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Turkey adopts European time and calendar, 26 December 1925

The founders of the Republic of Turkey took steps to make people’s lives easier and to modernise the country in line with Western standards. One of the measures was to adopt European time and calendar. There were a few different systems used to decide the time in the Ottoman Empire: under the Alaturka system, sunset […]

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Which political party should British Turks be backing? General Election 2019 T-VINE Special Report

With Britain’s General Election fast approaching, T-VINE looked into the major parties’ records on Turkey and Cyprus to offer British Turkish voters a more informed choice at the polls on Thursday, 12 December 2019. Main parties, main policies: who wants what? The Conservatives led by Boris Johnson are campaigning on a platform to “Get Brexit […]

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How to open a bank account in North Cyprus
 

With savings rates of up to 5% for accounts in sterling, a personal bank account in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) can seem like an attractive prospect. Some, with a second home, may want the convenience of a current account and associated bank card from which to make online transactions or set up […]

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55 years on: Remembering Cengiz Topel and the Erenköy Resistance

The struggle to survive has defined much of therecent history of Turkish Cypriots, with the ErenköyResistance of 1964 among their most famous battles. A major milestone that occurred early on in the 11-year Cyprus Conflict, the Battle of Erenköynot only highlighted the bravery and resilience of the island’s minority Turkish community, but also the critical […]

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Inside Istanbul’s incredible new airport

On 5 April, the world witnessed the single biggest move in aviation history. Dozens of aircraft, each weighing 44 tons, and 10,000 pieces of equipment weighing approximately 47,300 tons were transported on five thousand trucking rigs from Atatürk Airport to Istanbul Airport. Less than 48 hours later, Istanbul Airport was formally open for business, while […]

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Former head of Turkish Cypriot Women’s Aid Committee Suzan Hamit dies

Muazzez Suzan Hamit, one of the British Turkish Cypriot community’s key activists during the 1960s and early 1970s, has died in London aged 76. She had been battling with serious ill-health for a number of years and was rushed to Whipps Cross University Hospital late on Friday night, after being taken ill at home. Despite […]

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We remember: the extraordinary life and work of Türkan Saylan

One of Turkey’s most exceptional women passed away ten years ago today, 18 May 2009. Türkan Saylan was a doctor, educator and civil society activist, made famous first for her fight to eradicate leprosy and later for establishing Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği, ÇYDD (Association for the Support of Contemporary Living) to provide education for girls […]