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Turkey in 2020: A year marred by chilling human rights violations – Duvar

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. Prisons stood out as the …

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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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Greece is not ‘dragging’ the EU into anything; it is one of its members – ekathimerini.com – Comment

What our neighbors need to understand is that Greek-Turkish relations de facto involve the EU. Greece is not just a country with a medium-sized GDP of € 200 billion. It is also a member of a huge economy of €19 trillion. And it does not operate, nor can it be treated, as if it were not a part of it.

Turkey forges a strategic future independent of Russia and the West – The Strategist

Recent analysis of Turkey’s foreign policy tends to focus on several complementary narratives. Ankara is seen to be slowly moving away from its NATO partners and towards Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be pursuing a strategy of balancing the West and Moscow against each other, but this balancing act is viewed as …

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Turkey’s Economic Problem Is Erdogan. Improvement Won’t Come Until He Leaves.

The reason for Turkey’s economic precariousness—it is by far the worst performing emerging market this year—is no secret: Over the long term, markets react favorably to certainty and crumble in the face of haphazardness. In the short term, though, they have a tendency to spring up when positive news surfaces, however unlikely that news is …

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Germany ‘concerned’ after Turkey orders halt to ship search off Libyan coast – POLITICO

The German government voiced concern after Turkey stopped the inspection of a suspicious vessel off the Libyan coast, which German forces had boarded as part of an EU-led arms control mission. On Sunday, the German frigate “Hamburg,” which is in the Mediterranean as part of the EU’s Operation Irini to enforce the U.N. arms embargo …

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We can’t allow Turkey and Russia to fill America’s Middle East vacuum | TheHill

  President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates ‘Joe Biden Way’ to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans ‘either in complete lockstep’ or ‘afraid’ of Trump MORE appears determined to withdraw as many troops as he can from the Middle East before he vacates the White House on Jan. 20, …

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Turkey faces Storm December as Erdoğan eyes applause – Yetkin Report

Turkish President Erdoğan deiivers his online G20 speech as some of the other leaders listen on. (Photo: Turkish Presidency) President Tayyip Erdoğan reproaches the party members at his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial congresses, asking “Where is that old storm of applause?” as he says every once in a while that “We see …

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Turkish minister says UNESCO “not bothered” by Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

The Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism has reportedly said that the UN body that protects significant cultural and religious sites was “not bothered” by the controversial conversion of a former Byzantine-era church into a functioning mosque. The Hagia Sophia was officially converted into a place of Islamic worship in July after Turkish President Recep Tayyip …

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Turkey’s Jews are feeling the heat of Erdogan’s extremism – The National

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to signal a softening in his foreign policy stance this past weekend. First, he called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to discuss bilateral ties following several months of tension, that included popular calls for the boycott of Turkish products. The next day, he contradicted months of his own anti-European …

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Will Erdoğan’s yo-yo game with the EU succeed in deluding the West again? | Ahval

He is back at it again. Full of his customary surprises at each and every turn, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan displayed a sharp swing on Saturday, refreshing his long-lost love for his favourite punching bag, the EU. “We don’t see ourselves elsewhere but in Europe. We envisage building our future together with Europe,” in …

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Caught between a rock and a hard place, Erdogan seeks a way out

Nov 21, 2020 Developments at home and abroad are forcing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek a fresh course aimed at delivering Turkey from its current economic morass and debilitating political isolation in the West. Having sacrificed his son-in-law Berat Albayrak, the former finance and treasury minister, at the altar of a “new beginning,” Erdogan …

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