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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 18 March 2017

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 18 March 2017]

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  Dutch riot police battle pro-Erdoğan demonstrators after riots broke out at the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, Netherlands, March 12, 2017.
★ As we have been reporting to you over the past two weeks, Turkish president Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his administration are in conflict with the European leaders. Both the German and Dutch governments banned pro-Turkish government and pro-new constitution rallies that were to be attended by Turkish politicians.

  When the Turkish family and social policy minister traveled from Germany to Holland to attend a meeting with Turkish citizens at the Turkish consulate in Holland, she and the accompanying Turkish diplomats were refused entry into Holland.

  The Dutch government also barred Turkish foreign affairs minister Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu from flying to Rotterdam on Saturday March 11.

  This caused a major row between Holland and Turkey. Turks complained that the Dutch violated diplomatic immunity rules.

  Afterwards, pro-Erdoğan Turks rioted on Sunday in Rotterdam.

  Analyst both in Turkey and abroad believe that Erdoğan and allies are exploiting the dispute with Europe to get more support for the April 16 referendum vote. The referendum is on constitutional changes that will give almost absolute power to Mr. Erdoğan

★ Reactions from the Erdoğan camp to the Dutch was swift:

  Istanbul's city council removed Rotterdam as a sister city. And the Justice and Development Party pulled out of the Dutch-Turkish friendship group.

  Also, the Turkish interior minister Mr. Süleyman Soylu proposed that Turkey send 15,000 refugees a month to Europe. Last year Turkey and the European Union drew up an agreement where Turkey agreed to stop the flow of refugees to Europe in exchange for European aid.

  The pro-Erdoğan and ruling Justice and Development Party and its followers reaction to Dutch and Europe was also unusual in some cases.

  Newswires reported that members of Turkey's Association of Red Meat Producers loaded 40 Dutch Holstein cows onto a truck and sent them packing to Holland to protest Dutch authorities.

★ Turkey's President Erdoğan also asked Turks living in Europe to have five kids, two higher than what he has been asking Turks in Turkey to have. He says when Turks presence in Turkey should increase so that they would be the "future of Europe".

  "The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods, drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses," he said. "That's because you are the future of Europe. It will be the best answer to the vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice made against you."

★ Turkish foreign affais minister Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is warning of "religious wars" coming to Europe in response to the re-election of Mark Rutte as Dutch Prime Minister, VOA.

  Mr. Çavuşoğlu said Thursday there is "no difference" between Rutte and the losing right-wing candidate Geert Wilders, whom Mr. Çavuşoğlu referred to as a "fascist."

  Turkish president Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday during a speech that Rutte had lost Turkey as a friend, even though he beat out Wilders.

  He also accused the European Union of engaging in an anti-Islam "crusade" after a court ruled earlier this week that European companies can ban religious head-covering at work.

★ As for reaction from European Leaders to the Erdoğan-dominated government of Turkey, German chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out trading provocations with Turkey on March 16, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  Ms. Merkel told regional newspaper Saarbruecker Zeitung that Mr. Erdoğan's accusation this week that she supported militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party was "absurd."

  Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Union commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship also struck a more conciliatory tone.

  Turkey and the European Union should continue to cooperate in managing migration, the joint fight against terrorism and in bringing peace to the region, Mr. Avramopoulos told daily Hürriyet in an interview on the first anniversary of the March 18 migrant deal signed to stop the inflow of refugees from Turkey to Greek islands, amid ongoing tension between the two countries.

  "Turkey needs the European Union and the European Union needs Turkey," he stressed.

★ As for the Turkish opposition, Main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the government's diplomatic tone for "causing distress among the Turkish community in Europe."

  "Those Turks who live abroad are tense. They ask whether [the European country they are in] will send them back [to Turkey]. A man who cannot even hold his tongue, cannot rule the state properly. A man who wants to govern the state well should control his words and understand the consequences of his words," Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu said at a rally in the Aegean province of Aydın on March 17.

  "Businessmen from the Black Sea have come to me and said 'we're selling our hazelnuts to Europe. If we fight with them, we can't sell our product.' Refugees who have crossed to Europe for better living conditions are also in distress," he added.

★ The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has launched a mission to observe the April 16 constitutional referendum in Turkey, reports Sevil Erkuş of the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The mission will try to understand what all stakeholders can do in the campaign so that citizens can make an informed choice and are presented with opportunities that are available to them, Ms. Tana de Zulueta, the head of the OSCE/ODIHR limited referendum observation mission, told reporters on March 17 in response to a question about how Turkey is running the referendum under the current state of emergency.

  Ms. Zulueta noted that very few of the recommendations made by previous observation missions were taken into account by the Turkish government. The delegation has yet to determine where it is going to work, but she stated that they would not be allowed in some places.

  The mission will observe whether or not the referendum is in compliance with OSCE commitments, other international obligations and standards for democratic elections and referendums as well as with the national legislation.

★ Turkey has suspended the duty-free import of sunflower oil, wheat and corn from Russia some claimed, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The reason behind this move may be retaliation against Russia's ongoing sanctions on some key agricultural products from Turkey, according to several experts.

  However, Turkish Ministry of Economy denied the reports.

  Turkey downed a Russian military jet in November 2015 that strayed into its territory and Russia imposed sanctions on Turkish imports afterwards.

  Russia is gradually abandoning economic sanctions on several Turkish goods, but some agricultural products with a total market share of $425 million remain on the black list, according to data gathered by Anadolu Agency on March 14.

★ Turkey's unemployment rate hit 12.7 percent in December 2016, the highest since March 2010, while youth unemployment stood at 24 percent, official data from the Turkish Statistics Institute reported on March 15.

  - Turkey's Central Bank has taken another tightening step, hiking the cost of funds from its "late liquidity window" while leaving conventional policy rates on hold to ease the inflation rate.

  The bank kept the overnight lending rate at 9.25 percent.

  - Moody's late on March 17 cut its outlook on Turkey's rating to "negative" as risks to the country's credit profile have "risen materially" in recent months.

  - German cement maker Heidelberg Cement will hold off from making investments in Turkey for the moment given political uncertainty in the country, its chief executive said on March 16.

  - Dutch investment in Turkey is not at risk from the recent diplomatic row between the two countries, as Turkey's ire is focused on the Dutch government, not its people or businesses, Turkey's minister for European Union Affairs told Reuters. The Netherlands is the top investor in Turkey.


★ The Türker İnanoğlu Foundation Film-Theater Museum, established in 2000 with the 60-year accumulation of veteran director Türker İnanoğlu, sheds light on over 100 years of Turkish film and theater, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

  The activity coordinator of the museum in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, İlke Yılmaz, said the museum in the Erler Film building was Turkey's one and only field museum.

  Significant names from Turkish movies donated their archive on the establishment of the museum, while Kadri Yurdatap also made great contributions to the museum. Posters were also collected from various auctions, while cameras, film projection tools and other items from the Fono Film and Lale Film companies also took their place in the museum.

  In the museum there is even a camera use by Charlie Chaplin to make three films.

  Read more at >> here <<

★ The 16th Boston Turkish Films Festival will be organized this year between March 16 and April 2.

  This year's program continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established Turkish filmmakers with several appearances by guest directors. Most of the films make their North America or U.S. premieres at the festival.

  The festival will open with "61 Days", by filmmaker Yüksel Aksu.

  Acclaimed actor and director Uğur Yücel will be the recipient of this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Film Award. Award ceremony will take place following the North America premiere of the digitally restored version of "Mr. Muhsin", a Turkish film classic. The festival will conclude with prominent Turkish auteur Zeki Demirkubuz's latest film, "Ember".

★ Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Turkey's biggest international film event, the 36th Istanbul Film Festival will take place between April 5 and 15 with a roster comprising highlights from Turkey and world film.

  The festival will present a rich program, running a gamut from the latest productions of world film to cult films, most recent Turkish films, classics, new discoveries, masterpieces and hidden treasures.

  The festival will host 186 feature films, as well as 17 short films in 21 different categories and in addition to the screening of a total of 203 films by 207 directors from 61 countries, Q and A sessions, festival talks with guest filmmakers, concerts and other special events.

★ Spanish pop singer Luz Casal will be on the stage on April 29 at the Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul to perform some of her most famous songs from her 30-year career.

  Born in 1958, Casal began her career with the group Los Fannys. After success in the 1980s in Spain, she achieved international fame, particularly in France, after two of her songs were included by Pedro Almodovar in his film "Tacones Lejanos" (High Heels).

  Read more at >> here <<

★ Sonar, an international festival of electronic music that has been celebrated in cities around the world for the past 23 years, will meet audiences in Turkey for the first time later this month.

  Sonar Istanbul will be held on March 24 and 25 at the Zorlu PSM with concerts on four stages, conferences, contemporary art exhibitions, as well as artistic and technological performances featuring local and foreign artists.

  Among some of the artists and groups are:

  • Moderat of Berlin, Germany,
  • Roisin Murphy of Ireland,
  • Nina Kraviz,
  • Floating Points,
  • Thomas of Norway
  • Stefan Kozalla of Germany,
  • Dutch duo Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte

  •   Read more at >> here <<

    ★ The third international ArtAnkara Contemporary Art Fair is set to be held between March 16 and 19 at the ATO Congresium Congress and Exhibition Hall in Turkey's capital Ankara, featuring artworks by 600 artists from around the world, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

      The fair, covering an area of 100,000 square feet, will showcase the newest works of Turkish and international contemporary art to visitors.

      Fifty galleries, more than 100 organizations, museums, universities and 600 artists will be the guests of the fair, as well as 2,000 artifacts ranging from photography to sculpture will be on display. The fair will also host talks and signature events.

      Read more at >> here <<
    ★ The third edition of Anadolu Agency's Istanbul Photo Awards has been made into a week-long event following the merger of the Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop and the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

      This year's competition will also witness double the number of categories, with eight instead of four. The four new categories include nature and environment singles, nature and environment stories, portrait singles and portrait multiple

      The results of the contest will be announced at the end of March. The first exhibition of the award-winning photos will open on April 2 at the Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center in Beyoğlu.

      Read more at >> here <<

    ★ One of Turkey's most important recent archaeological finds faces a grave threat due to blasting activity at a rock quarry in the vicinity, reports Ömer Erbil of the Hürriyet Daily News from Turkey's Black Sea province of Ordu.

      A sculpture of the mother goddess of Kybele is threatened by explosions that occur on a daily basis on the outskirts of the 2,100-year-old Kurul Fort, which dates back to the age of Mithridates VI, a king of Pontus and Armenia Minor in northern Anatolia from about 120 to 63 B.C., in Ordu.

      The castle, located at the peak of the Kurul Rocks in Ordu's Bayadı village, has been undergoing archaeological excavations under the direction of professor Yücel Şenyurt since 2010.

      The discovery of the historic Kybele sculpture during recent excavations caused great excitement, with approximately 15,000 people rushing to the city to view the sculpture.

      Read more at >> here <<

    ★ The Chocolate Show Turkey will be held for the first time between March 24 and 26 with a variety of booths certain to please those with a sweet tooth, reports the Hürriyet Daily News.

      Chocolate bars, handmade boutique chocolates cakes, varieties of ice cream and chocolate sculptures prepared by experts will be offered to visitors of the fair, which will be held at the Harbiye Military Museum's AFP Halls.



    EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 3.62


    Low and High Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
    Ankara, in central Turkey:        34/54 Mostly Sunny
    Antalya, on the Mediterranean:    50/66 Mostly Sunny
    Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey: 45/59 Mostly Cloudy
    İzmir, on the Aegean:             45/63 Mostly Sunny
    Trabzon, on the Black Sea:        41/55 Mostly Cloudy
    Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey:       19/41 Light Snow
    Snow depths at skiing location:
    Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey      : 29 inches
    Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 30 inches
    Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey      : 47 inches
    Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey   : 31 inches
    Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey   : 12 inches
    Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey       : 28 inches
    Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey         : 41 inches


    ★ SPORTS

      ★ SOCCER

      ★ Premiere League

    Results for week: 24
    Alanya Sp       -      Fenerbahçe      2 - 3
    Karabük Sp      -      Adana Sp        2 - 0
    Osmanli Sp      -      Bursa Sp        1 - 1
    G. Saray        -      G. Birliği      3 - 2
    G. Antep Sp     -      Kasımpaşa       0 - 2
    Konya Sp        -      Başakşehir      0 - 3
    Rize Sp         -      Antalya Sp      1 - 2
    Beşiktaş        -      Kayseri Sp      2 - 2
    Akhisar Sp      -      Trabzon Sp      1 - 3

    In games played so far this weekend:
    Fenerbahçe      -      Konya Sp        2 - 3
    Kasımpaşa       -      Osmanli Sp      3 - 2
    Kayseri Sp      -      G. Antep Sp     3 - 4

    ★ Standing in the league as of week ending 24
      1 - Beşiktaş        54
      2 - Başakşehir      52
      3 - G. Saray        46
      4 - Fenerbahçe      44
      5 - Trabzon Sp      38
      6 - Antalya Sp      38
      7 - Karabük Sp      33
      8 - Kasımpaşa       32
      9 - Konya Sp        32
     10 - Bursa Sp        32
     11 - Osmanli Sp      31
     12 - G. Birliği      29
     13 - Kayseri Sp      27
     14 - Akhisar Sp      27
     15 - Alanya Sp       25
     16 - Rize Sp         20
     17 - Adana Sp        17
     18 - G. Antep Sp     16


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