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Turkey takes “giant leap” in becoming a gas transit hub with opening of TANAP

  Azerbaijan’s President İlham Aliyev and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan formally inaugurated the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in Eskişehir, Turkey, on June 12, 2018. Joining them at the opening ceremony were Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı, along with energy ministers, diplomats and executives of energy […]

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New Fenerbahçe chairman Ali Koç wins by a landslide
 

One of Turkey’s wealthiest businessmen has been elected the new chairman of footballing giant Fenerbahçe. Ali Koç, who is part of the Koç dynasty, beat incumbent Aziz Yıldırım convincingly in a ballot of members at the Istanbul club yesterday. Yıldırım, who had been the head of Fenerbahçe since 1998, received just 4,644 votes compared to 16,092 for […]

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Interest rate hike stabilises tumbling Turkish lira
 

  After weeks of depreciation, the Turkish lira appears to have rallied back, closing at 4.66 against the US dollar on Monday. It follows Turkey’s central bank raising interest rates to try and prop up the embattled currency, which hit a record low of 4.9290 last week. Leading government officials also met with investors in […]

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Could June elections spell the end of AKP dominance?

  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan broke a pledge he made to the electorate by calling snap elections. On 24 June 2018, the country will head to the polls to decide Turkey’s new President and Parliamentarians, more than a year earlier than scheduled. The Turkish leader claims the early elections are vital to dispel the political uncertainty. […]

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Galatasaray crowned Süper Lig champions of Turkey
 

  There was jubilation for Istanbul club Galatasaray on Saturday night after beating İzmir side Göztepe 1-0 away from home to confirm their triumph in this year’s Süper Lig (Super League). It means the club has won the league title a record 21 times. Galatasaray is one of Turkey’s big football clubs, regularly picking up […]

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Only in Turkey: fan comes up with ingenious way to overcome stadium ban

  A committed football fan went to extraordinary lengths to see his local team play at the weekend. The unnamed Denizlispor supporter was seen watching the Turkish League 1 match between his club and Gaziantepspor up in a crane. According to Turkish daily Birgün, the supporter had received a one-year ban from the club for […]

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Celebrating 23 April: Children’s Day and St George’s Day

The 23rd of April has a special importance to multiple communities around the world. Those in or whose roots hail from Turkey will be celebrating today because it is National Sovereignty & Children’s Day. During their struggle for independence, the Turks, led by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, convened Parliament in Ankara on 23 April 1920. This […]