Monthly Archives: May 2018

Turkey’s shameful secret: Economic research silenced

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The ruthless crack-down on free press in Turkey is well-documented. It reached a pinnacle, when the last main-stream media outfit, Dogan Holding was forced to sell its media assets (Hurriyet and Posta dailies, as well CNNTurk and Kanal D) to … Continue reading

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CHP presidential candidate İnce vows new constitution, new democracy

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Muharrem İnce, the presidential nominee of Turkey’s main opposition CHP, has vowed a new constitution reinstalling a strong parliamentary system guaranteeing democracy and the rule of law if elected in the June 24 snap election. İnce unveiled his election manifesto … Continue reading

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The Turkish lira is in ‘complete freefall’ amid concerns of Erdogan’s influence on its central bank

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The Turkish Lira plummeted to a record low versus the US dollar Tuesday as investors pull cash out of the country ahead of a presidential election next month. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – a self-proclaimed “enemy” of interest rates – … Continue reading

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CHP campaign theme to be ‘peace’

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The main opposition CHP’s main theme for the upcoming election campaign will be “peace” as the main opposition will focus on social and economic inequalities by proposing to reinstate the social welfare state. The motto of the campaign will be … Continue reading

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CHP Presidential Candidate İnce donates 500 liras each to rival presidential candidates

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Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate of the main opposition CHP, has donated 500 Turkish Liras to the campaigns of all five rival presidential candidates. “In these difficult times, society and politics should embrace each other and not get into polarization. … Continue reading

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Why Turkey’s Erdoğan might actually lose the June 24 snap elections | openDemocracy

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Edgar Şar / 24 May 2018 The rise of authoritarianism in Turkey has gone hand in hand with a de-institutionalization, in favour of what many call the “one man regime”. How long can that last? Read the article CHP EU … Continue reading

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US Dollar On The Rise Again Despite Interest Rate Hike by Central Bank

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The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey raised its late liquidity window rate by 300 basis points from 13.5 percent to 16.5 percent on Wednesday (May 23) as a response to the increasing exchange rate of the US Dollar. … Continue reading

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CHP presidential hopeful Muharrem İnce vows to halt division of universities

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Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate from the main opposition CHP, has vowed to halt a recent government move to split up 13 major Turkish universities. “They have divided the nation, broken hearts, and are now trying to divide universities. But … Continue reading

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Turkey’s biggest problems economy, unemployment – survey

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A nation-wide survey conducted by MAK Consulting company unveiled that the plunging lira and unemployment are the greatest problems facing Turkey as the nation heads to the polls next month for snap presidential and parliamentary elections, newspaper Cumhuriyet reported. For … Continue reading

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Demirtaş’s Demand for Release Rejected by Upper Court

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HDP’s imprisoned presidential candidate Demirtaş’s demand for release has been rejected by the upper court on the ground that “there is the possibility of spoliation of evidence”. Demirtaş’s lawyers are taking the case to the Constitutional Court. Demirtaş’s lawyers said … Continue reading

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No restriction for Erdogan to use State Power and Funds in his election campaign

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The Supreme Board of Elections exempted President Erdogan from election bans for Presidential candidates with a decision on May 1st 2018. In this context, Erdogan will not be subject to any prohibitions such as press release neutrality, declaration of candidates’ … Continue reading

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Q&A – Close Look at the Candidates of Upcoming Elections in Turkey

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Turkey will hold two elections: parliamentary and presidential next month. The first round of presidential elections will be held on June 24. If no candidate can achieve to get more than %50 of the vote, the second round of voting … Continue reading

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İnce: Gülen is Not Formally Requested from the US

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Presidential candidate of the CHP Muharrem İnce has attended a live programme on CNN Turk via phone. İnce said, “The Americans called me and told me, ‘Turkey has not sent us a formal request for Fethullah Gülen’.” Read more CHP … Continue reading

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OSCE to send observers to June 24 Elections

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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has announced that it will send observers to Turkey to monitor the Presidential and Parliamentary elections on June 24. In the statement, it has been announced that a main committee consisting of … Continue reading

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CHP presidential candidate Muharrem İnce vows to ensure Central Bank independence if elected

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Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate of the main opposition CHP, has vowed to ensure the independence of the Central Bank if elected, amid currency turbulence and investor doubts about Turkey’s economic future. Read more CHP EU Representation

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CHP News: CHP presidential candidate Muharrem İnce vows to ‘bring peace to Turkey’ if elected

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Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate of the Turkey’s main opposition party CHP, has vowed to provide “peace and comfort to the country” if he is elected president in the June 24 snap elections, ending discrimination against citizens due to their … Continue reading

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Turkey: Over 59 million people to vote in early poll

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In a statement, the Supreme Election Board chairman Sadi Guven said 59.4 million people, including 56.3 million at home and nearly 3.05 million abroad, will vote in the June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections. 1.65 million people will vote for … Continue reading

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CHP News: Main opposition CHP slams Israeli violence along Gaza border, calls it a ‘massacre’

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The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu condemned the U.S. and Israel administrations over violence against Palestinian protesters on the day the U.S. embassy relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Before the eyes of the … Continue reading

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100,000 web pages banned in Turkey

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A worrying number of websites and pages, including a number of Hürriyet news items, are banned by the authorities in Turkey. What’s more, most of these bans were applied without proper investigations being conducted and without any testimonies being taken. … Continue reading

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HRW: Climate of Fear Created by Targeting Academics

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“The Turkish government’s crackdown is targeting academics and damaging its universities”, said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “One major role of universities is to provide a forum for critical debates and scholarship on controversial … Continue reading

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