I CAN'T IMAGINE AN EU WITHOUT TURKEY
Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Co-chair Helene Flautre reacted against Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy who objected Turkey's membership to the EU. Flautre said, "Turkey, which takes action in each crisis, is a chance for the EU. However, some rusty voices are running after scenarios. They are blocking Turkey for the sake of their domestic politics."
HERE'S THE SHIFT OF AXIS
The rebellion wave which covered the Arab world increased the importance of Turkey. According to political analysts, Turkey is the new leader of the Middle East. U.S. experts on Middle East say that the weakness of regime in Egypt strengthened Turkey's hand. Experts cannot predict the consequences of rebels, and they say, "there will certainly be a different Middle East. The country, which will gain from this, will be Turkey." Rebels in Tunisia and Egypt turned the routes of tourists to Turkey.
TREATMENT AGAINST ALCOHOL ADDICTION UP
The consumption of alcoholic beverages increased more than two times in the last six years in Turkey. The number of people, who applied to treatment centers against alcohol addiction, is also rising each year. The number of people who applied to Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center, or AMATEM, in 2004 was 11,000. It exceeded 107,000 in the end of 2009.
CULTURE CHANNEL EBRU TV ON AIR IN EUROPE
An inauguration ceremony took place in Germany for the Turkish Ebru TV channel which began broadcasting in German and English. Undersecretary of Hessen state defined Ebru TV as an impressing and bold step.
INTELLIGENCE HINTS SUSPECT IN HIGH COURT SHOOTING HAS BULGARIAN CONNECTION
A report by Turkey's National Intelligence Agency has revealed that the suspect in the shooting of a high court judge had taken the kill order from a retired Turkish colonel based in Bulgaria. Alparslan Arslan is charged with killing a judge and wounding others in a shootout at Turkey's top administrative court in May 2006. He is one of the suspects in the Ergenekon case.
MAJOR FDI INFLOW EXPECTED, TURKISH FINMIN SAYS
Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek on Saturday said international economic circles expected a major inflow of foreign direct investments into Turkey. "My impression from the Davos Forum is that a substantial amount of foreign direct investment inflow to Turkey is expected. There are very positive expectations about the Turkish economy and our economic policy is closely monitored," Simsek said in Davos, Switzerland.
MAIN OPPOSITION LEADER ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF HAVING CONNECTIONS TO HEZBOLLAH
Leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party on Saturday claimed to have obtained voice recordings which he said could prove his allegations that the ruling Justice and Development Party had engaged in cooperation with Hezbollah. "I have recordings of phone talks made with AK Party's provincial leaders. We cannot make them public because they were not recorded lawfully. But I will send them to the premier," Kemal Kilicdaroglu said.
TURKSTAT PUTS TURKEY VOTER NUMBER AT 51 MILLION
The number of voters in Turkey has reached 51 million, the country's statistics authority, TurkStat said. The number of total voters was 49.4 million last September when Turks went to polls in referendum over a draft of constitutional amendments. Turkey is set to vote in general elections next June.
POLITICAL PARTIES WAITING FOR YSK'S DECISION
According to the results of address-based 2010 population census which was announced by TurkStat, Turkey's population reached 73.7 million. The rise in population necessitates Higher Board of Election (YSK) to re-calculate the distribution of deputies to the provinces. Political parties are waiting TurkStat to release a definite list showing how many deputies can a province have. After TurkStat announced the results officially, YSK will also announce the number of deputies according to the provinces.
HE SHALL READ THE DECISION OF JURISDICTION
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, "I wish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shall read the court decision showing the organic connection between Mustazaf-Der (an association) and Hezbollah, and he shall ask his deputies why and how they cooperated with Hezbollah." Kilicdaroglu said that he would also send the voice recordings about Mustazaf-Der to prime minister.
ERDOGAN CALLS MAIN OPPOSITION LAWMAKERS "BANDITS"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan severely criticized a group of lawmakers from Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) who called on Turks to "take to the streets resist the government." "This is total irresponsibility. Are you bandits or what? Since when housing bandits and anarchy are the ways of the CHP? The irresponsible management by the CHP leadership has become a democracy question itself," Erdogan told a political rally on Saturday in Burdur province.
POLICE RECOVERS SECRET ACCOUNT BOOK FROM TURKISH DRUG LORD'S HOUSE
Anti-narcotics police have reportedly recovered an account book from the house of Turkish drug baron Abdullah Baybasin, who was detained on Friday after his 281 kilograms of cocaine was seized by the police. The book is believed to include Baybasin's ties with international drug networks. Police impounded the cocaine stash -- largest ever seized in Turkey -- in a ship that had set sail from Bolivia, carrying a decoy cargo of wooden tile planks.
MAIN OPPOSITION QUIT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE OVER DISPUTED REFORM IN HIGH COURTS
Members of the main opposition party with the Turkish parliament's justice committee resigned on Saturday after tensions heightened while discussing a bill that would increase the number of members of Turkey's High Court of Appeals and the Council of State, the top administrative court. It took the committee five hours just to pass the first provision of bill which prompted the committee head to limit individual speech time to five minutes and right to present an amendment proposal to one. Five members of the Republican People's Party stepped down as committee members upon a direct order from their leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
PREMIER LASHES OUT AT MAIN OPPOSITION
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday criticized the main opposition Republican People's Party, accusing some their members as "bandits." "Certain CHP lawmakers have released statements calling people to take to the streets and resist the government. This is outrageous. Are you bandits? Since when housing bandits, anarchy are the ways of the CHP?" Erdogan asked during a political rally in Burdur province.
CHP QUAKE IN COMMISSION
A "first" happened during the harsh debates on the draft, which envisions a change in the structure of Court of Appeals and Council of State, in Justice Commission of the Parliament. When the number of motions and the period of speeches of opposition were limited, members from Republican People's Party (CHP) collectively resigned from the commission. CHP members defended that the commission could not pursue its activities as there was a mass resignation. Another opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) members supported this thesis. However, members of ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party decided to continue, and adopted the draft swiftly.
ARE YOU BRIGANDS?
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly reacted against the declaration of ten deputies from Republican People's Party (CHP). Erdogan said, "they are calling neighborhoods for a resistance. Can there be such an irresponsibility and inconsiderateness? Are you brigands? Since when anarchy and brigandage have been the policy of CHP?"
NO WOMAN IN COMPANY MANAGEMENT
According to a research as "best companies for women" conducted by Forbes Turkey, there is no position for women in top seats and executive boards of the companies. The research also listed top 100 companies which are "women friendly".
IT'S LIKE A PASSAGEWAY, NOT A POLITICAL PARTY
Prime Minister & the chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly reacted the deputies of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) who called public for a resistance. He said, "are you brigands?" Speaking at an inauguration ceremony in southern province of Burdur, Erdogan said, "CHP deputies released a declaration. They called public for resistance street by street and neighborhood by neighborhood. What do you mean by resistance? Are you brigands? It (CHP) is like a passageway, not a political party. One, who wakes up early, releases a declaration in CHP."