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Turkish-Greek Tourism Forum Increases Ties between Two Countries

A Turkish-Greek tourism forum was recently held in Ankara and garnered considerable interest from Turkish and Greek officials and business-people. It's anticipated the forum will help increase the flow of tourists between Greece and Turkey through increasing cooperation between travel agencies in the two countries. The Greek ambassador was also...

Posted on 08 March 2013

Turkey to Open New EU Chapter with Help of France

According to Turkish EU minister Egemen Bagis Turkey submitted an action plan for opening a new EU accession chapter, having fullfilled the benchmarks neccesary to open said negotiation chapter. The news follows an announcement from the new French administration that it would help Turkey to get Chapter 22, “Regional Policy...

Posted on 23 February 2013

Turkey Strongest Economy in EU Paddock Says EC

We haven't had official figures for Turkish GDP growth for all of last year yet, but this hasn't dettered the European Commission from predicting that Turkey will be the strongest country in its economic paddock this year. In its winter forecast 2013 released today the body predicted that Turkey will...

Posted on 22 February 2013

Turkey Launches First Locally Built Research Ship

Turkey recently launched its first national research ship. Its purpose is to help protect marine ecosystems and enable surveillance and research on a number of undersea related issues. One of these is exploring for oil. The project is significant because it proves Turkey is capable of building such ships, and...

Posted on 21 February 2013

Turkey Presenting Draft Action Plan to EU

According to EU Minister Egemen Bagis, Turkey is due to present a draft action plan concerning the opening of a new chapter in its bid for European Union membership. Apparently it has fulfilled the benchmarks for the opening of a new negotiation chapter which will be presented to the EU...

Posted on 19 February 2013

Turkey Doesn’t See Shanghai Group as Alternative to EU

Turkey is looking at joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), but according to the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, this is not as an alternative to gaining full membership to the EU. Turkey is still pursuing negotiations to join the EU, and is looking to successfully conclude accession talks. The question...

Posted on 07 February 2013

Turkish Trade Deficit Sees Big Decrease, Other News

The foreign trade deficit is known to be one of Turkey's few remaining economic problems. However, according to the latest data the foreign trade deficit shrank by almost 35% on the year in September. The figures, from Turkstat show that a 21% increase to $13 billion in exports, combined with...

Posted on 01 November 2012

UK Due to Help Turkey with EU Bid

The UK recently announced it would support Turkey’s bid to join the EU during a visit to the country's by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The UK will help Turkey bring its judiciary up to the standard required by the European Union. In order to achieve this, a project...

Posted on 06 October 2012

Turkey to be Declared Key Country for EU

The European Union is to declare Turkey as being essential for the prosperity and security of the area, but is still critical of Ankara’s failure to make progress towards accession. These issues are to be raised in the EU’s draft strategy paper, the Enlargement Strategy Paper which is due to...

Posted on 27 September 2012

Turkey Again Named as Top Investment Choice in Europe

Marketwatch has just ran a story profiling Turkey and Poland as Europe's two investment beacons for the next few years; suggesting that investors get in now if they want to get in early. Of course, this is not a new position for Turkey, as the country has been named one...

Posted on 24 May 2012