Tag: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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It’s official: UN changes Turkey’s country name to ‘Türkiye’

Last week on June 1, the United Nations Secretary General’s Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric proclaimed that Turkey will be referred to as ‘Türkiye’ in all foreign languages from now on. The change had been promptly approved by António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, following a formal request by Türkiye’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at the end of […]

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1915 Çanakkale Bridge: Turkiye opens world’s longest suspension bridge

Turkiye’s latest engineering feat, the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, has entered the record books as the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world. With a span measuring two-kilometres (1.25 mile), or 2,023 metres, between its two distinctive red towers, the suspension bridge is 32 metres longer than the former record holder, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge […]

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From a witch hunt against Sezen Aksu to ‘satanism’ on The Masked Singer, what is going on in Turkey?

With Turkey’s annual inflation rate soaring to its highest level since 2002, drastically affecting the purchasing power of millions of ordinary Turks, you’d expect the media spotlight to be firmly on the economy. Instead, the headlines have been occupied by a myriad of other news stories this past month. Commentators and opposition parties say these […]

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Anti-Turkish bias: BBC called out for misleading claims on Turkey during its COP26 coverage

A BBC report on Turkey’s environmental record has been criticised for using “out of date” information. Reporting from the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg mistakenly placed Turkey in the same bracket as major polluters China and Russia, and also wrongly tweeted that “Turkey is one of the countries that […]

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Turkey pulls back from expelling 10 ambassadors over comments on Osman Kavala case

A major diplomatic crisis involving the ambassadors of ten countries in Ankara has been averted. The ambassadors had been threatened with expulsion from Turkey after making a critical statement about jailed businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had declared the ambassadors of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, […]

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President Erdoğan lays foundation for controversial Istanbul Canal project

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan laid the first foundation stone for his latest multi-billion dollar infrastructure project, Kanal Istanbul (Istanbul Canal) on Friday, 26 June. The event marked the official start of the construction of the canal that, when completed, will offer an alternative shipping route to the busy Bosporus Straits. Accompanied by Adil Karaismailoğlu, the […]