnational rail service linking Istanbul, Tehran and Islamabad in 2021. The ITI transnational railroad is expected to enhance connectivity with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by providing a rail connection between China and Turkey, Nikkei Asia has…
December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020
A series of four terrorist attacks hit France and Austria between 25 September and 2 November 2020. All were perpetrated by young jihadists. At least eight people were killed, excluding the terrorists, and more were injured, some seriously. On 25 September in Paris, Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud, a 25-year-old Pakistani immigrant,…
December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020
In 1945, having survived the war without having to fight and avoiding invasion by the German army Turkey found itself pretty lonely after D-Day. The Soviet Union asked for two Turkish provinces and joint control over the straits. AT that 1945 moment, alone in standing against the Soviet threat for…
December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020
German automobile giant Volkswagen is liquidating its Turkish company, established in October 2019 with 943.5 million Turkish Liras in capital, Bloomberg Turkey reported on Dec. 29. The company had suspended operations in Turkey’s Manisa as part of fiscal measures aimed at weathering the COVID-19 crisis, they said in a July statement.…
December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020
“Euphemisms are frequently used by speakers of different languages in order to avoid troublesome terms and phrases which possibly refer to something unpleasant or embarrassing. Thus, euphemisms facilitate social discourse by softening the impact of taboo-marked subjects with the potential to cause offence and social disapproval.However, euphemisms are also used…
December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020
In drone footage released by Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence, the camera captures an Armenian crew scrambling from the turret of a tank and running for nearby trees. There is no explosion but the tank is left behind. Drones haunted Armenian soldiers, leading to many such scenes. Fearful of a missile…
December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020
In a breach of the international conventions, Turkish diplomats in the southern African nation of Mozambique spied on critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a secret Turkish Foreign Ministry document obtained by Nordic Monitor has revealed. According to the communiqué, then-Turkish Ambassador to Mozambique Aylin Taşhan, the first ambassador of…
December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020
The Turkish economy will rank 22nd among the world’s largest economies in 2021, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), a UK-based economics consultancy organization. A CEBR report on “World Economic League Table (WELT) for 2020 predicted Turkey which has long remained as the 17th biggest economy would slip…
December 29, 2020
December 28, 2020
Gloomy facts and figures about a country are one thing, but a sense among large numbers of citizens that they do not belong to their homeland is a different story. Recent research has found that 38% of Turks do not feel they belong in their own country. Turks have many…
December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020
Fifteen years ago, the Chobani founder bought a shuttered dairy factory and began making Greek-style yogurt. His privately held company now earns more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue—all while distinguishing itself as a champion of Good Business. Here, Hamdi Ulukaya explains his magic formula to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Joel Weber. Joel Weber: Hamdi, you’re…
December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020
If somebody asked me to sum up the year 2020, I would say, in one sentence, “End of the adventure.” In mid-2018, an adventure started with the “Alla Turca” presidential regime with cheers and bids that “we will be flying.” There was a claim which went, “We know this all;…
December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020
The coronavirus did not start Turkey’s economic ails, but it greatly worsened them. The country had been grappling with a falling currency and double-digit inflation for two years when the pandemic hit in March, adding to a deep recession. Nine months in, as a second wave of the virus sweeps…
December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020
Al-Assoumi noted that threatening remarks by the Turkish Defence minister “all represent a direct violation of the sovereignty of the State of Libya and a flagrant violation of its national security, and a clear violation of the United Nations Charter and UN Security Council resolutions on the ban on the…
December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will raise its minimum wage by 21.56% gross and about 16% net in 2021, for a monthly net wage of 2,825 Turkish lira ($376.71), the labour minister said on Monday. Zehra Zumrut Selcuk made the announcement, broadcast on TV, and said the wage rise was seven…
December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020
Egypt is wary of Turkey’s continued support for the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and continued instability in the region. A delegation of Egyptian diplomats and intelligence officials visited the Libyan capital on Sunday. Headed by Ayman Badea, the deputy chief of the General Intelligence Service, they met with senior officials…
December 28, 2020
December 27, 2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cannot harbor Hamas terrorists and try to forge closer ties with Israel, a senior diplomatic source said Sunday. “I don’t really believe he’s being honest,” the source said. “We need to see actions.” The comments came after Erdogan on Friday told reporters Turkey “would have…
December 27, 2020
December 27, 2020
Battered Turkish Economy Puts a Powerful Erdogan to the Test Turkey’s veteran leader played an aggressive hand abroad, but as the country’s economy plummets, he is feeling ire at home as many Turks struggle to buy food. ISTANBUL — Hobbled by restrictions on his tobacco shop, Ozgur Akbas helped organize…
December 27, 2020
December 27, 2020
ANKARA (Reuters) -Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned on Sunday that the forces of Khalifa Haftar and their supporters based in eastern Libya would be viewed as “legitimate targets” if they attempted to attack Turkish forces in the region. Turkey is the main foreign backer of Libya’s internationally recognised Government…
December 27, 2020
December 26, 2020
Turkey will begin piloting a previously undisclosed digital currency in the second half of 2021, the country’s chief central banker Naci Ağbal told members of parliament Friday. “There is an R&D project initiated on digital money. Currently the conceptual phase of this project has been completed. We aim to start…
December 26, 2020
December 26, 2020
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed visited Cairo Dec. 17 for talks with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. A presidential statement said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has joined the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) as an observer. “Sisi [underlined] the importance of the added value that the UAE will contribute…
December 26, 2020
December 25, 2020
If politics is the art of the possible, then Recep Tayyeb Erdogan is one of its most outstanding exponents. In September this year, the Turkish president was outraged by the decision of the UAE and Bahrain to normalise relations with Israel. By early December, however, the so-called neo-Ottoman himself sent…
December 25, 2020
December 25, 2020
2020 has been a challenging year for Ankara, in both the domestic and foreign spheres. In addition to the foreign policy issues inherited from 2019, the coronavirus, devastating earthquakes, currency crises, and difficulties in the economy have dominated the agenda throughout the year. In the domestic realm, issues related to…
December 25, 2020
December 25, 2020
CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan commander who launched an offensive last year to capture the capital Tripoli from the U.N.-recognized rival government threatened Thursday to use force against Turkish troops if Ankara doesn’t stop interfering in the war-stricken North African country. Khalifa Hifter’s comments came in response to the Turkish…
December 25, 2020
December 24, 2020
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s central bank raised the benchmark interest rate on Thursday for a second time in a row under its new chief. The bank announced after its Monetary Policy Committee meeting that it was raising the one-week repo rate — the rate by which it lends to commercial…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
2020 has been the most acrimonious year for Greek-Turkish relations since 1974. Here, we review the key events that led to the fallout: January 2: East Med pipeline deal signed Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement to build the Eastern Mediterranean Pipeline that will carry natural gas 1,900km from…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
(Bloomberg) — Turkish central bank Governor Naci Agbal will have to deliver another meaty interest rate hike on Thursday to fully recover monetary policy credibility with investors. All respondents in a Bloomberg survey of 25 economists expect the Monetary Policy Committee to raise its benchmark one-week repo rate, with the…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
At over 84 million people the population of Turkey is large, with its biggest city Istanbul home to over 15 million people. The uniqueness of Turkey is that it is located not only in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region but also in Europe and Asia.  The FinTech Times…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
The agreement on the partial demarcation of maritime boundaries between Greece and Egypt was posted on the United Nation’s Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea on Thursday. The deal, signed on August 6, 2020, designates an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean, which in turn…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
Turkey is boosting its influence across North Africa, analysts say, intervening militarily in war-torn Libya and using “soft power”, trade and investment in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. While Turkish-made drones have won battles in Libya, its soap operas and other cultural products have won hearts and minds in Maghreb countries,…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
Ankara has made scores of national boycott attempts since 1998, but they invariably lose steam quickly. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s most recent boycott threat against France will be no exception. Turkey is a big market, so Ankara has a potentially powerful tool at its disposal with which to accomplish foreign…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
Officially, Greece and Turkey are allies, both being members of NATO. Historically, this relationship has been much more hostile. A hot-and-cold pattern of war and reconciliation has characterized their interactions since the first Byzantine-Ottoman conflicts. Turkey and Greece have disputed territorial claims and rights to resources in the Eastern Mediterranean…
December 24, 2020
December 24, 2020
After years of rising tensions in transatlantic relations, the European Union could have a sigh of relief when Joe Biden won the U.S. presidential election. Even if there is no place for nostalgia for the golden years, it looks like the EU could cooperate better with a Biden administration on various issues…
December 24, 2020