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TUSIAD Turkey Letter: 30 December 2014

Foreign Policy

  • Turkey Strengthens Rights of Syrian Refugees
  • Ankara refutes UN report claiming Turkey route for arms to al-Qaeda

Economy and Energy

  • Chances for economy ahead amid elections
  • Turkish Lira under dollar pressure

Domestic Politics

  • Turkey’s top business organization against presidential system: Chairman
  • President Erdoğan tells PM Davutoğlu: I’ll chair Cabinet on Jan 19
  • President Erdoğan is seeking one-man rule: Opposition

Foreign Policy

Turkey Strengthens Rights of Syrian Refugees
Turkey has issued new regulations that grant Syrian refugees secure legal status in the country for the first time, clarifying and expanding rights for more than a million people who are rapidly assimilating into Turkish society.
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New York Times, December 29, 2014, Turkey Strengthens Rights of Syrian Refugees

Ankara refutes UN report claiming Turkey route for arms to al-Qaeda
Turkish Foreign Ministry refuted a United Nations report claiming that Turkey is being used as one of the primary routes for weapons smuggling to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Nusra.
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Hurriyet Daily News, December 30, 2014, Ankara refutes UN report claiming Turkey route for arms to al-Qaeda

Economy and Energy

Chances for economy ahead amid elections
A number of opportunities exist for the Turkish economy in 2015 with decreasing oil prices and steps toward long-term structural reforms, despite the fact there will be general elections, said Turkish conglomerate Sabancı Holding’s Chairperson Güler Sabancı Dec. 29.
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Hurriyet Daily News, December 29, 2014, Chances for economy ahead amid elections

Turkish Lira under dollar pressure
The year 2014 has been one in which the Turkish Lira plummeted under heavy pressure from the U.S. dollar.  The lira is entering the new year with a lot of accumulated stress.
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Hurriyet Daily News, December 29, 2014, Turkish Lira under dollar pressure

Domestic Politics

Turkey’s top business organization against presidential system: Chairman
Turkey’s top business organization, TÜSIAD, is against a regime change toward presidential system, its leader has said, while also complaining of the country’s poor judicial system.
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Hurriyet Daily News, December 29, 2014, Turkey’s top business organization against presidential system: Chairman

President Erdoğan tells PM Davutoğlu: I’ll chair Cabinet on Jan 19
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has ended speculation as to when he will chair a Cabinet meeting, announcing Dec. 29 that he will do so on Jan. 19, 2015, while underlining that the move was in line with the charter and within the knowledge of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
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Hurriyet Daily News, December 29, 2014, President Erdoğan tells PM Davutoğlu: I’ll chair Cabinet on Jan 19

President Erdoğan is seeking one-man rule: Opposition
Opposition parties have maintained that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to chair a meeting of the Cabinet is a striking reflection of his ambition for one-man rule.
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Hurriyet Daily News, December 30, 2014, President Erdoğan is seeking one-man rule: Opposition