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Two Turks awarded with Germany’s highest civilian award

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Dec. 4 awarded two Turkish immigrants with the German Order of Merit for their voluntary work and their services to the culture of remembrance. Burak Yılmaz, 31, was awarded with the order for his efforts … Continue reading

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CHP reveals names of mayoral candidates for 16 provinces

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The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has revealed the names of its mayoral candidates for 16 provinces. The party picked the currently serving mayors of eight cities to re-run, six of whom will run for metropolitan municipalities, which have bigger budgets. In a statement on … Continue reading

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Turkey seeks arrest of journalist Can Dündar over 2013 Gezi Park protests

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Turkish authorities have issued an arrest warrant for journalist Can Dündar as part of an investigation into the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Dec. 5. Prosecutors said Dündar played an active role in the protests and provoked public unrest through social media. It is not clear how the warrant can … Continue reading

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Minimum wage earner tells Turkey’s minimum wage commission how to make ends meet

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A commission that is tasked with setting up the minimum wage for some 7 million employees for 2019 launched negotiations on Dec. 6 with the participation of employer unions, worker unions and the government. The Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (Türk-İş) has demanded that the minimum … Continue reading

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US prosecutor drops appeal to extend Turkish banker’s sentence

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The New York prosecutor’s office has withdrawn an appeal to extend the sentence of a former executive at Turkey’s state-owned lender Halkbank, the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency said on Dec. 6. A U.S. court sentenced Hakan Atilla, an executive from Halkbank, to … Continue reading

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Number of jailed journalists increased five-fold in three years: CHP MP

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The number of journalists jailed in Turkey increased almost five-fold between 2015 and 2018, according to a report released by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Utku Çakırözer. At the end of 2015, the number of jailed journalists was 31, while the figure … Continue reading

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Turkish parliament kicks off budget discussions

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The first parliamentary session on Turkey’s 2019 budget started on Dec. 10. “The 2019 budget will be the major supporter of a stabilization period under the new economic program,” Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said during his budget presentation. Albayrak said austerity measures will … Continue reading

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Turkish economy grows by 1.6 percent in Q3

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Turkey’s economy grew by 1.6 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared with the same period of last year, the country’s statistical authority announced on Dec. 10. The economy expanded at 7.2 percent and 5.3 percent in the first and second quarters, respectively. Calendar adjusted gross domestic … Continue reading

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Poor media literacy ‘making Turks vulnerable to fake news’

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The low level of media literacy in Turkey has been making its people vulnerable to fake news, according to Şükrü Oktay Kılıç, a digital content strategist at verification platform teyit.org. “One in two internet users say they are subjected to fake news. They are not … Continue reading

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Turkey-EU reform group to focus on ‘justice reform’

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The Turkish government is set to hold this year’s second Reform Action Group meeting on Dec. 11, resuming the talks after a three-year pause in a move signaling its determination to join the European Union. A statement issued after the previous Reform … Continue reading

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