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TÜSIAD Turkey Letter: 13 July 2015

Domestic Politics

  • Turkey’s President Issues Mandate to Form a New Government
  • AKP, CHP agree on need for strong government
  • Turkey’s top business body calls on parties to form coalition HDP seeks strong restart for peace process
  • Negligence in HDP attack being probed: Interior minister
  • MHP leader suggests AKP-CHP coalition is ‘best option’

Foreign Policy

  • Turkey detains almost 800 trying to cross illegally from Syria, army says
  • Turkey to build new refugee camp for 55,000 Syrians
  • Turkey, U.S. mull options in joint anti-ISIL fight
  • Turkey arrests 21 suspected ISIL members in major operation

Economy and Energy

  • Will the Greek disease infect Turkey?
  • Turkish Economy Hit by Greek Crisis
  • Turkey’s gold imports decrease by 95 pct
  • Mobile operators in Turkey in urgent need of more frequencies to meet skyrocketing demand
  • Over half of Turks fear retirement financial difficulties: Poll
  • Turkey’s current account deficit up in May

Domestic Politics

Turkey’s President Issues Mandate to Form a New Government

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey gave the country’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, a formal mandate on Thursday to form a new government, after days of criticism that the president had been dragging his feet.

New York Times, Turkey’s President Issues Mandate to Form a New Government, July 9 2015


AKP, CHP agree on need for strong government

The two parties that received the most votes in the June 7 elections agree on the need for “a strong government,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said July 13 following talks with the Republican People’s Party (CHP) about a possible coalition.

Hurriyet Daily News, AKP, CHP agree on need for strong gov’t, July 13 2015


Turkey’s top business body calls on parties to form coalition

Turkey’s top business body head has called on political parties to form a coalition government as soon as possible, as the country should not waste time making economic reforms and increasing its growth figures.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s top business body calls on parties to form coalition, July 12 2015


HDP seeks strong restart for peace process

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has voiced its desire to see a restart of the long-stalled peace process amid concerns after the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party(PKK) threatened to attack dam construction sites in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast due to cease-fire violations by Ankara.

Hurriyet Daily News, HDP seeks strong restart for peace process, July 13 2015


Negligence in HDP attack being probed: Interior minister

The release of a suspect accused of perpetrating a deadly attack on a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in Diyarbakır last month even though he had been classified as “a missing person associated with terrorism” is a result of “negli-gence,” Turkish Interior Minister Sebahattin Öztürk has admitted.

Hurriyet Daily News, Negligence in HDP attack being probed: Interior minister, July 8 2015


MHP leader suggests AKP-CHP coalition is ‘best option’

The best option for forming a new government in Turkey is a coalition between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli said on July 7.

Hurriyet Daily News, MHP leader suggests AKP-CHP coalition is ‘best option’, July 8 2015


Foreign Policy

Turkey detains almost 800 trying to cross illegally from Syria, army says

The Turkish army said on July 7 it had detained almost 800 people trying to cross illegally from Syria, including three suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after bolstering security in border areas near where the jihadists hold ground.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey detains almost 800 trying to cross illegally from Syria, army says, July 7, 2015


Turkey to build new refugee camp for 55,000 Syrians

Turkey’s disaster management agency is working to build a new refugee camp in Kilis, a town on the Syrian border, in the face of a fresh, massive influx from its southern neighbor as a result of a potential attack by the Islamic jihadists on the Azaz province, one of most populous regions in northwest Syria.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey to build new refugee camp for 55,000 Syrians, July 8, 2015


Turkey, U.S. mull options in joint anti-ISIL fight

Turkey and the United States are continuing to mull over options to intensify ongoing cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after the jihadists started to advance along the populous Mare-Jarablus line, pushing Turkey to reinforce its military presence on the Syrian border.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey, US mull options in joint anti-ISIL fight, July 8, 2015


Turkey arrests 21 suspected ISIL members in major operation

Turkish police launched dawn raids across the country on Friday, detaining 21 people including three foreigners suspected of working as a recruitment network for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The Telegraph, Turkey arrests 21 suspected ISIL members in major operation, July 10 2015


Economy and Energy

Will the Greek disease infect Turkey?

Does the fragility of these countries in the Mediterranean basin resemble the fragility of Turkey’s economy? Or, as another Mediterranean country, will Turkey experience what EU member countries are going through? Even if these fragilities look similar, are the resources similar as well? Will the fragility in the Mediterranean spread to Turkey?

Hurriyet Daily News, Will the Greek disease infect Turkey?, July 13 2015


Turkish Economy Hit by Greek Crisis

Turkish financial markets are among the worst hit in the face of its Greek neighbor’s troubles and the Turkish lira has hit record lows. The impact is seen as a sign of growing vulnerability in the Turkish economy, which is already under pressure from rising border concerns with Syria, and efforts to form a coalition government.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish Economy Hit by Greek Crisis, July 7 2015


Turkey’s gold imports decrease by 95 pct

Turkey’s gold imports decreased by 94.4 percent in June compared to the same month in 2014 and by 18.1 percent from May 2015 to 1.35 tons, as reported by Reuters.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s gold imports decrease by 95 pct, July 7 2015 


Mobile operators in Turkey in urgent need of more frequencies to meet skyrocketing demand

Turkey has an urgent need for more mobile frequencies to meet a skyrocketing demand for broadband services and the required steps should be taken immediately to open the way for such investments, said Hasan Süel, the vice chairman of Vodafone Turkey’s executive board.

Hurriyet Daily News, Mobile operators in Turkey in urgent need of more frequencies to meet skyrocketing demand, July 8 2015


Over half of Turks fear retirement financial difficulties: Poll

Over half of Turkish people believe that they will face economic problems after they retire, so most have planned to keep working, according to a survey by AvivaSA and its partner Aviva in 12 countries.

Hurriyet Daily News, Over half of Turks fear retirement financial difficulties: Poll, July 9 2015


Turkey’s current account deficit up in May

Turkey’s current account deficit widened to $3.99 billion in May, up $342 million from the same month in the previous year, the Central Bank reported on July 10.

Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s current account deficit up in May, July 10 2015