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Hurriyet Daily News: Bulgaria Likely Option for TurkStream 2nd Route

Turkey will transform from an end user to an intermediate user with the commissioning of the second line of the TurkStream natural gas project, while eliminating transit risks through Ukraine, Volkan Özdemir, head of the Ankara-based Institute for Energy Markets and Policies (EPPEN), said in an interview with Anadolu Agency, quoted by Hurriyet Daily News. 

European Council Adopts 2019 Catch Limits for Black Sea Fisheries of Bulgaria and Romania

Next year Bulgarian and Romanian fishermen in the Black Sea will be able to continue fishing at the same levels as in 2018.

The Council today adopted a regulation setting the 2019 catch limits for the commercially most important fish stocks in the Black Sea. The regulation affects Bulgaria and Romania.

US official: Turkey is 'indispensable' for Washington

Turkey is "indispensable" for the United States, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell told Kathimerini on Dec. 15 in Washington, a day after a U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue meeting.

Turkey's budget records $1.4 bln surplus in November

Turkey's central government budget balance posted a surplus of 7.57 billion Turkish liras ($1.4 billion) in November, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on Dec. 17.

Turkey's short-term external debt stock dropped in October

Turkey's short-term external debt stock — debt that must be paid in the next 12 months — dropped by 1.7 percent from the end of 2017 to $116.6 billion in October, the Turkish Central Bank reported on Dec. 17.

Industrial production in Turkey declined 5.7 percent in October

Turkey's industrial production that fell 2.4 percent in September decreased by 5.7 percent in October compared with same month of previous year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said on Dec. 17.

Charging for plastic bags will increase awareness: WWF official

The government decision to charge for plastic bags beginning Jan 1, 2019 will be important in terms of raising awareness on the need to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags, according to the general manager of WWF Turkey.

Trump working on Gülen's extradition, Turkey says

United States President Donald Trump has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that his administration is working on the extradition of Fethullah Gülen, the mastermind of July 2016 coup attempt, the Turkish foreign minister said, informing about an ongoing FBI probe on FETÖ's tax evasion.

Terrorists being buried in trenches they dig: Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 16 reiterated his firm stance against terrorism and criticized the main opposition for calling the people to streets.