TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (3).
PREMIER IS RIGHT, EUROPE DEMOTIVATED US
Austrian Minister for European and International Affairs Michael Spindelegger made remarks in confirmation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks that "EU's stance is demotivating us." Spindelegger said, "we do not see Turkey as a future member of the EU." Spindelegger also argued that Turkey had no connection with Europe.
THERE CAN BE NO SECRET IF THERE IS CRIME
The Criminal Court No. 11 overturned the request of the General Staff to "end searches in the cosmic room", and said there was no legal obstacle before search of places, even they were places where state secrets were hid, when the quality of the crimes, how grave the situation was and the possibility that evidence might be darkened were taken into consideration.
EXPORTS NOT AFFECTED BY CRISIS, OVER 100 BLN USD
State Minister Zafer Caglayan said Turkey earned 9.5 billion USD from exports in December 2009. Also, Caglayan said Turkey exported goods over 100 billion USD in 2009, a figure over the psychological threshold.
COURT DISMISSES REJECTION TO SEARCH UNDER DEPUTY PREMIER ASSASSINATION PROBE
A criminal court in Ankara has overruled a rejection by military authorities for the halt of evidence search in the headquarters of the Special Operations with the Armed Forces in a probe over an alleged assassination plot against Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. The court said the search was "directly related with the accusations and there is no legal obstacle against searching the working premises of the suspects even if that place is used to keep state secrets."
47 BLN TL FROM REPATRIATION ACT, EXPORTS OVER 100 BLN USD
As the world economies keep on having financing problems, Turkey received good news in economy in the new year. A law on repatriation of capital drew 47. 3 billion Turkish liras. Turkish foreign trade minister said the country's annual exports reached 101.6 billion USD.
THY TO BUY AT LEAST 20 NEW PASSENGER PLANES
Turkey's national air carrier, the Turkish Airlines (THY), has placed a firm order for 14 Airbus A321-200 and 6 Airbus A319-100 passenger planes. The air carrier said it also placed an optional order for the procurement of 10 Airbus A319/A321 passenger planes. Fourteen A321-200s and six A319-100s are expected to be delivered to the THY in 2011 and 2012 as A319/A321s are scheduled for 2013. THY has currently 132 planes in its fleet.
BUSINESS HEAD ASSOCIATION CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PROCEED WITHOUT IMF
Omer Cihad Vardan, head of the Association of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen (MUSIAD), has called on the government to steer the economy without a stand-by deal with the International Monetary Fund, saying that Turkey weathered the global crisis without such aid. Vardan said a joint consultation platform on economic matters should be established.
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