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April 9, 2019

The Italians have a penchant for doing frivolous things seriously and serious things frivolously*. Coffee and its culture, for instance, are such a big deal in Italy that if you order a cappuccino after 11:00 am, you better explain your reasons for doing so.

The Italians did not invent coffee, yet the passion they have for i...

October 1, 2018

I was watching the news last night. In Italy, one of the most discussed topics these days is the ‘Salvini Decree’. Salvini has been Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior since June 2018. His decree proposes measures on a variety of issues, including immigration. The freshly elected government’s pre-elec...

July 11, 2018

‘Companies need consultants, because otherwise they’re merely breathing their own exhaust’ was a tweet* I read yesterday. Sounds intriguing, and it recapitulates well the experience we also had in these years.

A couple of weeks ago, I had dinner with the manager of a mid-sized European firm. Seven years ago, they had investe...

May 17, 2017

Next July, Bektas Consulting will be celebrating its fifth year of operations in advising Italian enterprises about their operations in Turkey. Therefore, we thought it would be the right moment to take a look at and brainstorm on what has changed in these five years between the two Mediterranean countries in terms of busin...

January 29, 2016

Fortune magazine every year selects the top 100 most powerful women in the world, and even though more than half the women on the list are American, there are powerful women from all over the world each time. On the 2015 list, Italy had 3 women, Federica Mogherini (politics), Miuccia Prada (business) and Fabiola Gianotti (p...

December 4, 2014

Gold is just one of the many metals existing naturally on the earth’s outer layer; however, without a doubt, it has always been the most cherished one. Men first started using gold coins in 550 BC in Lydia, a province of modern-day Turkey, under King Croesus, and these coins quickly became an accepted payment medium for mer...

September 9, 2014

Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, is thought to have been the first place plants were ever domesticated, and where cultivation, and therefore agriculture, first began. After their domestication, these plants spread quickly outside the region and were cultivated in other areas with suitable geographic conditions. It w...

April 8, 2014

I caught the final part of a CNBC interview with the CEO of a European private equity firm* who was concluding his words by saying that 2014 is the best year to invest in Turkey. It attracted my attention not because of the affirmative investment case made for Turkey, but because of the timing of the statement. The last 10...

February 10, 2014

In May 2012, when Turkish Dogus Group acquired the majority shares of the luxurious five-star Capri Palace Hotel, located in the heart of Anacapri and famous for its international celebrity clientele, it did not create much of a stir in Italy or Turkey. The transaction looked more like a partnership, as the hotel would go o...

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