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Global Europe 22-05-2017

Erdogan back as AK Party head, pledges to fight enemies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pledged to fight Turkey's enemies at home and abroad yesterday (21 May) as he was elected leader of the ruling AK Party, a move enabling him to reassert his grip on the party and its legislative work.

Freedom of thought 13-04-2017

Turkey’s ‘No’ campaign defiant despite obstacles

As the clock ticks down to Turkey's landmark referendum Sunday (16 April) on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's powers, it's impossible to miss the posters for the government-backed 'Yes' campaign in Ankara and cities across the country.

Enlargement 26-01-2017

Why the West ‘failed to understand’ Turkey

The ‘coup attempt’ has very conveniently allowed the Turkish regime to accelerate and extend purges, imprisonments, and property confiscation to ever widening sectors of society and dismantle the separation of powers, writes Ramazan Güveli.

Enlargement 22-11-2016

Turkey’s ruling party withdraws ‘rape law’

Turkey's ruling party said today (22 November) it will withdraw a marriage bill that the United Nations warned could legitimise child rape.

Enlargement 11-10-2016

Turkish CHP party accuses Erdogan of undermining democracy

A senior representative of the Turkish Republican People’s Party (CHP), harshly criticised the ruling AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today (11 October) for undermining democracy after the failed coup attempt last July.

Global Europe 06-09-2016

Ankara says West confused about Gülen

In response to European accusations of McCarthyism following the failed July coup, Ankara is spreading the message that the West has little understanding about the movement of US-self-exiled cleric Fetullah Gülen, which it calls a terrorist organisation.

Global Europe 25-07-2016

Turkish ‘unity’ rally condemns coup amid torture claims

Many thousands of Turks massed Sunday (24 July) for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, amid a purge of suspected state enemies.

Global Europe 18-07-2016

Erdogan says coup was ‘gift from God’ to reshape country, punish enemies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Friday’s failed coup (15 July) was a “gift from God”, giving him the chance to re-shape the country, and purge the country’s elite from enemies, who accuse him of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.

Enlargement 20-05-2016

New Turkish premier vows allegiance to Erdogan

Turkey's ruling party named a loyal ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the new prime minister yesterday (19 May), with the incoming premier immediately vowing to "work in total harmony" with the strongman leader.

Enlargement 28-04-2016

Turkey to seek ‘liberal interpretation’ of secularism in new constitution

Turkey's new constitution will retain secularism as a principle, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday (27 April), playing down comments from the parliamentary speaker who caused a public uproar by calling for a religious national charter.

Enlargement 27-04-2016

Turks protest Islamisation push

Turkish police yesterday (26 April) fired tear gas to break up protests over a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution that has sparked concerns of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.

Enlargement 26-02-2016

Turkey frees two prominent journalists pending their trial

Two Turkish journalists charged in a hugely controversial case with revealing state secrets and held in jail for the last three months were released early yesterday (25 February) after Turkey's constitutional court ruled their rights had been violated.

Elections 24-11-2015

Turkey lines up cabinet with Erdogan’s son-in-law in key post

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu today (24 November) unveiled a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an - including his son-in-law who was named energy minister.

Erdogan’s AKP wins crucial election

Turkey's long-dominant Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a stunning electoral comeback yesterday (1 November), regaining its parliamentary majority in a poll seen as crucial for the future of the troubled country.

Global Europe 30-10-2015

Don’t leave Turkey with Erdogan

On 1 November, Turkey will re-run its general election, as political parties, namely the Justice and Development Party (AKP), have been unable to form a coalition government since the general election in June.

Global Europe 12-10-2015

Turkey ‘must stand united’, says Mogherini

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Turkey on Saturday (10 October) to "stand united" against terrorists and all threats against the country after an attack on a rally in Ankara killed up to 128 people.

Enlargement 05-10-2015

Erdogan brings Turkish election campaign to Strasbourg, Brussels

Supporters and foes gathered in Strasbourg on Sunday (4 October) on the occasion of a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, who has apparently turned his European tour into part of his election campaign.

Global Europe 10-09-2015

Pro-Kurdish leader warns of Turkey being dragged into civil war

While EU Council President Donald Tusk visited Turkey on Wednesday (9 September), the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party warned that the country was being dragged into a "civil war" following a wave of attacks on its offices by nationalists.

Elections 20-08-2015

Erdogan admits Turkey must hold new election

Turkey is heading rapidly toward a new election and only the "will of the people" can break a political deadlock after the ruling AK Party failed to form a working government, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said on Wednesday (19 August).

Elections 19-08-2015

Turkey’s ruling AK Party fails to form a government

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu formally ended attempts to form the next government om Tuesday (18 August) after weeks of coalition talks failed, raising the prospect of a fractious interim administration leading the country to a new election.

Enlargement 08-06-2015

Kurdish party damages Erdogan in Turkish election

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's hopes of assuming greater powers suffered a major setback on Sunday when the ruling AK Party he founded failed to win an outright majority in a parliamentary election for the first time.

Erdogan and his wife Emine at a meeting where he is named as AKP candidate for the country's first direct presidential election [Reuters]
Languages & Culture 01-07-2014

Erdo?an stands for Presidency, invokes Allah

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an declared his candidacy today for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule and supporters, especially conservative Muslims, who see it as the crowning prize in their drive to reshape Turkey, a NATO member, and an EU candidate.

Commission warns Turkey against purges of graft investigators

The Turkish government has purged hundreds of police, among them senior commanders, since a graft scandal erupted on 17 December. The European Commission issued today (8 January) a warning that recent developments in the largest candidate country are a ‘matter of concern’ for the EU executive.

Enlargement 02-01-2014

Turkey claims fending off ‘coup attempt’

Turkey's government said on 31 December it was fending off a "mini coup attempt" by elements in the police and judiciary who served the interests of foreign and domestic forces bent on humbling the country.