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Briefing on German – Turkey relations

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04 October 2018 German – Turkey relations have thawed as Ankara looks to offset the row with the US and the threat of economic crisis  President Erdogan has led a state visit to Germany as his government seeks European support to stabilise its economy German-Turkish relations have been at an all-time low in recent years […]

Briefing on the Turkey-Russia agreement on Idlib

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27 September 2018 Compromise over Idlib points towards continued Turkey-Russia cooperation in Syria Turkish lobbying has postponed a Russian-backed assault on the Syrian opposition’s last stronghold in Idlib The agreement runs against Russia’s commitment to bring all Syrian territory back under the Assad regime’s control but places potentially tough conditions on Turkey’s relationship with local […]

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 […]

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 […]

Briefing on EU-Turkey relations after the US crisis

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23 August 2018 Turkey is looking to Europe to offset the economic impact of the crisis with the US Turkey is seeking to decrease its dependence on the West But the EU remains crucial to the prospects of the Turkish economy The crisis with the US has therefore created the opportunity to renew Turkey-EU relations […]