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Briefing on the Istanbul airport strikes

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20 September 2018 Worker protests at the new Istanbul airport highlight the nature of the political and economic challenges facing the Turkish government   Workers have briefly halted construction at Istanbul’s new airport amid complaints of dangerous working conditions The airport is one of several flagship ‘mega-projects’ facing an uncertain future following a recent government […]

Clive Efford MP’s Message of Support for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

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“CEFTUS plays an essential role in providing expert and non-partisan information and analysis on Turkish affairs. It brings together an unrivalled array of stakeholders and specialists in Turkish politics, history and culture – providing a bridge not only between the UK and Turkey but also between the Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot communities who make […]

Catherine West MP’s Message of Support for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

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“CEFTUS is a fantastic organisation, which enriches the public discourse on Turkish affairs. Drawing together experts and stakeholders, their forums and events are brilliant places to deepen one’s understanding of Turkish politics, culture, economy and history.” (13)

Briefing on the changes at Cumhuriyet newspaper

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13 September 2018 Changes at Cumhuriyet newspaper reflect Turkey’s shifting political landscape The new executive board of Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s last remaining independent outlets, have removed the newspaper’s editor-in-chief alongside several high-profile members of staff The move has empowered more secular-nationalist inclined figures at the newspaper at the cost of liberal-leftists The changes reflect […]

Briefing on growing UK – Turkey relations

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06 September 2018 The UK is fast becoming Turkey’s most important Western ally The City of London could face serious challenges from a crisis to Turkey’s banking system, making the UK government a potentially crucial ally as Ankara seeks to secure financial assistance from the EU At the same time, the recent confrontation with the […]

Briefing on Syria and the limits of Turkey – Russia relations

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30 August 2018 Developments in Syria are exposing the potential limits of the Turkey – Russia relationship Turkey is seeking to consolidate its influence in north-west Syria, where it has taken responsibility for the remaining areas under rebel control Russia has indicated it will support an offensive to bring the territory back under the Assad […]

John Spellar MP’s Message of Support for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

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“The Centre for Turkey Studies is a hugely valuable source of information for those interested in Turkey and the region. They regularly give voice to a plurality of expert opinions – going further than most in explaining key developments. It is relied upon as a trusted source of information by many MPs including myself and […]

Paul Maskey MP’s Message of Support for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

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”On behalf of the Sinn Féin MP Team, comhghairdeas to CEFTUS on its 7th Anniversary. My colleagues and I wish to recognise the valuable work that CEFTUS provides in monitoring the integrity of democratic institutions and freedoms in Turkey. At the beginning of this year I was in Ankara as part of an international delegation […]

Mary Lou McDonald TD’s Message of Support for CEFTUS 7th Anniversary

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”May I congratulate CEFTUS on its 7th Anniversary and for the work it does to promote and uphold human rights and equality for all Turkish, Turkish-Cypriot, and Kurdish citizens. CEFTUS provides a positive and open forum for meaningful and inclusive debate. Our experience of the Irish peace process leads us to believe that inclusive dialogue, […]