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Turkey enters new era as Erdogan takes over the presidency

Turkey has its first ever directly elected president, after its existing prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won the presidential election at the start of August, vowing to build a new Turkey. Erdogan's election as President of Turkey should enable him to continue to drive the growth he has generated as...

Posted on 13 August 2014

Five reasons Erdogan’s re-election could help Turkey reach new heights

The re-election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party in Turkey has been welcomed by foreign investors, and should help to maintain healthy conditions for growth in the country’s real estate and tourism sector, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in April. “Continuity is important...

Posted on 04 April 2014

Turkey re-elects Erdogan and sees positive economic signs

The Turkish nation has re-elected Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its prime minister, after his AKP party scored a resounding victory in the country’s local elections on Sunday. Erdogan’s return to power is deemed by many as a positive step towards continuing the country’s strong economic development, thanks to his ambitious...

Posted on 01 April 2014

EU-Turkey relations reach new level with visa liberalisation on the cards

The European Union took steps this week towards removing visa requirements for Turkish citizens, in a move that signals a snowballing unification between Ankara and the 28-member bloc. Turkey and Brussels will sign an agreement allowing EU governments to send back illegal immigrants crossing into Europe from Turkey. In return,...

Posted on 04 December 2013

Turkey in the top 50 most competitive economies in the world

Turkey is ranked 44th in the latest 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), a table produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) which assesses 148 economies around the world on their level of productivity according to each country’s institutions, policies and condition of their economy. This represented a fall of one...

Posted on 06 September 2013

Law Change Could End Military Involvement in Politics

In its latest move to remove the military from Turkish politics the Turkish Parliament on Saturday amended an army regulation that had often been used as a precursor for the military to get involved in politics and even to overthrow previous governments on several occasions. This regulation, or one article...

Posted on 17 July 2013

Spot Blue pivotal in driving Anglo-Turkish trade relations

As part of an on-going trade initiative to strengthen relations with the UK, members of the Turkish Government took time out from a business forum in London this week to open the London Stock Exchange, an event that presented an opportunity for Turkey's Minister of Economy, Zafer Caglayan, and chairman...

Posted on 26 April 2013

GE to Invest $900 Million in Turkey in Next 3 Years

General Electric Company is due to invest $900 million in Turkey over the next three years. The money will go to sectors such as energy, health, aviation, and transportation and infrastructure,, according to an announcement by Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan. According to him the new investment is a mark of...

Posted on 15 June 2012

Turkey Gains Another US Supporter

Turkey's economic performance and the way it is holding itself of late (becoming a regional power) continues to make it more and more friends in very high places. Economic problems aside, the US is still the world's one true superpower, and Turkey continues to bring attention and praise from the...

Posted on 14 June 2012

Turkey Accepted As SCO Dialogue Partner

Turkey has been accepted as a dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. You may not have heard of it, but it is becoming one of the most influential political/military groupings in the world -- consider it the rising NATO of Asia, with 6 members China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan...

Posted on 08 June 2012