About: Turkish elections

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 07-05-2019

Erdogan obtains re-run of Istanbul election, opposition denounces ‘dictatorship’

Turkey’s High Election Board (YSK) has ordered a rerun of Istanbul's mayoral elections, accepting the ruling AK Party's objection 36 days after a stunning opposition victory in the country's biggest city.
Global Europe 06-05-2019

Tensions mount in Turkey ahead of Istanbul election verdict

Turkey's highest electoral body is expected to rule in the coming hours on the appeal by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AKP party, for a re-run of the Istanbul local elections, five weeks after a stunning opposition victory in the city.
Global Europe 10-04-2019

Erdogan calls for annulment of Istanbul election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said electoral authorities should annul Istanbul’s local elections due to irregularities, notably over the appointment of ballot box officials, the pro-government Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday (10 April).
Global Europe 01-04-2019

Erdogan loses hold over Ankara and Istanbul, blames it on the economy

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suffered a severe setback as his ruling AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time in a local election and he appeared to concede defeat in the country’s largest city, Istanbul.
Global Europe 26-06-2018

Chilly Western reactions to Erdogan’s win

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (26 June) celebrated winning sweeping new powers in a decisive election victory, as his main rival accepted the outcome despite complaints over an unequal campaign that alarmed the EU.
Global Europe 25-06-2018

Erdogan wins presidential election, opposition yet to concede

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won Turkey's presidential election on Sunday (24 June), the head of the country's electoral body said, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to his rule in a decade and a half.
Global Europe 21-06-2018

Turkish opposition mobilises to ensure fair play in tight poll

One hundred people listen to presentations crammed into a room in Istanbul, defying the oppressive summer heat and attentively taking notes. Their aim -- to ensure Sunday's elections in Turkey are not marred by election fraud.
Global Europe 22-05-2018

Erdogan holds controversial election rally in Bosnia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday (20 May) addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Sarajevo at his only election rally outside Turkey after other European countries banned such events.
Global Europe 23-04-2018

Erdogan: Austria will ‘pay a price’ for banning Turkish campaigning

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Saturday (21 April) criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country's democratic struggle would "pay a price".
Global Europe 19-04-2018

Erdogan calls early elections under state of emergency, new purges underway

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday (18 April) called snap elections for 24 June, saying economic challenges and the war in Syria meant Turkey must switch quickly to the powerful executive presidency that goes into effect after the vote. The...
Enlargement 08-03-2017

EU summit to discuss Turkish electoral activism in member states

The EU lacks rules regulating election activism by third countries on its territory. Recent Turkish campaign attempts in Germany, Austria and other countries will be one of the issues to be discussed at the 9-10 March summit.
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.
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.

EU leaders to roll out red carpet for Turkey at summit

European Union leaders will roll out the red carpet for Turkey’s newly re-elected President Recep Tayip Erdo?an at a summit about how to help the country stop the flow of Syrian refugees from its borders into the EU.

Turkey must not be allowed to blackmail Europe on migration

Europe once entrusted Muammar Gaddafi with controlling the amount of people crossing the Mediterranean into Europe - we must ensure the same mistake is not made again with Erdoğan, writes Leopold Traugott.

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.
Elections 23-10-2015

AK Party’s Belgian campaign raises eyebrows

Many Turks living in Belgium have received postal mail from the AK Party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, inviting them to vote in the 1 November election, offering benefits in exchange.

Anti-Islam PEGIDA gets boost from refugee crisis

The German Islamophobic movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months yesterday (19 October), reinvigorated on its first anniversary by anger at the government's decision to take in nearly a million refugees from the Middle East.

EU courts Turkey on migration crisis ahead of summit

European Council President Donald Tusk told Turkey yesterday (13 October) that it could win concessions from the EU, such as visa-free travel, if it successfully reduces the flow of refugees reaching Europe. Three EU Commissioners are due to visit Ankara today, ahead of Thursday's (15 October) EU summit.
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.
Enlargement 28-09-2015

Turkish opposition leader: Erdogan seeks a single party government

Kemal K?l?çdaro?lu, leader of Turkey’s Republican People’s Party [CHP], believes that the EU candidate needs a coalition government to tackle the fragile situation in the country.
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.

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