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Turkey Letter: 14 August 2017

Foreign Policy

  • Turkey-Iran-Russia kick off Syria talks in Tehran
  • Turkey says may need to take action against Russia’s tomato restrictions
  • ‘I feel no security concerns,’ says Russian envoy to Turkey who replaced murdered Karlov
  • Turkey slams ‘baseless’ Greek allegations on Cyprus commemoration
  • Turkey says German lawmakers to visit air base in Konya on Sept. 8
  • Turkey says it is against EU sanctions on Russia
  • Turkey’s Erdogan says Berlin relations to improve after German election
  • Munich trade fair firm committed to Turkey despite blacklist: Welt

Economy and Energy

  • Holidaycheck says Turkey bookings on “rollercoaster ride”
  • Turkey’s Erdogan takes aim at bank profits, calls for cheaper credit
  • ON CEO says Turkish business going well, flags Enerjisa IPO
  • Turkey should be first to announce hazelnut prices as top producer: Main opposition leader
  • Businesses group head claims that Turkish lawmakers, governors have ‘low salaries’
  • Hurdles mar Turkish energy firms eyeing Africa projects
  • Turkish Airlines passenger numbers soar over 24 percent in July
  • Turkey to focus on improving climate for investors
  • Turkish companies bag $220 bln construction projects overseas in 10 years

Domestic Policy

  • Turkey orders detention of 35 people, including journalists, in latest crackdown: Anadolu
  • Turkey detains suspected Islamic State militant for planning to bring down U.S. plane: Dogan
  • AKP spokesman rules out reports of snap election
  • Turkey detains 42 suspected militants in raids: sources
  • Main opposition CHP leader accuses gov’t of launching ‘smear campaign’
  • Main opposition denies making call to foreigners not to visit Turkey
  • Jailed HDP co-chair Demirtaş claims AKP-MHP alliance will soon go to snap election
  • Erdoğan implies main opposition CHP leader’s involvement in espionage case
  • Former MHP MP Akşener’s new party will occupy ‘national center’ in Turkish politics: Colleague
  • Jailed CHP MP Berberoğlu rejects Erdoğan’s statement as ‘indecent proposal’

Foreign Policy

Turkey-Iran-Russia kick off Syria talks in Tehran
Representatives from Turkey, Russia and Iran – guarantor powers in the Astana talks – kicked off the sixth round of a high-level trilateral meeting in Tehran, in a bid to reach a consensus on de-escalation zones in Syria, on Aug. 8.
Hurriyet, Turkey-Iran-Russia kick off Syria talks in Tehran, August 8 2017


Turkey says may need to take action against Russia’s tomato restrictions
Turkey may need to take reciprocal measures against Russia’s restrictions on imports of tomatoes and other produces, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said on Wednesday.
Reuters, Turkey says may need to take action against Russia’s tomato restrictions, August 9 2017


‘I feel no security concerns,’ says Russian envoy to Turkey who replaced murdered Karlov
Alexey Yerkhov, the new Russian ambassador to Ankara who replaced his murdered predecessor Andrey Karlov, has said he feels no security concerns in the country.
Hurriyet, ‘I feel no security concerns,’ says Russian envoy to Turkey who replaced murdered Karlov, August 10 2017


Turkey slams ‘baseless’ Greek allegations on Cyprus commemoration
Turkey on Aug. 9 criticized “baseless” allegations from the Greek Foreign Ministry regarding commemoration events in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Aug. 8, marking the 53rd anniversary of the Erenköy Resistance.
Hurriyet, Turkey slams ‘baseless’ Greek allegations on Cyprus commemoration, August 10 2017


Turkey says German lawmakers to visit air base in Konya on Sept. 8
A delegation of German lawmakers, accompanied by a senior NATO official, will visit German soldiers serving at an air base in Turkey on Sept. 8 as part of a NATO trip, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.
Reuters, Turkey says German lawmakers to visit air base in Konya on Sept. 8, August 10 2017


Turkey says it is against EU sanctions on Russia
Turkey does not approve sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU over its annexation of Crimea, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, urging both sides to resolve their issues through dialogue and political means.
Hurriyet, Turkey says it is against EU sanctions on Russia, August 11 2017


Turkey urges US, North Korea to ‘act reasonably’
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Aug. 11 called on the U.S. and North Korea to act with reason after both countries issued mutual threats of attack, prompting fears of possible nuclear warfare.
Hurriyet, Turkey urges US, North Korea to ‘act reasonably’, August 12 2017


Turkey’s Erdogan says Berlin relations to improve after German election
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that tension with Europe was due to European domestic politics and relations with Berlin would improve after Germany’s parliamentary election in September.
Reuters, Turkey’s Erdogan says Berlin relations to improve after German election, August 12 2017


Munich trade fair firm committed to Turkey despite blacklist: Welt
German trade fair operator Messe Muenchen said it was committed to its operations in Turkey despite having been on a Turkish blacklist of German companies suspected of backing terrorism.
Reuters, Munich trade fair firm committed to Turkey despite blacklist: Welt, August 12 2017


Economy and Energy

Holidaycheck says Turkey bookings on “rollercoaster ride”
German holiday reviews and booking site Holidaycheck said bookings for Turkey were having a turbulent time this year, although the country is performing better than a year ago.
Reuters, Holidaycheck says Turkey bookings on “rollercoaster ride”, August 8 2017


Turkey’s Erdogan takes aim at bank profits, calls for cheaper credit
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the banking industry on Tuesday, saying it was a disaster that lenders were emphasizing profits over what he said was their duty to boost the domestic economy.
Reuters, Turkey’s Erdogan takes aim at bank profits, calls for cheaper credit, August 8 2017


E.ON CEO says Turkish business going well, flags Enerjisa IPO
E.ON Chief Executive Johannes Teyssen said business in Turkey was going well, adding the group expected power demand in the country to rise and flagging a possible listing of Enerjisa, its local joint venture with Sabanci.
Reuters, E.ON CEO says Turkish business going well, flags Enerjisa IPO, August 9 2017


Turkey should be first to announce hazelnut prices as top producer: Main opposition leader
As the world’s top hazelnut producer, Turkey should be the first country that announces hazelnut prices and have a strong voice in setting these prices, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said.
Hurriyet, Turkey should be first to announce hazelnut prices as top producer: Main opposition leader, August 11 2017


Businesses group head claims that Turkish lawmakers, governors have ‘low salaries’
The salaries of lawmakers and governors are very low and “people are wrong to think they earn a lot of money,” Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) head Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu has claimed.
Hurriyet, Businesses group head claims that Turkish lawmakers, governors have ‘low salaries’, August 11 2017


Hurdles mar Turkish energy firms eyeing Africa projects
Turkish energy firms remain keen to invest in projects in African countries, but several obstacles, including political instability end up hurting their efforts, investors tell Anadolu Agency.
Hurriyet, Hurdles mar Turkish energy firms eyeing Africa projects, August 11 2017


Turkish Airlines passenger numbers soar over 24 percent in July
The number of passengers carried by Turkish Airlines rose to 7.2 million in July with a 24.3 percent year-on-year increase, company data has showed.
Hurriyet, Turkish Airlines passenger numbers soar over 24 percent in July, August 11 2017


Turkey to focus on improving climate for investors
Turkey aims to cut red tape to boost investment in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdağ has said.
Hurriyet, Turkey to focus on improving climate for investors, August 13 2017


Turkish companies bag $220 bln construction projects overseas in 10 years
The business volume of Turkish contractors worldwide reached approximately $220 billion during the last 10 years, data from the Economy Ministry revealed on Aug. 11.
Hurriyet, Turkish companies bag $220 bln construction projects overseas in 10 years, August 12 2017


Domestic Policy

Turkey orders detention of 35 people, including journalists, in latest crackdown: Anadolu
Turkish authorities on Thursday issued detention warrants for 35 people, including nine journalists, on suspicion of links to last July’s attempted military coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.
Reuters, Turkey orders detention of 35 people, including journalists, in latest crackdown: Anadolu, August 10 2017


Turkey detains suspected Islamic State militant for planning to bring down U.S. plane: Dogan
Turkish authorities have detained a suspected Islamic State militant of Russian origin after he allegedly planned to use a drone to bring down a U.S. plane at the Incirlik air base, Dogan News Agency said on Thursday.
Reuters, Turkey detains suspected Islamic State militant for planning to bring down U.S. plane: Dogan, August 10 2017


AKP spokesman rules out reports of snap election
Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on their scheduled dates in 2019, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Deputy Chair Mahir Ünal has stated, amid speculation that the government is planning to call a snap election.
Hurriyet, AKP spokesman rules out reports of snap election, August 10 2017


Turkey detains 42 suspected militants in raids: sources
Turkish police on Friday detained 42 people over suspected militant links in operations across two separate provinces, security sources and media said.
Reuters, Turkey detains 42 suspected militants in raids: sources, August 11 2017


Main opposition CHP leader accuses gov’t of launching ‘smear campaign’
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Aug. 11 accused the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of launching a “smear campaign” against him in an attempt to obscure an AKP member’s controversial remarks on “founding a new state.”
Hurriyet, Main opposition CHP leader accuses gov’t of launching ‘smear campaign’, August 12 2017


Main opposition denies making call to foreigners not to visit Turkey
A main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chair denied on Aug. 12 that party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu called on foreigners not to visit Turkey, a claim that triggered heavy government criticism.
Hurriyet, Main opposition denies making call to foreigners not to visit Turkey, August 12 2017


Jailed HDP co-chair Demirtaş claims AKP-MHP alliance will soon go to snap election
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have begun preparations for snap elections, jailed HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has claimed.
Hurriyet, Jailed HDP co-chair Demirtaş claims AKP-MHP alliance will soon go to snap election, August 13 2017


Erdoğan implies main opposition CHP leader’s involvement in espionage case
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has implied that an ongoing probe into espionage and the leaking of secret state documents to media outlets can also reach main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, as one of his deputies is already behind bars in the same case.
Hurriyet, Erdoğan implies main opposition CHP leader’s involvement in espionage case, August 13 2017


Former MHP MP Akşener’s new party will occupy ‘national center’ in Turkish politics: Colleague
The new party to be formed under the leadership of Meral Akşener, a former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) member, will occupy the “national center” in Turkish politics, according to one of her colleagues, who announced that the new party will be formed in October and will launch from Samsun, the city where the Turkish War of Independence began in 1919.
Hurriyet, Former MHP MP Akşener’s new party will occupy ‘national center’ in Turkish politics: Colleague, August 14 2017


Jailed CHP MP Berberoğlu rejects Erdoğan’s statement as ‘indecent proposal’
Jailed main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul MP Enis Berberoğlu has rejected President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s claim that he wants to blame CHP head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for having a role in the espionage case that Berberoğlu was imprisoned for.
Hurriyet, Jailed CHP MP Berberoğlu rejects Erdoğan’s statement as ‘indecent proposal’, August 14 2017