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New president for Turkey’s big business lobby group TÜSİAD

Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), convened in Istanbul, ushered in a new era as the body elected Simone Kaslowski its new President. The Turkish businessman of Italian origin has been a board member of TÜSİAD since 2013, serving as its Vice-President since 2017. Kaslowski is the CEO of […]

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Lord Balfe blasts Britain’s stance on Turkish Cypriots

The UK will not take “even the smallest step” to recognise the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) because of Greek Cypriot threats over the future of the Sovereign Base Areas, a member of the House of Lords has said. Conservative peer Lord Balfe said that the TRNC was “right not to trust” the British […]

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Germany’s first female imam Seyran Ateş slams influence of foreign-funded Muslim clerics

A Turkish Kurdish lawyer and imam has created waves by attacking European mosques and clerics that are funded by foreign governments, including Turkey. Feminist Seyran Ateş, who founded the liberal Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin in 2017 where men and women pray together, claims foreign influence drives Islamic extremism in Europe, and prevents a tolerant […]

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TRNC Deputy Prime Minister Kudret Özersay emerges unscathed after Bostancı attack

A public meeting with People’s Party (Halkın Partisi,HP) leader Dr. Kudret Özersay at Yalova Spor Kulübü, Lower Bostancı, on Friday evening had to be called off after a local citizen smashed the venue’s windows and chairs during an angry confrontation. The suspect, named locally as Taşkın Güneş, has been arrested and taken into custody. The […]

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Istanbul apartment collapse death toll reaches 21 as MP blames tragedy on illegal construction ‘amnesty’

Residents of an eight-storey apartment block that collapsed in Istanbul last week were “killed”after an amnesty on illegal constructions was pushed through Parliament ahead of next month’s local elections, an opposition MP has claimed. Garo Paylan, a Diyarbakır MP for the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), accused the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and their […]

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Ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba expected for Cyprus ‘peace’ match

Former international football star Didier Drogba is to attend a match between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots next month, it has been announced. The Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend will be among those in the stands to watch a game between top tier outfits Mağusa Türk Gücü and Nea Salamina, according to local activist Dr […]

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Could your Valentine’s Day flowers be from Turkey?

Planning to purchase flowers this Valentine’s Day? Then there’s a chance your bouquet could have been grown and cut in Turkey, which has reportedly exported 50 million stems to 20 countries, including the UK, in preparation for the day. The figure was revealed by Ismail Yılmaz, chairman of the Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Products […]

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Turkish Cypriots up the ante in offshore drilling rights row

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is close to commencing drilling operations in its quest to discover offshore hydrocarbon reserves – in an area that Greek Cypriots also claim they have exclusive rights to – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay has announced. Dr Özersay said during an interview with Germany’s Deutsche […]

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Turkey’s inflation continues to rise, hitting 20.35% in January

Consumer prices continue to push inflation upwards in Turkey. According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) earlier this week, year-on-year inflation rose by 1.06 to 20.35% in January. It marked a slight increase from December 2018, when inflation stood at 20.3%. There was an average annual increase of 17.16% in consumer prices. […]