Turkey

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential election

Erdogan lined up for victory in presidential polls

Frontline Club – 25 July 2014 Turkey’s prime minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan will win next month’s presidential elections and become the country’s first directly elected president, according to a panel of experts assembled at the Frontline Club on 22 July 2014.

Turkey is leveraging its trade advantage

Turkey is focused on expanding its trade with the Middle East to offset the downturn in the economies of Europe. But imports are growing faster, creating a widening trade deficit The Turkish lands have been the lynchpin of trade between Europe and Asia, ever since the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 sealed the shift in [...]

Turkey’s leaders consolidate backing

Under its ruling party, Turkey has enjoyed unprecedented political stability and economic growth. But unrest in Syria will test the government’s foreign policies The third consecutive victory of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the parliamentary elections on 12 June this year was no surprise. Since coming to power in 2002, the moderate [...]


Turkey: A strategic route for energy

Turkey is making the most of its geographical location between the energy-rich Middle East and Central Asia region and consumers in Europe Compared with its Middle East neighbours, Turkey’s oil and gas resources are negligible. According to the US government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2009, Turkey produced an average of just 53,000 barrels a [...]

Turkey is turning towards the East

A lack of progress on accession to the EU in recent years has seen Ankara increasingly emphasise its ties with its Muslim neighbours As one of the few countries in the world that can claim to span two continents, the question of whether Turkey’s identity lies with Europe or with the Middle East has become [...]