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BLOG: The smallest room can be the biggest challenge

Reading this website you might expect a deep analysis of politics, or perhaps a serious look at the interest rates. Well not today.... 

Today we are taking a look at a simple challenge but one that almost every foreigner in the country has to deal with. One that involves that smallest room in the house and creates one of the biggest challenges to overcome for foreigners. 

Questions linger over science watchdog's 'montage report'

An opposition MP has included in his parliamentary question the claims that the Turkish government "pressured and threatened" Turkey's science watchdog TÜBİTAK for an expert report to conclude that the leaked voice recordings allegedly belonging to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “were montage."

Turkey, US to hold talks on regional, bilateral issues

High-level Turkish and American diplomats will hold meetings in Washington Monday and Tuesday to exchange views about bilateral, regional and global issues, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on June 7.

Turkey to open first embassy to Pacific islands

Turkey is planning to open its first diplomatic representation in the Pacific Islands, the foreign minister has said, vowing that the country’s interest to the region will continue to increase.

Turkish Presidency 101

Anyone, but anyone, who will run for office for the position of the President of the Republic of Turkey should take this exam and be able to pass it. The passing grade is 91 percent. There might be a second test. The exam duration is seven years.

Right on target in Okmeydanı, the field of archery

Istanbul’s Okmeydanı neighborhood has recently become synonymous for battles between police and leftists in contemporary Turkey, but it was once the favorite place for the Ottomans to practice their target skills Once upon a time many centuries ago, the hills and slopes of the area known today as Okmeydanı were covered in trees, bushes and meadows.

In Cyprus negotiations, this time it’s different

The leaders of both Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus recently signed a joint declaration committing themselves to a confederation of two federal states. Thus the Cyprus negotiations restarted. That is better than the alternative. But there is reason to look beyond the usual pessimism of Cyprus watchers. I think this round is truly set to be different. Let me explain why.

Why there is now hope for Cyprus

The Chambers of Commerce from Turkey, Greece and Turkish and Greek Cyprus announced the creation of the joint commerce forum, namely the “Nicosia Economic Forum,” last Monday in Cyprus. This was their first meeting since 1974.

Islam vs pluralism and democracy?

Hayrettin Karaman, professor emeritus of Islamic law and columnist for daily Yeni Şafak, is an important figure in Turkey. He is known to be deeply respected by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan and his ideas are known to be widely appreciated by the members of the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Presidential elections without oppositional candidates

Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will be in Essen, Germany on June 7 to address Turks residing in Germany and other corners of Europe, to convince them to vote for the candidate that the social democrat party will appoint for the Aug. 10 polls.

Turkey, Iran to sign political, economic agreements

Turkey and Iran will sign at least six new agreements when Iranian President Hasan Rouhani conducts his first visit to Turkey on June 9 with the goal of enhancing political, economic and cultural relations between the two neighbors.

LIVE: Turkey breaks ground on third Istanbul airport

Despite environmental impact and financing questions, Turkey breaks the ground for Istanbul’s third airport with a ceremony that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan attends Turkey holds a groundbreaking ceremony on June for the $30 billion new Istanbul airport that is slated to become one of the world’s biggest despite lingering environmental and funding problems that threaten the planned