Turkey’s is in a downward spiral. The sweeping crackdowns and increased religious polarisation will feed resentment and hatred, which in turn will to lead to more violence and subsequently further crackdowns.
The controversial bill was approved by a majority of lawmakers who voted in favour of the final article to turn Turkey into a presidential democracy.
Rudimentarily masked by arguments of counter-terrorism, Turkish society has been put into a straitjacket, with no form of dissent being acceptable.
The reform will enable Erdogan to appoint and dismiss government ministers, take back the leadership of the ruling party and govern until 2029.
Turkey’s government continues to conflate journalism it doesn’t like with terrorism and other crimes against the state.
The divisive tactics that put Turkey’s president in control could yet be his undoing.
After an extraordinarily turbulent year, the Turkish people hope that 2017 will be calmer and more peaceful.
The US rejected Erdogan’s claims that they had been supporting ISIS and other Kurdish militant groups, calling them “ludicrous.”
Twenty-nine police officers are facing charges of disobeying orders on the July night.
The Kremlin said Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed Vladimir Putin about how the investigation of the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey was going.
Both countries cast Monday’s attack in Ankara as an attempt to undermine a resurrection of ties that have been strained by civil war in Syria, where they back opposing sides.
The move underlines the growing strength of Moscow’s links with Tehran and Ankara, despite the murder on Monday of Russia’s envoy to Turkey.
Andrei Karlov was killed by an off-duty police officer who shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar” as he opened fire.
Under the latest draft, Erdogan could assume the position of “acting” executive president immediately after the referendum if the changes are approved.
The US has not just elected an economic populist with a policy agenda designed to rescue neglected classes. It’s chosen a royalist who has never for a moment dwelt among ordinary Americans, a man whose monstrous egocentrism amounts to clinical solipsism.
Turkish authorities arrested the leaders of the country’s main pro-Kurdish opposition party in a terrorism investigation on Friday.
Integrating large refugee populations goes far beyond simply offering citizenship to some.
Those persecuted by Erdogan’ purges believe they are being targeted for their secular mindset and Western education.
The government says its aim is to rid institutions of links to cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose organisation it calls a terrorist network.
The council gave no details on the duration of the proposed extension in its statement.
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Opposition politicians warned the latest wave of arrests may target government critics with no clear links to the religious movement led by Fethullah Gulen.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkey will never allow the formation of an artificial state in the north of Syria.
The blast, which killed at least 51 people, went off after the traditional henna night party, when guests have their hands and feet painted.
President Erdogan said it was likely ISIS carried out the late-night bombing, which hit when a wedding party took to the streets in celebration.
Justice minister, Bekir Bozdag has said that 38,000 people would initially be released, but as many as 93,000 could benefit from the programme.
Under Erdoğan’s leadership, Turkey has become a textbook case of democratic backsliding whose most common form is executive aggrandisement.
Cooperation would be increased on projects including a planned $20 billion gas pipeline and a nuclear power plant to be built in Turkey by the Russians, Erdogan said, as well as between their two defence sectors.
His comments echo those of Austria’s far-right Heinz-Christian Strache, who said on Saturday that Erdogan’s use of the failed putsch in July to crack down on his opponents was reminiscent of Hitler’s use of the Reichstag blaze to amass greater power.
Turkey’s penal system has raised concern among rights groups as it struggles to cope with the influx of thousands who have been detained in the aftermath of the attempted putsch.
Turkey’s president wants to choke off revenues of businesses with connections to Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who allegedly planned the coup to overthrow Erdogan.
Erdogan condemned Western for failing to show solidarity with Turkey over the recent failed coup.
A Turkish official has reported that Erdogan wants control over the armed forces, in yet another move to consolidate his power after the failed coup.
Erdogan is continuing his crackdown on the military faction and media outlets that supported the coup. Turkey claims the coup was orchestrated by Gulen’s followers.
Forces loyal to the government fought to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt, which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks.
Moscow: US Secretary of State John Kerry departed Moscow Friday after his fourth face-to-face with Vladimir Putin in barely a year, and it is starting to look possible that the relentless downward spiral driving Russia and the West into a new Cold War might just be reversible. Kerry came to the Kremlin […]
While attacks by Islamic State have tended to draw more attention in the West, Turkey is equally concerned by the rise in attacks by Kurdish militants who had previously concentrated for the most part on the southeast.
In addition to the war with Islamic State, Assad is fighting rebels who include groups that have received support from his foreign enemies, Turkey included.
The global aid agency Medecins sans Frontieres pulled out of the conference earlier this month saying it had lost hope the participants could address weaknesses in emergency response.