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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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Istanbul ranked as 15th most congested city in world

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Istanbul has ranked 15th among the cities with the most traffic in the world, according to a new report by transportation analytics firm INRIX. Among European countries, on the other hand, Istanbul ranked fourth in terms of worst traffic. According to INRIX’s Global … Continue reading

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CHP publishes a report on AKP’s disturbing legacy on gender equality in Turkey

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CHP Party Assembly Member and Ankara MP Tekin Bingöl published a report regarding right violations faced by women at the occasion of 5 December International Women’s Rights Day. As such, he shared striking figures regarding issues faced by women employees, … Continue reading

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Turkey wants to be downgraded to developing country status in climate change agreement list

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Turkey is striving to more effectively combat climate change and is aiming to obtain more financing to invest in solutions. In order to be eligible for financial support to carry out its initiatives, it applied to the UN on Nov. 15 to switch its … Continue reading

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Emerging shares, currencies rise on dovish Fed

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Emerging market currencies hit their highest level in nearly four months on Nov. 29 and stocks gained as dovish remarks from the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell put the dollar on the back foot. However, stocks markets in China and Hong Kong weakened … Continue reading

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Turkish prosecutors say ‘no concrete evidence of Ergenekon’s presence’

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The prosecution of a court case involving a reported conspiracy to overthrow Turkey’s government dating back a decade has said the existence of the organization in question could not be conclusively proven, according to judicial sources on Friday. “It has been … Continue reading

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Turkish court dismisses plea for release of Demirtaş after ECHR ruling

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A Turkish court on Nov. 30 rejected a request from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for the release of Selahattin Demirtaş, the former co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who has been in prison for over two years on … Continue reading

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Post-Brexit UK to remain as a global power: Envoy

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The United Kingdom’s decision to quit the European Union will not change her status as a global power and her ambitions in foreign policy, a high-ranking British diplomat has said, stressing that British diplomacy is preparing for the new era by re-focusing … Continue reading

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CHP Deputy President Lale Karabıyık: Women homicides have increased by 392% in 14 years

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CHP Deputy President in charge of Women Policies and Deputy of Bursa Lale Karabıyık lodged a press release at the occasion of 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Indicating that AKP policies with respect to … Continue reading

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İYİ Party, CHP in talks of alliance on nine polling districts

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İYİ (Good) Party and Republican People’s Party (CHP) are having talks of forming an alliance for the upcoming local elections, mainly focused on nine metropolises, İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener said on Nov. 27. “A negotiation is not in question. I am not the one to impose conditions in … Continue reading

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Turkey, EU to launch talks for Europol agreement

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Turkey and the European Union Commission will launch talks on Nov. 30 for an agreement between Ankara and the European Police Service (Europol) which is one of the benchmarks for visa free travel for Turkish nationals. Turkish and EU officials last week met in Ankara for High Level Dialogue meeting … Continue reading

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Turkey starts shallow water drilling in Mediterranean Sea

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Turkey has started preparatory works on Nov. 26 for shallow water drilling in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Mersin in southern Turkey, Turkey’s Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez confirmed. Speaking at the launch ceremony in Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast, Dönmez said the country would continue its drilling activities for the exploration of … Continue reading

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Turkey allows foreign residents to make real estate deals in foreign currencies

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Turkey has rolled back some restrictions on the use of foreign currencies that were brought in at the height of an economic crisis this year, according to a decree published on Nov. 16, loosening the real estate deal rules for foreign residents. In September the government ruled that … Continue reading

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US studying Turkey’s demands to extradite Gülen

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The United States is studying Turkey’s demands for the extradition of preacher Fetullah Gülen, who is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt, the State Department said Nov. 15. But spokeswoman Heather Nauert rejected the allegation in an … Continue reading

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Turkish police detain academics in probe of prominent rights activist

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Turkish police detained six people including two academics on Nov. 16 as part of an investigation into prominent rights activist and businessman Osman Kavala. Kavala was detained in October last year and subsequently jailed pending trial, accused of seeking to overthrow the government … Continue reading

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Turkey-EU step up for dialogue meetings

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Turkey and the EU will resume bilateral dialogue meetings in the upcoming weeks and months, with the first high level one to take place next week with the participation of senior commission officials. Ankara and Brussels will hold Turkey-EU High Level Political … Continue reading

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CHP Deputy President Ünal Çeviköz’s written statement regarding EP Progress Report 



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EP Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri presented a draft report with respect to Turkey’s EU accession talks on 14 November 2018 and officially asked for a suspension of Turkey’s negotiations. At the same time, Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn also expressed … Continue reading

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Partisanship appointment blocks Turkey’s road to Europe

Turkey wants to get out of the Council of Europe’s (CoE) monitoring process as soon as possible, according to Hürriyet Daily News representative in Ankara Serkan Demirtaş. It is not rocket science to guess what it takes to get out. Whatever … Continue reading

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Economic morale in Turkey drops to lowest in decade

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Turkey’s economic morale index dropped 4.8 percent in October, according to a statement by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on Oct. 31. The economic confidence index, which was 71 in September, decreased to 67.5, according to the statement. This is the lowest figure since January 2009, according to TÜİK … Continue reading

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Thousands have already booked their seats for popular Eastern Express

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With the winter approaching, the demand for seats on the Eastern Express, a train service that links the capital Ankara with the eastern province of Kars, has surged again, as the number of tickets sold so far for the winter months reached … Continue reading

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