Not Much Progress in Tripoli

The noise emerging from Libya’s capital doesn’t bode well for the future of the war-ravaged yet oil-rich country. With factions and tribes fighting over power, the needs of normal people seem to be ignored entirely. Speaking to people in Libya about Libya is a treacherous enterprise, because you inevitably get sucked into the eternal gameContinue reading “Not Much Progress in Tripoli”

Turkey’s Role as Guardian of the Straits Is Under Scrutiny

Turkey, which covers NATO’s south-eastern European flank has been cast in a particularly difficult situation by the invasion of Ukraine given its close ties to both Kyiv and aggressor Russia, in addition to its unique geographic position. With the international campaign against the Russian aggression against Ukraine gathering pace, Turkey has a rather unique roleContinue reading “Turkey’s Role as Guardian of the Straits Is Under Scrutiny”

Turkey Sticks to Its Guns and Keeps the Dialogue With Russia Going

For some, it may be ironic to see Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking the role of mediator between Russia and Ukraine at a time when NATO is struggling to speak with one voice – given the past tension within the military alliance. But then it isn’t, because Turkey has always done its fair shareContinue reading “Turkey Sticks to Its Guns and Keeps the Dialogue With Russia Going”

Turkish Government Pursues Step by Step an Unorthodox Economic Path

Business leaders in Turkey not only face uncertainties over the growth of the economy, with the pandemic far from over. They also hope that the central bank is right in claiming that the lira will not drop much further this year after last year’s fairly dramatic plunge. When the Turkish government at the start ofContinue reading “Turkish Government Pursues Step by Step an Unorthodox Economic Path”

Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira

While Europe is grappling with a resurgence of the corona crisis and its adequate response, the situation at its borders is deteriorating too – Belarus, Ukraine, Libya to name but a few of the countries where important crises are ongoing. A case for particular concern though is Turkey, or so it should be, because theContinue reading “Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira”