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EBRD to Open Ankara Office as it Increases Investment in Turkey

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has paid another tribute to the investment potential of Turkey. The bank announced yesterday that it will open a new office in the Turkish capital Ankara. The EBRD has invested some 1.8 billion Euros into Turkish projects over the last three years since...

Posted on 31 May 2012

Istanbul Named Candidate City for 2020 Olympics

The IOC's decision to make Istanbul a candidate city to host the Olympic Games 2020, has been hailed as a historic one for Turkey by representatives of its campaign. The IOC decided on Wednesday to eliminate Doha and Baku leaving Istanbul in the race along with Tokyo and Madrid. Istanbul...

Posted on 25 May 2012

Turkey and EU Announce New Recipe to Put Accession Talks Back on the Menu

In the hopes of freeing up the blockage on Turkey's EU Accession campaign, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule have put their collective weight behind a new "positive agenda" to put the negotiations back on track. "This is a special day in our relations,"...

Posted on 17 May 2012

EU Visitors Have Tripled Since 2000

The number of EU tourists travelling to Turkey has almost tripled in the last 10 years according to new data. During a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, Turkish tourism minister Ertrugul Gunay said that visitors from the EU “counted only 6.5 million in 2000 and are now 18...

Posted on 11 May 2012

The Law is Passed – More Foreigners Can Buy More Property in Turkey

Regular readers of this blog and most other sources remotely relating to Turkey or overseas property would only have needed the first part of the title to know what we meant. The Turkish Parliament has been discussing a new property law, to end reciprocity as a barrier to foreign buyers...

Posted on 04 May 2012

The Turkish Real Estate Industry is Great Says Trump

“The [Turkish] real estate industry is great.” Those aren't my words, but the words of one of the world's most successful (by a lot of measures not least wealth) businessmen Donald Trump. When asked if he foresaw any ballooning in the Turkish real estate market Trump answered: “I think the...

Posted on 27 April 2012

Turkish Government Passes New Law Allowing More Construction

The Turkish government recently passed a new law which will allow a parcel of land known as 2B to be used for construction. This land was formerly classified as a forest and covers 4.1 million acres and is in areas where agricultural and construction activity was previously banned by the...

Posted on 26 April 2012

Turkish Unemployment Still Falling Says Turkstat

Turkish unemployment fell to 10.2 percent of the workforce in the three months to February, from 11.9 percent in the same period of 2011, official data showed on today. The number of people unemployed fell by 380,000 people to 2.664 million on a 12-month comparison, the statistics institute said on...

Posted on 20 April 2012

Edinburgh Airport Sold, New Flights to Turkey’n All

Edinburgh airport has made the industry headlines this week because it has been bought by an as yet unknown consortium. However, that is not the only news relevant to us, as the report also reveals several new Turkish flights to and from the airport, which have just been added. According...

Posted on 19 April 2012

US Secretary of Commerce Praises Turkey’s Economic Progress

The US secretary of Commerce, John Bryson, has praised the economic progress Turkey has made over the last decade, and thinks Turkey could well become one of the 10 largest economies in the world in the future. He was speaking at a lunch organised by the progressive think tank Centre...

Posted on 13 April 2012