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Economic Crisis Improves Relations Between Turkey and Greece

Historically relations between the Greek and Turkish nations have always been a little tense, but there is speculation that Greece’s recent economic woes may lead to something of a rapprochement between the two countries. Greece was quick to send aid to Turkey after the earthquake in the eastern province of...

Posted on 29 March 2012

Turkey Agrees FTA with Korea

Turkey and Korea have concluded talks on a bilateral free trade agreement, and the pact will now come into effect once it has been ratified by both parliaments. The deal was announced by President Lee Myung-bak and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when they met at Cheong Wa Dae...

Posted on 28 March 2012

It Really is a Special Time to Invest in Turkish Property

It really is a special time to invest in Turkish property. We can say that and you have every right to call us biased. However, I would challenge anyone, impartial, unbiased or otherwise to question our reasoning. It is like a perfect storm. A storm that has been brewing and...

Posted on 23 March 2012

Turkey and Venezuela Close to Oil for Homes Barter System

According to Mithat Cansiz, president of the Turkish Petroleum International Co Ltd (TPIC), Turkey is on the verge of agreeing a bartering arrangement with Venezuela. TPIC is an affiliate of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) which is run by the state. This innovative agreement would allow Turkish firms to construct...

Posted on 22 March 2012

How to Buy a Property in Turkey – Literally

In this credit crunched, anti-trust, risk averse world that we currently live and operate, it is extra nice when one of our customers writes in to tell us and the world just how satisfied they were with our service in buying a property in Turkey. "Excellent service from Spot blue...

Posted on 21 March 2012

Spot Blue Director on Panel at APITS Live

Those of you planning to attend the A Place in the Sun Live show this year may already know about the buying advice seminars being held this year -- a schedule of seminars giving advice on various aspects of buying property abroad --, but what you may not know is...

Posted on 16 March 2012

Istanbul is a City Undergoing Transformation

Beyoglu is one of Istanbul's oldest districts and is a romantic glimpse into the past of this ancient city. However Istanbul is changing fast in order to deal with the economic expansion of the country, and although some people may be worried it's losing its identity, it is becoming a...

Posted on 15 March 2012

All Turkish students to get free tablet PCs

Istanbul, 13 March 2012 - Turkey’s new education project to provide every elementary school student with tablet PCs and all classrooms with electronic boards should create a market of over 7 billion USD over the next 4 years according to Nihat Ergun, Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology. Called...

Posted on 13 March 2012

French company buys shares in Turkish airport operator

Istanbul, 12 March 2012 – Owners of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport operator, TAV Airports, has sold 38% to the French airport operator, French Aeroports de Paris, The total deal is worth over 870 million USD. TAV operates 10 airports, four in Turkey (Istanbul Ataturk, Izmir, Ankara and Gazipasa), two in Georgia,...

Posted on 12 March 2012

Urban Renewal Programme Under Starter’s Orders

Turkey is about to embark on a $100 billion urban renewal programme, which will reinforce or demolish buildings susceptible to earthquakes. It's due to begin in Istanbul in either April or May, and the transformation will encompass four major districts within the province. The bill for the project was recently...

Posted on 10 March 2012