Mehmet Cetingulec

People stand near military vehicles displayed by the Turkish company Otokar during the Eurosatory defense and security international trade show in the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center in a northern Paris suburb, June 13, 2016.  (photo by JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Turkey's Altay tank project not ready to roll after all

Monday, Jun. 19, 2017 | Mehmet Cetingulec, Contributor

Now that Turkey's government has rejected Otokar's bid for the Altay tank contract, other companies will participate in the tender, including BMC — a Turkish/Qatari partnership whose chairman is a close friend of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Can Syrians sway future elections in Turkey?

Monday, May. 22, 2017 | Mehmet Cetingulec, Contributor

Close to 2 million Syrians will obtain the right to seek citizenship in Turkey in 2019, a prospect that may have decisive repercussions on a critical election cycle that year.

Tomato ban reveals lingering problems between Russia, Turkey

Monday, May. 15, 2017 | Mehmet Cetingulec, Contributor

Russia is continuing its tomato ban, but its problems with Turkey are rooted elsewhere.

The real reason behind Turkey’s skyrocketing welfare spending

Friday, May. 5, 2017 | Mehmet Cetingulec, Contributor

The number of people entitled to social welfare assistance has reached 15.5 million in Turkey, raising questions on what lies behind the government’s generosity.

How Turkey-Iran trade deal collapsed in two years

Friday, Mar. 10, 2017 | Mehmet Cetingulec, Contributor

Mutual tariff cuts and the lifting of international sanctions on Iran have failed to contain the decline in Turkish-Iranian trade, hit hard by regional rivalry and political tensions between the two neighbors.

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Mehmet Cetingulec is a Turkish journalist with 34 years professional experience, including 23 years with the Sabah media group during which he held posts as a correspondent covering the prime minister’s and presidential offices, economy news chief and parliamentary bureau chief. For nine years, he headed the Ankara bureau of the daily Takvim, where he also wrote a regular column. He has published two books.

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