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Turkey Letter: June 12, 2017

Foreign Policy

  • House Votes to Condemn Turkish Security Attack
  •  Turkey Throws Support Behind Qatar in Rift Among Arab Nations
  • EU Expects Turkey to take steps before normalization
  • Germany leaving Incirlik air base won’t affect our contribution to anti-ISIL coalition
  • UN Agency Concerned at Alleged Greek Pushbacks of Turks
  • Turkey, EU Start Project to Keep Refugee Kids at School
  • Turkey to Fast Track Legislation Approving Troop Deployment in Qatar
  • Iranian FM in Turkey to discuss ‘worrying’ developments

Economy & Energy

  • World Bank raises Turkey’s economic growth forecast
  • Turkey- an emerging market for Russian gear?
  • Automotive makers lead Turkey’s top exporters’ list
  •  With enough gas storage, Turkey can turn into energy hub, says top energy officals

Domestic Politics

  • Erdogan slams CHP leader Kilicdaroglu over Rabia sign
  • Erdogan’s ‘Tank Man’ Spreads Turkey’s New Patriotism
  • Car Bomb in Southeast Turkey Wounds Three People: Governor’s Office
  • Main opposition CHP head says party ‘wants a terror-free and democratic Turkey’
  • Post-referendum bylaw meeting disperses amid Turkish opposition criticism

Foreign Policy

House Votes to Condemn Turkish Security Attack

The House has unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution condemning attacks against peaceful protesters carried out by bodyguards traveling with Turkey’s president in Washington

New York Times, House Votes to Condemn Turkish Security Attack, June 6, 2017


Turkey Throws Support Behind Qatar in Rift Among Arab Nations

Turkey signaled support for Qatar on Wednesday after the tiny Gulf Country was isolated by several of its neighbors in a major rift among Arab nations.

New York Times, Turkey Throws Support Behind Qatar in Rift Among Arab Nations, June 7, 2017


EU expects Turkey to take steps before normalization

Pesident Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Brussels last month, where he met with European Commission officials as well as heads of states and governments, came as a fresh air of optimism. Erdogan’s harsh rhetoric against the EU during the recent referendum campaign, coupled with the crises that erupted between Ankara and several European capitals, had fuelled fears of a break up.

Hurriyet Daily News, EU expects Turkey to take steps before normalization, June, 8 2017


Germany leaving Incirlik air base won’t affect our contribution to anti-ISIL coalition

A potential decision by the German parliament to remove its troops from Incirlik air base to another base will not affect Turkish contribution to the international coalition’s fight against jihadists in Syria, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said, stressing that Turkey’s doors were open to all friends willing to fight against terror.

Hurriyet Daily News, Germany leaving Incirlik airbase won’t affect our contributions to anti-ISIL coalition, June 7, 2017


UN Agency Concerned at Alleged Greek Pushbacks of Turks

The United Nations refugee agency expressed deep concern Thursday at reports that Turks seeking asylum in Greece have been forcibly returned to their country by Greek authorities.

New York Times, UN Agency Concerned at Alleged Greek Pushback of Turks, June 8, 2017


Turkey, EU Start Project to Keep Refugee Kids at School

Turkey, the European Union and UNICEF have formally launched an EU-funded project to encourage Syrians and other refugees in Turkey to enroll their children in schools and prevent them from dropping out.

New York Times, Turkey, EU Start Project to Keep Refugee Kids at School, June 8, 2017


Turkey to Fast Track Legislation Approving Troop Deployment in Qatar

Turkey’s parliament is expected to fast track on Wednesday existing legislation to allow its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said.

New York Times, Turkey to Fast Track Legislation Approving Troops Deployment in Qatar, June 7, 2017


Iranian FM in Turkey to discuss ‘worrying’ developments

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Turkey on Wednesday, saying there was a need for close discussions with Turkish officials on “worrying” developments in the region.

Washington Post, Iranian FM in Turkey to discuss ‘worrying’ developments, June 7, 2017


Economy & Energy

World Bank raises Turkey’s economic growth forecast

The World Bank has raised Turkey’s economic growth projections for the next three years as uncertainties ease, tourism recovers and corporate balance sheets mend under the less severe impacts of the July 2016 coup attempt than previously estimated, according to its Global Economic Prospects report published on June 5.

Hurriyet Daily News, World Bank raises Turkey’s economic growth forecast, June 5, 2017


Turkey- an emerging market for Russian gear?

Ankara and Moscow say they are working on the final details of a defense deal speculated to be worth more than $2 billion. Some industry sources say the deal may be just the beginning of further Russian sales to Turkey, but analysts remain cautious about “incompatibilities.”

Defense News, Turkey- an emerging market for Russian gear?, June 8, 2017


Automotive makers lead Turkey’s top exporters’ list

Carmakers were ranked as one of Turkey’s largest three exporters in 2016, with Ford Otosan, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Turkey’s Koc Holding, topping the list with an export volume of $4 billion.

Hurriyet Daily News, Automotive makers lead Turkey’s top exporters’ list, June 9, 2017


With enough gas storage, Turkey can turn into energy hub, says top energy officials

If Turkey has sufficient physical gas storage to trade large volumes of gas passing through its territories, the country will have every opportunity of becoming a genuine energy hub for southeast Europe, says the International Energy Charter Secretary-General.

Hurriyet Daily News, With enough gas storage, Turkey can turn into energy hub, says top energy official, June 6, 2017


Domestic Politics

Erdogan slams CHP leader Kilicdaroglu over Rabia sign

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blasted main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu over his criticism of Erdoğan’s use of the “Rabia” four-finger hand gesture, which has become popular among Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers around the world.

Hurriyet Daily News, Erdogan slams CHP leader Kilicdaroglu over Rabia sign, June 8, 2017


Erdogan’s ‘Tank Man’ Spreads Turkey’s New Patriotism

Dogan, ‘Tank Man’, says he’ll continue to travel throughout Turkey to give speeches, focusing on youth education. “Children need to learn to give their lives for their country without question,” Dogan says, “We need heroes.

Bloomberg, Erdogan’s ‘Tank Man’ Spreads Turkey’s New Patriotism, June 8, 2017


Car Bomb in Southeast Turkey Wounds Three People: Governor’s Office

Two soldiers and one civilian were wounded in the attack, when a suspected Kurdish militant drove a stolen car through a police checkpoint and blew it up in front of the station in the Bekirhan district, the governor’s office said.

New York Times, Car Bomb in Southeast Turkey Wounds Three People: Governor’s Office, June 9, 2017


Main opposition CHP head says party ‘wants a terror-free and democratic Turkey’

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) wants a “terror-free and democratic Turkey,” its leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said during a visit to the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), as part of his bid to consolidate opponents of the constitutional amendment passed in the April referendum.

Hurriyet Daily News, Main opposition CHP head says party ‘wants a terror-free and democratic Turkey’, June 9, 2017


Post-referendum bylaw meeting disperses amid Turkish opposition criticism

The parliamentary meeting convened to discuss the harmonization of a parliamentary bylaw dispersed without any conclusion amid criticism from the opposition parties, which decided to propose their own draft plans separately.

Hurriyet Daily News, Post-referendum bylaw meetings disperses amid Turkish opposition criticism, June 8, 2017