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 — ...

Jan 17, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.

Corruption scandal puts Turkey's heavy hitters at odds

| Jan 12, 2014

Corruption scandal puts Turkey's heavy hitters at odds

The deepening corruption scandal shaking Turkey’s political establishment seems to have pitted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against his longtime political ally President Abdullah Gul, observers say. Although the two leaders have never openly positioned themselves against each other, they now seem to ...

Jan 10, 2014

Another test for Erdogan

Today the biggest challenge to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to emanate from another Islamic leader, Fethullah Gulen, a cleric exiled to the United States who is alleged to have masterminded the investigation of a burgeoning corruption scandal.

Turkey fires 350 cops amid graft scandal

Jan 7, 2014

Turkey fires 350 cops amid graft scandal

The Turkish government fired 350 police officers in Ankara overnight, including heads of major departments, amid a vast corruption scandal that has ensnared key allies of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported Tuesday. The officers were sacked by a government decree published ...

Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

Jan 4, 2014

Tank engine development eyed with Turkey

The government plans to embark on joint development of tank engines with Turkey under arms embargo rules eased in 2011, government sources said Saturday. Turkey is showing interest in engine technology employed in the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type 10 tank, according to the sources. ...

Dec 31, 2013

Turkey takes $100 billion hit from political turmoil

The political crisis engulfing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cost the economy $100 billion, a top official said Monday, as financial markets rebounded from a massive freefall. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also fired off a new salvo against a powerful group ...

Turkish leader traces turmoil to ex-ally in U.S.

Dec 29, 2013

Turkish leader traces turmoil to ex-ally in U.S.

Faced with a deepening political crisis, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies have been squaring off with courts, police and prosecutors. But behind it all, Erdogan’s government largely sees the hand of Fethullah Gulen, a charismatic religious leader and former ally ...