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Turkey eases detention rules thanks to European anchor

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The Turkish government has eased certain stringent state of emergency (SoE) rules ahead of a crucial vote in the Council of Europe demanding an urgent debate on the “functioning of democratic institutions” in Turkey.

Comment(s) 1/24/2017

Turkey anxiously waiting for Trump’s call on Syria and Israel

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The uncertainties about the U.S.’s new Middle East policy under Donald Trump have been straining nerves in Ankara, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan made public on Jan. 22 before heading his visit to three Africa countries.

Comment(s) 1/23/2017

What will Trump do in Syria as his first test?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In the first days of Donald Trump era, the U.S. will have to deal with the Syria crisis as its first foreign policy problem, as it looks like it will be joining the Astana talks on Jan. 23.

Comment(s) 1/21/2017

A strong right-wing alliance on its way in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

I was recently having an informal chat with an important name from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) together with a number of colleagues.

Comment(s) 1/20/2017

‘There is hope’ for Turkey-US relations under Trump

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Despite being “tested” by problems and “misperceptions,” Turkey-U.S. relations are “not irretrievable” and could be fixed under the presidency of Donald Trump, according to Stephen Hadley, a former U.S. National Security Advisor, speaking after top-level talks in Ankara on Jan. 17.

Comment(s) 1/19/2017

A lot will start to change in two days

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Whether by coincidence or not, a lot of things will start to change both in Turkey and in the world in the next two days

Comment(s) 1/18/2017

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

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