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Turkey Letter: 10 July 2017

Foreign Policy

●     Tillerson hopes to mend strained US-Turkey ties
●     Trump, Putin and Erdogan: three men upending global diplomacy
●     Kurdish YPG militia expects conflict with Turkey in northern Syria
●     Turkey’s Erdogan assails Germany over rally refusal
●     Turkey detains 29 IS militants in raids in Istanbul
●     MEPs say Turkey accession talks should be suspended

Economy & Energy

●     Turkey warns Greek Cypriots, oil companies against offshore energy grab
●     Turkey eager to implement new economic reforms: Deputy PM Canikli
●     Joko Widodo, Erdogan Sign Trade Deal
●     Turkey Takes Control of Nearly 1,000 Companies Since Failed Coup: Deputy PM
●     Assets worth $11 billion seized in Turkey crackdown
●     Turkish manufacturing PMI at highest in 43 months

Domestic Politics

●     Turkey’s ‘Justice Marchers’ Are Walking to Istanbul to Protest Erdogan
●     AKP, MHP agree on new internal regulations of parliament
●     Seven detained during Trans Pride protests in Istanbul’s Taksim
●     50,504 jailed over Gulen links in coup bid, Turkish justice minister says

 

Foreign Policy

Tillerson hopes to mend strained US-Turkey ties

Tillerson hopes to mend strained US-Turkey tiesU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday acknowledged severe strains in U.S.-Turkey relations, although he said he is hopeful of mending ties with the NATO ally and partner in the anti-Islamic State coalition. He also said he hoped that the U.S. and Turkey could replicate an agreement reached last week between the U.S., Russia and Jordan for a ceasefire in southwestern Syria in the north of the country.

The Washington Post, Tillerson hopes to mend strained US-Turkey ties, July 10, 2017


Trump, Putin and Erdogan: the three men upending global diplomacy

While each is at a different stage of his leadership — Putin has been at it for years, Erdogan cemented control of his a few months ago and Trump is a relative newbie on the world stage — they are all currently emerging as great global disruptors.

CNN, Trump, Putin and Erdogan: the three men upending global diplomacy, July 7, 2017


Kurdish YPG militia expects conflict with Turkey in northern Syria

The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a “declaration of war” which could trigger clashes within days.

Reuters, Kurdish YPG militia expects conflict with Turkey in northern Syria, July 5, 2017


Turkey’s Erdogan assails Germany over rally refusal

Turkey’s president is assailing German authorities’ refusal to let him address Turks at a rally when he visits for the Group of 20 summit, declaring the decision “political suicide.”

ABC News, Turkey’s Erdogan assails Germany over rally refusal, July 5, 2017


Turkey detains 29 IS militants in raids in Istanbul

Turkish police detained 29 suspected Islamic State group militants in raids in Istanbul on Friday, the country reported.

ABC News, Turkey detains 29 IS militants in raids in Istanbul, July 7, 2017


MEPs say Turkey accession talks should be suspended

Members of the European Parliament said Thursday that Turkey’s European Union accession talks should be suspended if proposed changes to its constitution are implemented.

Politico, MEPs say Turkey accession talks should be suspended, July 6, 2017


Economy & Energy

Turkey warns Greek Cypriots, oil companies against offshore energy grab

Talks to reunite the ethnic Greek and Turkish sides of Cyprus collapsed in anger and recrimination in the early hours of Friday, ending a process many saw as the most promising in generations to heal decades of conflict. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking at an energy conference in Istanbul, called on Greek Cypriots to refrain from taking “one-sided measures” after talks failed.

Reuters, Turkey warns Greek Cypriots, oil companies against offshore energy grab, July 10, 2017


Turkey eager to implement new economic reforms: Deputy PM Canikli

Ankara is continuing efforts to implement further structural economic reforms, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on July 5.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey eager to implement new economic reforms: Deputy PM Canikli, July 5, 2017


Joko Widodo, Erdogan Sign Trade Deal

President Joko Widodo said that the governments of Indonesia and Turkey have agreed on a trade deal. It includes fewer trade barriers and creation of conducive investment climate

Gulf News, Joko Widodo, Erdogan Sign Trade Deal, July 7, 2017


Turkey Takes Control of Nearly 1,000 Companies Since Failed Coup: Deputy PM

Turkish authorities have seized or appointed an administrator to 965 companies with total annual sales of some 21.9 billion lira ($6 billion) in the year since an attempted coup in July 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Friday

U.S. News, Turkey Takes Control of Nearly 1,000 Companies Since Failed Coup: Deputy PM, July 7, 2017


Assets worth $11 billion seized in Turkey crackdown

Turkey has seized assets worth at least $11bn from nearly 1,000 businesses as part of a government crackdown in the year since a failed coup.

Financial Times, Assets worth $11 billion seized in Turkey crackdown, July 7, 2017


Turkish manufacturing PMI at highest in 43 months

Turkish manufacturing activity expanded at its quickest pace in more than 3 ½ years in June.

Nasdaq, Turkish manufacturing PMI at highest in 43 months, July 3, 2017


Domestic Politics

Turkey’s opposition stages massive rally in a show of strength against Erdogan

Tens of thousands of Turks came out in force in an Istanbul suburb on Sunday in a direct challenge to their president as they called for an end to a state of emergency that has been in place since a failed coup in July 2016. The mammoth protest — organized by the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP — was a rare display of public dissent in a country where tens of thousands have been jailed as part of a systematic post-coup purge of dissidents and other government opponents.

The Washington Post, Turkey’s opposition stages massive rally in a show of strength against Erdogan, July 9, 2017


AKP, MHP agree on new internal regulations of parliament

More than 10,000 people took part in main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s “justice march” on its 15th day under sweltering 40-degree temperatures, with Kılıçdaroğlu voicing his determination in the search for “justice.”

Hurriyet Daily News, AKP, MHP agree on new internal regulations of parliament, July 6, 2017


Seven detained during Trans Pride protest in Istanbul’s Taksim

Istanbul police detained seven people on July 2 when a group of transgender rights activists attempted to march to the city’s famous Taksim Square carrying rainbow flags, despite an official ban on the event.

Hurriyet Daily News, Seven detained during Trans Pride protest in Istanbul’s Taksim, July 2, 2017


50,504 jailed over Gulen links in coup bid, Turkish justice minister says

Some 50,504 people are currently imprisoned over their alleged links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), widely believed to have been behind the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on July 7.

Hurriyet Daily News, 50,504 jailed over Gulen links in coup bid, Turkish justice minister says, July 7, 2017