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CHP outflanks AKP in first stage of referendum campaign

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The first date signaled as the launch of the “yes” campaign of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) for the April 16 referendum was Feb. 7.

Comment(s) 2/15/2017

Will voting make you a terrorist or a coup plotter?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey is going to a crucial referendum on a constitutional change for a radical shift in its administrative system from a parliamentary to an executive presidential system on April 16.

Comment(s) 2/14/2017

A pro-government opposition in Turkey?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It was around 2014, at one of the last receptions of Abdullah Gül toward the end of his presidential term at the Çankaya Palace in Ankara, when it was still Turkey’s presidential palace.

Comment(s) 2/13/2017

Russian jet hit Turkish soldiers in Syria while CIA chief was in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Let’s just look at the facts that we know chronologically:

Comment(s) 2/11/2017

The freedom to say ‘yes?’

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Turkish government has stripped the Supreme Election Board (YSK) of the authority to give penalties to TV and radio stations that air one-sided broadcasts or biased propaganda during election periods, according to a decree issued on Feb. 9 ahead of the referendum which is likely to be carried out on April 16.

Comment(s) 2/10/2017

Expelled academics in Turkey who could also have been coup victims

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“They are sacking the same academics who would have been sacked by the post-coup regime if it had succeeded.”

Comment(s) 2/9/2017

Time for UN shuttle diplomacy in Cyprus

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The talks between the Greek and Turkish sides in Cyprus have come to such a stage that it is time for the United Nations to resume shuttle diplomacy, according to Mustafa Akıncı, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Comment(s) 2/8/2017

Turkey’s Wealth Fund: What’s next?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The government has transferred the public stakes in a number of major public companies to a recently established sovereign wealth fund, stating that the aim was to secure credit at lower rates for big projects by using the shares in these valuable companies as collateral.

Comment(s) 2/7/2017

A tough campaign ahead of Turkey’s Erdoğan

MURAT YETKİN writes:

There was an important meeting between President Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım in Istanbul on Feb. 5.

Comment(s) 2/6/2017

Is Turkey a US ally, Mr Trump?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It is good and perhaps necessary that U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order for a “Plan to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” on Jan. 28. It is necessary because the strategy of former President Barack Obama obviously did not work.

Comment(s) 2/4/2017

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