August 8 2020
Germany now seems as if it has more empathy toward Turkey as compared to the past. This is because Germans have recognized the futility of spending energy clashing with the leader of a country who has completely changed national policies into tactics that keep him in power.
The two persons Ekim Alptekin introduced to Michael Flynn in a meeting room of New York’s Peninsula Hotel on September 19, 2016 were Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Berat Albayrak, who was Energy Minister at the time. Both names, from the time these claims were voiced until today, have almost played possum.
Today, while all the decision-makers are already in coronavirus quarantine, working through the videoconferencing system, the workload of intelligence services must have multiplied! Now, which intelligence officer is covering which leader’s screen, who knows!
The five-person U.S. congressional delegation led by Kansas Senator Jerry Morgan visited the NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) headquarters in the Aegean city of Izmir and the head of the prestigious Turkish business association TÜSİAD. More important than asking why such a delegation made up of these names came to Turkey at this point in time would be the question of why they have bypassed the capital of Ankara while they were in the country.
Influential U.S. think tank RAND Corporation's last report on Turkey presents a significant degree of skepticism over the sustainability of Russia-Turkey rapprochement. According to RAND's Turkey expert Stephen J. Flanagan, Russia sees Turkey very much as a junior partner and a rupture between the two might occur over Syria.
In an exclusive interview with Duvar English, the Head of the EU Delegation in Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger reflected on prospects for 2020. "We are not moving forward, we are actually moving backward," told Berger. Referring to tensions between Turkey and Cyprus in East Med, he reminded that there needs to be unanimity among member states to end negotiations with Turkey. Such an agreement is not there today.
Since its establishment in Aug. 2016, Gazete Duvar has been one of the most successful examples of a new wave of soul-searching in Turkey’s media. We now have the honor of joining the family with a new online publication in English which intends to bring a new breath for Turkey-watchers throughout the world.