GOOD NEWS FROM ECONOMY: WE GREW 11.7 P.C.
Turkey's economy had a high growth in the first quarter of 2010, thanks to the recovery in industry and trade. Turkey, which is among the first countries that overcome the economic crisis, overtook Europe, and came the second among G-20 countries behind China. Turkey topped the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries with its growth rate.
WE WILL DEFEAT TERRORISM WITH DEMOCRACY
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said terrorism could be eradicated with more democracy, not with more bans or emergency rule.
ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT MADE WORLD JEALOUS
The Turkish economy grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010. This growth figure was the second biggest one in G-20 after that of China. Turkey was the fastest growing country among 31 members of OECD. According to economists, Turkey's growth figure is an indication that Turkey survived the global financial crisis.
TURKEY & INDONESIA SIGN AGREEMENTS, PLAN TO INCREASE ANNUAL TRADE VOLUME TO $10 BLN
Coming together at the Turkey-Indonesia Business Forum in Istanbul, President Abdullah Gul and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono decided to increase the annual trade volume between the two countries to 10 billion USD. Turkey and Indonesia signed seven separate agreements at the Forum on construction of airport, energy, industry, mining, multimedia, geothermal and agricultural fields.
GROWTH OF AXIS
Turkey is reaping the fruits of a foreign economic policy that targeted alternative markets. Focusing on Asia, the Middle East and Eurasian markets following the global crisis and visa liberalization with various countries boosted Turkish exports and economy. The Turkish economy grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010.
TURKISH AIRLINES SURPRISING CHAMPION OF EXPORTS
Economy magazine Fortune announced the top 500 companies of Turkey. Turkish Airlines (THY) was listed as the company that increased sales the most in Turkey. THY was listed as the champion of exports in Turkey.
EU OPENS TALKS ON FOOD CHAPTER, "KOKOREC" TO BE DISCUSSED
Spain opened accession negotiations with Turkey on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy chapter on the last day of its European Union (EU) presidency. Within the framework of the chapter, Turkey will withdraw unsafe food and medicine from the market. Fishing boats will comply with hygienic rules. "Kokorec", grilled sheep's intestines, will not be banned as long as they are hygienic.
PLUNDER WITH TWO KURUS
The secret connections of Ankara Police Chief Orhan Ozdemir are being dissolved. Two years ago, two companies submitted bids for a tender to award cleaning services of the Police Department. Chief Ozdemir opened the secret envelopes and informed Turker Horoz, a businessman from the central province of Kayseri, about the bids. A company named ILTA submitted a bid two kurus lower than its rival, and won the tender at 473,000 Turkish liras (TL). It has been revealed that Horoz won 11 tenders in two years.
BIGGEST TUPRAS, MOST LUCRATIVE BOTAS
The Fortune magazine made public the top 500 companies in Turkey. Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (Tupras) topped the list in 2009, like in 2008. Turkish Airlines (THY) which moved up one step in the list became the Turkish company that had the highest foreign sales, whereas Turk Telekom was the company that employed the most. Petroleum Pipeline Corporation (Botas) broke a record with 4.4 billion TL of profit.
TURKISH ARMED FORCES TO BE SEMI-PROFESSIONAL, GONUL
Minister of National Defense Vecdi Gonul said that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will be formed of conscript soldiers and professional soldiers. Thus, according to Gonul, the TSK will be semi-professional. "We have not yet determined what the final shape of the TSK would be. Both the General Staff and we are working on the TSK's new format," Gonul stressed.
"EXTRADITE OR TRY IN COURT"
Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek made a call on the European Union (EU) and Iraq to either "extradite or try in court" the terrorists. Turkey has given a list of terrorists to Iraqi authorities and waits for the extradition of the terrorists, Cicek underlined. We want more than just intelligence sharing in the fight against terror, Cicek also said.
CHP LEADER: GIRLS TO GO TO UNIVERSITIES WITH HEADSCARVES
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said that his party would assume a "new leftist" approach. Asked if "girls wearing headscarves could go to universities", Kilicdaroglu gave a clear answer: "We will provide everyone with education opportunities. We will create social support and solve this problem."
Kilicdaroglu spoke to daily Radikal, and referred to Kurdish problem and headscarf ban. The CHP leader said they would also solve the Kurdish problem. "There is not any understanding that rejects the private sector today, and therefore we are backing 'social market economy'. Employees and employers are no more at opposite poles," he also said.
11.7 P.C. GROWTH IN FIRST THREE MONTHS
Turkey's economy, which had one of the most serious shrinkage of its history in the first quarter of 2009 with 14.5 percent, recovered in the same period of 2010. Turkey grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010. The "base effect" caused by last year's shrinkage has a great share in this current growth figure.
IN HONOR OF POPE FROM AYKAL
Gurer Aykal of Turkey conducted a concert given in honor of Pope Benedict XVI by European Symphony Orchestra. Rome's Mayor Gianni Alemanno, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's deputy Gianni Letta and Cardinal Agostino Vallini also listened to the concert.
SURPRISING CONTACT CAUSES CRISIS
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a secret meeting with Benjamin Ben Elizier, the minister of industry, trade and labor who is a moderate member of the Israeli government, in Switzerland, causing a crisis.
The first face-to-face meeting between ministers of Turkey and Israel that took place after the Israeli raid on aid flotilla aimed to ease the tension, however it caused crisis in Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman strongly criticized the meeting, and said he had not been informed about the meeting.
MAYOR THROWS STONE IN WELL
Rize Mayor Halil Bakirci laid down a proposal to "marry a second woman from the Southeast to solve the Kurdish problem", whereas the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) strongly reacted to it. The ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party launched an investigation into Bakirci's statement. BDP MP Akin Birdal said, "he (Bakirci) should take the first step, he should divorce his wife and marry another woman from the region."
DAVUTOGLU AND ISRAELI MINISTER HOLD SECRET MEETING IN BRUSSELS
An interesting development took place in Turkey-Israel relations after relations were strained following Israel's attack on ships carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31. As the two sides continue to accuse each other, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin "Fuad" Ben Eliezer held a secret meeting in Brussels. Neither the Turkish cabinet nor the Israeli one was informed about Davutoglu-Eliezer meeting in Brussels. According to Israeli sources, the meeting took place upon Turkey's request and was informal. Davutoglu and Ben Eliezer discussed how the tension in relations could be eradicated.
TURKEY HAS SECOND BIGGEST GROWTH RATE IN G-20
The Turkish economy grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010. This amount was the second biggest growth rate among G-20 countries. The income per capita in Turkey was 9,066 USD in this quarter.
TURKEY = 23 EUROPE
Turkey's economy, which grew 11.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010, became the top economy in Europe and the fifth in the world. Turkey's growth rate is more than 23-folds of that of Europe. Turkey came the second among the G-20, the league of richest countries, behind China. Turkey reached two-digit growth figure for the first time in six years. Wholesale and retail industries grew 22.4 percent, and the construction industry grew 8 percent in the first quarter.
FOOD CHAPTER OPENS, ONE MORE STEP TAKEN ON ROAD TO EU
The European Union (EU) opened accession negotiations with Turkey on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy chapter. Thus, Turkey has opened negotiations with the EU on 13 chapters out of 35 since October 2005.
SECRET SUMMIT AT HOTEL
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israel's Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Elizier had a secret meeting in a hotel suit in Brussels. A surprising development occurred in Turkish-Israeli relations, which were about to break after Israel's attack on aid ship "Mavi Marmara" killing nine Turks.
Davutoglu and Ben Elizier had a meeting that lasted more than two hours. The first head-to-head contact after the raid caused a crisis in the Israeli government. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized the meeting.
SECRET OF SOLUTION IS DIGNIFIED DIALOGUE
Priest Alec Reid, who made terrorist organization IRA to lay down arms, spoke to daily Sabah and told about the negotiation process that brought peace to Northern Ireland.
78-year-old Reid, living in Ireland, said they made IRA and ETA to lay down arms through "dialogue." Reid said all clashes in Ireland, Spain and the Middle East could be ended only through negotiations with the concerned parties. The priest proposed to find at least two or three points on which parties could agree, to behave honestly, not to have a secret agenda, and to be patient.
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