Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Dec 2, 2014

Putin says Russia will scrap South Stream pipeline

Russia is scrapping the South Stream natural gas pipeline project and may cooperate with Turkey on building a gas hub for Southern Europe, President Vladimir Putin said Monday. He said Russia can’t implement the South Stream project because of the European Union’s opposition to ...

Nov 27, 2014

Turkish court bans reporting on corruption investigation of ex-ministers

A Turkish court has banned media from reporting on a parliamentary investigation into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers, a move the opposition says amounts to protecting thieves. Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now president, has called the corruption scandal this year a plot ...

Turkish president says women not equal to men

Nov 25, 2014

Turkish president says women not equal to men

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being accused of blatant sexism after declaring that women are not equal to men and claiming feminists in Turkey reject the idea of motherhood. The devoutly Muslim president said Sunday that biological differences mean women and men can’t ...

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 ...