The arrests came days after the bitterly divisive referendum that was heavily criticised and gave Erdogan expansive powers to bring about change in Turkey.
It is a critical week for Turkey-EU relations, as lawmakers will debate ties on Wednesday and the bloc’s foreign ministers will discuss the issue on Friday.
The reunification talks have stumbled over the years due to the issue of territory and security.
Politicians said that the loyalty many Turkish origin people in Germany showed to an authoritarian Erdogan reflected a rejection of democratic values.
Even though the opposition has filed an appeal against the decision to allow unstamped ballots in the widely criticised vote, no result can be hoped for.
For the first time in the democratic history of Turkey, an election has been seen as illegitimate by both domestic contenders and international observers.
Sunday’s referendum narrowly backed the largest overhaul of Turkey’s political system since the founding of the republic nearly a century ago
The mission of observers from the 47-member Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights body, had said that the referendum was an uneven contest.
After years of creeping authoritarianism, Turkey’s president is now set up to take the reins in earnest.
Opponents have said that the vote was marred by irregularities and they will challenge it.
Turkey’s referendum could lead to a tremendous change in the country’s political development, leading to an extremely autocratic Erdogan regime.
The vote may bring the biggest change in the country’s system of governance since the modern Turkish republic was founded on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire almost a century ago.
An adversary of EU expansion, Vladimir Putin is pleased to see Turkey’s chance of acquiring full EU membership rapidly diminish.
Some of Erdogan’s supporters, who have backed him over the past decade, are growing disillusioned by the burgeoning cult of personality around him.
Erdogan will apparently stop at nothing to centralise power – and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate.
Turkish authorities arrested the reporter Deniz Yucel in February on charges of propaganda for a terrorist organisation and inciting public violence.
Under the operation Turkey took the border town of Jarablus on the Euphrates river and cleared ISIS fighters from a roughly 100-km stretch of the border.
The Raqqa campaign appears to be gathering steam as an overlapping US-backed effort in Iraq is drawing closer to driving ISIS from the city of Mosul.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Sunday of “fascist actions” reminiscent of Nazi times in a growing row over the cancellation of political rallies aimed at drumming up support for him among 1.5 million Turkish citizens in Germany.
A Syrian air force pilot who bailed out as his warplane crashed on Turkish territory has been found by a Turkish rescue team and is being treated at a hospital in the Hatay region, a hospital spokeswoman said on Sunday.
Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern on Sunday called for a EU-wide ban on campaign appearances by Turkish politicians to avoid having individual member countries like Germany come under pressure from Ankara.
Tayyip Erdogan said journalist Deniz yucel being held in Turkey was a “German agent” and a member of a Kurdish militant group. Germany called the comments absurd.
Turkey’s authoritarian regime has ruined the lives of many intellectuals and opponents of the regime. Resisting, even softly, is an act of survival.
Staffan de Mistura said that the parties had agreed to return later in March to discuss four key issues – governance, a draft constitution, elections and counter-terrorism.
A new crop of populist leaders is reviving a tried and true method of demonstrating leadership – killing people.
Why did the Druze come to the Middle East? DNA technology and modern day genetics may offer insight into origins of the esoteric Druze people- a mystery yet unsolved.
While the EU says it has the right to send away all economic migrants if it chooses, its existing laws on human rights say asylum seekers awaiting a ruling on their cases can only be deported to countries that meet certain conditions.
Syrian warplanes bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, southern Deraa and insurgent areas in Damascus’s outskirts on Saturday.
Like Weber before him, Shadi Hamid attributes more importance to religious denomination than material conditions as a factor for liberalism and democracy in ‘Islamic Exceptionalism’.
Caught out by the side effects of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating relations with the EU and the US, Turkey now appears to be in search of South-South cooperation.
A round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia ended on Thursday with no joint communique, and saw opposing Syrian groups exchanging angry tirades at each other and the brokers.
For years its half a million Muslims have resorted to praying in hundreds of makeshift sites, in crowded basements or dark warehouses targeted by racist attackers.
Abdulgadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, who was caught in a police raid in Istanbul on January 16, was charged under multiple cases by a Turkish court.
Vladimir Putin called Tayyip Erdogan and expressed his condolences, while the Kremlin blamed the incident on poor coordination between Moscow and Ankara.
By taking centre stage at the Astana conference with Turkey as its ally and asserting itself in the Syrian civil war by organising a ceasefire, Russia has re-established itself as a global power of consequence.
Populist leaders are using the corruption-inequality message to drum up support without an actual intention of tackling the problem.
In its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 the anti-corruption watchdog observed that populist leaders promising to end corruption may in fact be feeding it.
On the ground, rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts, which could undermine the deal.
This is the first time the opposition and representatives of President Bashar al-Assad have come together since UN negotiations in Geneva were suspended last year.
Supporters welcome the move as a guarantor of stability at a time of turmoil while opponents see as a step towards an authoritarian state.