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Gov’t wants to erase names of Turkey’s founding fathers

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A debate has been triggered after Education Minister Ismet Yılmaz’s Jan. 13 announcement that a new curriculum would be open to “public suggestions” until Feb. 20.

Comment(s) 1/17/2017

Three big burdens on the Turkish police

MURAT YETKİN writes:

I was talking to a ranking official about the escape of Abdulgadir Masharipov, the Tajik-origin Uzbek citizen who is wanted for killing 39 people on Jan. 1 in Istanbul’s Reina nightclub on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DEASH in Arabic.

Comment(s) 1/16/2017

Is an early election now a real possibility in Turkey?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Once the word of an early election is out in Turkey, it usually happens.

Comment(s) 1/14/2017

The first promising signal for Erdoğan from Tillerson

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The first concrete words that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan wants to hear from the Donald Trump administration, scheduled to take office on Jan. 20, came from Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, during his Jan. 11 testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.

Comment(s) 1/13/2017

Watch out for Jan 13 and 15 in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Despite the prediction by Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ that the government bloc will have no difficulty in taking to a referendum on constitutional amendments for a shift to an executive presidential model, unexpected speculations have started between and within the parties at Turkey’s parliament, which could change the format of the changes

Comment(s) 1/12/2017

Turkey’s last prime minister

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The debate on the constitutional shift from a parliamentary system to an executive presidential system, as demanded by Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, started in parliament on Jan. 9 in a highly strained atmosphere.

Comment(s) 1/11/2017

Erdoğan calls on Trump for a reset

MURAT YETKİN writes:

One the same day as tense debates started in Turkey’s parliament for a constitutional shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system to grant him more executive power, President Tayyip Erdoğan addressed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, saying Ankara wanted to make a fresh start in its relations with its ally Washington, which have become stuck in the final years of outgoing President Barack Obama.

Comment(s) 1/10/2017

Turkey on the threshold of its most radical turn

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The debates on the draft for constitutional amendments proposing a shift from Turkey’s parliamentarian system to an executive presidential one are scheduled to start on Jan. 9 in parliament.

Comment(s) 1/9/2017

Turkey’s painful diplomacy in the anti-terror fight

MURAT YETKİN writes:

For the last two days, Turkey has been talking about the heroic move by Fethi Sekin, a police officer who prevented a disaster from happening in the western city of İzmir on Jan. 5.

Comment(s) 1/7/2017

Turkey’s high expectations from Trump

MURAT YETKİN writes:

On Jan. 3, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım slammed U.S. President Barack Obama and called on incoming president Donald Trump to “end this shame” in the U.S.’s Syria policy.

Comment(s) 1/5/2017

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