Monthly Archives: September 2018

Turkey is entering into a delusional honeymoon with Europe

“The Netherlands is going to pay for this,” roared Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 2017. He was reacting to the Dutch government’s refusal to let Turkish ministers campaign in Rotterdam ahead of the April referendum. Turkey started to apply sanctions … Continue reading

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Over 600,000 Syrian children schooled in Turkey: Ministry data

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More than 600,000 Syrian children have been enrolled in the education system for the 2018-2019 school year, according to Turkish Education Ministry data, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Sept. 26. There are 1,047,999 Syrian school-aged refugee children in Turkey, the agency said, citing the data figures as of September provided … Continue reading

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Life expectancy at birth reaches 78 years in Turkey

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Average life expectancy at birth for Turkish citizen reached 78 years in the 2015-2017 period, the statistics office TÜİK reported on Sept. 26. Women live longer than men by 5.5 years on an average. The institute said life expectancy at birth was … Continue reading

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Visits to Turkish museums rise 21.3 percent in 2017

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Some 30.7 million people visited museums and ruins across Turkey in 2017, a 21.3-percent rise from the previous year, said the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on Sept. 26. The number of museums in Turkey also increased by 21 to reach 438 in 2017, up 5 … Continue reading

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EU lawmakers agree to cancel pre-accession funds for Turkey

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Members of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee on Sept. 25 agreed to cancel 70 million euros in pre-accession funds earmarked for Turkey on grounds the conditions to improve the rule of law were not met. The committee said the money would be spent on migration … Continue reading

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Social policies must be upgraded to address rising inequality in Turkey: World Bank

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Labor, taxation and social welfare policies in countries around Europe and Central Asia must be brought into the 21st century to tackle rising inequality between groups and help workers face increased uncertainty, a new World Bank study has said. Towards a New Social Contract report calls for a fundamental … Continue reading

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Turkey’s banks get some breathing space

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Turkey’s banks are finally catching a break as the country’s tumultuous currency crisis ebbs. But the peace may not last for long. The additional yield, or spread, investors demand to own debt issued by Turkish lenders instead of the comparable … Continue reading

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Main opposition CHP lawmaker Berberoğlu speaks after release from prison

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Turkey’s Court of Cassation has approved the conviction of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu, while postponing the execution of the five-year jail sentence due to his status as a member of parliament. Berberoğlu was released from Istanbul’s Maltepe Prison … Continue reading

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Fitch forecasts slower growth, higher inflation in Turkey

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Fitch has reduced its economic growth forecasts for Turkey and increased its inflation forecast for the country in the wake of a significant loss in the Turkish Lira’s value against the greenback in its latest global economic outlook. In the outlook, which was … Continue reading

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Over 1,200 irregular migrants held in Turkey in past week

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The Turkish Interior Ministry on Sept. 22 said 1,210 irregular migrants were held this past week, from Sept. 14 to 21. In the western İzmir province and northern Aegean provinces, a total of 426 migrants were held in 11 different incidents, according … Continue reading

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