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Awkward moments as Erdoğan and Michel leave von der Leyen standing in chair snub

Eyebrows were raised as Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Council of Europe President Charles Michel took their seats, leaving European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen standing. The awkward start to the meeting on Tuesday between the European Union’s top two executives and the Turkish leader at the Turkish presidential palace in Ankara was captured […]

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Bulgarian General Election: 1 in 8 MPs in new Parliament are of Turkish origin

As many as 33 candidates of Turkish origin could become members of parliament (MP) in the 240-seat Bulgarian Parliament following the country’s General Election on Sunday, 4 April. With over 98% of the votes counted, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov’s conservative Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party has again emerged as the largest party. […]

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Turkey, Azerbaijan deepen ties with new trade deal and passport-free travel

Relations between Turkey and neighbouring Azerbaijan continue to strengthen and deepen. Passport-free travel between the two countries commenced on Thursday, 1 April. The following day, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan and Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov (both pictured above) signed an electronic business agreement in Baku, pledging to bring “trade relations to a new level.” […]

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New Covid-19 cases in Turkey hit a record high

Coronavirus cases continue to surge in Turkey, with over 42,000 new infections recorded on Friday, up by a third on the 30,000-a-day average reported the previous week. According to the Health Ministry, a total of 42,308 people tested positive for the virus on 2 April – the highest number of new Covid cases recorded in […]