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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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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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Turkey’s main opposition CHP pushes for electoral reform

  Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) submitted a draft bill to remove the 10-percent threshold in the country’s electoral system Hürriyet Daily News reported Friday. The move comes after the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and opposition Nationalist Action Party (MHP) jointly submitted a 26-article legislative package proposing substantial changes to election […]

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Pope Francis and President Erdoğan discuss Jerusalem at the Vatican

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed Jerusalem with Pope Francis on Monday amid the continuing upheaval caused by the US’s recognition of the city as the Israeli capital last year. President Erdoğan, who became the first Turkish head of state to visit the Vatican in almost 60 years, had a fifty minute meeting with the […]

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Istanbul OIC Summit declares East Jerusalem capital of Palestine

   Yesterday’s emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul ended with a declaration signed by all 57 member states recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and inviting the rest of the world to do the same. The summit was called by Turkey’s President Erdoğan in response to US President […]

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TRNC Foreign Minister criticises Muslim states for failing Palestinians and Turkish Cypriots 

  Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu used today’s Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) in Istanbul to speak out about his frustration at Muslim states for their “insufficient” response to the plight of both Turkish Cypriots and the Palestinian people. The Summit, called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the OIC’s […]