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CEFTUS briefing on the politics of Turkey’s religious authority

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15 November 2018 A dispute involving Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs has highlighted the government’s difficulty in balancing the country’s religious and nationalist currents The head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs has faced calls to resign amid claims he disrespected the country’s secularist founder, Kemal Ataturk The religious authority has long been used for […]

CEFTUS briefing on Turkey and US sanctions on Iran

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08 November 2018 Turkey is unwilling to downgrade ties with Iran even as it seeks to rebuild its relationship with the US Turkey has successfully lobbied to be included among the countries granted a 180-day exemption from US sanctions on Iran Ankara – Tehran relations are underpinned by Turkey’s reliance on Iranian energy imports Turkey […]

CEFTUS briefing on tensions in Turkey’s ruling alliance

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01 November 2018 Amid the focus on the Khashoggi controversy, the Turkish government’s ruling alliance is weakening A recent court decision to overturn the removal of Turkey’s secular-nationalist oath from schools shows the limits of the government’s influence over the judiciary The ruling Justice and Development Party has found itself at odds with its coalition […]

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 […]