Latest News from Turkey
By George Georgakopoulos
Panathinaikos succumbed to unbeaten Barcelona in Spain on Friday, going down 84-62, but Armani Milanos win in Turkey over Fenerbahce has boosted the Greens chances for a top-four finish in the group. They should go through to the quarterfinals with victory over Unicaja Malaga in Athens next week.
Austrian "do-it-yourself" chain Baumax is mulling a pullback from Bulgaria and Eastern Europe, Austria's Die Presse newspaper reported.
Earlier, its founder Karl-Heinz Essl announced he was kicking off a sale of his artwork collection in a move aimed at raising funds to save his company.
Kosovo’s first homemade soap opera, “Stine Dashurie”, does not deal in subtle plot lines.
The main character in “Seasons of Love” - to give it its name in English - moves back from Switzerland to Kosovo.
Alban has a job with the EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX, and is caught in a love triangle involving a co-worker and her best friend.
Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, a day after the ban on Twitter has been revoked, according to international media reports.
The national telecoms authority announced taking an administrative measure against the site in Turkey.
The Ankara administrative court overruled the ban on the social platform Twitter.
The restriction contradicts the rule of law principles - the court motivated its decision.
The court decision comes a day after the UN urged Turkey to lift the ban on Twitter because the limitation of civil liberties contradicts the international law.
Montenegro tops tourism growth list
Tourism revenue in Montenegro is expected to grow more than 17 percent from last year. Also in business news: Turkey will begin to renegotiate its Customs Union Agreement with the EU by June.
Montenegro ranked first on the list of 184 countries expected to show tourism growth. [AFP]
Bulgaria is in the Top 5 of EU countries with most alerts for dangerous products, shows data of the Rapid Alert System for non-food dangerous products RAPEX.
Most alerts came from Hubgary – 12% of all, followed by Germany – 11%, Spain – 11%, Bulgaria – 8% and Great Britain – 6%.
The complaints from Bulgaria were 191 – mostly for clothes of low quality, shows the RAPEX data.
Turkey will bring up the customs union deal for re-negotiation with the European Union by June, Turkey's Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said.
“By June, we’re going to re-open for negotiation the Customs Union Agreement, to which no sovereign independent state should agree,” Zeybekci said at a meeting with Turkish businesspeople, quoted by Hurryiet Daily News.