Demonization of HDP continues…

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has continued firing salvoes at both the CHP and the HDP, by suggesting these opposition parties purposefully display solidarity with countries whose relations have deteriorated with Ankara
Turkish Prime Minister has cancelled a meeting with the HDP, a part of round of talks with all opposition parties to get involved in dialogue over the preparation to forge a new constitution.

HDP co-chair meets Lavrov in Moscow

Russian politicians on Dec. 23 held talks in Moscow with the co-chair of Turkey’s Kurdish problem-focused opposition party, Selahattin Demirtaş, amid continued heightened tensions between Moscow and Ankara
HDP Vice Co-Chair Gür has said PM Davutoğlu’s statements as to Demirtaş are unacceptable.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has reprimanded both the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for allegedly siding with other countries whenever their relations with the government of Turkey deteriorate

Russia’s issues with Turkey go beyond the Su-24 downing, as Moscow’s desire to increase its presence in the Middle East is fundamentally at odds with Turkey’s desire to do the same, writes Stratfor,

Russia is ready to cooperate closely with Kurds fighting against the Islamic State or Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the co-leader of a Turkish opposition party during a meeting in Moscow on Dec. 23

Turkey: Is Russia Ready to Play the Kurdish Card?

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Amid the free-fall in Russian-Turkish relations, Moscow seems ready to exploit Turkey’s historical Achilles heel: its restive Kurdish minority.

Daily Hürriyet’s Ahmet Hakan has interviewed prominent political scientist and journalist Soli Özel on seven recent subjects related to Turkish foreign policy
Turkey has been named the best place to site manufacturing plants in Europe, ranking eighth in the world in a fresh report from property consultant Cushman & Wakefield
Over the past week newspapers in Turkey have reported alternating events one in apparent contradiction with the other. On December 14th the chapter involving negotiations concerning economic and monetary policies linked to Turkey’s EU membership was reopened. The integration process was resumed with unexpected speediness as part of the agreement on the management of Syrian refugees that will fill Ankara’s coffers with $3 billion to be used to build camps to keep Syrians far from the EU. With perfect timing, a court in Istanbul rejected the request presented by lawyers representing Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, respectively editor and editor-in-chief of the historical daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, for their release from prison.

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