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EU says presidential system hampers democracy in Turkey, membership talks at ‘standstill’

Duvar English The European Union’s executive has said membership talks with Turkey are at a “standstill,” citing eroding democracy and freedom of speech under the executive presidential system. The presidential system has centralized power in the hands of the executive … Continue reading

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Turkish gov’t to extend its crackdown on HDP to all opposition parties, says İYİ Party lawmaker

Duvar English İYİ (Good) Party lawmaker Hasan Subaşı has said that he believes the government will initiate a crackdown on all opposition parties like it did on the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), urging all parties in Parliament to stand up … Continue reading

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Turkish Lira’s value at lowest in 27 years

Duvar English – Reuters Turkey’s Central Bank announced that the real effective exchange rate (REER) of the lira hit the lowest level in 27 years, as souring relations between Ankara and Brussels added to the country’s geopolitical woes, bringing lira … Continue reading

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Turkey’s media watchdog threatens news media for reporting its irregular expenses

Duvar English Turkey’s media watchdog ‘wastes public funds with illegal wages, luxury trips’ Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) released a threatening message on social media following widespread reporting of its irregular expenses by news media on Oct. 6. … Continue reading

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Study indicates Turkish gov’t knew about COVID-19 the month before it announced the first case

Duvar English A study in an international medical journal with the byline of Deputy Health Minister Şuayıp Birinci indicates that the government was aware of the coronavirus in Turkey in the month prior to the announcement of the first case, … Continue reading

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Turkish parliament ratifies motion to extend cross-border ops in Iraq, Syria

Duvar English Turkish parliament on Oct. 7 ratified a motion extending authorization to launch cross-border operations in northern Iraq and Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Turkey’s presidency submits motion to extend cross-border ops in Iraq, Syria Ruling Justice and Development … Continue reading

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Top Turkish, Greek diplomats hold first meeting since crisis, agree on talks

Reuters The foreign ministers of Turkey and Greece met on Oct. 8 for the first time since their dispute over energy exploration and territorial rights in the eastern Mediterranean, and agreed to hold bilateral talks on the issue, Turkish Foreign … Continue reading

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Opposition leaders slam Erdoğan for urging Muslims to have ‘patience’ in face of financial problems

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Oct. 8 paid a visit to Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) chairman Ali Babacan to congratulate him for the party that he established in March. Following their meeting, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s media watchdog ‘wastes public funds with illegal wages, luxury trips’

Duvar English An audit by Turkey’s Court of Accounts revealed that members of the Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) have been using public resources for pleasure, determining their wages and international travel costs as they wish, daily BirGün reported … Continue reading

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MPs denied entry into Ankara courthouse to observe HDP politicians’ hearing over Kobane protests

Duvar English Lawmakers of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) were denied entry into the Ankara courthouse late on Oct. 1. Turkish court arrests 17 HDP members, including Mayor Bilgen, over 2014 Kobane protests … Continue reading

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Turkish Parliament speaker announces support for return of death penalty

Duvar English Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes death penalty should be reintroduced for certain crimes. “I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and … Continue reading

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Prosecutors drop charges against CHP Istanbul chair in spat over Erdoğan aide’s illegal construction

Duvar English Istanbul prosecutors have dismissed criminal charges against main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu in a case concerning her support for a fellow CHP official who allegedly photographed Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun’s property in … Continue reading

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Freedom of expression nonexistent in Turkey: German Foreign Ministry report

Duvar English Although the Turkish Constitution protects freedom of expression, citizens are not allowed to practice their right in reality, a report by the German Foreign Ministry said, Deutsche Welle reported on Sept. 30. Prison authorities in Turkey’s southeast ban … Continue reading

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Turkey’s coronavirus cases 20 times higher than official data shows, says main opposition deputy

Duvar English The number of patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Turkey is 20 times higher than officially reported by the Health Ministry, said main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Murat Emir. Eating together isn’t safe … Continue reading

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Students in eastern Turkey walk miles to access internet necessary to attend remote education

Duvar English Students in the eastern province of Kars recorded a video from a high altitude spot they have to walk to for internet access, asking the Education Ministry for help with access to remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic.  … Continue reading

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Atatürk’s lost letter to US child on display in Ankara

Duvar English A main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy has found a lost letter penned by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s founding father, to a U.S. child called Curtis La France. La France from New York sent the letter to … Continue reading

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Four Turkish parties issue joint statement condemning Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Duvar English Four Turkish political parties on Sept. 28 unanimously condemned Armenia over the clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. The parties include the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and İYİ (Good) Party. Armenia accuses … Continue reading

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Turkish Government sees EU summit as ‘a chance for reset’

Reuters Turkey sees a European Union summit this week as an opportunity to reset relations between them, but the bloc must produce specific proposals and a timetable to work on a roadmap together, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman said. Tensions … Continue reading

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Diyanet under fire after video footage shows child being battered at Quran course

Duvar English Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Ali Öztunç on Sept. 25 shared a video footage showing a child being battered while attending a Quran course in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş’s Elbistan district. Öztunç, who is himself … Continue reading

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Doctors see up to 50 pct rise in coronavirus bonuses, whereas Diyanet staff see 100 pct rise

Duvar English The Health Ministry has updated its circular on supplementary payments given to healthcare personnel and staff from the directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet) who are responsible for handling the deceased’ bodies during the novel coronavirus outbreak. According to … Continue reading

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