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How serious is Ankara in reacting to the US on Syrian Kurds?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Photos showing U.S. troopers on Syrian soil bearing the insignia of the armed forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – which is deemed a terrorist organization by both the U.S. and Turkey - prompted a harsh reaction from Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on May 27

Comment(s) 5/28/2016

Laundering Turkey’s clothes in the US?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

That is how Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), described the memorandum filed on May 25 by U.S. attorney Preet Bharara against defendant Reza Zarrab’s bail request

Comment(s) 5/27/2016

Does the EU have another option on migrants?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s new European Union Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik said on May 25 that integrating with the EU was “not Turkey’s only option.”

Comment(s) 5/26/2016

No key changes in Turkey’s new cabinet

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The new cabinet of Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, as approved by President Tayyip Erdoğan and announced on May 24, featured no changes in key positions. This was another sign former PM Ahmet Davutoğlu’s main problem was “harmony” with the president

Comment(s) 5/25/2016

Erdoğan’s game plan

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In the opening session of the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit, which started in Istanbul on May 23, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan strongly criticized the U.N.’s inability to take and execute decisive moves to address man-made crises, giving the example of the Syria civil war

Comment(s) 5/24/2016

Turkey takes another step for regime change

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) elected Transportation and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım as its new chairman on May 22, after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said he was stepping down earlier this month on May 5

Comment(s) 5/23/2016

A risky step on immunities

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Turkish Parliament approved a bill on May 20 to pass a temporary constitutional change to allow the trial of MPs who have legal cases pending against them by lifting their legal immunities

Comment(s) 5/21/2016

Yıldırım as an executor of Erdoğan’s projects

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Unlike the general belief in the Turkish media, Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım, who has been named by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) as the only candidate for the snap congress on May 22 for the chairmanship – and thus to become the new prime minister – has not been among the “yes men” in the close circuit around President Tayyip Erdoğan

Comment(s) 5/20/2016

What did the West get wrong about Turkey?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

An experienced analyst, who has for years worked on Turkey monitoring the investment environment for a major international financial entity, was disappointed after speaking to a number of decision-makers in Istanbul’s financial world

Comment(s) 5/19/2016

Israel and Cyprus talks to resume from next week

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Both talks between Turkey and Israel for the normalization of relations and talks between Turkish and Greek Cyprus for reunification are expected to start again from next week, after a de facto pause over the last few weeks, according to a senior Turkish source

Comment(s) 5/18/2016

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