Turkish inflation defies expectations as it eases to six-month low in November

bne IntelliNews December 5, 2016

The surprise fall suggests is it less likely the Turkish central bank will follow up last month’s interest rate hike with another this month.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Bahceli clears way for Erdogan's referendum

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2016

With this unexpected move the MHP has become the key player in Turkish politics.

Turkey’s despair rises

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2016

Extremely high levels of poverty by European standards have pushed Turkey’s Despair Index up over the 40% mark – a level usually associated with popular protest and coloured revolutions.

External winds buffet an improving year

Nicholas Watson in Prague December 1, 2016

Despite the external blows of Brexit and then ‘Trumpquake’, there was a general improvement in Central and Eastern Europe’s transaction climate in 2016.

European Parliament calls for freezing Turkey’s accession talks

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2016

Parliament votes for suspension by a strong majority, though resolution is not legally binding.

Lira weakness prompts Turkey’s first rate hike in nearly three years

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2016

Defying political pressure to reduce borrowing costs, Turkey’s central bank delivered its first rate hike in nearly three years on November 24 in a bid to support the nation’s battered currency.

Rising poverty drives bne’s global Despair Index

Ben Aris in Berlin November 15, 2016

bne’s Despair Index values are contained in most developed countries of the world and many of the former Eastern Bloc countries have scores on a par with their Western peers. But the share of poverty remains too high in many countries.

Turkey’s jobless rate continues rise in August amid slowing economy

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2016

Turkey’s unemployment rate hit a 19-month high in August, reflecting the effects of a slowing economy and troubles in the tourism industry.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey looks to US as EU relations worsen

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2016

Ankara is cautiously optimistic that the election of Donald Trump may mark the start of a new era.

Nato members digest Trump win, express concerns

Nicholas Watson in Prague November 9, 2016

Unpredictability is never an asset in foreign or defence policy, so the election of the mercurial Donald Trump to the US presidency is already causing conniptions in European capitals, especially those of Central Europe.

Turkey’s industry suffers new collapse in September raising concerns over Q4 growth

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

Turkey’s calendar-adjusted industrial production declined 3.1% y/y in September, defying market expectations and fueling concerns about Q4 growth.

Turkey and Russia fall sharply in World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

Turkey is at the bottom of the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2016 but only just above Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.

CEE/CIS BANK SURVEY 2016: Foreign players look for niches after market bottoms out

Robert Anderson in Prague November 7, 2016

With tighter regulatory rules looming, life is not going to get any easier for the region’s banks.

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