About: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Global Europe 26-11-2021

Turkey holds first Kavala hearing after row with Western allies

A Turkish court on Friday (26 November) will hold the latest hearing in the trial of philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala, whose case provoked a diplomatic tussle between Ankara and its Western allies after they called for his immediate release.
Global Europe 25-11-2021

Erdogan unbowed by critics, leaving little stopping lira’s collapse

Little stands in the way of Turkey's currency collapse expanding into a deeper economic crisis after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ignored appeals, even from within his government, to reverse policy, according to top officials and analysts.
Global Europe 29-10-2021

Biden seeks to prove his political clout at G20, COP26 summits

As world leaders flock to Rome for the G20 summit, President Joe Biden kicks off a trip aimed at reasserting US international credentials, starting at a meeting Friday (29 October) with Catholic ally Pope Francis.
Global Europe 27-10-2021

Biden swaps home tensions for foreign frustrations in Europe summits

President Joe Biden escapes bruising political turmoil at home for the more convivial world of diplomacy at twin summits in Europe this week -- but the experience could be just as frustrating.
Global Europe 26-10-2021

Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis

Turkey and its Western allies climbed down from a full-blown diplomatic crisis on Monday after foreign embassies said that they abide by diplomatic conventions on non-interference, averting a threatened expulsion of 10 ambassadors.
Global Europe 22-10-2021

Erdogan threatens to expel 10 Western envoys

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday (21 October) threatened to expel the US, German and eight other Western ambassadors after they issued a rare joint statement in support of a jailed civil society leader.
Global Europe 19-10-2021

Turkey plans military action against Syrian Kurdish YPG if diplomacy fails

Turkey is preparing for possible further military action against a US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria if talks on the issue with the United States and Russia fail, two Turkish officials said.
Global Europe 19-10-2021

Turkey summons 10 ambassadors over calls for philanthropist’s release

Turkey's Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of 10 countries, including the United States, Germany and France, over a statement calling for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, state-owned Anadolu agency said on Tuesday (19 October).
Global Europe 11-10-2021

Greece to boost guards on Turkey border

Greece's police minister on Sunday (10 October) said 250 additional guards would be deployed on the country's land border with Turkey, where thousands of asylum-seekers tried to enter last year.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

Czech PM says ‘no place’ for Afghan refugees in Europe

There is no place for Afghan refugees in the European Union which should instead help them to stay in their homeland, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Tuesday (7 September).
Global Europe 26-08-2021

Turkish troops leave Kabul, abandoning hopes for airport

Turkey said Wednesday (25 August) it had started pulling troops out of Afghanistan, apparently abandoning plans to help secure Kabul's strategic airport.
Global Europe 20-08-2021

Factbox: Will the Afghan crisis trigger a new refugee crisis for Europe?

The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan has stoked fears of an exodus of Afghans and a repeat of Europe's 2016/16 migration crisis, when more than a million people from the Middle East fled to the continent and resettled there. 
Global Europe 02-08-2021

Turkey wildfires death toll rises to eight

The death toll from wildfires in southern Turkey rose to eight following the discovery of two bodies on Sunday (1 August), officials said, as more people including tourists were evacuated to safety.

Turkey courts Biden with Kabul airport offer

Turkey is offering to protect Kabul's strategic airport after US forces leave in what experts view as a high-risk bid to improve Ankara's strained ties with Washington.
Global Europe 16-07-2021

Turkish ship fires warning shots at Cyprus coastguard

A Turkish coastguard vessel fired warning shots Friday (16 July) at a Cyprus police boat on patrol for undocumented migrants near the line of control off the island's north coast, Cypriot media reported.
Global Europe 02-07-2021

Women protest as Turkey quits violence-on-women treaty

Police fired tear gas at protesters in Istanbul demonstrating against Turkey's controversial exit on Thursday (1 July) from a treaty combatting femicide and domestic abuse.
Global Europe 25-06-2021

EU presses Turkey to maintain calm hoping for better ties

EU leaders on Thursday (24 June) pressed Turkey to keep de-escalating tensions with the bloc as they eyed improving ties with Ankara after a spike in tensions last year over the eastern Mediterranean.
Non-discrimination 21-06-2021

Turkish women rally in defense of Istanbul Convention

Hundreds of women rally in Istanbul on Saturday (19 June), urging President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reverse his decision to withdraw from a Council of Europe anti-violence treaty ahead of a formal exit on1 July.
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Summit choreography: Biden to meet Putin ‘with the wind at his back’

Joe Biden will fight what he calls a “defining” battle for democracy on his first foreign presidential trip, meeting top US allies in Europe ahead of a tricky summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The busy agenda — with G7, NATO...
Global Europe 12-05-2021

Italian and Turkish fishing boats in skirmish off Cyprus

A skirmish broke out between Turkish and Italian fishermen near the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Tuesday, the Italian navy said on Tuesday (11 May). The navy said in a statement that people on board an unspecified number of...
Non-discrimination 27-04-2021

Von der Leyen says ‘sofagate’ shows need to tackle sexism

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Monday (26 April) her recent treatment in Turkey, where she was denied a chair at top-level talks, underscores the EU's need to tackle sexism.
Global Europe 22-04-2021

Biden expected to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide

US President Joe Biden is expected to formally recognize the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War One as an act of genocide, a move likely to infuriate Turkey.
Global Europe 16-04-2021

Greek, Turkish ministers clash at heated Ankara presser

The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey on Thursday (15 April) clashed on a wide range of issues during a heated news conference that underscored the trouble the two historic rivals will have at mending their broken ties.
Global Europe 15-04-2021

Turkey frees journalist Altan after European rights court ruling

A Turkish court on Wednesday (14 April) released journalist and novelist Ahmet Altan after more than four years in prison on charges of involvement in a failed 2016 coup attempt that he had always denied.