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President Erdoğan tells BBC it will be “comforting” if the EU formally rejects Turkish accession

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again accused the European Union of being “insincere” over Turkish accession, claiming they were just “wasting” Turkey’s time. The Turkish President’s remarks came during an interview with HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi, who asked whether Turkey is better in or outside of the EU. Pointing to the country’s $11,000 per capita income, Mr […]

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CHP’s “Justice March” culminates in Turkey’s largest opposition rally in decades

  The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu completed his near month-long ‘Justice March’ yesterday with a massive rally in Istanbul. An estimated two million people attended the protest event in Maltepe, on the Asian side of the city, which Kılıçdaroğlu said heralded a “new beginning” for the country. Kılıçdaroğlu […]

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European Parliament votes to suspend accession talks with Turkey until “justice” returns

  One of the European Union’s major institutions has called for a reorientation of its relationship with Turkey. The European Parliament wants the EU’s accession talks with the candidate country to be suspended if Ankara implements plans to expand President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers. These new powers, voted in after a controversial referendum in April, […]

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Backlash against TRT’s ‘X Factor’ style Kur’an TV show

  A new game show for Ramazan on Turkey’s flagship state broadcaster channel has incensed many conservative religious groups across the country. The show, Kur’an-ı Kerim’i Güzel Okuma Yarışması [Kuran: Beautiful Recital Competition], televised each night, shows men competing by reciting passages from the Kuran. A panel of three judges give feedback to the competitors, […]

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Turkey’s opposition on 250-mile protest ‘March for Justice’

  On Thursday, the leader of Turkey’s largest opposition party began a 250-mile march to Istanbul from Ankara to protest the growing number of people arbitrarily arrested and jailed by the Turkish government. Thousands have joined CHP (Republican People’s Party) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on the March For Justice [Adalet Yürüyüşü], which is expected to take […]

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Promising young music teacher killed by PKK in Batman

  Music teacher Şenay Aybüke Yalçın was fatally injured after being caught in the crossfire of an attack by the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in Kozluk, Batman district, in southeast Turkey. She was travelling as a passenger in the back seat of a car along with three others at the time. It is thought the […]

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Beşiktaş retains Süper Lig title after thumping win at Gaziantepspor

  Football club Beşiktaş have been crowned champions of Turkey’s Süper Lig for the fifteenth time in their history. They clinched the title at the penultimate game of the season, beating relegated Gaziantepspor 4.0 away from home, with goals from Ryan Babel (6), Oğuzhan Özyakup (40 & 66) and Anderson Talisca (76 minute). On Saturday, […]

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Fenerbahçe crowned EuroLeague basketball champions

There were big celebrations in Istanbul last night as one of the country’s leading clubs won the EuroLeague – basketball’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League. Runners-up last year, Fenerbahçe emerged victorious on Sunday night after convincingly beating Greece’s Olympiacos 80-64 on home territory – marking the first time a Turkish team had ever won […]