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The Germans in Turkey

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As in many West European countries, immigrants in Germany and their adaptation to society is one of the constant issues in German politics. If Germany is taken as the focal point, the Turks, forming the largest immigrant group with a population of 2.6 million, have a consistent place in the middle of the discussion.

Ferit Sahenk: "Our Aim Is to Create Another Happy CEOs."

The Turkish-American Business Council came into being in 1985 with the aim of improving and strengthening trade and investment relations between Turkey and America. In the past, many notable names from the business world have headed up this organization. With 120 active members, TAIK hopes to help accelerate the development of relations between these two countries.

Heir to Suzer

Mr. Serhan Suzer, the young heir to Suzer Group, is 28 years old and is a manager in the group’s partnerships with American companies. Mr. Suzer played a key role in implementing the Ritz-Carlton Hotel project and is following the KFC and Pizza Hut franchises. He is also responsible for the group’s foreign relations and is the coordinator of the public relations department of the group.
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The Most Powerful Woman in Turkey

“Guler is the first child of my elder brother, she is the first niece, grandchild, cousin. She charms everybody with her bright intelligence, charisma, and entrepreneurship. She might be my niece, but she is not different from my own children. In our family, whoever is in trouble or gets sick knows that Guler is there for them…”

Turkish Builder Launches Major Macedonia Project

Image SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - Ibrahim Cevahir, Turkish investor and owner of 'Cevahir Holding', speaks during a cornerstone ceremony for construction of four skyscrapers and shopping mall, in Skopje, Macedonia, Monday, July 16, 2012. The construction site that measures about 280.000 square meters (3.000.000 square feet) will consist of four towers with 42 floors each 130 meters (427 feet) tall with business space, shopping mall, and providing residence to 5,000 people. This is the largest construction of residential buildings ever launched in Macedonia worth euro 300 million (367 million US Dollar) and will be completed in three years by Turkish company 'Cevahir Holding'.

Turkcell Confirms: Bulgaria's Vivacom Sale Failed

Image The creditors of the Bulgarian telecommunications operator Vivacom have given up on its sale, Turkish mobile phone operator Turkcell, which had emerged as the preferred buyer, announced, confirming earlier media reports. "We received an official letter informing us that the sellers of BTC have aborted their efforts to find a buyer. Turkcell will continue to evaluate acquisition opportunities for similar buyouts," Chief Executive Officer Sureyya Ciliv said at a press conference.

Foreign investments by Turks Reach $25 Billion in 10 Years

Image Some 165 local businesses invested $5.3 billion in the Netherlands between 2000 and 2010, making the country the top destination for the Turkish investments abroad. Turkish businessmen have invested the highest amount of money in the Netherlands during the first 10 years of the new millennium, according to a report derived from official data by the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON).

Turkish Businessmen to Visit Netherlands

Image President Gul, Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and officials will attend Turkey-Netherlands Business Forum in Amsterdam. 100-member Turkish business delegation will travel to the Netherlands to hold talks on new cooperation and investment opportunities between Turkey and the Netherlands on the 400th anniversary of Turkish-Dutch diplomatic relations.

Greece Seeks Turkish Buyers for Assets in Economic Reversal

Image Greek officials met with investors from Turkey to showcase a sale of state-run assets, reflecting a reversal in the fortunes of the Mediterranean rivals as Greece faces possible financial collapse and Turkish growth rivals China’s. Officials of the Greek asset-sales agency, investment office and Foreign Ministry made presentations and held talks with Turkish businessmen in Istanbul today.

Turkish Films at Home in Germany

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'Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland,' a comedy centered on a Turkish guest worker in Germany, grossed more than $11 million at the German B.O.
BERLIN -- In Germany, Turkish-themed films are beginning to generate major box office coin even as Turkey's own cinematic output is making waves on the international stage and dominating the B.O. at home.

While Turkey is experiencing a skyrocketing ascent as a powerful emerging economy, Germany is looking back at the beginning of Turkish immigration, which helped fuel West Germany's own economic boom.

This year Germany's Turkish community is celebrating its 50th anniversary: In 1961 Germany and Turkey signed an agreement allowing guest workers to immigrate here. It's the subject at the heart of Yasemin Samdereli's "Almanya -- Willkommen in Deutschland," the second-most-successful German film of the year.

The pic, which has earned more than $11 million at the domestic box office, follows an aging patriarch who became Germany's 1,000,001st guest worker in 1964 and who returns to Turkey with his family nearly 50 years later.

The pic won a Silver Lola award for top film this year as well as the screenplay prize for Nesrin Samdereli, the director's sister, at the German Film Awards.
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