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Microsoft Knocking Down Turkey’s Door to Join Fatih Project

IT giant Microsoft is very keen to get into Turkey according to the latest announcement from Turkish Science and Technology Minister Nihat Ergün. Ergün has told how Microsoft has bolstered an early pledge to take part in its Fatih program – an education system built around tablet computers – adding...

Posted on 26 February 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

2013 Predictions for the Turkish Property Market

Increased competition from foreign sellers will be a feature of the 2013 Turkish property market, as owners are continually hammered by the depression of the Euro and global financial crisis, the head of a Turkish real estate group has told the Hürriyet Daily News. “I expect a boost in real...

Posted on 16 February 2013

Istanbul’s Ancient City Walls May Be Restored as Tourist Draw

Istanbul's ancient city walls were first built by Constantine the great, and were originally 26 km long, but today just 7 km remain. In the past these walls haven't been adequately maintained, and now need protection quite urgently. It's thought if they were properly restored they could prove to be...

Posted on 14 February 2013

Turkey Implementing $5 Billion Smart Grid Plan

Turkey is planning to spend $5 billion on smart power grids during the next three years in an effort to boost network efficiency, but this plan should also boost ties with the US. It's been predicted that closer cooperation will develop between the Turkish government and energy companies, and the...

Posted on 12 February 2013

Demand for Clean Energy in Turkey Set to Increase

It's expected that demand for clean energy in Turkey will increase substantially over the next two years in spite of slowing economic growth. The deputy energy minister, Hasan Murat Mercan has estimated that Turkey needs to spend around $10 billion on generating new power each year for the next decade....

Posted on 08 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