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TUSIAD Turkey Letter: 22 June 2015

 

Domestic Politics

  • TUSIAD statement following meetings with Turkish political party leaders
  • No government without AKP, Turkey’s nationalist opposition says
  • Top court ruling acknowledges right to peaceful protest in Turkey
  • HDP ready to lend support to ‘grand coalition’ between AKP, CHP
  • Suleyman Demirel, Seven Times Turkey’s Prime Minister, Dies at 90

Foreign Policy

  • Ankara warns PYD over ‘demographic change’ in northern Syria
  • Turkish Town Fears Islamic State Infiltrations
  • World must help Turkey with refugees as ‘things will get even worse’: UNHCR
  • In secret meeting, Israel and Turkey renew reconciliation talks

Economy and Energy

  • Turks need to rediscover confidence once more: World Bank director
  • Turkey cheaper than Europe but cars, booze, tobacco remain expensive

Domestic Politics

TUSIAD statement following meetings with Turkish political party leaders

The Board of Directors of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) met with the leaders of political parties in Ankara on June 16-17, 2015. During the meetings, the President of the Board of Directors Cansen Başaran-Symes urged party leaders to compromise and underscored the expectations and policy priorities of the business world. President Başaran-Symes said, “We expect continued persistence in seeking compromise and the establishment of a government as soon as possible.”

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TUSIAD, June 19, 2015, TUSIAD statement following meetings with Turkish political party leaders, https://www.tusiad.us/press-releases/tusiad-statement-following-meetings-with-turkish-political-party-leaders/

 

 

No government without AKP, Turkey’s nationalist opposition says

There can be no government without the involvement of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), as the largest party in the new parliament, a senior Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy has stated, as jostling to form a coalition government continues in Ankara.

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Hurriyet Daily News, June 19, 2015, No government without AKP, Turkey’s nationalist opposition says, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/no-government-without-akp-turkeys-nationalist-opposition-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=84222&NewsCatID=338

 

Top court ruling acknowledges right to peaceful protest in Turkey

A top court has ruled that the detention of 23 people who staged a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara to protest the detention of several others is a violation of the constitutional right to protest peacefully.

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Hurriyet Daily News, June 18, 2015, Top court ruling acknowledges right to peaceful protest in Turkey, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/top-court-ruling-acknowledges-right-to-peaceful-protest-in-turkey.aspx?pageID=238&nID=84196&NewsCatID=339

 

HDP ready to lend support to ‘grand coalition’ between AKP, CHP

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has announced that it is ready to back a so-called grand coalition government that would be formed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) on the condition that the coalition embraces their party’s principles, too.

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Hurriyet Daily News, June 18, 2015, HDP ready to lend support to ‘grand coalition’ between AKP, CHP, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hdp-ready-to-lend-support-to-grand-coalition-between-akp-chp.aspx?pageID=238&nID=84182&NewsCatID=338

 

Suleyman Demirel, Seven Times Turkey’s Prime Minister, Dies at 90

Suleyman Demirel, who served seven times as Turkey’s prime minister, dominating the nation’s politics when the country struggled with violence, economic stagnation and military rule, died on Wednesday in Ankara, Turkey. He was 90.

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New York Times, June 16, 2015, Suleyman Demirel, Seven Times Turkey’s Prime Minister, Dies at 90, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/world/europe/suleyman-demirel-former-prime-minister-of-turkey-dies-at-90.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=1

 

 

Foreign Policy

Ankara warns PYD over ‘demographic change’ in northern Syria

Ankara “will not permit its red lines to be crossed” in northern Syria after a key town on the Turkish border was captured by Kurdish forces from extremist jihadists, warning Kurds not to force Turkmens and Arabs out of the region.

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Hurriyet Daily News, June 22, 2015, Ankara warns PYD over ‘demographic change’ in northern Syria, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ankara-warns-pyd-over-demographic-change-in-northern-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=84296&NewsCatID=510

 

Turkish Town Fears Islamic State Infiltrations

Days after Islamic State vanished from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, people of this nearby border settlement have been left with the lingering fear that retreating jihadists are now among them.

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Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2015, Turkish Town Fears Islamic State Infiltrations, http://www.wsj.com/articles/turkish-town-fears-islamic-state-infiltrations-1434574798

 

World must help Turkey with refugees as ‘things will get even worse’: UNHCR

The U.N.’s refugee chief on June 18 urged the international community, including Western states, to open up their borders and follow Turkey’s example in hosting Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

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Hurriyet Daily News, June 19, 2015, World must help Turkey with refugees as ‘things will get even worse’: UNHCR, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/world-must-help-turkey-with-refugees-as-things-will-get-even-worse-unhcr.aspx?pageID=238&nID=84200&NewsCatID=510

 

In secret meeting, Israel and Turkey renew reconciliation talks

After over a year of deep freeze in Israeli-Turkish ties, talks about a reconciliation agreement between the two nations have resumed with a secret meeting between Foreign Minister director general Dore Gold and his Turkish counterpart, Feridun Sinirlioglu.

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Haaretz, June 22, 2015, In secret meeting, Israel and Turkey renew reconciliation talks, http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.662476

 

Economy and Energy

Turks need to rediscover confidence once more: World Bank director

A degree of nervousness has emerged in Turkey in recent years in terms of engaging with the outside world, says the World Bank’s country director for Turkey, Martin Raiser, noting that the nation needs to discover its confidence once more as part of its quest to become a high-income nation.

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Hurriyet Daily News, June 22, 2015, Turks need to rediscover confidence once more: World Bank director, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turks-need-to-rediscover-confidence-once-more-world-bank-director.aspx?PageID=238&NID=84294&NewsCatID=344

 

Turkey cheaper than Europe but cars, booze, tobacco remain expensive

Turkey is more expensive than a few European countries but it remains cheaper than a majority of the continent, according to a new comparative purchasing power parity index released June 19 by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK).

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Hurriyet Daily News, June 19, 2015, Turkey cheaper than Europe but cars, booze, tobacco remain expensive, http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-cheaper-than-europe-but-cars-booze-tobacco-remain-expensive.aspx?pageID=238&nID=84233&NewsCatID=344