As the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has levied tax hikes on alcohol twice a year for the past several years, the price of alcoholic beverages in Turkey has soared, leading many drinkers to turn to bootleg alcohol. This has resulted in a number of deaths across the country in recent years, culminating in an alarming spike this past week when some 45 people died.
A new regulation banned the sale of ethyl alcohol for use at home, Turkey's Official Gazette reported on Oct. 1. As Ankara hiked taxes by 400 percent in the past decade, alcohol consumers have resorted to the risky process of making alcoholic beverages at home.
A company known for its close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was granted authority to print tax labels for alcohol and tobacco, a task that had been outsourced to a Swiss firm for 12 years. Although the Turkish Treasury ended the contract with the Swiss company, they chose to sign the business to a private Turkish firm.
An expert from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University slammed a police officer's request for him to perform a breathalyzer test at a road control. Prof. Baki Umut Tuğay refused to take the test, called the police headquarters and urged the Interior Ministry to halt breathalyzer tests.
Luxembourg-based drink manufacturer Purple Beverages appealed to Turkey's Competition Authority to buy Doğanay Foods, the country's largest turnip juice producer. Turnip juice is a common cold beverage in Turkey, even drank with rakı.
Turkey was revealed as the six largest taxer of alcohol among members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Turkey's June inflation rates exceeded experts' expectations at 1.13 percent, almost double the estimates. Meanwhile, annual inflation reached 12.62 percent.
A recent draft bill by a group of deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suggested increasing the cap on after-hour alcohol sale fines by three-fold. The drafted bill would allow sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. to be fined up to 320,000 liras.
The governor's office of the northern province of Düzce removed a ban on alcohol sales in restaurants that it placed under the guise of COVID-19 prevention measures following criticism. The decision came after a meeting with local labor representatives who had publicly slammed the ban.
The governor's office at the northern province of Düzce banned the sale of alcohol in local restaurants and cafes. A local business representative said that the governor's decision was to make sure said businesses didn't qualify as an entertainment venue, which are mandated to remain closed as part of COVID-19 measures.
When I was a kid, certain national holidays were a big deal. As students, we would train for weeks for Children’s Day on April 23 and National Youth and Sports Day on May 19. Then we would perform some choreography mixed of dance and gymnastics in the city stadiums. Parents would come and cheer, people […]
The Covid-19 will inevitably affect a much wider population, and Turkey’s limited testing is dramatic. Scientists, doctors unanimously urge for a radical testing procedure. In Istanbul, a city of 16 million, there are only four hospitals conducting tests. Meanwhile, states of emergency, strict restrictions and bans are anything but new in Turkey!