French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans on Sept. 25 to pour 57 billion euros ($67.8 billion) into modernizing France’s sluggish economy, with a hefty chunk set aside for making it more environmentally-friendly.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel huddled with her party Sept. 25 after winning a fourth term with a far weaker score, now facing the double headache of an emboldened nationalist opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel woke up Sept. 25 to a fourth term but now faces the double headache of an emboldened hard-right opposition party and thorny coalition talks ahead.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
The countdown has started and the clock is ticking very loudly to warn the Iraqi Kurds that their referendum vote for independence, scheduled to take place on Sept. 25, is loaded with a potential disaster not only for northern Iraq but a bigger geography spanning Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran and probably beyond.
Category: FORK & CORK
The Mediterranean basin is the cradle of civilizations, no doubt about it.
Arkas Art Center’s new exhibition ‘Landscapes of Water’ shows the sea at its best and its worst through the eyes of 70 artists from the 19th and early 20th century
The 16th Filmekimi, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will be bringing cinephiles in seven different cities together with outstanding films between Sept. 29 and Oct. 8. The festival will travel to six more cities during October.
Unlike the nerve-jangling elections earlier this year in the Netherlands, France and Britain, Germany’s has been notably dull.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said Turkey and Turkish Cyprus will respond in coordination to a French-Italian drill off southeastern Cyprus, which he mocked as a “so-called international tender.”
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
The head of Turkey’s top official religious body, the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has recently been changed by the government, but it seems that the change has not had any effect on the institution’s anti-secularism stance.
The Foreign Ministry issued a warning for Turkish citizens traveling to regions affected by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 19.
Following the Sept. 19 meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and French President Emmanuel Macron in New York, the Turkish Presidency issued an ironic message saying “meeting with the President of Turkey is valuable.”
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.
Maria was forecast Sept. 17 to surge to major hurricane strength as it nears the storm-battered eastern Caribbean with 140 kilometer per hour winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, on a path similar to that of mega storm Irma earlier in the month.
Mercan Dede, also known as DJ Arkın Allen, spun his original mixes at Perili Köşk on Sept. 14, for the opening of Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, featuring the special exhibition “A Runaway World” by American artist Diana Thater.
French reporter Loup Bureau, who had been held on “terror” charges in Turkey in a case that sparked tensions between Ankara and France, arrived in Paris on Sept. 17 after being freed.
Category: GİLA BENMAYOR
Do not underestimate tomatoes.
French journalist Loup Bureau has been released from jail, his lawyer said on Sept. 15.
Russia’s Rosatom expects to sell a 49 percent stake in its Turkish nuclear project to a consortium of Turkish companies by the end of the year, and aims to start construction of the Akkuyu plant by the end of March, a company executive said.
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