Loading…
You are here:  Home  >  Turkey

TR Business View All →

The decline of Turkish tourism major blow for economy

By   9 months ago

10.7 million less tourists in the first 11 months of 2016 Predictions are worse for 2017 According to official figures from the Turkish Ministry of Tourism, during the January -November 2016 period the drop in tourist arrivals reached 35%. Tour operators speak of a fall of over 45%, while after the December hits the drop […]

Read More →

New ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir expected to start in 2017

By   11 months ago

Greece and Turkey’s transport ministries are expected to sign in the following days a memorandum for a ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir, Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris said on Tuesday during a meeting of the city council. Boutaris said the new route could start in the first months of 2017 and will bring significant economic […]

Read More →

Shortage of tourists forces 600 shops to go out of business in Istanbul’s “Grand Bazaar”

By   12 months ago

Istanbul, October 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Major reduction of tourism in Turkey Similar problem in Beyoglu The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul – which is considered one of the most important tourist attractions as well as a history of 550 years and includes 3,600 shops – is facing a major crisis, as […]

Read More →

8000 companies are being investigated for affiliations with Gulen

By   1 year ago

Ankara, September 5, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis The Turkish State confiscated USD 4 billion-worth real-estate Gulen had activities everywhere The arrests of tens of thousands of Turkish citizens on suspicion and charges of being affiliated with the Islamic order of Imam Fethullah Gulen continues unabated. Gulen is being accused of having organized […]

Read More →

Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

By   1 year ago

Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

Read More →

Turkey third in the list of foreign investors in BiH

By   1 year ago

Sarajevo, August 9, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Mladen Dragojlovic Economic cooperation between BiH and Turkey is growing in the last several years and this country has become the third biggest foreign investors in BiH. Along with direct investment, Turkey is implementing various projects to support investments that will give impulse to production, and thus […]

Read More →

Turkish delegation in Gaza to discuss electricity crisis

By   1 year ago

Ankara, July 12, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency A delegation from Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Ministry is currently visiting the Gaza Strip to discuss means of meeting the coastal enclave’s demand for electricity. The visit came two weeks after Ankara and Tel Aviv agreed to normalize relations following a six-year hiatus. According to ministry […]

Read More →

Record traffic at Istanbul airports

By   1 year ago

Istanbul, July 12, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Construction of new airport continues The terrorist attack by three suicide bombers who struck at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport 15 days ago has stopped the airport braking another record. According to the Turkey Airports Management Service (DHMİ) on 10 July a total of 1443 […]

Read More →

TR Culture View All →

OP/ED: It’s a shame for living history to become the object of a statements war

By   1 year ago

Athens, June 9, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The nationalistic crowns on both sides at a time when Greece and Turkey are trying to overcome obsessions and centuries-old prejudices and open communication channels to settle their differences, the reading of the Koran after midnight in Hagia Sophia, has been converted in a war […]

Read More →

«The Eye of Istanbul» – Life and Photos of Ara Güler

By   1 year ago

Athens, May 12, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Athens, May 12, 2016. To the personality, work and course of the Turkish photographer Ara Güler referred the makers of the documentary «The Eye of Istanbul» at a press conference organized by the Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens, on […]

Read More →

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “The reopening of the theological school is a subject that ‘burns’ us”

By   2 years ago

Athens, October 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency “It is unthinkable to have been open during the Ottoman Empire era and be closed now”. By Manolis Kostidis His deep concern about the non-reopening of the Theological School of Halki expressed the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during his visit to the President of the Republic of Greece Prokopis […]

Read More →

Hugh Jackman says his grandfather was an Ottoman

By   3 years ago

Ankara, March 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos In an interview with the newspaper Hurriyet, Hugh Jackman said that his grandfather was an Ottoman and that “I could call myself a Turk”, since his grandfather immigrated to Australia not from Greece, but from the Ottoman lands. “My father and uncle went to […]

Read More →

Yaşar Kemal passed away

By   3 years ago

Ankara, March 1, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis He was considered the biggest litterateur in Turkey Passed away on Saturday afternoon at the age of 92 years the Kurdish Turkish writer Yasar Kemal. He might have been the greatest writer in Turkey. He was the first Turk to be proposed for the […]

Read More →

Important archeological discovery in Cappadocia

By   3 years ago

Ankara, January 6, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis One of the largest underground cities in the world was discovered Turkish archeologists refer to the discovery as the largest underground city in the world, dating 5000 years. This city was discovered in Cappadocia completely by chance, during the demolition of a buildings from […]

Read More →

Turkish Embassy in Athens Inaugurates Culture and Tourism Office

By   3 years ago

Ankara, December 10, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis The inauguration of the Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens was held Saturday, December 6, 2014 in the presence of Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik and Minister of Tourism Mr. Olga Kefalogianni, on the […]

Read More →

Ottoman language and writing teaching plan brings reactions in Turkey

By   3 years ago

Ankara, December 8, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency “They are turning Turkey into a medieval country”, says the opposition “Some are allergic to the Ottoman language”, answers Davutoglu By Manolis Kostidis Major discussions and reactions has caused in Turkey the government’s plan to integrate in the educational programmes the Οttoman language and writing. The issue […]

Read More →

TR Energy View All →

What’s the deal with the Turkish-Russian cooperation

By   12 months ago

Ankara, October 14, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis It was November 2015 when Turkish F-16 fighters shoot down a Russian Su-25 in an area near the border with Syria and the developments that followed had brought the Russian-Turkish relations to the nadir. No one at the time could have imagined that Recep Tayip […]

Read More →

Erdogan-Putin meeting in Istanbul aimed at developing Turkish-Russian cooperation

By   12 months ago

Ankara, October 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Energy, Syria, weapon systems in the agenda For the third time in two months President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Vladimir Putin, showing that between Ankara and Russia there is something more than a mere restoration of relations. It is no coincidence that the […]

Read More →

Putin relents on South Stream as Erdogan offers Turkish Stream promises

By   1 year ago

Sofia, August 10, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to soften his position on the prospect of reviving the South Stream gas pipeline project after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even as the latter promised to begin construction on the […]

Read More →

Turkish delegation in Gaza to discuss electricity crisis

By   1 year ago

Ankara, July 12, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency A delegation from Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Ministry is currently visiting the Gaza Strip to discuss means of meeting the coastal enclave’s demand for electricity. The visit came two weeks after Ankara and Tel Aviv agreed to normalize relations following a six-year hiatus. According to ministry […]

Read More →

Erdogan apologizes to Putin for the downing of the Russian warplane

By   1 year ago

Ankara, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Turkey is changing its foreign policy On Monday afternoon, in a surprise announcement, the Kremlin announced that Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Vladimir Putin in which he apologized for the shooting down of the Russian warplane in November 2015, in the border region […]

Read More →

Turkey-Israel announce the normalization of their relations

By   1 year ago

Ankara, June 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Syria and the transport of Israeli gas to Europe the real reasons that brought the deal In the most official way Israel and Turkey announced the agreement, which will lead to the normalization of the two countries’ relations. Turkish Prime minister Binali Yildirim stated that […]

Read More →

Israel – Turkey close to signing cooperation Agreement

By   1 year ago

Ankara, June 21, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Hurriyet reveals the draft of the agreement Ankara-Tel Aviv negotiations concerning the normalization of the two countries’ relations have been officially concluded. Turkey launches a new era in its foreign policy in order to reduce tension with Israel and Russia, since as a result of […]

Read More →

Erdogan makes U-turn in the relations with Russia and Isreal

By   1 year ago

Ankara, June 17, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Once again friends with Moscow and Isreal? Important changes are coming in Turkey’s foreign policy, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan leading the country to realism, as it is widely accepted that that there isn’t a neighbouring country with which Ankara does not have problems and conflicts. […]

Read More →

TR Finance View All →

Turkish Central Bank fights to arrest lira’s fall

By   9 months ago

The Central Bank has responded to the Turkish Lira’s historic plunge by cutting forex required reserves, in a move adding $1.5 billion in liquidity to the financial system, vowing additional steps if necessary. The statement helped stem some of the lira’s losses, although analysts said more must follow to back the struggling currency. The lira […]

Read More →

UNHCR: Faster movement of people from Greek islands to mainland essential

By   9 months ago

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is reiterating its call to accelerate the moving of asylum-seekers from the Aegean islands to the Greek mainland states the announcement. The Agency states that “even with recent efforts to improve matters, conditions at many sites on the islands remain very poor.” The drop in temperature over the past […]

Read More →

Erdogan Uncovers plans for new Monetary System with Russia, China and Iran

By   10 months ago

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan uncovered a plan for the creation of a new monetary system other than that of the Euro and the dollar. The Turkish president asked Turkish citizens to convert their dollars into Turkish lira and support the national currency, in a speech he made in the city of Kayseri on Saturday. […]

Read More →

New ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir expected to start in 2017

By   11 months ago

Greece and Turkey’s transport ministries are expected to sign in the following days a memorandum for a ferry link between Thessaloniki and Izmir, Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris said on Tuesday during a meeting of the city council. Boutaris said the new route could start in the first months of 2017 and will bring significant economic […]

Read More →

Moody’s downgrades Turkey

By   12 months ago

Ankara, September 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Manolis Kostidis Moody’s: “Turkey inappropriate for investment” There is deep concern in Turkey after the downgrading of the country by Moody’s, which brings Turkish bonds at the level of “garbage”. This particular investment agency downgraded the creditworthiness of Turkey in the category of “inappropriate for investment”, citing […]

Read More →

Turkey unveils 3rd Bosphorus bridge

By   1 year ago

Istanbul, August 26, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By AA A third bridge spanning Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway opened Friday with a ceremony attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. “We are connecting continents,” Erdogan said. “We are celebrating together and we are very proud of it. The nation deserves this. With […]

Read More →

National lottery sold for one Euro. Purchased also the losses worth 6.5 million Euros

By   1 year ago

Tirana, 18 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani National lottery, which has the exclusive rights for the gambling games has been sold for one Euro. If the debts are included  the business will loses in its sale. The Competition Authority notifies that 100 percent of the capital of the company  Albanisch Österreichische Holding […]

Read More →

Significant Euro devaluation in Albania, the lowest level ever in the last six years

By   1 year ago

Tirana 16 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Edison Kurani The common European currency is undergoing a progressive devaluation and the Bank of Albania seems unable to refrain the occurrence as it did in previous years. The average current exchange rate is one Euro equal to 135 Lek, the lowest value in at least the […]

Read More →

TR Politics View All →

Yildirim: We cannot combat terrorists with the help of terrorists

By   7 months ago

  Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim met with US Vice President Mike Pence during the Munich Security Conference in Germany. The Turkish Prime Minister stated that Ankara made it clear that it will participate in all operations against the Islamic State. “In the way we have supported the Free Syrian Army we will continue to […]

Read More →

Trump declares war on Media – What has changed

By   7 months ago

  Barely a month into his duties as President of the United States, Donald Trump has declared war on the media accusing them of being liars and enemies of the American people. In recent years the media have been the target of various leaders, not only of authoritarian regimes but also of countries with deep […]

Read More →

Soros and Gulen “enemies” of the Balkans?

By   7 months ago

  With an article entitled ”Soros the Balkans’ favourite enemy” Deutsche Welle (DW) refers to the activities of the Hungarian-American investor in the Balkans and to the “strange” NGO’s active in the region and funded by him. According to DW Balkan countries are increasingly prone to totalitarianism. But the absurdity of the whole matter is […]

Read More →

AKP, MHP signal joint campaign for referendum

By   7 months ago

  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have signaled a joint campaign in the upcoming referendum on whether to shift Turkey to an executive presidential system. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said the AKP and the MHP could take part in joint activities for the upcoming referendum, while […]

Read More →

Council of State plenary to discuss if Turkey is considered safe third country

By   7 months ago

  According to the rulings of the 7-member composition of the D’ Department of the Council of State, Turkey is considered a safe country for refugees to return to as the neighboring country has ratified the Geneva Convention. However, the issue was referred to the plenary of the Council of State due to its high […]

Read More →

Turkish President Erdoğan pays Umrah visit in Saudi Arabia

By   7 months ago

  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan conducted the Umrah while in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. Erdoğan visited the al-Masjid an-Nabawi, a religious site that includes Prophet Muhammad’s grave in Medina. Erdoğan subsequently traveled to Mecca, where he visited the Masjid al-Haram late on Feb. 15. Erdoğan and an accompanying […]

Read More →

AKP demands resignation of party official who said ‘prepare for civil war’ if constitution vote fails

By   7 months ago

  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has demanded the resignation of the party’s Manisa provincial deputy head, Ozan Erdem, following his remarks warning of a civil war if the government-supported constitutional amendments fail to receive approval in the upcoming referendum. Speaking at a conference organized by the party’s Soma district youth branch on […]

Read More →

Turkish military officers are requesting asylum all over Europe

By   7 months ago

Television host laid off for saying he will vote “NO” in the referendum The number of Turkish military officers serving abroad and seek asylum in European countries continues to grow. Fearful of being tried in Turkey on charges of having affiliations with the Islamic order Hizmet of Imam Fethullah Gulen. According to Turkish media, 86 […]

Read More →

TR Social View All →

Trump declares war on Media – What has changed

By   7 months ago

  Barely a month into his duties as President of the United States, Donald Trump has declared war on the media accusing them of being liars and enemies of the American people. In recent years the media have been the target of various leaders, not only of authoritarian regimes but also of countries with deep […]

Read More →

AKP, MHP signal joint campaign for referendum

By   7 months ago

  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have signaled a joint campaign in the upcoming referendum on whether to shift Turkey to an executive presidential system. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said the AKP and the MHP could take part in joint activities for the upcoming referendum, while […]

Read More →

AKP demands resignation of party official who said ‘prepare for civil war’ if constitution vote fails

By   7 months ago

  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has demanded the resignation of the party’s Manisa provincial deputy head, Ozan Erdem, following his remarks warning of a civil war if the government-supported constitutional amendments fail to receive approval in the upcoming referendum. Speaking at a conference organized by the party’s Soma district youth branch on […]

Read More →

Turkish military officers are requesting asylum all over Europe

By   7 months ago

Television host laid off for saying he will vote “NO” in the referendum The number of Turkish military officers serving abroad and seek asylum in European countries continues to grow. Fearful of being tried in Turkey on charges of having affiliations with the Islamic order Hizmet of Imam Fethullah Gulen. According to Turkish media, 86 […]

Read More →

Turkish authorities arrest 280 Pilots

By   8 months ago

  A series of arrests against pilots of the Turkish Air Force is sending shock waves through Turkey. According to turkish newspaper Hurriyet, following investigations which began at the Konya airbase, operations by Turkish police were initiated in several turkish cities. There were 280 pilots arrested on accusations for participating in the attempted coup, and […]

Read More →

Turkey’s loss of wetlands exceeds size of Marmara over last 60 years: Report

By   8 months ago

Turkey has lost wetland areas totaling 1.5 times the surface area of the Marmara Sea in the last 60 years, the Nature Foundation revealed in a study on Feb. 2, noting that there was little optimism that current measures would prevent further losses. The study showed that in the last 60 years, around 2 million […]

Read More →

Turkish Squadron Leader arrested after Akar visit to Imia

By   8 months ago

The arrest of Squadron Leader Bilgehan Bülbül demonstrates the fact that the Turkish Armed Forces are facing serious problems and that there is a serious issue of mistrust at all levels within the Armed Forces. Bülbül was accompanying the leader of the Turkish Armed Forces in a visit to the Aksaz base and was with […]

Read More →

Artificial islands to be built in Marmara Sea, Black Sea with Kanal Istanbul land

By   8 months ago

Three artificial islands will be built in the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea with excavation from the construction of Istanbul’s controversial Kanal Istanbul project, aiming to build a “second Bosphorus,” daily Habertürk reported on Jan. 31. Some 2.7 billion cubic meters of excavated land will be moved during the construction of Kanal Istanbul, which […]

Read More →

TR Sports View All →

Beşiktaş hits back from three behind to hold Benfica

By   10 months ago

Beşiktaş hit back from three goals behind at halftime, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes, to force a 3-3 draw with Benfica in an enthralling Champions League game on Nov. 23. The Portuguese champion raced to a 3-0 lead in 31 minutes, helped by a sublime effort from Nelson Semedo and a bizarre goal […]

Read More →

USD 500 mln for the rights of the Turkish Football League  

By   10 months ago

Digiturk trusted the Turkish economy Digital television Digitürk has offered the record amount of USD 500 million for the rights of the Turkish football league in the next five years. The tender, which was conducted by the Football Federation of the country (Turkiye Futbol Federasyonu) concerned the season 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Digiturk, […]

Read More →

Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   1 year ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

Read More →

Judoka Velenšek wins medal against all odds

By   1 year ago

Ljubljana, August 12, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Slovenian judoka Ana Velenšek is being praised for winning the bronze medal in the women’s 78kg category in in Rio against all odds as she had suffered a serious knee injury ahead of the competition and her appearance was even put under a question mark. “What I’m experiencing […]

Read More →

Euro 2016: Three defeats and a victory for the Balkan teams

By   1 year ago

Athens, June 13, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris France – Romania 2-1 Romania failed to overcome the obstacle of the hostess and lost to France in the Euro premiere 2-1. Dimitri Payet was the protagonist of the Euro 2016 premiere, who with an incredible goal in the 89 ‘gave the victory 2-1 to […]

Read More →

Turkey was undone by Lithuania

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Turkey was disqualified from the semi-finals of the World Basketball Cup of Spain by Lithuania, which won with 73-61, in the first of the tournament’s quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals Lithuania will clash with the USA. For the team of Jonas Kazlauskas, Seibutis scored 19 points, followed by Pocius with 13 and […]

Read More →

Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey to the quarterfinals of the World Basketball Cup

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The Balkan civil war ended with an easy victory of Serbia against Greece with 90-72, while Slovenia and Turkey follow Serbia in the quarterfinals. Slovenia – Dominican Republic 71-61 Slovenia qualified to the quarterfinals of the World Basketball Cup in Spain after beating the Dominican Republic with 71-61. The big favorite […]

Read More →

Basketball World Cup – Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey progress to knockout phase

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Greece-Argentina 79-71 The “saga” of the Greek national basketball team at the World Cup in Spain continues. The “blue and white” armada of Fotis Katsikaris defeated Argentina by 79-71, reached five wins in as many games and completed their obligations by finishing top of Group B’. In the phase of “16”, […]

Read More →