Erdogan: Turkey’s common interests with US outweigh differences

Turkish president seeks improvement in ties between the two NATO allies that have been strained over a host of issues. Turkey wants to improve cooperation with the United States on a “win-win” basis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, striking a conciliatory tone amid strained relations between the two NATO allies. “As Turkey, we believe […]

Erdogan: Turkey to start lifting COVID curbs in March

Turkey’s president says a plan on reopening cafes and restaurants, shut down for months, is to be announced soon. Turkey will begin a gradual return to normal life on a province-by-province basis from March, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who added that nationwide weekend COVID-19 lockdowns would be lifted in some provinces based on […]

Turkey investigates Dutch politician Wilders over Erdogan comment

Far-right Dutch lawmaker called President Erdogan a ‘terrorist’ and urged the expulsion of the Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands. Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into remarks by Dutch far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders who called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “terrorist”. The chief public prosecutor’s office in the capital Ankara said in a statement on […]

Turkey’s student protests: New challenge for Erdogan

Ankara, Turkey – Over the last month, protests at a university overlooking the Bosphorus have spiralled into a challenge that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has compared with nationwide demonstrations that threatened his government eight years ago. Student outcry against a government-appointed rector at Bogazici University, one of Turkey’s most prestigious, has also spilled into […]

Erdogan compares Turkish student protesters to ‘terrorists’

Students at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have protested against the appointment of a ruling party loyalist as rector. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government will not allow month-long demonstrations at a Turkish university to grow into anti-government protests similar to those in 2013, calling the protesters “terrorists” and slamming the LGBTQ movement as incompatible […]

Turkey, Saudi Arabia eye improved ties after Gulf crisis ends

Ankara, Turkey – Two years ago, relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia stood at one of the lowest points in the history of the two regional powers following the murder in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. His killing in October 2018 at the hands of Saudi agents in the kingdom’s consulate led to unprecedented Turkish […]

‘Dear Tayyip’: Erdogan, Macron exchange letters

The Turkish and French presidents exchange letters in which they agree to resume talks aimed at mending ties. The Turkish and French presidents have exchanged letters in which they have agreed to resume talks aimed at mending ties. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a New Year message to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, expressing condolences […]

Erdogan says Turkey wants better ties with Israel

Turkish president wants to bring ties to a ‘better point’ but says Israel’s policy towards Palestinians is ‘unacceptable’. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey would like to have better ties with Israel and that talks at intelligence level continue between the two sides, but has also criticised Israeli policy towards Palestinians as “unacceptable”. Speaking to […]

Turkey’s central bank ‘is getting serious about inflation’

Turkey’s central bank raises interest rates by 2 percentage points – a bigger than expected move analysts say signals that the newly installed governor is setting monetary policy free of political pressure. Turkey’s central bank increased interest rates by 2 percentage points to 17 percent on Thursday – a bigger than expected move, as it […]

Erdogan seeks energy talks as EU mulls sanctions over East Med

Turkish president says he sees a ‘win-win’ solution, but says Ankara will not not bow to threats and blackmailing over Eastern Med. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes “a win-win formula” can be found in a row with Greece over undersea resources, as the European Union mulls sanctions ahead of a key summit. NATO members […]

Erdogan hopes France ‘gets rid of Macron trouble’

Turkish president hits out at his French counterpart, renewing a war of words between the two leaders. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he hopes France will soon get rid of President Emmanuel Macron, describing him as a burden on France which was enduring dangerous times. “Macron is a burden on France. Macron […]

Turkey to detain 82 military officers over alleged Gulen links

Detentions part of the latest operation against suspected backers of US-based preacher accused of a 2016 failed coup bid. Turkey has ordered the detention of 82 military personnel in an operation targeting suspected supporters of a Muslim preacher who Ankara accuses of masterminding a failed coup in 2016, according to state-owned Anadolu news agency. Operations […]

Turkey: Dozens given life sentences for 2016 failed coup attempt

Court hands down dozens of life sentences for some of the nearly 500 defendants, including army commanders and pilots. A Turkish court is handing down verdicts for hundreds of people accused of plotting to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a failed coup attempt four years ago, with dozens of them handed life sentences. Nearly […]

Turkey: Lira rallies after dramatic interest rate hike #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Turkey’s lira rallied after the country’s central bank met lofty expectations for a powerful interest rate hike to tame double-digit inflation. Turkey’s central bank ramped up its key interest rate by a whopping 475 basis points to 15 percent and pledged to remain tough on inflation on Thursday, meeting lofty expectations after President Recep Tayyip […]

Turkey appoints ex-Deputy PM Lutfi Elvan as finance minister #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Elvan appointed after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepts the resignation of son-in-law Berat Albayrak. Turkey has appointed former Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Elvan as its treasury and finance minister to replace President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak, the country’s Official Gazette said on Tuesday. Erdogan accepted Albayrak’s resignation late on Monday – a day […]

How will a Biden presidency affect Turkey? #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Istanbul, Turkey – Just a couple of weeks before president-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the US election, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was giving a party rally of his own in southeast Turkey, delivering a defiant message to the United States. “You don’t know who you’re dealing with,” said Erdogan to his NATO ally. “Impose your […]