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TUSIAD Turkey Letter: 21 October 2013

FOREIGN POLICY

  • EU to restart Turkey membership talks in move to encourage reforms
  • Turkey blows Israel’s cover for Iranian spy ring
  • Turkey to import at least 5 mln T Iran oil in 2014
  • Syria’s al-Qaeda-linked groups worry Turkey

Energy/Economy

  • Turkey’s 1st nuke plant may be completed by 2023

DOMESTIC POLITICS

  • Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 600,000: Turkish official
  • Poverty decreases in Turkey, says minister
FOREIGN POLICY
EU to restart Turkey membership talks in move to encourage reforms
Germany is to drop the opposition it raised in June to opening a new chapter of talks with European Union membership candidate Turkey after its crackdown on a wave of anti-government protests earlier this year, a source said.
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Guardian, 21 October 2013, EU to restart Turkey membership talks in move to encourage reforms
Reuters, 20 October 2013, Germany to back EU talks with Turkey

Turkey blows Israel’s cover for Iranian spy ring
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote, “Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to have disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to 10 Iranians who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers.”
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Washington Post, 16 October 2013, Turkey blows Israel’s cover for Iranian spy ring

Turkey to import at least 5 mln T Iran oil in 2014
Turkey will take at least the same 5 million tonnes (100,000 barrel per day) of Iranian crude in 2014 that it is taking this year, as any more cuts in the volumes from Iran would “threaten” its economy, the Turkish energy minister said.

Turkey is also importing 10 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas a year from Iran and would buy more if it was available.
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Reuters, 17 October 2013, Turkey to import at least 5 mln T Iran oil in 2014

Syria’s al-Qaeda-linked groups worry Turkey
The rise of al Qaeda in parts of Syria’s north has left Turkey facing a new security threat on its already vulnerable border and raised questions about its wholesale support for rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad.
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Reuters, 17 October 2013, Al Qaeda’s rise in northern Syria leaves Turkey with dilemma

ECONOMY & ENERGY
Turkey’s 1st nuke plant may be completed by 2023
 
The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant’s four units to be completed by 2023, one of the senior executives has said, although some sources said many bureaucratic hurdles hamper the $20 billion project.
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Hurriyet Daily News, 21 October 2013, Turkey’s 1st nuke plant may be completed by 2023
DOMESTIC POLITICS
Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 600,000: Turkish official
The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has exceeded 600,000 and more than 400,000 of them are living outside refugee camps, the Turkish disaster management agency said on 21 September.Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in August Turkey has already spent around $2 billion sheltering the refugees. The United Nations expects another 2 million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the country.
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Reuters, 21 October 2013, Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds 600,000: Turkish official.

Poverty decreases in Turkey, says minister
The share of people who live under $2.15 on a daily basis decreased to 0.14 percent in 2011 from 3.04 percent in 2002 said Turkey’s Development Minister Cevdet Yılmaz on Oct. 18 through a written statement in response to the Parliament.
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Hurriyet Daily News, 19 October 2013, Poverty decreased in Turkey, says minister

 

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