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064 MATRA-program: social transformation in Turkey

MATRA: for the average citizen a completely unknown abbreviation, but for insiders the MATRA-program is one of the most successful and effective instruments of Dutch foreign policy. We in Ankara and Istanbul very much like our MATRA-program with its small scale interventions, that often have a substantial policy impact. MATRA-projects never stand on their own; they are […]

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050. A Turkish Randstad, with a blue heart

I travel a lot in Turkey, just as I did over 30 years ago, when I visited Turkey for the first time. The hospitality of its people, the historic sites and natural wonders remain the same, but the infrastructure has changed dramatically. In the ‘80’s there was just one Bosporus crossing, while by the end […]

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020. About the Bosporus

Mid November is the annual Istanbul Marathon. Its main attraction is running from Asia to Europe, across the “first” bridge, high above the Bosporus. This year I joined 10,000’s runners. After the bridge the sign “welcome to Europe” greeted us. The Bosporus is quite a waterway: romantically beautiful, with spectacular houses and castles on its […]

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009. Turkey is a regional hub (and as such interesting for Dutch companies).

The Netherlands is a bridge between its neighbors and the outside world; so is Turkey. Turkey is a central hub to the Middle East, Balkan, Central Asia and North Africa. But Turkey is more; once these regions of the world were also part of or closely connected to the Ottoman Empire. They are part of […]