Turkey’s G20 presidency and corruption

As of Monday, Dec. 1, Turkey took over the presidency of the G20 from Australia. About 15 days ago, Turkey announced in Brisbane that its priorities would be investment, energy, trade, participatory development, climate change, SMEs and integrating developing countries into the world economy.
However, there is one more issue that was dropped “into its lap”: Corruption.

Turkey assumes G20 presidency, pledges to fight inequality

Turkey assumed the presidency of the G20 group of major economies for the first time in its history on Dec. 1, pledging to fight global inequality during its turn at the helm.

The presidency of the G20 is seen by Ankara as a major opportunity for Turkey to showcase its status as an economic and political power under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.        

Turkey will be the primary user of Cyprus gas, PM Davutoğlu says

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu highlighted Nov. 22 the importance of the use of Cyrpus's natural resources for peace, adding that Turkey would be the primary user of gas coming out of the divided island.

Davutoğlu made the remarks in a speech at the closing session of the sixth Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul.

Germany's Merkel insists Britain remain in EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted Nov. 17 that Britain remain in the European Union, saying it was a vital gateway to the world for continental nations.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will hold an in-or-out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU in 2017 if he wins a general election in May, amid tensions over immigration reform.

Turkey pledges support to US call for growth boost

American urge to boost economic growth complies with Turkey’s priorities, Prime Minister Davutoğlu said, taking sides in the debate that dominated G-20 summit over the weekend Turkey is backing the United States’ call to boost demand and step up growth policies, the prime minister has said during the G-20 summit, siding with the country’s trans-Atlantic ally against a Germany-led group

Obama unveils $3 bn contribution to UN climate fund: US official

US President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion to a UN fund aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in the world's poorest countries, a US official said Nov. 14.
"It is in our national interest to helping vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate change," the administration official said as Obama headed to a G20 summit in Australia.