066 What will the economy bring Turkey in 2017 (and 2018)?

“A predicted economic crisis always comes later than expected, but when it finally arrives it will happen much faster than anticipated” Introduction Predicting the direction of the Turkish economy in the coming few years is not an easy task. Turkey is a multi-layered country on the crossroads of three continents, finding itself not only in […]

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054. Turkey innovation week Istanbul/Holland partner country I

Top -5’s: to be in the top of any of the globally comparative lists seems to be a (well hidden) objective of the Dutch. We might be known as to be an egalitarian society, where no one should stick his/her head above the ‘maaiveld’ (as then it will be cut off), but as a collective […]

Social Media

052. Social Media, diplomats and Turkey

No tweet, no result; no picture, no meeting; no #hashtag, no professionalism. Blogging is hip, infographics are already mainstream and every respectable company has a CDO (Chief Digital Officer). I turned ‘social’ some years ago; a colleague of another Consulate in Hong Kong urgently needed donors with a special blood type. He phoned around and […]

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045. Renewed Istanbul infrastructure boom (4): Fast Growing Metro Net

Istanbul is one of the few mega cities where new infrastructure is growing a bit faster than its enormous traffic problems. No small achievement, as infrastructure was neglected for decades. For a long time, travelling by car or public bus were the only options. By the end of the 20th century new master plans were […]

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044. Warships sailing the Turkish straits: international law at work

The Black Sea is of crucial economic and strategic importance for its littoral states and so are of course the Turkish straits (Bosporus and the Dardanelles). Day in day out, year in year out, they remain open for traffic, connecting the Black Sea with the Mediterranean Sea and from there to the rest of the […]

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042. Renewed Istanbul infrastructure boom (3): Urban Development and Real Estate Projects

Without much ado in greater Istanbul a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects is being implemented putting Istanbul on the first spot when it comes to new infrastructure in Europe. Some projects are controversial (third airport, the canal), others too long delayed (the expansion of the metro network), but one thing is for sure: their […]

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040. How Dutch investments, polarization, Turkish politics and toilets meet.

The days that we diplomats “did not speak about cheese” are of course long behind us. Economic diplomacy has been a key pillar of our Dutch diplomatic work for many years; a world city like Istanbul is an ideal place for active economic diplomacy and as diplomat one has to be prepared to do show […]

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036. Agriculture/Turkey and The Netherlands: partners by choice and destiny

Some weeks ago President Erdoğan announced Turkey’s aim to increase agricultural revenue to 150 billion US dollars and increase agricultural exports to 40 billion US dollars by 2023. Ambitious? Yes. Realistic? No doubt about it. Turkey’s agri-cultural potentials Turkey combines a great geographical location with a fertile country and many different climate zones, enabling basically […]

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034. Dear Turkish Student: “Studying in the Netherlands should be on your shortlist”

The Netherlands is, according to rankings (I know, rankings have limited value, but when the Netherlands ranks high I like them…), one of the best countries for foreign students to study. This applies to both academic level and cost of studying and living. This fact is however hardly known outside the Netherlands. The world will […]

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033. Renewed Istanbul infrastructure boom (2): bridges and tunnels

Without much ado a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects is being implemented in the greater Istanbul area, leading to an unprecedented infrastructure boom that at present goes unrivaled in Europe. Some projects are not without discussion (third airport, the canal), others perhaps too long delayed (the expansion of the metro network for example), but […]