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TURKEY LETTER September 15, 2014

Foreign Policy

  • Ankara ‘likely to keep’ stance on ISIL action
  • Turkey, US pledge joint struggle against terror
  • Hagel visits Turkey in bid to strategize coordinated campaign against Islamic State
  • President Erdoğan to ‘prioritize EU bid’ after October
  • US still advocating for Turkish missile bid

Economy and Energy

  • Turkish government to manage foreign trade body, open market under moot
  • Turkey’s budget gap widens but government relaxed over year-end target
  • Turkish unemployment rate exceeds 9 percent in June period

Domestic Politics

  • President Erdoğan to participate in key TÜSİAD meeting
  • Turkish PM Davutoğlu signals softening tone to avoid polarization
  • CHP turns to top court to annul restrictive Internet changes

 

FOREIGN POLICY

Ankara ‘likely to keep’ stance on ISIL action

The international conference to be held under French leadership in Paris on Sept. 15 is unlikely to change Turkey’s position vis a vis the international military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to a Turkish official.
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Hurriyet Daily News, September 15, 2014, Ankara ‘likely to keep’ stance on ISIL action

Turkey, US pledge joint struggle against terror

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Ankara on Sept. 12 to shape the strategy in the fight against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as Turkey reiterated its readiness for “merely humanitarian assistance” in the region, instead of getting involved in combat operations.
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Hurriyet Daily News, September 12, 2014, Turkey, US pledge joint struggle against terror

Hagel visits Turkey in bid to strategize coordinated campaign against Islamic State

As it builds a coalition to confront the Islamic State, the Obama administration is showering renewed attention on Turkey, which has had chilly relations with Washington of late but whose cooperation is vital to combat the Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria.
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Washington Post, September 8, 2014, Hagel visits Turkey in bid to strategize coordinated campaign against Islamic State

President Erdoğan to ‘prioritize EU bid’ after October

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he is planning to carry out frequent visits to European capitals after Parliament reopens on Oct. 1, in a bid to accelerate Turkey’s European Union accession process. Erdoğan delivered his message at a meeting with the editors of pro-government media outlets on Sept. 13, as reported by columnists from these outlets on Sept. 14.
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Hurriyet Daily News, September 14, 2014, President Erdoğan to ‘prioritize EU bid’ after October

US still advocating for Turkish missile bid

The U.S. government is continuing to advocate for the Patriot missile defense system offered by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin in a Turkish tender after Turkey cited disagreements with the Chinese firm that initially won the bid, a senior U.S. official has said.
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Hurriyet Daily News, September 11, 2014, US still advocating for Turkish missile bid

ECONOMY & ENERGY

Turkish government to manage foreign trade body, open market under moot
An omnibus law approved at Parliament in the early hours of Sept.10 puts the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), an arm of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), under the control and surveillance of the Economy Ministry, which, according to many, signals stronger government control on imports and exports.
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Turkey’s budget gap widens but government relaxed over year-end target
Turkey’s eight-month budget performance deteriorated compared to the same period last year, new official data has shown, but the government says it sees no imminent threat to reaching its year-end targets.
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Turkish unemployment rate exceeds 9 percent in June period
The unemployment rate in Turkey exceeded 9 percent in the June period, as a slowdown in economic activity and an increase in the labor force squeezed job opportunities.
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Hurriyet Daily News, September 15, 2014, Turkish unemployment rate exceeds 9 percent in June period
DOMESTIC POLITICS

President Erdoğan to participate in key TÜSİAD meeting
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will join a meeting hosted by Turkey’s top business group next week, in a possible sign of improved relations with the group.
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Hurriyet Daily News, September 13, 2014, President Erdoğan to participate in key TÜSİAD meeting


Turkish PM Davutoğlu signals softening tone to avoid polarization
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said he is trying to use a softer tone in order to ease polarization in society, while blaming the opposition for political tensions in Turkey.
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CHP turns to top court to annul restrictive Internet changes
The main opposition party has appealed to the Constitutional Court to annul recent changes to the Internet Law, arguing that they further restrict Internet use in Turkey and increase the government’s control of web traffic.
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Hurriyet Daily News, September 15, 2014, CHP turns to top court to annul restrictive Internet changes