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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
One of the points in the foreign policy areas where I give credit to the AKP government has been its decision to improve relations with the KRG
For Turkey’s secularist elites, for years Kurds were “mountain Turks.” For decades, they had a condescending attitude toward Kurds and turned a blind eye to their plight and demand to enjoy cultural rights.
For those who frequently attend the invitations at the Palais de France, the residence of the French consul general in Istanbul, Bekir bey and his staff are familiar figures.
All public officials working abroad have been instructed not to leave their posts starting from July 20 until the end of August.
Sometimes it is an enigma to me to realize how far this country has come, despite all its problems. I can’t even imagine what Turkey would have looked like if we had endorsed efficiency, rather than shooting ourselves in the foot as a national sport.
Turkey’s first quarter data has surprised Turkey’s director for the World Bank.
“I have rarely been to a country where everyone is so consummated by politics; that’s wonderful. Turks love to talk politics, but as an economist, I focus on the structural side of the economy and we accept the environment as it is.”
I had already heard from diplomats of the European Union how the AKP 'purge' against the Gülenists had directly affected their contacts and daily workings with state institutions...
When you read the comments of those who have come to know Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the opposition’s joint candidate, you realize that few would doubt he harbors the necessary criteria to be president.
Although a rare name, the choice Ekmeleddin implies a conservative background due to the suffix 'din/tin.' So, in the eyes of some CHP sympathizers, he first lost it from his name
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