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Old 20.12.2014, 03:11
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Re: Turkish Spring?

I think there is no law in Turkey prohibiting people to attack the government verbally from abroad. Turkey is among the countries who defend the principle that crimes are to be pursued in the country where they are done
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Old 21.12.2014, 19:43
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Re: Turkish Spring?

A Turkish TV channel must pay a fine of 410,000 lire for showing men dancing with women who were not their wives

Look here (German language)
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Old 21.12.2014, 20:49
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He really wants to bring turkey there...
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Old 21.12.2014, 21:27
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A Turkish TV channel must pay a fine of 410,000 lire for showing men dancing with women who were not their wives

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Turkey is becoming a parody on Turkey.
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Old 27.12.2014, 02:10
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Re: Turkish Spring?

Quote from Guardian here;
"A Turkish teenager has been released from custody after his arrest for allegedly insulting the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, caused uproar.

The 16-year-old student, Mehmet Emin Altunses, was taken away from his school on Wednesday and jailed for making a speech during a student protest in which he reportedly said Erdoğan was regarded as the “thieving owner of the illegal palace”."
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Re: Turkish Spring?

The guy is crazy.
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The guy is crazy.

Possibly not as crazy as you presume but AMBITIOUS
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Old 30.12.2014, 07:40
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Re: Turkish Spring?

These past weeks Turkish military aircraft have increased their flights over Greek islands.
Used to be like this before Erdogan came to power (when the army basically ran the country) but he stopped it as part of his mission to limit the military's autonomous decision making.
Now with the army fully controlled by him he's back to showing what respect for international borders means for the Turkish ruling class.
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Possibly not as crazy as you presume but AMBITIOUS
No this is not ambitious. Don't mix power trip with ambition.
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Old 30.12.2014, 22:42
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These past weeks Turkish military aircraft have increased their flights over Greek islands.
Used to be like this before Erdogan came to power (when the army basically ran the country) but he stopped it as part of his mission to limit the military's autonomous decision making.
Now with the army fully controlled by him he's back to showing what respect for international borders means for the Turkish ruling class.

Let's put it as it is. He THINKS to have full control of the armed forces. Experience by the Hashemites in Iraq, by Ahmed Ben Bella and many others (including Adnan Menderes in Turkey) has shown that to control the armed forces is a tricky Business. Turkey may well be on the slippery road towards another military take over
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Old 09.01.2015, 23:43
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Re: Turkish Spring?

Slightly "nutty" article in the FT today here, you may need to be a subscriber!

Still pondering the real meaning of the last paragraph!!
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Old 10.01.2015, 11:00
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Slightly "nutty" article in the FT today here, you may need to be a subscriber!

Still pondering the real meaning of the last paragraph!!

Nutty indeed. And somebody who says that Mr Erdogan and Bashir Assad ever were friends is nuts
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Old 11.01.2015, 22:57
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Re: Turkish Spring?

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These past weeks Turkish military aircraft have increased their flights over Greek islands.
Used to be like this before Erdogan came to power (when the army basically ran the country) but he stopped it as part of his mission to limit the military's autonomous decision making.
Now with the army fully controlled by him he's back to showing what respect for international borders means for the Turkish ruling class.
Greek Islands or the international air space over Aegean Sea? I bet they are not coming close within 6 miles of the islands themselves
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Old 03.02.2015, 21:05
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Re: Turkish Spring?

Looks like someone in the Turkish Central bank has "grown a pair", how long they will keep them intact is a good question

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"Turkey's central bank on Tuesday defied pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to consider a snap rate cut, after a slowdown in January inflation turned out to be less sharp that expected."
Worth reading the full article
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Old 04.02.2015, 06:03
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Looks like someone in the Turkish Central bank has "grown a pair", how long they will keep them intact is a good question

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"Turkey's central bank on Tuesday defied pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to consider a snap rate cut, after a slowdown in January inflation turned out to be less sharp that expected."
Worth reading the full article

The question is what they want. The Turkish Export industry, the mainstay of the Turkish economy, for sure wishes a lower rate of the Turkish Pound, as does Turkish Airlines and other Turkish Airline companies and the Turkish tourism industry.
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Old 04.02.2015, 10:54
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Looks like someone in the Turkish Central bank has "grown a pair", how long they will keep them intact is a good question

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"Turkey's central bank on Tuesday defied pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to consider a snap rate cut, after a slowdown in January inflation turned out to be less sharp that expected."
Worth reading the full article
He did not have much choice. He had cut the rates only couple weeks back but has been criticized harshly by Erdogan and his advisors for cutting not enough effectively stealing money from people's pockets. Personally, I think th Central Bank governor should have resigned after all that criticism after January rate cut; at this stage, he will be blamed whatever he choses to do.

With the currency taking the burden of a (Erdogan would disagree) dovish Central Bank and questionability of Central Bank's independence, he could not cut much fearing a further run to US dollars and would still be criticized for not cutting enough. So knowing he would be criticized anyway, he chose the more prudent way and postponed the cut to regular meeting.

Now that Bank Asya is gone, Tayyip can turn his attention to Central Bank and other enemies of Turkey. Although even damaging the reputation of a bank is illegal in Turkey, no one saw anything wrong with what happened with this bank.
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Re: Turkish Spring?

Newspapers today are claiming that Tayyip has replaced the management of Bank Asya and cancelled Gulen's passport. If true, I wonder what is the legal basis?
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Re: Turkish Spring?

At least he is persistent in his economic views:

Headlines from Bloomberg
*ERDOGAN: SOME TRYING TO HOLD TURKEY BACK WITH INTEREST RATES
*ERDOGAN: INTEREST RATES ARE THE CAUSE OF INFLATION
*ERDOGAN: YOU CAN'T DECIDE INTEREST RATES ACCORDING TO INFLATION
*ERDOGAN: UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS RESULT OF INDEPENDENT CENBANK
*ERDOGAN SAYS HE WON'T BE A PRESIDENT WHO JUST SIGNS PAPERS

his last remark above should go well with his predecessor Gul who was with him since 1990s

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Headlines from Bloomberg
*ERDOGAN: SOME TRYING TO HOLD TURKEY BACK WITH INTEREST RATES
*ERDOGAN: INTEREST RATES ARE THE CAUSE OF INFLATION
*ERDOGAN: YOU CAN'T DECIDE INTEREST RATES ACCORDING TO INFLATION
*ERDOGAN: UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS RESULT OF INDEPENDENT CENBANK
*ERDOGAN SAYS HE WON'T BE A PRESIDENT WHO JUST SIGNS PAPERS

his last remark above should go well with his predecessor Gul who was with him since 1990s
Lire is now down to 2.5 per US$, lowest for 10 years.
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Lire is now down to 2.5 per US$, lowest for 10 years.
Good time for me to buy a holiday in Turkey or buy Turkish goods!
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