Turkey on Sept. 20 was preparing to wind up naval exercises with fellow NATO members being held at a time of a crisis in relations with several alliance states and controversy over Ankara’s plan to purchase weapons from Russia.
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is the government that has come closest to solving Turkey’s Kurdish problem. It is also the government that has helped bring the prospect of an “independent Kurdish state” closest to reality, though obviously this is an unintended consequence of its mistaken policies.
Category: SELİN NASİ
The pressure on Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is building as the date for the Sept. 25 referendum on independence nears; unsurprisingly, Turkey’s attitude is also hardening considerably.
The Istanbul Modern Cinema will present a film program to run parallel to the 15th Istanbul Biennial, which takes “a good neighbor” as its theme.
Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has rejected an initiative sponsored by the United Nations regarding a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq, saying that it contains several elements that are against the country’s constitution.
German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp and Indian group Tata agreed Wednesday to merge their steel operations in Europe, taking second place in the continent’s market behind ArcelorMittal.
Category: GİLA BENMAYOR
China is getting closer to Europe with its “One Belt One Road” project, according to Ahmet Musul, the chairman of Ekol, one of Turkey’s leading logistics firms.
European companies suffer from “promise fatigue” over China’s failure to follow through on pledges to open its market, the EU Chamber of Commerce in China said on Sept. 19.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
The Middle East went through similarly painful times almost a century ago. That was the dawn of the oil age and a time when three dynasties (Ottoman, Romanov and Habsburg) of three land empires (Turkey, Russia and Austria-Hungary) were falling apart.
The first far-right party set to enter Germany’s parliament for more than a half a century says it will press for Chancellor Angela Merkel to be “severely punished” for opening the door to refugees and migrants.
Europe must produce its own batteries for electric cars to avoid crashing out of the race with the United States and China, a senior member of the European Commission warned on Sept. 18.
Qatar has signed an agreement to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain, a second major defense deal signed by Doha during its lengthening diplomatic dispute with its neighbors.
Emissions from diesel cars rigged to appear eco-friendly may be responsible for 5,000 air pollution deaths per year in Europe alone, according to a study published Sept. 18.
Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait was temporarily closed to naval traffic on Sept. 18 as a giant oil drilling platform made its way through the channel.
Authorities last week put the issue of the installation of smart drive alert systems into all vehicles on the table during a workshop titled “Traffic Safety and Road Transportation in Ankara,” Sabah newspaper reported on Sept. 17.
A Chinese state-owned investment firm has provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks, Iran’s central bank president said on Sept. 16.
George Papandreou, former Prime Minister of Greece, has urged European Union leaders to keep the doors open to Turkey and to continue dialogue with the Turkish government, in an apparent reference to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s calls for the suspension of accession talks with Turkey.
Category: GÜVEN SAK
Forced migration is different from migration per se. Forced migrants leave their countries due to deadly conflicts.
Do not underestimate tomatoes.
Turkey lashed out at Belgium on Sept. 15, accusing it of being a "weak link" in the fight against terrorism after a Belgian court ruled that an outlawed Kurdish group could not be prosecuted for terrorist activities.
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