About: Binali Yildirim

Global Europe 24-06-2019

Erdogan suffers biggest defeat since AKP foundation

Turkey’s opposition has dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his policies. Ekrem Imamoğlu of the...
Global Europe 20-06-2019

First TV debate in nearly two decades ahead of Istanbul election re-run

The two candidates for the re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul met in the first live television debate in 17 years on Sunday (16 June). The re-run will be held on 23 June. The event was broadcast on all...
Global Europe 08-04-2019

Erdogan’s AK Party to seek recount of all Istanbul votes

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AK Party is seeking a full recount of all votes cast in local elections in Istanbul, a senior party official said on Sunday (7 April), a week after initial results showed a narrow victory for Turkey's main opposition party.
Global Europe 24-01-2018

Turkey detains dozens more in ‘terror propaganda’ clampdown

Turkish security forces yesterday (23 January) detained dozens more people nationwide on accusations of spreading propaganda for "terror" groups, in a major clampdown as Ankara presses its new offensive inside Syria.
Energy 11-07-2017

Turkey voices energy ambitions at World Petroleum Congress

Turkey, a country poor in energy resources, has voiced its ambitions to leverage its geographic position by becoming an even more important crossroads of supply routes and a giant energy hub, saying this would “improve” the EU’s energy security.
Politics 20-06-2017

Greece and Turkey downplay divisions ahead of fresh Cyprus talks

Greece and Turkey put a territorial dispute in the Aegean on the back-burner in talks in Athens on Monday (19 June). The two countries' prime ministers instead focused on their common commercial interests ahead of another round of UN-sponsored talks on Cyprus.
Global Europe 10-03-2017

Refugee deal continues to preoccupy Germany

Angela Merkel harshly criticised Turkey’s “misplaced Nazi comparisons” ahead of yesterday’s EU summit (9 March) but still insisted the refugee deal is important and must stay in place. Criticism is growing in both the German and European parliaments though. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 03-02-2017

Erdogan tells Merkel to abandon ‘Islamist terror’ phrase

Ahead of today’s EU summit in Malta (3 February), German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a visit to Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lectured her not to use the expression “Islamist terror."
Enlargement 29-11-2016

Turkey slams EU vote as ‘most unjust in history’

Turkey's EU Affairs Minister, Ömer Çelik, on Tuesday (29 November) dismissed a European Parliament vote to freeze accession talks with Ankara as the "most unjust resolution in history" and urged solidarity instead.
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 17-11-2016

Euro MPs cancel Turkey trip over coup criticism

Top EU lawmakers yesterday (16 November) cancelled a visit to Turkey after Ankara refused to see one of the MEPs because of her criticism of Ankara's massive crackdown following July's failed coup, a parliament source said.
Enlargement 16-11-2016

Turkey says it’s tired of ‘two-faced’ EU attitude

Turkey is "fed up" with European Union condescension in talks over its application to join the bloc, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said yesterday (15 November), reflecting Ankara's exasperation with EU criticism over human rights.
Enlargement 07-11-2016

Erdogan: ‘I don’t care if they call me dictator’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Europe yesterday (6 November) of abetting terrorism by supporting Kurdish militants and said he did not care if the continent called him a dictator.
Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU should not forget Turkey has alternatives, PM warns

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım warned the EU on Saturday (22 October) not to forget that Turkey has alternatives to the bloc, whose ties with Ankara have become increasingly strained.
Energy 11-10-2016

Pipeline focus at Istanbul World Energy Congress

Major pipeline projects such as Turkish Stream and TANAP were the focus of the 23rd World Energy Congress which opened in Istanbul yesterday (10 October) in the presence of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Global Europe 10-10-2016

Car bomb attack kills 18 at Turkish military checkpoint

Eighteen people were killed yesterday (9 October) when a van packed with five tonnes of explosives blew up in Turkey's restive southeast, the prime minister said, in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Turkey suspends 12,800 police, shuts TV channel

Turkey yesterday (4 October) suspended 12,800 police officers over alleged links to an Islamic preacher accused of masterminding the failed July coup, and cut broadcasts of a pro-Kurdish television channel under its controversial state of emergency.
Global Europe 02-09-2016

Schulz signals visa-free travel for Turks possible despite differences

The European Union wants Turkey to change its anti-terrorism law which it considers too broad but such differences do not mean a deal to grant Turkish citizens visa-free access to Europe will fail, the European parliament chief said yesterday (1 September).
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Main opposition leader in Turkey unharmed after PKK attack

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), escaped an assassination attempt yesterday (25 August) in the northeastern province of Artvin, near the border with Georgia.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Yildirim: Turkey clearing borders to prevent more migrants

Turkey aims to clear its borders of Islamic State and other militant groups to prevent a new flow of migrants and will continue operations until the nation's security is guaranteed, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday (26 August).

Borissov: ‘Absolute non-solidarity’ reigns in the EU

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov made use of anti-EU rhetoric ahead of a visit to Turkey tomorrow (26 August), describing Ankara as Sofia’s only ally in the context of the refugee crisis.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Biden mends fences with Turkey, at the expense of Kurdish forces in Syria

On a visit to Ankara, US Vice President Joe Biden sought yesterday (24 August) to ease tensions with Turkey which have been growing since the 15 July coup attempt.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

Erdogan blames Islamic State for Gaziantep wedding attack

A suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 carried out the attack on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Saturday (20 August) that killed at least 51 people, the president said.
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.

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