Tag: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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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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Turkish Central Bank head Naci Ağbal fired after just four months in job

The governor of Turkey’s Central Bank Naci Ağbal was dismissed from his post on Friday. The unexpected news came in the form of a presidential decree published in the official gazette early on Saturday, 20 March. Banking professor Şahap Kavcıoğlu, a former MP for President Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), is named as his […]

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Protests after Erdoğan’s “unlawful” order for Turkey to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

Women have taken to the streets to demand President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reverses his decree for Turkey to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention. The international treaty aims to curb violence against women. Thousands descended on Rıhtım Meydanı in Kadıköy, Istanbul, to protest the decision. Smaller demonstrations took place elsewhere in the country, including Izmir, Bursa, Manisa, […]

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President Erdoğan calls on Eurasian states to strengthen ties with North Cyprus

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged members of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) to “develop their relations with the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus” (TRNC), so Turkish Cypriots can “overcome” the “injustices” they have faced for decades. The Turkish president’s call came during his address to the leaders and delegations of ECO’s ten member states […]

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Turkish nation in mourning after 11 soldiers die in helicopter crash in Bitlis

Eleven soldiers were killed when a helicopter carrying them in eastern Turkey crashed in adverse weather conditions. The tragic accident occurred on Thursday afternoon about 10 kilometres from the city of Tatvan in Bitlis province, where the helicopter was heading. Lieutenant General Osman Erbaş, the head of the Turkish army’s 8th Corps, was among the […]

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CHP Istanbul head Canan Kaftancıoğlu sues Erdoğan and Soylu for “terrorist” smears

One of the leading lights in Turkey’s main opposition Dr. Canan Kaftancıoğlu is suing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu for 1 million TL each for defamation. Kaftancıoğlu, who is the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) regional head for Istanbul, initiated legal proceedings against Erdoğan and Soylu after they branded her […]

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Turkish broadcaster A Haber mocked for absurd Boğaziçi University protest claims

People have taken to Twitter to mock one of Turkey’s popular news channels for its headlines about the recent protests at Boğaziçi University. Hundreds of students and academics at the university have demonstrated against the new university rector, Melih Bulu, who was appointed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the start of the year. […]