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The escalation of the coronavirus crisis - the death toll from which continues to climb and which is threatening to send the public health systems in Greece and other parts of Europe into gridlock - in combination with the artificial political confrontation provoked by the tactical maneuvers of the Greek Communist Party (KKE), SYRIZA and Mera25 opposition parties in the name of the anniversary
The economic and judicial reforms to improve the investment climate in Turkey will be led by the People's Alliance, composed of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, informing that necessary legislation would soon be brought to the agenda in the parliament.
US Senator Chris Van Hollen has told Kathimerini that a Biden-led administration will help restore damaged transatlantic ties, adding that Athens and Nicosia should expect a stricter attitude toward Ankara.
Here are the full quotes by Van Hollen, who served as a member of the House of Representatives for 14 years before being elected senator in 2016.
The Turkish Treasury borrowed 5.6 billion Turkish liras ($703 million) from domestic markets on Nov. 24, according to an official statement.
The Treasury and Finance Ministry announced that some 2 billion Turkish liras ($250 million) in floating rate note bonds - new issuance - were sold in the first auction.
Turkey's agriculture-based exports have increased by 6.3% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2020, a senior official said on Nov. 24.
"We have seen the advantages of the strong infrastructure we created in agriculture during the pandemic period," said Forestry and Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli in a written statement.
A spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry criticized Greece's foreign minister on Nov. 24 for adopting an accusing and threatening tone instead of working to solve tensions between Athens and Ankara through dialogue.
"Unfortunately, the constructive attitude and steps taken since August to show good intentions have not been responded," Hami Aksoy said in a statement.
Turkey's top diplomat on Nov. 24 accused a German frigate of violating international law when it stopped and searched a commercial vessel without the consent of its flag-state or its captain.
"It is a violation of international law to embark on trade ships like pirates," Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters in the capital Ankara.
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has dropped charges against police officers who used physical force on a group of women who performed the "Las Tesis" dance last year to draw attention to growing femicide in Turkey.
The prosecutors said "no crime or element of crime" had been found in their decision.
The cats of a woman who died in the 6.6-magntitude earthquake that hit Turkey's Aegean coast on Oct. 30 have been adopted after they underwent treatment.
Süheyla Erdönmez died under the wreckage of the eight-story Rıza Bey Apartment in Bayraklı district, which collapsed to the ground due to weak infrastructure after the earthquake that killed 116 people and wounded 1,034 people.