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TUSIAD Turkey Letter: 04 May 2014

Foreign Policy

  • U.S. doesn’t want to see violence return to Turkey: U.S. Ambassador
  • OSCE notes concerns over president’s ‘active campaign’ ahead of June vote

Economy and Energy

  • Businesspeople warn of slowdown in Turkish economy
  • Kurdish regional gov’t to raise oil exports to Turkey
  • Turkish inflation climbs more than estimated in April

Domestic Politics

  • Taksim ban overshadows Turkish May Day rallies
  • Turkey’s main opposition leader rules out coalition with AKP
  • Turkey’s main nationalist party MHP takes on gov’t with economy focus
  • Erdoğan: HDP, Gülen community in a dirty collusion before polls

Foreign Policy

U.S. doesn’t want to see violence return to Turkey: U.S. Ambassador
The United States does not want to see a return to violence in Turkey, Washington’s envoy to Ankara has said, urging both the government and the Kurdish movement to remain committed to the peace process.
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Hurriyet Daily News, May 4, 2015, U.S. doesn’t want to see violence return to Turkey: U.S. Ambassador, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-doesnt-want-to-see-violence-return-to-turkey-us-ambassador.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81944&NewsCatID=510

OSCE notes concerns over president’s ‘active campaign’ ahead of June vote
In the run-up to the June 7 parliamentary elections, the top European security body has highlighted concerns in Turkey over incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s “active role in the campaign,” as they have recommended the deployment of a team in order to observe the election.
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Hurriyet Daily News, April 30, 2015, OSCE notes concerns over president’s ‘active campaign’ ahead of June vote, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/osce-notes-concerns-over-presidents-active-campaign-ahead-of-june-vote.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81781&NewsCatID=510

 

Economy and Energy

Businesspeople warn of slowdown in Turkish economy
The Turkish economy has recently slowed down and many businesspeople have experienced problems in cash proceedings and check clearing, Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) head Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu has said.
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Hurriyet Daily News, May 4, 2015, Businesspeople warn of slowdown in Turkish economy, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/businesspeople-warn-of-slowdown-in-turkish-economy-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81946&NewsCatID=344

Kurdish regional gov’t to raise oil exports to Turkey
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq will increase its oil exports to Turkey and deliver up to 625,000 barrels per day starting from June, an official from the KRG parliament announced on April 29.
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Hurriyet Daily News, April 29, 2015, Kurdish regional gov’t to raise oil exports to Turkey, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kurdish-regional-govt-to-raise-oil-exports-to-turkey——.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81732&NewsCatID=348

Turkish inflation climbs more than estimated in April
Consumer price inflation in Turkey rose more than expected last month, according to official data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on May 4.
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Hurriyet Daily News, May 4, 2015, Turkish inflation climbs more than estimated in April, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-inflation-climbs-more-than-estimated-in-april.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81920&NewsCatID=344

 

Domestic Politics

Taksim ban overshadows Turkish May Day rallies
Turkey marked May Day in places across the country with celebrations, apart from its largest city Istanbul, where riot police did not hesitate to use tear gas and water cannons to halt groups that attempted to rally in the streets to reach the symbolic Taksim Square.
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Hurriyet Daily News, May 1, 2015, Wrap-up: Taksim ban overshadows Turkish May Day rallies, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/wrap-up-taksim-ban-overshadows-turkish-may-day-rallies.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81841&NewsCatID=338

Turkey’s main opposition leader rules out coalition with AKP
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has ruled out a coalition with Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) after the June 7 elections.
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Hurriyet Daily News, May 2, 2015, Turkey’s main opposition leader rules out coalition with AKP, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-main-opposition-leader-rules-out-coalition-with-akp.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81856&NewsCatID=338

Turkey’s main nationalist party MHP takes on gov’t with economy focus
Turkey’s main nationalist opposition party has joined an ongoing competition on the political stage, announcing an election manifesto that focused on the economy, much like other parties.
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Hurriyet Daily News, May 3, 2015, Turkey’s main nationalist party MHP takes on gov’t with economy focus, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-main-nationalist-party-mhp-takes-on-govt-with-economy-focus.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81890&NewsCatID=338

Erdoğan: HDP, Gülen community in a dirty collusion before polls
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for being in “alliance” with the “parallel structure” to manipulate the upcoming parliamentary elections by “terrorizing the country.”
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Hurriyet Daily News, May 1, 2015, Erdoğan: HDP, Gülen community in a dirty collusion before polls, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-hdp-gulen-community-in-a-dirty-collusion-before-polls.aspx?pageID=238&nID=81833&NewsCatID=338