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Europe needs a Turkey strategy

GÜVEN SAK writes:

The European Parliament has recommended to the European Commission a temporary freeze of accession negotiations with Turkey.

Comment(s) 11/26/2016

Why the Trexit debate?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

There have been many articles about “Trexit” in the Turkish media since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan raised the possibility of a referendum on Ankara’s EU membership bid. The term, of course, is derived from “Brexit,” and implies that Turks will vote their way out of the EU, just as the British did

Comment(s) 11/19/2016

The exodus?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I have been hearing the same question a lot lately.

Comment(s) 11/12/2016

Welcome to the Grand Hotel Abyss

GÜVEN SAK writes:

The day after that dreadful night of the failed coup in Turkey, tens of thousands of Venezuelans were crossing the Colombian border. The weekend of July 16-17 witnessed around 135,000 Venezuelans making the trip. They walked there, and they walked back. Why you may wonder?

Comment(s) 11/5/2016

Why the growth slowdown in Turkey now?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Have you seen the Putinphone? Caviar, a Russian jewelry company, has designed a limited edition of them on the occasion of the 63rd birthday of the Russian president.

Comment(s) 10/29/2016

A small but decisive step towards rule of law in Turkey?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

“The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind,” writes John Maynard Keynes in the opening sentence of The Economic Consequences of the Peace. “Very few of us realize with conviction the intensely unusual, unstable, complicated, unreliable, temporary nature of the … organization by which Western Europe has lived for the last half century.”

Comment(s) 10/22/2016

Why is the Turkish Lira rapidly depreciating?

GÜVEN SAK writes:

According to the latest round of the World Values Survey, only 11 percent of Turks believe that “most people can be trusted.” In Germany, that number is 45 percent.

Comment(s) 10/15/2016

Increasing inflows into Turkey after downgrade

GÜVEN SAK writes:

Moody’s downgraded Turkey to a speculative level on Sept. 22. That makes two such grades, the first being S&P’s decision soon after the attempted coup in July.

Comment(s) 10/8/2016

Why I don’t have a photo with Shimon Peres

GÜVEN SAK writes:

I first met the late Shimon Peres more than 12 years ago. Israeli disengagements on Gaza were just a theoretical construct under discussion then. I was there to find a way to privatize the peace process.

Comment(s) 10/1/2016

2016: The year China kicked G-20 in the butt

GÜVEN SAK writes:

The day after the G-20 Hangzhou Summit in China, I read an article in the Jakarta Post

Comment(s) 9/24/2016

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