Turkey is “globally unsatisfactory” on the issue of the transparency of party funding, according to a report issued by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was commemorated on the anniversary of his passing yesterday, with official and unofficial ceremonies across the country
Category: MURAT YETKİN
For observers who do not want to see more tension in Ankara, it might be a relief to see that it is not President Erdoğan, but rather PM Davutoğlu who is going to attend the G-20 summit
It has been alleged that Internet trolls linked to the ruling Justice and Development Party have established firms to cover up illegal wiretapping activity
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
Baghdad is preparing to request that Ankara pay back revenues from what Iraq says is the illegitimate export of Kurdish oil through Turkey
There was a detectable concern within the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a party primarily focused on the Kurdish Issue, on Nov. 7 regarding the future of the dialogue between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in pursuit of a political solution for Turkey’s chronic problem.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, with his almond mustache and typical Pinocchio smile on his face was boasting at an Ankara meeting how under his government, Turkey will be steered to a prosperous centennial of the republic and beyond.
Turkey’s diplomat-turned-EU Minister vowed the government would boost Turkey’s image and eliminate wrong perceptions among European public opinion
The measure will aim to decrease energy inefficiency and traffic congestion, according the gov't
The first meeting of Reform Action Group, previously called the Reform Monitoring Group, will gather on Nov. 8 to focus on reforms as part of Turkey’s accession process to the European Union.
Category: TAHA AKYOL
Poet and thinker Nuri Pakdil, while he was receiving an award from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said, “Dear friends, I salute you with all my anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, anti-fascist and anti-pharaohist feelings.”
The African continent received 33.7 pct of the overall assistance, while South and Central Asia received 21.83 pct, the Middle East received 21.74 pct, and the Balkans and East Europe received 21.4 pct
Turkish leaders have said protecting Islamic sites in the Holy Land is a sacred mission for them, with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan bluntly warning any attack against the 8th-century al-Aqsa Mosque is no different than an attack on the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca.
'This happens when you carry on a business in 2014 with a 1960 model car,' said Faruk Çelik, without elaborating on why the government has not improved such an obsolete system in its 12 years in office
The international community has to take 'all required steps' on the issue, Erdoğan said
The Turkish government has announced the first nine programs of a detailed economic transformation plan that is aimed at reaching ambitious economic goals and boosting the economy
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
This is from this column nearly two years ago: “The bitter truth is that Turkey is too oriental for the European Union, too non-Arab for the Arab League, too non-African for the African Union, too irrelevant for ASEAN and the Union of South American Nations and too western for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (‘The Shanghai seven?’ Feb. 8, 2013).”
Category: ERDAL SAĞLAM
Despite the fall in world commodity prices, primarily oil, in Turkey inflation rates cannot be pulled down to the desired level.
Iraq’s new Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari will visit Turkey from Nov. 5-7 in a bid to restore bilateral ties that deteriorated during then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s term
PM Davutoğlu has accused Syrian forces of committing massacres in and around Aleppo and said Turkey would face a major new refugee crisis if Syria's second city were to fall into his hands
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