PRET A Manger has launched its hotly anticipated Christmas menu - and it includes its first-ever vegan sandwich.From now until late December you'll be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner (turkey breast with cranberry sauce) cradled between two slices of soft, fluffy bread - and so much more.The iconic Christmas Lunch and Veggie Christmas Lunch sandwiches have made their long-awaited comeback, but they are joined by a few new tasty offerings on the menu.The vegan sandwich combines grilled carrots, parsnip puree and crispy onions with a festive chutney, toasted pistachios and peppery watercress.The hearty hot food range is also back, featuring a brand new macaroni cheese filled with ham hock and Brussels sprouts.There are also two new seasonal toasties filled with French brie and cranberry and ham hock and chutney.And if your mouth is watering as these tasty treats, just wait until you hear what you can wash them down with.There is a mint hot chocolate and Pret's range of … [Read more...] about What’s on the Pret A Manger Christmas menu 2016? Prices, calories and availability
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BRITISH holidaymakers are returning to top tourist destinations in Egypt and Turkey, despite concerns over terror attacks.Thomas Cook has revealed that demand for trips to the two countries had continued to increase because of the cheap prices.The company’s chief executive Peter Fankhauser told the BBC’s Today programme that demand in Egyptian and Turkish resorts was boosting the winter holiday markets.He said: “Both destinations are wonderful countries, with great hotels, great beaches, nice people, and it’s really good value.“People want to go back. We are not a security company; as long as we have the advice of the Foreign Office that we can fly to Egypt and Turkey, we offer a great product.”The demand for cheap breaks in the two countries is set to grow further, as Brits are likely to see the cost of their tip to Spain rise by hundreds of pounds next year, due to a combination of strong demand and the weak pound.In the last few years, demand … [Read more...] about More Brits are heading back to Turkey and Egypt on holiday – so how safe is it?
On Monday (10.10.2016) the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, visits Turkey. This visit was unimaginable just a few weeks ago. Between last November and June of this year, and despite years spent forging a successful relationship between Turkey and post-Soviet Russia, Ankara and Moscow were in a state of cold war. DW looks back on their history over the past 25 years. 1. The end of the Soviet Union, and small businesses Rapprochement between post-Soviet Russia and Turkey was swift. There was great demand in Russia for Western-style fashions, and small Turkish businesses stepped up to meet it. Cheap clothing from Turkey soon conquered the Russian markets. Turkish companies quickly found a niche in the Russian construction industry, and the 1997 agreement to supply gas via the Blue Stream pipeline also provided a strong stimulus. 2. The heyday of friendship and cooperation At the highest political level, however, the relationship between the two countries intensified only later … [Read more...] about Rapprochement between Russia and Turkey
Two German citizens of Turkish origin were arrested in Istanbul over the weekend, the German Foreign Ministry said Monday. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Martin Schäfer said in Berlin that there were "concrete indications" the married couple had been taken into custody by police in Istanbul on Sunday. One of the two apparently remains in custody while the second has been released, but barred from leaving Turkey. Schäfer said there was still no official information on the arrests from Turkish authorities. Political arrests The arrests bring the number of German citizens languishing in Turkish prisons to at least 56. At least 12 of those in custody are there for what Berlin says are political reasons. Late last month another German couple of Turkish origin was arrested in Antalya. The man is still in custody and the woman was released and has since returned to Germany. "The nightmare, which so many German nationals who wanted to do nothing other than … [Read more...] about Turkey detains two more German nationals
A court in southwestern Turkey on Wednesday found 43 ex-soldiers guilty of attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a failed coup in 2016, handing most of them life sentences. Thirty-four received "aggravated" life sentences, which lengthen the minimum sentence required for parole under Turkish law, while others were given normal life sentences or lesser sentences. The trial, involving 47 defendants and including senior military officers, was the highest-profile one so far related to the attempted putsch. Read more: Main coup trial begins in Turkey against nearly 500 suspects Dubious account? The former soldiers were accused of plotting to assassinate Erdogan at the Grand Yazici Hotel in the southwestern coastal resort of Marmaris, where he was holidaying with his family. Just days after the coup attempt, the president told US broadcaster CNN in an interview that the assassination plot left him just minutes from death. "If I had stayed 10 or 15 … [Read more...] about Turkey hands life sentences to 40 over Erdogan death plot
An attempted coup, terror attacks and continued wars of words between German and Turkish politicians - who would want to vacation in Turkey? The surprising answer: A whole lot of people. Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has just presented its spring statistics. The result: More tourists traveled to the country in April 2017 than at any time since May 2015. Numbers were up by 20 percent compared to the beginning of the year. Next to Russians, Germans represent the majority of foreign vacationers in Turkey. "Families especially," Thorsten Schäfer of the German Travel Association (DRV) told DW, "like to take all-inclusive vacations on the Turkish Riviera and the Aegean coast. Investors have poured huge sums of money into building massive hotel complexes to meet the demand over the past several years. Moreover, the Turkish government has expanded the country's tourism infrastructure as well as improving its overall transport infrastructure." Crisis year 2016 The tourism … [Read more...] about Is Turkey overcoming its tourism slump?
Tourism, which adds about $30 billion to Turkey's gross domestic product each year, has been hammered by attacks blamed on Islamic State and Kurdish militants that have scared away tourists over the past year. Summer bookings from Germany were down 58 percent at the end of January from a year ago. "Greece is clearly benefiting from that, and Egypt as well," Doerte Nordbeck, head of Travel & Logistics Germany at GfK, told journalists at a news conference ahead of the world's biggest travel fair in Berlin (ITB) next week. Germans' summer bookings for Greece were 67 percent higher than a year ago by the end of January, and the country has now replaced Turkey as Germans' second-most popular holiday destination after the Balearic islands, she said, citing booking data from travel agencies and online portals. Tour operator TUI had said in January that it had added around 40 percent more capacity on the Greek islands of Crete, Rhodes and Kos to meet demand. GfK said bookings for Egypt … [Read more...] about German travelers continue to shun Turkey
The executive in charge of the Sozcu website, Mediha Olgun, has been arrested while the owner of the daily newspaper, Burak Akbay, is being still sought by authorities as the crackdown on opposition media in Turkey continues. Akbay may be outside of Turkey, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. The two others sought for arrest are correspondent Gokmen Ulu and financial executive Yonca Kaleli, according to the CNN Turk broadcaster, which keeps close ties with the government. Sozcu's lawyer, Ismail Yilmaz, denied that arrest warrants had been issued, telling the private Dogan news agency that warrants had only been issued to seize and search their belongings. Yilmaz did, however, confirm that Mediha Olgun was in custody, adding that this could be in connection with another investigation. Photography as a crime The newspaper is accused of having ties to the so-called "Hizmet" movement led by the self-exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkish authorities blame Gulen, … [Read more...] about Turkey seeks arrests at opposition newspaper Sozcu
The European Commission on Wednesday recommended visa-free access to Turkish citizens who wanted to travel to the European Union for short holidays or business trips. However, the suspension would be valid only if Turkey completes all the remaining conditions, the commission said. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager tweeted a picture of the Commission statement that said: "The European Commission is today proposing to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to lift the visa requirements for the citizens of Turkey, under the understanding that the Turkish authorities will fulfill, as a matter of urgency and as they committed to do so on March 18, 2016, the outstanding benchmarks of its Visa Liberalization Roadmap." Following approval by the European Council and Parliament, the recommendation will have to be approved by the national parliaments of each EU member state. The rule is scheduled to come into force by June 30. Speaking in Ankara on … [Read more...] about EU executive conditionally backs visa-free travel from Turkey
Germany's Economy Ministry on Friday said that Berlin would be reviewing all future exports of weapons to Turkey, which like Germany is a member of NATO. "Special weight" was being given to "the current situation and particularly respect for human rights," a ministry spokesperson said in a statement. The spokesperson added that since the failed military coup in Turkey in July 2016, permission to export arms to Turkey had only been given "after very differentiated and careful review of individual cases." Read more: Germany overhauls Turkey policy There was no indication that the announcements would affect any already agreed upon deals for arms. In 2016, Germany approved the sale of 83.9 million euros ($98 million) in weaponry to Turkey - in the first four months of this year, arms deals worth $22 million were permitted. Berlin hopes that putting future cooperation under review, together with the travel advisory and a review of economic guarantees, will send a strong signal … [Read more...] about Germany continues war of words with Turkey, reviews arms sales