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Foreign Policy:

 

  • Turkey: Turkish-Iranian trader’s trial is ‘conspiracy’
  • Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys
  • NATO apologizes to Turkey over reports Erdogan shown as foe
  • Turkey’s Erdogan rebuffs apology over ‘enemy poster’
  • Senior official in U.S.-backed Syria forces defects to Turkey rebels

 

Economy and Energy:

 

  • Turkish bonds tumble as Central Bank fails to shore up lira
  • Erdogan ends rates truce, decrying Central Bank’s ‘wrong path’
  • Turkey to use ‘behavioral economics’ in policymaking
  • Turkish credit profile balances resilient growth, manageable government debt: Moody’s
  • Turkey-made invisible fabric to sell to NATO countries

 

Domestic Politics:

 

  • Erdogan says Turkey must clear Syria’s Afrin of YPG militia
  • Turkey, not just me, being targeted: Erdogan
  • Turkey bans all LBGTI events in Ankara, citing ‘security’
  • Turkey’s Erdogan says wants Akkuyu nuclear plant foundations laid by end-November: Papers
  • Turkey detains 136 for suspected ties to coup plotters: Agency
  • Turkish police file $8.1 million lawsuit against FETO members over coup attempt bombings
  • Ismail Kahraman re-elected as Turkish parliament speaker

 

Foreign Policy:

 

Turkey: Turkish-Iranian trader’s trial is ‘conspiracy’

Turkey’s government is depicting an upcoming trial in the United States against a Turkish-Iranian businessman for alleged sanction-busting as a “conspiracy” against Turkey.

New York Times, Turkey: Turkish-Iranian trader’s trial is ‘conspiracy’, November 20, 2017


Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys

Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Saturday of two United States prosecutors involved in putting a Turkish-Iranian businessman on trial for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to Turkey’s official news agency.

Washington Post, Turkey prosecutors open probe of former, acting US attorneys, November 18, 2017


NATO apologizes to Turkey over reports Erdogan shown as foe

NATO’s secretary-general apologized to Turkey on Friday over military exercises in Norway during which Turkey’s founding leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were reportedly depicted as “enemies.”

Washington Post, NATO apologizes to Turkey over reports Erdogan shown as foe, November 17, 2017


Turkey’s Erdogan rebuffs apology over ‘enemy poster’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday batted back an apology from the NATO military alliance after his name appeared on an “enemy poster” at a drill, saying such disrespectful behavior could not be so easily forgiven.

New York Times, Turkey’s Erdogan rebuffs apology over ‘enemy poster’, November 18, 2017


Senior official in U.S.-backed Syria forces defects to Turkey rebels

A senior commander defected to Turkey on Wednesday from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a leading combatant in the fight against Islamic State, Syrian rebel officials said, in the first such departure from its higher ranks.

Reuters, Senior official in U.S.-backed Syria forces defects to Turkey rebels, November 15, 2017


Economy and Energy:

 

Turkish bonds tumble as Central Bank fails to shore up lira

The Turkish central bank’s latest measures are failing to bolster confidence. Bonds slid, driving the yield on the benchmark 10-year debt to a record high on Monday, even after the central bank said over the weekend that it would start auctioning as much as $3 billion in instruments through year-end to help corporate borrowers manage their foreign-exchange positions.

Bloomberg, Turkish bonds tumble as Central Bank fails to shore up lira, November 20, 2017


Erdogan ends rates truce, decrying Central Bank’s ‘wrong path’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled an end to his uneasy truce with the new central bank chief, attacking the institution now run by Governor Murat Cetinkaya for its repeated revisions to economic targets and “wrong path” to tackle soaring inflation.

Bloomberg, Erdogan ends rates truce, decrying Central Bank’s ‘wrong path’, November 17, 2017


Turkey to use ‘behavioral economics’ in policymaking

Turkey launched on Nov. 20 its first behavioral economics project, “Nudge Turkey,” which aims to use psychology in the analysis of economic decision-making.

Hurriyet, Turkey to use ‘behavioral economics’ in policymaking, November 20, 2017


Turkish credit profile balances resilient growth, manageable government debt: Moody’s

Rating agency Moody’s has said Turkey’s credit profile balances resilient growth and relatively strong public finances against political risk and external vulnerability.

Hurriyet, Turkish credit profile balances resilient growth, manageable government debt: Moody’s, November 19, 2017


Turkey-made invisible fabric to sell to NATO countries

A Turkey-made invisible fabric that cannot be spotted by radars and thermal cameras will soon be sold to NATO countries.

Hurriyet, Turkey-made invisible fabric to sell to NATO countries, November 19, 2017


Domestic Politics:

 

Erdogan says Turkey must clear Syria’s Afrin of YPG militia

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey needed to clear the Afrin region of northwest Syria of Kurdish YPG militia fighters, who have been in the forefront of the battle there against Islamic State insurgents.

New York Times, Erdogan says Turkey must clear Syria’s Afrin of YPG militia, November 17, 2017


Turkey, not just me, being targeted: Erdogan

The recent scandal during a NATO drill in Norway was an attack targeting “Turkey and the Turkish nation,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 19, while acknowledging support from the opposition over the incident.

Hurriyet, Turkey, not just me, being targeted: Erdogan, November 19, 2017


Turkey bans all LBGTI events in Ankara, citing ‘security’

Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country’s capital, in a move LGBTI organizations call illegal and discriminatory.

Washington Post, Turkey bans all LBGTI events in Ankara, citing ‘security’, November 19, 2017


Turkey’s Erdogan says wants Akkuyu nuclear plant foundations laid by end-November: Papers

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the foundations to be laid for the Akkuyu nuclear plant in southern Turkey by the end of this month, Yeni Safak and other newspapers cited him as telling reporters during a visit to Qatar.

New York Times, Turkey’s Erdogan says wants Akkuyu nuclear plant foundations laid by end-November: Papers, November 17, 2017


Turkey detains 136 for suspected ties to coup plotters: Agency

Turkey detained 136 people, including former police, teachers and soldiers, in four separate operations on Thursday over suspected links to last year’s attempted military coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

New York Times, Turkey detains 136 for suspected ties to coup plotters: Agency, November 16, 2017


Turkish police file $8.1 million lawsuit against FETO members over coup attempt bombings

Turkish police filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against prominent Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members, security officials said on Nov. 19, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Hurriyet, Turkish police file $8.1 million lawsuit against FETO members over coup attempt bombings, November 19, 2017


Ismail Kahraman re-elected as Turkish parliament speaker

İsmail Kahraman was re-elected on Nov. 20 as parliament speaker to head parliament for a second term.

Hurriyet, Ismail Kahraman re-elected as Turkish parliament speaker, November 20, 2017