Category: GİLA BENMAYOR
Like everybody else, I was astonished when the finance minister commented on the armored Mercedes allocated to the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate by saying, “The money spent on vehicles for public institutions is 3.3 billion Turkish Liras, peanuts in Turkey’s budget.”
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Three interesting articles appeared in the Turkish media on May 25, written by three journalists who are well-informed on developments within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti).
Main opposition CHP deputy candidate Elif Doğan Türkmen was wounded in an armed attack at around 9 a.m. on May 26 in a restaurant in the southern Turkish province of Adana, Doğan News Agency has reported
Turkey has come a long way since political parties promised the moon to voters despite little hope of keeping their promises, according to an economics professor at TOBB University. Everyone has understood that there are budget constraints, says Fatih Özatay
Category: EMRE DELİVELİ
I am not sure if Mark Twain really made this remark, which is attributed to him anyway. But what I do know is that Turkey’s top economic policymakers are talking and acting like denial is just a river in Egypt
Villagers in the Aegean town of Yırca have planted olive trees in the place where more than 6,000 olive trees were felled for the construction of a coal power plant in late 2014 even though locals had stood guard to prevent the destruction
Barış Sulu has made headlines as an openly gay individual running for parliament on the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) ticket in the June 7 parliamentary election
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government will cause chaos in Turkey and problems in the economy if reelected in the general elections, on a televised interview May 24
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has reiterated his accusations that the country’s opposition parties in parliament, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), were acting together as a coalition against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are fighting against a “six-team gang,” referring to the three opposition parties as well as two illegal organizations and the Gülen movement, while at a rally in the Aegean province of Manisa on May 24
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has vowed to end poverty in the country, while speaking at a rally in Istanbul’s Bakırköy district on May 24
Category: BLIND SPOT
Never use the numerical phrase ‘52 percent’ in any of your texts, even if it is an economy story. Other problematic numbers in the Turkish language are 31 and 69. Avoid them altogether
Category: MELİS ALPHAN
When you ask which feature is Turkey’s most important in terms of comparative advantages, all foreign investors reply “geographic position.” Turkey’s second advantage is its young population.
One of the issues people have wondered the most about ahead of the June elections is how much the ratio of women deputies in parliament will increase.
Category: YALÇIN DOĞAN
“We have seen policemen who beat us with batons because we were ‘stepping on their shadow.’
I am grateful to the Central Bank for banning me from their regular meetings with economists.
Turkey’s social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has revealed another economic pledge, this time a strategic one with less than three weeks left before the critical June 7 elections
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said May 22 nobody, including Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, could say that the CHP’s latest proposed project is wrong
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
The general elections are fast approaching. Many are wondering whether the political scene in Turkey will experience a change that may not relegate the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to the backseat
Category: ERTUĞRUL ÖZKÖK
It is a rule in Turkish politics. If a politician has nothing new to say, they start shooting the media with the ammunition left; they use their last bullet
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