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Turkish house sales dip in July, but analysts hopeful for future

House sales in Turkey plunged by 20.2 percent in July, though many analysts have put the dip down to the effect of Ramadan and expect upward momentum through the rest of the year.

According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK), a total of 85,101 houses changed hands in July, marking a one-fifth decline from the same month last year.

"Policy being devised to counter neo-Ottoman expansionism"

"Policy being devised to counter neo-Ottoman expansionism"

BELGRADE -- Turkey's "active neo-Ottoman policy towards the Balkans" will continue, says former Serbian ambassador to Turkey Darko Tanasković.

Turkey, Twitter meet in Istanbul with representative office on agenda

Senior officials from Twitter held a third meeting with the representatives from Turkey’s information technologies authority in Istanbul on Monday to discuss a number of issues, including opening a Twitter office in Turkey.

Dacic to attend Salzburg conference

BELGRADE - Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic will attend the conference entitled '1814, 1914, 2014: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future' in Salzburg on Monday and Tuesday, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released.

Serbia wins European championship

TARTU - Serbia's junior women's volleyball team beat Slovenia 3-2 (25-23 17-25 24-26 25-17 15-12) in the final of the European championship in Estonia and Finland on Sunday and became the European champions.

This was Serbia's fourth attempt at the title, since they lost the finals in 2004, 2010 and 2012.

‘Cracks in Concrete’ exposes cracks in family

Austrian-Turkish director Umut Dağ’s sophomore features ‘Cracks in Concrete’ (Risse im Beton) delves into familiar territory of families in dysfunction like his debut feature, ‘Kuma’ (Second

Why did Erdoğan’s Middle East policy miss goals?

Turkey is about to enter a new stage of politics with the presidency of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as the next PM he preferred to see.

The pair highlighted Turkey’s name in international politics over the last few years more than ever, but not necessarily always in the best way.

The ‘New Turkey’ and its new prime minister

It is rather difficult for me to write about the new prime ministerial candidate, Ahmet Davutoğlu, since he is a classmate from university years and an old friend. Despite the differences of political views that we had from the beginning, I have always regarded him as a very kind and valuable person. I remember him as a bright student in university classes and as a civilized person.

Transformation underway

A very important week is starting for Turkey. The unprecedented era of two prime ministers and two presidents will come to an end with one of the presidents packing up and moving to Istanbul to become a well-paid pensioner, while the other will relinquish his helm on the prime ministry and move on to become the country’s newly elected 12th president.

Lack of int’l climate code lets Turkey off hook on emissions

The absence of an international regime on climate change has enabled Turkey to enjoy a free ride on a development policy that is careless about emissions, according to an activist. ‘The collapse of the EU process is also the reason why Turkey gives less emphasis to climate change,’ says Ümit Şahin.

A tale of two people’s republics: China and Turkey

According to fellow columnist Nuray Mert, “millet,” a word used a lot by President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, could mean “people.” That would make Turkey a People’s Republic like China. Since I recently spent two weeks there, I can tell you that the two countries are actually quite similar.

Xenophobia against Syrian refugees on rise: Turkish government

Turkish officials roll up sleeves aganist the xenophobia toward 1.128 million Syrian refugees as the biometric registration of 740,000 Syrians is finalized Turkish officials have finally decided to take measures against growing xenophobia against Syrian refugees, issuing a joint statement that acknowledged the hostility toward the newcomers and vowing to fight discrimination.