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TUSIAD Turkey Letter: January 12, 2015

Foreign Policy

  • TTIP’s Enlargement and the Case of Turkey
  • Turkish president condemns Charlie Hebdo attack, urges ‘firm stance against intolerance’
  • NATO Patriot air defense missiles arrive in Turkey
  • Turkey provides 1.5 million ID cards for Syrian refugees
  • US shelves transfer of frigates to Turkey
  • Turkey approves motion to join new NATO mission in Afghanistan

Economy and Energy

  • Turkey’s 2014 growth to be around 3 pct, says Finance Minister
  • Turkey’s Tüpraş faces $69 mln hit from tax demand, fines
  • Turkey’s olive oil exports come to a halt

Domestic Politics

  • Business group head does not step back in clash with Turkish President Erdoğan
  • All my family, my party wiretapped: Turkey’s main opposition CHP leader
  • Russian citizen revealed to be suicide bomber who attacked Istanbul police

Foreign Policy

TTIP’s Enlargement and the Case of Turkey
TÜSİAD Senior Fellow and Director of the Turkey Project at Brookings Kemal Kirişci discusses “TTIP’s Enlargement and the Case of Turkey” in the inaugural publication of the IPC-Wilson Center Turkey Papers.  Kirişci argues that Turkey’s inclusion in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would be economically and geo-strategically advantageous for all parties involved.
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Wilson Center, January 09, 2015, Turkey Papers:  TTIP’s Enlargement and the Case of Turkey

Turkish president condemns Charlie Hebdo attack, urges ‘firm stance against intolerance’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has added his voice to the chorus of reactions after the massacre perpetrated against French satiric weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people on Jan 7, condemning what he described as a “heinous terrorist attack.”
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 8, 2015, Turkish president condemns Charlie Hebdo attack, urges ‘firm stance against intolerance’

NATO Patriot air defense missiles arrive in Turkey
Defense missiles from Spain have arrived in the southern Turkish province of Hatay’s İskenderun port, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 12, 2015, NATO Patriot air defense missiles arrive in Turkey

Turkey provides 1.5 million ID cards for Syrian refugees
Turkey has provided some 1.5 million Syrian refugees with biometric IDs, according to data provided by the Interior Ministry and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 12, 2015, Turkey provides 1.5 million ID cards for Syrian refugees

US shelves transfer of frigates to Turkey
The United States has shelved the handover of two leftover frigates to Turkey, as Congress excluded Turkey from a bill seeking permission to transfer vessels to foreign countries, citing Mediterranean tensions.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 6, 2015, US shelves transfer of frigates to Turkey

Turkey approves motion to join new NATO mission in Afghanistan
Turkey’s Parliament has approved a motion authorizing the government to send Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) troops to Afghanistan as part of NATO’s new Resolute Support mission.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 7, 2015, Turkey approves motion to join new NATO mission in Afghanistan

Economy and Energy

Turkey’s 2014 growth to be around 3 pct, says Finance Minister
Turkey’s economic growth in 2014 is expected to be around 3 percent, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek has predicted, below an official target of 3.3 percent in the country’s medium-term program.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 12, 2015, Turkey’s 2014 growth to be around 3 pct, says Finance Minister

Turkey’s Tüpraş faces $69 mln hit from tax demand, fines
Turkey’s sole oil refiner Tüpraş has said it faces a tax demand and related fines totaling 160 million liras ($69 million) following an 18-month investigation by authorities.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 9, 2015, Turkey’s Tüpraş faces $69 mln hit from tax demand, fines

Turkey’s olive oil exports come to a halt
Turkey’s olive oil exports have decreased by almost 50 percent in the last two months from the same period of the previous year as producers kept their products in stock with the expectation of a rise in prices, according to sector representatives.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 7, 2015, Turkey’s olive oil exports come to a halt

Domestic Politics

Business group head does not step back in clash with Turkish President Erdoğan
Haluk Dinçer, the outgoing head of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), has stressed that the leading business organization generates around 85 percent of the taxes in the country, saying its words should be taken seriously amid a recent verbal rift with the government.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 11, 2015, Business group head does not step back in clash with Turkish President Erdoğan

All my family, my party wiretapped: Turkey’s main opposition CHP leader
The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party has claimed that all his family members and party officials are being eavesdropped on, without specifying who is responsible.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 12, 2015, All my family, my party wiretapped: Turkey’s main opposition CHP leader

Russian citizen revealed to be suicide bomber who attacked Istanbul police
A female suicide bomber who detonated herself at an Istanbul police station in the touristic area of Sultanahmet has been identified as a Russian citizen named Diana Ramazova.
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Hurriyet Daily News, January 8, 2015, Russian citizen revealed to be suicide bomber who attacked Istanbul police