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Turkey raises gross minimum wage by more than 21% in 2021 – Reuters

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 percentage points higher than the …

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Annus horribilis: Key Greek-Turkish developments in 2020 – Al Jazeera

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 the Eastern Mediterranean basin to …

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Greece says Turkish ‘student visa’ loophole used for trafficking – Reuters

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece urged Turkey on Tuesday to do more to thwart irregular crossings of migrants into its territory, saying recent arrivals, particularly from Somalia, appeared to be coordinated. More than half of arrivals on the Greek island of Lesbos from Nov. 1 were from Somalia, whose nationals crossed from Turkey, Migration Minister Notis …

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EU plan to sanction Turkey will backfire, Erdoğan aide warns – The Guardian

An EU plan to impose additional sanctions on Turkey will backfire and only make the chance of reaching agreement over the growing Greek-Turkish contest in the Eastern Mediterranean regarding gas resources more difficult, the chief adviser to the Turkish president has warned. The adviser to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ibrahim Kalin, urged the EU not to …

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Libya’s east-based forces seize Turkish-owned vessel – ABC News

Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was behind a year-long military attempt to capture the capital have seized a Turkish vessel heading to the western town of Misrata. CAIRO — Forces of a Libyan commander who rules the eastern half of the country and who was …

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Turkey’s behaviour “widening its separation” from EU, Borrell says – Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey’s rhetoric on Cyprus is aggravating tensions with the European Union and Ankara must understand that its behaviour is “widening its separation” from the 27-nation bloc, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday. “We consider the recent actions and statements by Turkey related to Cyprus contrary to the United Nations …

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Erdoğan met by protests from Turkish Cypriots during visit – The Guardian

Ignoring police attempts to ban the protests, many demonstrators expressed dismay over Erdoğan’s decision to use the occasion to enjoy a picnic in the controversially reopened beach resort of Varosha, holding banners that said: “No picnic over pain”. The resort visit has been widely condemned for violating UN resolutions aimed at reuniting the war-torn island.

“It’s now or never. We have to raise our voice in open defiance” Sener Elcil, a prominent trade unionist, told the Guardian. Speaking in the UN-patrolled buffer zone dividing Cyprus, he added: “Turkish Cypriots will become extinct if our country isn’t reunited … Erdoğan is a loose cannon, he can do anything.”

Reshuffling economy posts won’t solve Turkey’s troubles, says Erdogan’s ex-ally – Reuters

* Former Erdogan ally Babacan has formed breakaway party * Says government lacks coherent plan to rebuild economy * Comments come after cbank chief, finance minister quit * Lira has hit record lows, cenbank faces test next week ANKARA, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Turkey’s economic troubles cannot be solved by shuffling the central bank chief …

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Turkey says Azerbaijan achieved ‘sacred success’ in Nagorno-Karabakh – Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Tuesday that a deal to end more than a month of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh had secured important gains for its close ally Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia. The agreement, signed by Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, follows six weeks of heavy fighting and advances by Azeri forces. On Sunday, …

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Erdoğan’s Jihad on “Infidel Europe” – Gatestone Institute

Middle Eastern politics is always a trap for radical ideologues. In Erdoğan’s mindset the “infidel West” is militarily helping Armenia (the evil) and Turkey is militarily helping Azerbaijan (the righteous). Although Ankara and Baku categorically deny accusations, press reports and independent human rights observers have confirmed the arrival of hundreds of jihadists in Azerbaijan to …

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Analysis: Bad blood – why France-Turkey cartoon row could leave lasting impact – Reuters

PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) – Slights and barbs have marred relations between France’s Emmanuel Macron and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan for years, but the row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad has dragged them to a new low which could have more lasting consequences. Officials on both sides describe a series of behind-the-scenes frosty exchanges and grudges between …

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Italy FM proposes EU ‘patriot act’ after attacks in Vienna and Nice – Al Arabiya

Italy’s foreign minister on Tuesday said the European Union should consider a US-style Patriot Act to boost anti-terrorism efforts, in the wake of attacks in Vienna and Nice. In a statement posted on social media, Luigi Di Maio said both the EU and Italy must raise their security levels, called for tighter controls on mosques …

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