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Nov 1, General Election Timetable Announced; polls show AKP still short of votes to form government alone…

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2015 at 15:50

Timetable of general elections which will be held on November 1st has been announced.

Poll shows Turkey’s AKP short of votes needed to form government alone

Ruling AKP is seen falling short of the votes needed to form a single-party gov’t in a snap election on Nov. 1 with 41.7 percent of votes, up from 40.9 percent in the June election
The President Erdoğan has formally requested AKP Leader Davutoğlu to form an interim Council of Ministers as Prime Minister.
Daily Hürriyet cartoonist Latif Demirci imagines the meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, as the former handed over the mandate to form an interim government

AKP ignored election results: CHP deputy

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has ignored the results of the June 7 election and Turkey, for first time in its political history, will go to early elections because parties failed to form a government, Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chairman Haluk Koç said on Aug. 25
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has said he is confident that none of his party’s deputies will accept being a part of an interim pre-election cabinet headed by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), speaking at a press conference in Ankara on Aug. 25
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will be part of the election government, HDP spokesperson Ayhan Bilgen has said, a reiteration of the party’s willingness after negotiations failed to form a coalition government during the 45-day legal period after the parliamentary election in early June

Turkey PM appointed to form interim government in run-up to election

Ahmet Davutoğlu has five days to form a temporary cabinet to oversee a new poll in November after coalition talks fail

The top election authority has finally set Nov. 1 as the exact date for Turkey’s early elections, with its head stating that it took “seasonal conditions” into consideration
The opposition’s criticism of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) way of handling failed coalition talks has put its leader, incumbent Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, on the defensive, as he fiercely defended his self-made roadmap to form an interim power-sharing government

Davutoglu to be interim Turkey PM

Turkey’s president appoints PM Ahmet Davutoglu to head an interim administration ahead of polls on 1 November.
PKK Executive Committee Member Duran Kalkan called on the Turkish army not to participate in Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) “war games.” Kalkan said, “Absolutely no strikes or attacks will be initiated against them by us [PKK].”

Mourners slam Erdoğan, Turkish gov’t at funeral ceremonies for slain soldiers

A lieutenant colonel’s angry rebuke during the funeral ceremony for his soldier brother has been added to the increasing number of protests by mourners accusing President Erdoğan and the government over the spike in violence ahead of early elections in Turkey.
With the Black Sea province of Artvin suffering floods after disastrous rain and landslides that killed eight people, experts believe the many hydroelectric power plants being constructed in the area and clogged culverts triggered the deadly phenomenon
Gendarmerie command is set to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the lieutenant colonel who blasted senior politicians during the funeral ceremony of his killed soldier brother

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

New photo from Facebook August 27, 2015 at 11:07AM

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2015 at 10:14
Kuzuya combo kapaklama. via @super_titiz via Facebook Pages

For those who wonder why I was not posting in EFD a few weeks ago…

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2015 at 10:06

I don’t believe anyone really wondered but I have paid a 5 day visit to Bayburt this month…

Here is a Google Photos collection from the trip.

Baksı Müzesi düşündüğümden görkemli olmuş…

A photo posted by Erkan Saka (@sakaerka) on Aug 17, 2015 at 6:04am PDT


I could finally visit the Baksı museum:

Baksı Museum celebrates 10th year with new show

Curator Marcus Graf poses for a portrait next to works of art and craft on display in the exhibition “ON” at the Baksı Museum in Bayburt. The exhibition .

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

Eurosphere agenda: ” a game about the human cost of Europe’s migrant crisis” “Drones as flight safety threat …

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2015 at 09:37

passengers1The ongoing European Migrant Crisis sees death tolls rise as refugees take expensive and often extremely-dangerous trips with smugglers, often to be displaced again or even arrested when they arrive.

No-drone zones, software to block flights into sensitive areas and registration rules are among proposals from European regulators and aviation experts to ensure growing numbers of drones don’t case dangerous run-ins with passenger aircraft.

Serbia and its former province of Kosovo took steps toward overcoming decades of enmity on Tuesday (25 August), signing energy and telecoms agreements, bringing Belgrade closer to joining the European Union.

Hungary’s migrant fence is simply a pointless PR exercise | Patrick Kingsley

Short-term measures like walls and fences in Europe won’t solve a migration crisis of this size. People who have risked so much will just find another wayWhen there is a will to migrate, there is often a wall to stop it. After increasing numbers of migrants tried to breach Spain’s enclaves in northern Africa in the 90s, the Spanish built a fence to block their path. Last year Bulgaria built another on its border with Turkey. And this summer, Hungary has followed suit – starting work on a fence that will supposedly separate it from Serbia, its southern neighbour.

France train shooting: Legion d’honneur recipients

Profiles of men awarded France’s top honour over Thalys train shooting

Illegal migrants to be hit with tough sentencing

The British government is planning to introduce tough prison sentences to combat illegal migrants seeking employment in the UK. EurActiv Germany reports.

Migration and gunman case challenge Schengen

Train attack and migrant influx challenge EU Schengen accord

Migrant flow resumes in Macedonia

Thousands of migrants resume their journey north through Macedonia and into Serbia, after Macedonia reopens its border with Greece.

EU accession perspectives are barely credible

The economic situation in the Western Balkans is disastrous. The Western Balkans conference at the end of August should promote investment, writesDušan Reljić.

Viewpoint: Greek election heralds fresh bailout battle

Greek election battle revives anti-austerity campaign

Greece is for sale – and everything must go

Why does this matter? First because it makes no sense to sell off valuable assets in the middle of Europe’s worst depression in 70 years.


VIDEO: Migrants overpower Macedonia police

Macedonia defends its handling of security at the country’s border with Greece, where migrants were beaten back with truncheons and riot shields.

VIDEO: Italy rescues 2,000 migrants from sea

The Italian coastguard has embarked on one of its biggest ever migrant rescue missions.

Syriza rebels form new Greek party

Rebels from Greece’s governing Syriza party say they are forming a new party, a day after the prime minister resigned to seek re-election.

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New photo from Facebook August 26, 2015 at 07:26PM

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2015 at 18:27
İçimizdeki İrlandalıya güzelleme via @tufan_cetiner via Facebook Pages

Love from Turkey 3- Spongebob incarnates in an Istanbul castle restoration…

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2015 at 17:31




Mr. Sayan, my high school classmate…

Ömer Fatih Sayan was appointed the head of the Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) on Aug. 25, ahead of a key telecommunications tender on Aug. 26
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Technology Review magazine has included three Turkish women in its “35 Innovators Under 35” list this year. The list includes 35 inspiring inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians and pioneers from around the world. Meet Duygu Kayaman, Gözde Durmuş and Canan Dağdeviren.
The spokesman of Victoria’s Secret lingerie model has stated that she has “no affiliation to any political party in Turkey” and was tricked by a local man into making a nationalist hand gesture
Turkish baths, one of the best known features of Gaziantep, and their culture will be featured in a new museum opening soon in the southeastern province.
Daily Hürriyet cartoonist Latif Demirci imagines the meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, as the former handed over the mandate to form an interim government

In sadder news:

At least eight people were killed and one went missing due to floods and landslides in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Artvin on Aug. 24, Turkish Forestry Minister has announced.
A total of eight people were killed in the floods that affected the Black Sea province of Artvin on Aug. 24, with one child still remained missing

Turkish floods ‘kill at least eight’

Turkish officials say that at least eight people have been killed by heavy flooding in the north-east of the country.
At least seven people were killed and two went missing due to floods and landslides in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Artvin on Aug. 24, the governor has announced.
A deputy chief of police in Istanbul who was arrested early on Aug. 18 over the killing of a motorcycle rider in a road-rage incident has been released pending trial
After three members of Turkey’s security forces were killed in the latest attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s southeast, an indeterminate curfew went into effect starting from yesterday at noon in the Silvan district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır
Turkey can no longer carry the weight of the rising number of killings amid the spiral of violence taking its toll on all sides, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said, urging both the president and the government to listen to calls for an imminent silencing of arms.
The Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings has launched the 2015 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) Report and Scorecard, which evaluates access to and usage of affordable financial services across 21 countries. According to Brookings’ FDIP analysis, Turkey ranked sixth among the countries for its financial inclusion efforts

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

New photo from Facebook August 26, 2015 at 03:53PM

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2015 at 15:08
Bu binanın mimarisinde sanki bir sorun var. via via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook August 26, 2015 at 02:00PM

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2015 at 13:03
Dalaşan, dalaşmayan… via @beyogluesnafi via Facebook Pages

From Turkey with love 2- Turkey’s top religious body takes time to slam ‘Jedi religion’

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2015 at 12:36

After recently slamming the warped theology of the ISIL, Turkey’s top religious body may have another formidable enemy: The Jedi
A group of protesters read a press statement near the Rize Governor’s office against the decision to resume the construction of a road project in the Black Sea region
Defendants have testified without arrest on Monday at the 15th hearing of Soma trial relating to the mining disaster in western Turkey in May 2014 which left 301 miners dead.

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

From Turkey with love 1- Irish tourist that kicks abusive storeowners’ asses become an instant hero

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2015 at 11:51

This was the wish of many Turkish citizens. The Irish man can kick taxi drivers’ asses, too…

Social media reactions here. [mostly in Turkish]

In yet another case:

Turkish woman feeds 35 Syrian refugees, leaves restaurant without paying

A heart-warming story in Istanbul turned into a heart-breaking one for a business owner, when a local woman fed 35 Syrian refugee children before fleeing the restaurant without paying

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary


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