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Global Europe 24-07-2020

Erdogan joins thousands to pray for first time at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined thousands of worshippers at Hagia Sophia on Friday for the first prayers there since he declared the monument, revered by Christians and Muslims for almost 1,500 years, a mosque once again.

Germany’s conservative interior minister now a ‘refugee saviour’

Today, Germany's conservative interior minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is travelling to Athens to prevent a situation like the 2015 refugee crisis to happen again. He is using the opportunity to work on his image as a 'problem-solver' and is even seeking Turkey's help. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2019

Dwindling Turkish economy looms large over Istanbul mayoral election

Turkish economy has been faced with one of the most challenging times in its history. The re-run decision of İstanbul mayoral election has unnerved financial markets and put pressure on the already ailing lira, which tumbled to its weakest level in eight months at 6.2460.
Global Europe 16-04-2019

Erdogan’s party submits appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party on Tuesday (16 April) submitted its promised appeal for the annulment and rerun of Istanbul’s municipal elections, over what it said were irregularities that marred the March 31 vote.
Enlargement 21-01-2014

Turkey’s Erdo?an visits Brussels amid corruption scandal

Rocked by a corruption scandal, Turkey looks further than ever from its goal of European Union membership as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an meets with EU officials today (21 January) in Brussels amid a crackdown on the judiciary and police.
Elections 13-11-2013

Erdogan’s AKP party joins Cameron’s conservative political family

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has joined the European Conservatives and Reformists political family, the Turkish government announced yesterday (12 November).
Enlargement 01-10-2013

Erdo?an launches democratic reform plan

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, yesterday (30 September) unveiled a long-awaited democratic reform plan to bouquets from the European Commission and brickbats from his parliamentary opposition. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Global Europe 16-08-2013

Turkey’s Erdo?an blasts EU for Egypt, Syria massacres

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, an outspoken supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, lashed out at the European Union for remaining idle despite massacres in Egypt, Syria and the Palestinian territories. 
Elections 14-06-2013

Turkish government rages at EU criticism

The Turkish government reacted furiously to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament, condemning Ankara for not being conciliatory in the face of protests that left several dead and thousands injured.  EURACTIV Turkey reports. 
Elections 10-06-2013

Füle and Erdo?an diverge over democracy

As the most largest anti-government protests in Turkey’s recent past look set to enter a third week, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle sparred over the issue at a conference held in Istanbul on Friday (7 June).
Elections 07-06-2013

Füle to meet Erdo?an as political discontent continues

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle was preparing on Friday (7 June) to meet Turkey’s embattled prime minister, who has remained defiant after a week of demonstrations and growing distance from some of his political allies. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Elections 04-06-2013

Turkey’s European diaspora polarised by protests at home

Thousands of Turks have marched in several European cities to protest the violent crackdown on demonstrators in Istanbul and other cities, and against what they see as an ongoing Islamisation of their country. But some reports say some Turks living abroad see the protests as “foreign-inspired”.
Global Europe 07-02-2013

Turkey: EU political benchmarks ‘were never given to us’

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union has never sent Turkey the required benchmarks to reform its justice system, making the country's EU accession process impossible to complete, according to a high-level official in Ankara who spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 11-01-2013

Gruesome Paris murders loom large over Turkish politics

A woman who helped found the Kurdish PKK rebel movement and two other women were found shot dead in Paris in the night of 9-10 January after execution-style killings that cast a shadow over peace moves between Turkey and the PKK guerrillas.
Enlargement 14-11-2012

Brussels reacts to Erdogan’s support for death penalty

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said Turkey should consider bringing back the death penalty, a decade after Ankara abolished capital punishment as part of reforms aimed at EU membership.
Elections 06-11-2012

Turkey takes step towards presidential rule

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an took a step towards extending his powers today (6 November) after his ruling AK Party presented to parliament a proposal to set up a presidential system.
Enlargement 31-10-2012

EU will lose Turkey if it hasn’t joined by 2023, Erdogan says

The European Union will lose Turkey if it doesn't grant it membership by 2023, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said on Tuesday (30 October).
Global Europe 05-10-2012

EU urges Turkey to cool down on Syria

Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, called on Turkey for restraint after its artillery slammed military targets in Syria in retaliation for a mortar attack that killed five people in the border town of Akçakale.
Global Europe 12-04-2012

Turkish leader invites NATO to defend its border with Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an raised today (12 April) the prospect of calling on its NATO allies to protect its border after gunfire hit a Syrian refugee camp on Turkish territory.
Enlargement 24-01-2012

Turkey threatens France with diplomatic war

France approved yesterday (23 January) a bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago was genocide, sparking angry retaliation from Turkey and threatening a "total rupture" of diplomatic ties.

Turkish journalists denounce trials

Prominent Turkish journalists on trial for alleged links to an underground anti-government network called the conspiracy charges against them "political" in a case that has raised concerns over media freedom in Turkey. 
Elections 14-06-2011

Turkey’s Erdo?an to build consensus after big win

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdo?an will start a third term of one-party rule strengthened by Sunday's decisive election victory but also burdened by the need for consensus to push ahead with plans for a new constitution.
Elections 10-06-2011

Erdo?an in pole position for Sunday’s Turkey elections

As Turks prepare to go to the polls on Sunday (12 June), all eyes are on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's AK Party, which is expected to win close to 50% of the vote and should be able to form a government single-handedly. EURACTIV Turkey reports.
Enlargement 20-04-2011

Kurdish problem casts shadow over Turkish elections

Turkey's top court has decided to bar 12 candidates, including seven Kurds, one of whom is Sakharov Prize winner Leyla Zana, from running in June's general elections. The decision sparked violent protests and led the country's leading Kurdish political party to threaten to boycott the poll. The European Commission deplored the regression of democratic standards in Turkey.