Analyses

How Universities on Cyprus Have Joined the Human Trafficking Game – InfoMigrants

Even though the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has a population of merely 326,000, it boasts 21 universities which are largely only recognised by itself and by its big brother, Turkey.

The universities try to attract foreign students with degree programs, which often only serve as a pretext to get people much closer to the external borders of the EU.

Some Turkish Banks Are Now Literally Giving Out Free Money – BNN Bloomberg

Asli Kandemir and Beril Akman, Bloomberg News The cost of commercial loans in Turkey fell below the interest rates on lira deposits for the first time since 2019, as the world’s most aggressive easing cycle and new regulations make loans for businesses cheaper. Nice Credit If You Can Get It in Turkey’s Micromanaged Economy The …

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Sisi said ‘stop’ to Blue Homeland in the eastern Mediterranean – Turkish Minute

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s warm handshake with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is likely to accelerate the process launched in 2021 to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries, which had been downgraded to the level of chargé d’affaires in 2013. However, el-Sisi …

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Secretive Gulf Family’s $300 Billion Fortune Is About More Than Oil – Bloomberg.com

The Al Nahyan family owns Manchester City Football Club, a dozen or so palaces and invested big in SpaceX and Savage X Fenty. In a region where opulence is on full display, Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan keeps a low profile belying his importance. That doesn’t stop the whispers about the Abu Dhabi royal, who’s also …

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The Turkish connection: How Erdoğan’s confidant helped Iran finance terror – POLITICO

Sıtkı Ayan, the businessman helping Tehran sell oil, has so far dodged US sanctions. On March 22 of 2021, several of the world’s most dangerous men descended on Beirut’s historic seaside Summerland Hotel — not to swim in the Mediterranean or explore the sumptuous resort’s “Le Beach Pop Up,” but to talk Turkey. The meeting …

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Finland must lift arms embargo on Turkey, Ankara says – Reuters

Finland must lift an arms embargo on Ankara as a condition to securing support from Turkey for its NATO membership bid, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. Finland and Sweden both asked to join NATO this year in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but longtime member Turkey refused to endorse their …

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Friends of Orbán and Erdogan behind the Turkish purchases of the Hungarian Army – Atlatszo

In his 2013 speech in Tusványos, PM Viktor Orbán mentioned Turkey as an example of an illiberal democracy. Since then, Hungary has not only moved closer to Ankara in ideological terms, but trade between the two countries has also increased significantly. More recently, the Turks have also been involved in the development of the Hungarian …

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