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Highlights of the week: IMF, Electric Vehicles, MICHELIN

Top stories of the week, curated by the editors at Aposto.

Welcome to the second issue of Aposto Digest in English!

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Fifteen European countries including the UK and the Netherlands agreed to jointly form an air defense system for the continent. Germany, who spearheaded the project, will coordinate the joint procurements to protect against close-range as well as medium and long-range missiles. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht pointed to the importance of closing the gaps in European defense due to increased security risks in Europe following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned governments to rein in spending or risk undermining the confidence of the bond market investors that buy their debt. Rising interest rates and high inflation have increased the importance of countries building resilience into their public finances so they can deal with a more “shock-prone” world, the IMF said on Wednesday in its annual Fiscal Monitor publication.


Output of European automakers could drop by more than 1 million vehicles per quarter starting late this year and continuing through 2023, as soaring energy costs weigh on the supply chain, according to an S&P Global Mobility report released Tuesday. Europe’s governments are intervening to blunt the impact of the energy crisis, but the measures may not be enough to shield the auto industry from production halts this winter.



Spektrum is a weekly politics publication focusing on Turkey, city agendas and international policy.

Kılıçdaroğlu's strategy and social consensus

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was criticised by some opposition voters for his proposal to guarantee headscarf in law. He is alleged to have imposed himself as the candidate of the six-party alliance by restraining the presidential candidacies of Ekrem İmamoğlu, the mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, and Mansur Yavaş, the mayor of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. The content of his US visit is said to be weak.

Especially after the proposal to legalise the headscarf, President Erdoğan turned this into political leverage and imposed a new law amendment on the opposition, including restrictions on the rights and freedoms of LGBTQIA+ persons, which is seen as both a major strategic mistake for the CHP and proof that Kılıçdaroğlu is not the right person for the presidential candidacy.

So why is Kılıçdaroğlu, who won most of the metropolitan cities, especially Istanbul, Ankara, and İzmir, in the 2019 local elections and inflicted the biggest electoral defeat on the AKP in its history, making strategic mistakes months before the general elections? In a situation where inflation has reached 82%, and a large part of the population cannot even meet their basic needs, why is Kılıçdaroğlu diverting the focus of the opposition with his ‘halalisation’ (it implies a religious practice of reconciliation) rhetoric and the headscarf law proposal?

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Aposto Business presents the best articles on business at Aposto, curated by our editors. Topics include micro-mobility, future of work, energy, green economy, consumer products, marketing and more.

Electric vehicles: What is on the other side of the coin?

An article published by The Guardian last year compared the period in which we moved from fossil-fuelled vehicles to electric ones, with the period in which we moved from horse-drawn vehicles to automobiles. The article mentioned that metropolitans of the West were faced with an escalating problem in the 1890s. It also noted: ‘Horse-drawn vehicles had been in use for thousands of years and it was hard to imagine a life without them.’  However, with the growing number of such vehicles, the drawbacks of using horse power became more and more evident, especially in heavily populated cities.  It was outrageous to overlook the masses of manure in the streets, and the awful odour resulting from that. Furthermore, horses posed a risk to human health by spreading viruses when they fell ill or died. Faster and more efficient interprovincial transportation, and the transport of more people and goods increased the demand for horse-drawn vehicles.

Paradoxically, horses became both indispensable and unsustainable. Exactly like the fossil-fuelled automobiles today. Automobiles, which resolved a series of problems in the past, have now left us with many environmental problems.  Fuel and fossil fuels used for diesel-based vehicles trigger global warming with greenhouse gas emission, which causes climate change. None of this could have been foreseen at the beginning of the automobile era. However, electric vehicles, charged with renewable energy, seem like the most rational way of resolving the problem. So, are EVs as innocent as we think? Or, are they the horse-drawn or fossil-fuel-based vehicles of the future?

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Aposto Food serves appetizing articles on food at Aposto, curated by our editors. Topics include food politics, restaurant reviews, recipes, culinary notes, food culture and more.

MICHELIN Guide 2023: Stars in the skies over Istanbul

The announcement of the MICHELIN Guide is similar to the Oscars. The same stage set-up, the same loud and unfine classical music, and the same mispronunciation of local names. But the most considerable similarity is that when industry people and the public are surprised by the results, the jury's qualifications are put into question. The qualifications of those behind the MICHELIN Guide Istanbul 2023 selection are now a matter to ponder.

What happened?

Last spring, MICHELIN declared that it would announce its first Turkey guide in October with its 2023 selection for Istanbul. Fast forward the months-long anticipation, MICHELIN announced the restaurants included in the guide at a big gala last night, and gave its stamp of approval to 53 restaurants in Istanbul. Among these 53, ten restaurants were awarded the Bib Gourmand, four were awarded one MICHELIN star, one of which was also awarded the green star indicating environmental awareness, and only one restaurant (TURK FATIH TUTAK) was awarded two MICHELIN stars.

Excellent debut

53 restaurants is a high number for a first-time guide. For sure, this is a fact to be proud of. It’s good to see that Turkey's potential, which I thought would be judged with contempt by the West, is being recognised. Contrary to most predictions, the total number of starred restaurants is also high. Perhaps the most important thing is that there are 5 women as chefs at Bib Gourmand and higher levels. Although this number is still lower than we would like, it’s high compared to the industry average.

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Circular Economy 101. Everything about circular economy, a model of production and consumption of sharing, renting, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible.

What to do to unlock the potential of the textile industry?

92 million tonnes of textiles are buried in landfills worldwide every year. If this doesn't mean anything to you, let's use an analogy. One garbage truck full of textile products is buried in the ground every second.

Unfortunately, the waste generation of the textile industry is not limited to the products. Today, the textile industry alone causes 20% of the water pollution due to the use of chemicals in its current practices.

The potential of this industry is as high as its negative effects. According to the research shared in the report, close to 500 thousand tonnes of clothing and textile products in only six European Union countries have the structure that would allow closing the cycles. Although 92 million tonnes of textile waste may seem small compared to this amount, we can better understand the potential of the industry when we consider that textile waste in only six countries has this potential. When this is considered from another aspect, a potential emerges for the textile industry to create an average annual value of 74 million Euros.

So what are the duties and responsibilities of the stakeholders in order to unlock this potential and for the textile industry to transform in accordance with circular economy? Let's investigate together.

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Aposto Istanbul is a weekly city guide for Istanbul lovers who want to make this city their neighborhood. Hand-picked events, local news, recommendations and more.

Reporting from the underground: Concerts in the car park

What is it? Concert series. Concerts that bring local musicians and bands to the underground, turning the city upside-down.

Where? Müze Gazhane car park, -2nd floor

When? For now until 27 October

Why should you go? It will be a brand new adventure to listen to Istanbul musicians underground and experience the local sound in an extraordinary atmosphere.

Duly noted: The concert programme of the series is right here.


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International Monetary Fund



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