Turkey rejects criticism over press freedom

May 14, 2014

Turkey rejects criticism over press freedom

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday rejected criticism that his government is muzzling the press, telling parliament that media freedom is worse in the West. “We will not bow to these monuments of arrogance,” he said. Earlier this month, U.S.-based watchdog Freedom ...

Apr 7, 2014

Recep Erdogan's pyrrhic victory

by Sinan Ülgen

The triumph of Turkey's beleaguered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party in last week's local elections is unlikely to ameliorate the country's internal conflicts, much less revive its tarnished international standing.

Twitter still blocked in Turkey despite court order

Apr 3, 2014

Twitter still blocked in Turkey despite court order

Turkey’s government faced growing pressure Thursday to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter, which it had banned after corruption claims went viral on the social media site. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the block on March 20 in the lead-up ...

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

Mar 25, 2014

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

The United States noted Monday that the number of online tweets posted in Turkey has risen since the prime minister controversially banned the micro-blogging service. Turkey’s telecommunications authority blocked local access to the U.S. social network Thursday under orders of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after ...

Mar 24, 2014

Syrian warplane shot down, Turkish leader says

Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey’s airspace Sunday, Turkey’s prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between the two countries already deeply at odds over Syria’s civil war. A spokesman for Syria’s military confirmed ...

Turkey initiates new mass purge of police and judiciary

Jan 23, 2014

Turkey initiates new mass purge of police and judiciary

Turkey launched a new mass purge of the police and judiciary on Wednesday, as parliament debated controversial legal reforms that have heightened the crisis engulfing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Around 470 police were sacked or reassigned in the capital Ankara, and another dozen ...

Turkey's embattled PM faces tough talks with the EU

Jan 21, 2014

Turkey's embattled PM faces tough talks with the EU

Turkey’s embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Brussels late Monday, hoping to put his country’s EU accession talks back on track amid upheaval at home over his hotly contested judicial reforms. Erdogan’s trip to Brussels — his first in five years — ...