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Why does PRC devalue its currency on purpose, but Turkey is worried about the devaluation of its currency?

Trade surplus/deficit Devaluing one's currency means mostly one thing: It becomes more expensive to import products from abroad, while one's own products become comparably cheaper to buy on the world ...
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Why can't Erdogan's dictatorship be defined as benevolent?

Of course Erdogan's dictatorship (although technically it is no dictatorship) can theoretically be defined as benevolent. It is solely a question of the definition of the "benefit of the population as ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. want to extradite Fethullah Gülen to Turkey?

The U.S. has repeatedly stated that Turkey has not provided adequate evidence to link Fethullah Gülen with the crimes he is accused of, as required by the extradition treaty between the two countries. ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

As a Turkish liberal who does not support conservatives and as a voter who spent many times watching the opposition speeches my answer is: It depends what you call cheating. If you mean stealing ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. want to extradite Fethullah Gülen to Turkey?

It's worth noting that US Government does not have the power to extradite Gulen on a whim as he is a permanent resident of the United States and holds a Green Card. Unlike deportation, extradition is ...
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Why does Russia choose to depend on the Bosporus Strait for shipping?

Because the Baltic Sea ices over every winter. In theory, you could continue year-round operations with icebreakers and cargo ships with a sufficient ice class but that's expensive and there are only ...
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Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election?

It's unclear. There have yet to be credible international election observers who have made a statement as to the accuracy of the vote count. Some opposition politicians have contested the counts of ...
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Why would a planned Turkish invasion of Syria motivate US troops' withdrawal?

This is Turkish-US cooperation, as it works out in practice. Up to now the two countries have been rather at odds over Syria. The US's priorities have been twofold: destroy IS's territorial holdings, ...
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What are Turkey's objections to Finland and Sweden joining NATO?

According to Turkey's President Erdoğan, they will not immediately approve the enlargement unless Turkey's own security concerns are considered. In general, Erdoğan believes that they have not ...
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What flag has a red star, in a yellow circle, in a green ring, on a red background?

It's the flag of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party: They are in conflict with Turkey because of civil rights violations against Kurds, as well as a desire for a Kurdish nation.
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How can Erdoğan stay in office until 2029?

The term limits will be reset if the new constitution goes into effect. As the current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is serving his first term, 2014 - 2019, he can run for another term under the ...
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Why doesn't the EU use its economic power to deal with Turkey's demands?

You seem to fundamentally misread the situation. Turkey does not owe it to the EU to help them save face and solve their problems for them. Erdogan has leverage and the EU is listening to him because ...
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Why has Turkey "opened the floodgates" for migrants to the EU?

It's probably part of the pressure/negotiation tactics of Ankara, as they have a long history of threatening Europe with this: Turkish government representatives, and even President Recep Tayyip ...
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Why were 2745 judges dismissed in Turkey?

From the sheer size of that list, it wasn't drawn up from scratch in response to the attempted coup but long before. It's impossible to say if all of them have ties to political opponents of Erdogan ...
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Is Turkey an indispensable partner in NATO?

I like the answer by Kayndarr, but I think it can be put more succinct: NATO would have a reduced capability to project significant power in the Middle East and Caucasus trouble spots. With "...
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Why is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan allowing the Turkish Lira to plunge?

Lowering interest rates makes it easier to borrow money. This allows businesses to grow using borrowed money, without having to pay high interest rates. The question assumes that allowing your ...
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Is President Erdogan of Turkey staging a coup attempt?

Evidences for quasi-coup: The bombardments were not targeted at Erdogan. He reached the airport more or less unimpeded to speak. The army retreated rapidly. Compare this with Egypt: The Egyptian ...
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Why can't Erdogan's dictatorship be defined as benevolent?

"Benevolent dictatorship" is not very easy to assess (Wikipedia): Many dictators' regimes portray themselves as benevolent, often tending to regard democratic regimes as messy, inefficient and ...
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Why did the Tunceli province, in the center of Turkey, vote so much against Erdoğan in the presidential elections?

One reason may be due to the demographics of the Tunceli region, which includes significant populations of Dersim Alevi Kurds, Armenian Alevis and Christian Armenians. Tunceli is the only region in ...
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Why has Trump refused to recognize the Armenian Genocide?

I'm not sure the Trump administration has explained why. They clearly prefer a more conciliatory tone toward Turkey than the Senate bill on this matter: "The position of the administration has ...
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Is the Armenian Genocide a genocide?

1.Killing members of the group; 1-1.5 million Armenians were killed. This isn't denied; the Turks just say that it was due to their acts in the war, not a concentrated effort. 2.Causing serious ...
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Why would Russia supply a NATO country with S400 Missiles batteries?

As you note, the Turkish Government and the Russian have improved relations, and unlike previous Turkish leaders, Erdogan has not made closer relationships with "the West" through, for example, EU ...
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Why is the Hagia Sophia decision of Turkey attracting so much attention around the world?

The most obvious objective difference is that Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992. That event was discussed in international media at the time. Now it's old news, Hagia Sofia is not. Another possible ...
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Can a NATO member call Article 5 after being attacked outside its national borders?

Can a NATO member call Article 5 after being attacked outside its national borders? The area covered by the treaty is stated in article 6 of the North Atlantic Treaty: Article 6 For the purpose of ...
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Why doesn't the EU use its economic power to deal with Turkey's demands?

As far as I can tell, there is no reason to fear a military conflict (NATO), nor any major losses for Europe's economy, if sanctions are set up. Turkey also doesn't seem to have any important allies, ...
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Which EU member countries are opposed to Turkey's accession to the EU?

You can see a 2017 map of who opposed or suppored at that time, below, from this DW article Also note that relations have deteriorated somewhat since 2017.
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What flag has a red star, in a yellow circle, in a green ring, on a red background?

This flag is the symbol of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK. Their main goal is to establish an independent Kurdish state in a territory currently claimed by Turkey, Iraq and Syria. ...
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Why would a planned Turkish invasion of Syria motivate US troops' withdrawal?

The US has been supporting Kurdish forces against the organisation that calls itself (in English) "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant", but is often abbreviated to ISIL, ISIS, or just IS. The same ...
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Why has the UK has not yet signed a continuity trade agreement with Turkey?

Denis' comment has a kernel of truth. It's not however that the UK is not allowed to negotiate--after all the UK did conclude some 13 "continuity" deals covering 38 countries or territories. The ...
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