Turkish business presses Erdogan to beef up COVID-19 economic support and consider strict lockdown

bne IntelIiNews March 27, 2020

With academics warning Turkey may face pandemic “catastrophe”, local corporate titans suggest it might be better for country to bite bullet and go for short, sharp shock rather than long, drawn-out battle.

Small countries in Balkans and South Caucasus most exposed to tourism industry collapse

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

No one knows if there will be a summer tourism season at all in 2020, which is bad news for the countries that generate around a quarter of their GDP from the sector.

IIF forecasts a contraction of -1.4% in CEE, -1.3% in Russia, but Turkish growth remains in the black in 2020

Ben Aris in Berlin March 26, 2020

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) released updated forecasts for economic growth this year for the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries that show a sharp slowdown in 2020 and all except Turkey will return negative results.

Is the pace of outflows from EMs starting to slow?

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

Equity and bond markets have been rocked by record volumes of outflows since the end of February in one of the biggest sell offs ever, but the pace of selling seems to be slowing in the last few days, said the Institute of International Finance (IIF)

Latest data show no progress resolving Turkish real sector’s foreign debt woe

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 25, 2020

Burden seen as Turkey’s biggest headache in wake of currency crisis. Figures come amid pandemic as analysts say idea EMs will face ‘sudden stop’ in capital flows is starting to gain traction.

Capital Economics slashes CEE growth forecasts for 2020 to -2% y/y

bne IntelliNews March 25, 2020

Economic consultancy Capital Economics has slashed its growth forecast for the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to a 2% y/y contractions from the previous 2.3% expansion in 2020, as a result of the coronavirus.

Harvard academic claims coronavirus situation “out of control” in Turkey

bne IntelIiNews March 24, 2020

“If the necessary measures are not taken, Turkey will be like Italy or Spain, where the daily death toll is in the hundreds,” says Turkish professor.

TURKEY INSIGHT: How bad a pandemic hit to GDP must country brace for?

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 23, 2020

Finance minister accused of just “dropping in from outer space” for sticking to his targets. Lira continues to crumble as analysts slash growth forecasts.

Crippling pandemic will cause Q2 GDP collapse of 17.2% in Turkey says JPMorgan

bne IntelIiNews March 19, 2020

Investment bank concludes country can expect worst annualised growth shrinkage of any emerging market. But finance minister rejects idea that economic carnage is on horizon.

ISTANBUL BLOG: There may be no stopping the coronavirus from snowballing in Turkey

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 19, 2020

Science Council member says country has lost its chance to be a “Singapore” or a “Hong Kong” and needs to spend all its available energy on not becoming an “Italy”.

Turkey introduces TRY100bn package to help economy hit by virus

bne IntelIiNews March 18, 2020

Debt payments postponed, tax burdens cut and aviation and tourism supported. On same day, Toyota Turkey announces production suspension.

Turkey brings in surprise 100bp rate cut and additional cheaper liquidity in coronavirus fight

bne IntelIiNews March 17, 2020

Analyst sees set of announced measures as “stronger than” a cut in borrowing costs. Lira, however, is at its weakest since currency crisis and strategists see it as set to come under even more pressure.

Turkey detains 19 for “unfounded and provocative” comments over officials’ coronavirus response

bne IntelIiNews March 17, 2020

Country was last major economy to report an infection. Veracity of its testing and declaring of scale of pandemic’s impact on Turks under scrutiny.

Number of coronavirus cases in Turkish metropolis “has exploded”

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 16, 2020

Medical Association head makes claim as Erdogan administration remains under pressure to explain how Turkey can have so few recorded infections.

EBRD makes €1bn available as emergency measure to fight coronavirus impact

bne IntelIiNews March 15, 2020

The EBRD has unveiled an emergency €1bn “Solidarity Package” to help companies deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Erdogan may be world’s most 'insulted' leader

bne IntelIiNews March 13, 2020

Justice ministry figures show that between 2014 and 2018 some 17,500 people were sued for insulting strongman. Hundreds of minors among those prosecuted.

US surgeon casts doubt on testing kits behind Turkey’s ‘one coronavirus case’ claim

bne IntelIiNews March 12, 2020

All hospitals nationwide send samples to centralised testing facility in Ankara. Lack of identified infections “provoked suspicion” because there is no way to challenge the result, doctor and academic says.

TURKEY INSIGHT: Ankara scurries to tap €1.3bn from local lenders as lira tanks amid “The COVID-19 Sudden Stop”

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 12, 2020

Not long off the canvas after suffering a near knockout in its currency crisis, country could find itself out of ammo in the face of a Global Financial Crisis II.

Babacan’s party to challenge Erdogan dubbed “Cure” or “Remedy”

bne IntelIiNews March 11, 2020

At launch ex-ally of Turkish president says: “This country’s people have been made very sad in the last years … We will not allow our nation to have more sadness.”

TURKEY INSIGHT: In global market turmoil “usual suspects” seen facing possible severe balance of payments strains

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 11, 2020

Emerging market bond funds suffering “disastrous” performance numbers. Fear of redemptions and forced selling. EM sovereign dollar bond spreads wider by 50-100bp since start of month.