EGF Turkey File, April 2011

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Insights into Turkish Domestic and International Politics

April 2011

Key Points:

  • Turkish leaders continue to navigate the ongoing "Arab Spring", this time as it moves to Turkish borders with protests engulfing Syria.
  • Turkey's record with press freedom remains under scrutiny, as the NGO, Journalists Without Borders, condemns the country in the run-up to the June 12 elections.
  • The political situation in Turkey's southeast remains volatile, with the Turkish military breaking up large scale protests by Kurdish demonstrators in the city of Hakkari on April 25
  • Suggestions by finance experts allude to the overheating of the Turkish economy, while the Turkish Central Bank's new head moves to quell such speculation.
  • The Turkish Prime Minister announces plans for an Istanbul canal that some experts say could replace the need for the country's participation in the EU-driven NABUCCO gas pipeline project
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