Category: UĞUR GÜRSES
Central Bank Governor Erdem Başçı, who was rumored to have resigned on Thursday, just like Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, spoke to me on the phone in a wry tone of voice. He thanked me for my “get well soon” wishes and said he was using antibiotics
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
The curious reader asked: “If Russia said, ‘We don’t like the location of our U.S. embassy – the area is too dangerous’ and they sent out 500 troops to seize a piece of land in a better area of Washington, what would the world call this?
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Right after the Turkish Central Bank lowered its interest rate by another 0.25, the same as last month, reporters asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu what he thought
The Turkish lira dropped to a record low of 2.5185 against the dollar on Feb. 27
PM Davutoğlu has announced an estimated $3.5 billion mega-project for a three-level sub-sea tunnel under Bosphorus Strait
Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Başçı has sought to calm jittery investors on Feb. 27, dismissing rumors that he would resign and giving a brief lift to the lira currency after it tumbled to a record low.
Dozens of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lawmakers, including a number of former ministers, who are banned from running for parliament in the upcoming elections due to the AKP’s internal three-term limit, have met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to demand an easing of the rule
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
As the general elections to be held on June 7 loom, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to have no intention of loosening his grip on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) - or on daily politics.
The timing of a lengthy meeting between PM Davutoğlu and Deputy PM Babacan has led to speculation suggesting Babacan resigned from his post after President Erdoğan continued his criticism of the Central Bank
An Egyptian presenter, working at one of the Egyptian stations broadcasting from Istanbul, was attacked at the station’s building in the city on Feb. 24.
A spokesperson for the ruling party has said former President Gül will not run for parliament in the general elections set for June
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has pledged that Turkey will continue its efforts to contribute to peace and stability in Afghanistan, despite an early morning bomb attack in Kabul on Feb. 26 that killed one Turkish soldier
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s continued harsh criticisms of the Central Bank have raised concerns about the future of its governor, Erdem Başçı, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for interfering in every aspect of the government’s work and for “talking too much.”
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has accused MHP leader Bahçeli of calling on the army to stage a coup against the government
About 120 weeks after (then foreign minister) Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu accurately predicted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s days in power were numbered and (then prime minister) President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised that “we shall soon have prayers of gratitude in Damascus” (after Mr. al-Assad’s downfall), the Turkish military, in alliance with its Kurdish nemesis, heroically crossed into Syria to move the tomb of a 12th century Turkish sheik – Suleyman Shah - to a spot by the bo
Category: TAHA AKYOL
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government made amendments in 2004 and 2007 in the Law on Police Powers to harmonize with the European Union norms
Category: YUSUF KANLI
Are there any Turks aware of what Süleyman Şah’s tomb on the bank of Euphrates, the sole Turkish territory cut off from the mainland, who could say right away that s/he was pleased with the “relocation” of the tomb? Or, are there any Turks who, Machiavellian political considerations apart, would right away accuse the government of undertaking an operation to save Turkish soldiers caught in between the warring sides in Syria’s civil war?
The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) “zero problems with neighbors” policy was nothing but a derivative of the Turkish Republic’s strategic position formulated by its founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as “peace at home, peace in the world.”
A local research company has reportedly been raided by inspectors from the Finance Ministry, two days after releasing its latest public opinion poll showing support for Turkey’s ruling party below 40 percent.
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