Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan, in campaign mode, floats referendum on death penalty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while campaigning Friday for a referendum on a constitutional reform package to empower his office, suggested he could put forward another popular vote to reintroduce the death penalty.

Consulates deny telling teachers, parents to denounce Erdogan critics

Turkish consulates in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia on Friday dismissed allegations that they instructed teachers and parents to denounce critics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's Erdogan to bring constitutional reform campaign to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to bring a campaign for constitutional reform to Turks living in the European Union, his premier told journalists in Munich on Sunday.

Turkish PM scoffs at claims of 'one-man system' on visit to Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday poured scorn on accusations that potential reforms to Turkey's presidential system would set his country on the path to dictatorship.

Turkish PM Yildirim to campaign for referendum to Turks in Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was set to address thousands of fellow Turks in western Germany Saturday in an effort to campaign for constitutional reform in his country that would extend the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey detains 834 over links to Kurdish militants

Turkish forces have carried out simultaneous raids in 37 provinces and detained 834 people over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday, citing the security services.

Turkey's election commission confirms April 16 as referendum date

Turkey's Supreme Election Council confirmed Saturday that the country will hold a referendum on constitutional reforms on April 16, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

German court issues partial ban of satirical poem about Erdogan

A German court has granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an injunction on parts of a satirical poem by a German comedian that sparked a diplomatic row between Ankara and Berlin.

Erdogan approves constitutional package, paving way for referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a constitutional reform bill, the presidency said Friday, in a move that paves the way for a referendum on the package that aims to vastly empower his office.

Russian strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiers in Syria

A Russian jet conducting anti-Islamic State airstrikes accidentally hit a building housing Turkish soldiers in northern Syria on Thursday, killing three troops and injuring 11, though both sides appeared to be trying to head off tensions.

Erdogan nixes penalties for impartial TV, radio ahead of referendum

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued an executive order on Thursday cancelling the election commission's powers to impose penalties on private broadcasters who violated impartiality rules during election campaigns.

Erdogan: Switch to strong presidency is not for my benefit

A plan being pushed to bulk up the Turkish presidency is not for the benefit of sitting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader said Wednesday, but for the good of the country.

Thousands of Turkish police, teachers fired under emergency decree

Nearly 4,500 Turkish civil servants have been dismissed by the latest emergency decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest in a series of purges that started after an attempted coup in July.

Merkel urges Erdogan to respect democracy ahead of referendum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to respect democracy and press freedom after meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday.

Greece extends detention of Turkish pilots pending asylum decision

Eight Turkish soldiers who applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a coup attempt in July must remain under temporary police custody, an Athens court ruled Wednesday.

Turkey and Britain sign fighter jet deal during May visit

Turkey and Britain reached a deal worth 100 million pounds (125 million dollars) to build fighter jets together, during a visit by Prime Minister Theresa May which was focused on boosting trade links.

British prime minister meets Turkey's Erdogan; trade in focus

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Turkey on Saturday and met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with trade a key point on the agenda as Britain moves towards an exit from the European Union.

More than 5,000 cases brought against Turkey since coup attempt

Thousands of applications have been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on abuses in Turkey since the attempted coup last summer, the court said Thursday.

Erdogan: 43,000 arrested in six months over failed coup attempt

Turkey has arrested 43,000 people in the last six months over links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Turkish preacher accused of orchestrating a coup attempt last year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Erdogan's presidential system will be a 'sultanate,' top jurist warns

The new constitution that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to pass in Turkey would effectively turn the country into a "sultanate," spelling the end of democracy, the head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations warned.

Former Turkish premier on "concerns" about constitutional changes

Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has hinted at concerns regarding the proposed constitutional changes currently being worked through parliament, with a focus on the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.

Erdogan says lenders must improve access to credit or face government

Lenders in Turkey must increase access to credit for businesses or they will have to face the government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday, amid signs the economy is facing headwinds. 

Turkey's sweeping presidential reforms clear first parliament vote

The Turkish parliament on Sunday gave its first approval to 18 constitutional amendments that grant expansive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Cyprus talks delayed as Turkey resists troop pullout

Turkey will not pull out of Cyprus unless Greece fully reciprocates, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday in Istanbul, after Geneva talks on reuniting the island were adjourned because of the issue.

Turkish legislature extends state of emergency through April 19

The state of emergency imposed in Turkey after July's attempted coup will be extended until April 19 after the country's parliament signed off on a government proposal late Tuesday.

Erdogan: Turkey fighting "new war of independence"

Ninety-three years since the foundation of the modern Turkish republic, Presdient Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his new year's address Saturday that the country was fighting a "new war of independence."

Turkey closes another 94 registered societies in coup aftermath

More than five months after a failed coup attempt, Turkish authorities have closed another 94 registered societies due to a "threat to public order."

Turkey approves draft amendments giving Erdogan more power

A Turkish parliamentary commission approved draft constitutional amendments that would introduce a new executive presidential system, state news agency Anadolu reported Friday, giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers.

Erdogan slams NATO partners for abandoning Turkey in northern Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Turkey's NATO partners for abandoning Ankara in its fight against Islamic State in northern Syria.

Turkey commission accepts 1st article of sweeping presidential reform

Despite angry protests by the opposition, the constitutional commission of Turkey's parliament on Tuesday accepted the first article of a planned reform that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, the Anadolu news agency reported.

Almost 2,000 Turks suspended by Education Ministry over Gulen links

Turkey's Education Ministry has suspended a further 1,980 civil servants

Erdogan: Syrian conduct in Aleppo "a disgrace to humanity"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday again accused the Syrian regime of sabotaging aid for people trapped in the Aleppo enclave.

Number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey rises sharply

The number of journalists imprisoned in Turkey has risen dramatically over the past 12 months, new research revealed on Tuesday.

Erdogan promises "yet higher price" to be paid for Istanbul attacks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday promised retaliation for twin terrorist bombings that left 38 people dead in an Istanbul football stadium the night before.

Turkey presents draft constitution bill that would empower Erdogan

Turkey's government is expected on Saturday to present a draft constitution that would grant sweeping powers to the presidency, an office held by long-time leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey overstepped law with post-coup dismissals, experts say

Experts with Europe's human rights watchdog said Friday that mass dismissals by Turkey's government and the liquidation of associations overstepped Turkish and international law.

Erdogan says era of trade in local currencies set to begin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed up his ambitions for the lira Wednesday, saying the era of local currencies is set to begin.

Erdogan to rule by decree under proposed presidential system

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be able to rule by decree under a proposed new executive-presidential system, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

Erdogan calls on Turks to sell dollars and buy lira and gold

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish citizens on Friday to sell their dollars and buy gold and lira, as the local currency continued to decline against the greenback and euro.

Erdogan warns EU about excluding Turkey from bloc

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his rhetoric against the European Union on Thursday, even as he insisted his country was still interested in joining the bloc.

Turkey to hold referendum on increased presidential powers in 2017

Turkey will aim to hold a referendum in the summer of 2017 on a constitutional amendment package that aims to increase the executive power of the presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced Thursday.

German edition of Erdogan-critical newspaper goes out of print

The German print edition of the Gulenist newspaper Zaman appeared for the last time on Wednesday after headquarters in Turkey were shut down as part of a crackdown on dissent by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan hints state-of-emergency may be extended by three months

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested Saturday that Turkey's sweeping state-of-emergency could be extended by an additional three months when the current period expires in January.

Erdogan hints controversial underage sex abuse law will be reworked

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Friday that a controversial bill allowing sex offenders to see their convictions overturned by marrying their underage abuse victims would be reworked.

Erdogan warns EU he can open border crossings to refugees

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday that Turkey can open its borders with the European Union and allow refugees to cross, thereby threatening to reignite Europe's refugee crisis should it provoke Ankara further.

Erdogan defends Trump against criticism from US and Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his support for US president-elect Donald Trump during a conference in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Germany urges dialogue as Turkey belittles EU vote on membership bid

An upcoming vote by EU lawmakers on Turkey's EU membership bid weighed on the minds of the leaders of Germany and Turkey on Wednesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for dialogue and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissing the vote.

More than 15,000 fired in new wave of mass dismissals in Turkey

A new wave of mass dismissals and shuttering of associations hit Turkey on Tuesday, as the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced 9,977 members of the security forces and 5,419 civil servants were being fired.

Turkey's premier puts brakes on controversial sex offenders bill

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday that he was sending back to a parliamentary commission a controversial draft bill that would have allowed sex offenders to marry underage girls they had abused, thereby evading punishment.

Erdogan: I don't agree with Hitler or with Israeli actions in Gaza

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, just after his government and Israel formally reconciled after six years of strife.

Erdogan wants a new era with Israel, but still angry over flotilla

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to open a new chapter in relations with Israel but remains angry about the 2010 raid of an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip which left 10 Turkish citizens dead, according to an interview with Israeli television set to air Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan says he is "disillusioned" with US policy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he is "disillusioned" with Washington's policy in Syria and the refugee crisis while also expressing upset that his rival, Fethullah Gulen, whom he blames for a coup attempt, still resides in the US.

Turkey's Erdogan strengthens ties with Uzbekistan's leadership

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with the leadership of the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan on Friday as the two predominantly Muslim countries strengthen their ties.

Erdogan calls for Muslim unity to fend off West-backed foes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused the West of aiding his foes to spread chaos in the Islamic world and urged unity among Muslim states to fend off their enemies.

Pakistan lauds "resilient" democracy under "charismatic" Erdogan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday his country stood beside "charismatic" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his fight to lead Turkey towards economic prosperity and political stability.

Pakistan expels Turkish teachers as Erdogan arrives

The Pakistani government said it would expel over 100 teachers from schools allegedly run by a rebel Turkish cleric as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Erdogan wants referendum on EU bid if no progress by year end

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Monday that he will wait until the end of the year to see if there is progress on accession talks with the European Union, otherwise he could put the matter to a referendum.

Turkey's Erdogan gets needed support for new presidential system

A hardline nationalist opposition party has given its crucial support for a constitutional reform package to usher in an executive presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.

850 Turkish cases brought to European human rights court since coup

Since Turkey's failed coup attempt in July, some 850 cases were filed at the European Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg, many related to civil servants dismissed from their posts, a senior European official said Thursday.

EU official: Turkey must decide if it is serious about EU membership

Turkish backsliding on issues of rule of law and fundamental rights raise questions about Ankara's desire to join the European Union, the bloc's top official for membership talks said Wednesday, as the bloc issued its latest progress report.

Erdogan files libel charges against opposition leader

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed charges against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition centre-left People's Republican Party (CHP), for "serious libel," Kilicdaroglu's spokesman told dpa by telephone on Tuesday.

Germany open to granting Turks political asylum, minister says

The German government is open to granting asylum to Turks facing persecution from the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a high-ranking official in the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Turkey detains further pro-Kurdish HDP lawmaker

Another lawmaker from Turkey's largest opposition party HDP has been detained, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in Ankara on Monday, as the government continues its crackdown on dissent.

Erdogan rejects international criticism over opposition arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday rejected international criticism of his government over the arrest of politicians from the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

Kurds protesting in Germany call for resistance to Erdogan

Kurdish demonstrators gathered in Cologne Saturday to protest the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just one day after a group of pro-Kurdish politicians were arrested in Turkey.

Germany is supporting terrorism, says Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Germany of supporting terrorism, the latest in a series of diplomatic barbs traded between Ankara and Berlin.

Erdogan: Turkey will propose law to bring back death penalty

The Turkish government will "soon" propose a draft bill to parliament to reinstate the death penalty, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday in a televised speech from Ankara.

Erdogan: Turkey is an inspiration for the world

Turkey serves as an inspiration for the world, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proclaimed on the country's Republic Day, which marks modern Turkey's foundation in 1923.

German orchestra invites Erdogan to performance genocide piece

A leading German orchestra has invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a performance of a controversial piece of music about the Ottoman Empire's killing of ethnic Armenians and other Christians a century ago.

Council of Europe rebukes Turkey for removing lawmakers' immunity

Turkey must restore the legal immunity of lawmakers, a key body of the Council of Europe said in a report issued Monday, challenging the process of removing their inviolability and warning that the country has a problem protecting freedom of expression.

Erdogan's fresh legal complaint against German satirist thrown out

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's fresh legal complaint against a German satirist who ridiculed him in a poem has been unsuccessful, with the attorney general's office calling the action unfounded in a statement on Friday.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry summons Turkish diplomat over Erdogan comments

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad on Thursday to hand him a "strongly worded" memo in response to comments from Turkey's President earlier this week.

Erdogan slams Clinton's "political dilettantism" for Kurd comments

Turkey's president has criticized US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's "political inexperience" for her comments on arming Kurdish rebels in the fight against Islamic State.

Erdogan tells Iraqi premier to "know his limits" over troops row

Turkey's president has told Iraq's prime minister to "know his limits," warning that Ankara will not take instructions from Baghdad on its troop presence near Mosul and escalating a row between the two US allies.

Turkey's Erdogan launches fresh legal action against German satirist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched fresh legal action against a German satirist he believes insulted him.

Energy talks, Syria in focus as Putin heads to meet Erdogan in Turkey

Energy projects and the situation in Syria are expected to be the focus Monday when Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Turkey to meet with his counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

German TV comic defends satirical poem that insulted Erdogan

A German TV comic whose satirical poem insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan released a video message Wednesday in response to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue a criminal investigation against him.

Germany ends investigation of comedian who insulted Erdogan on TV

German prosecutors said Tuesday that they had dropped an investigation into comedian Jan Boehmermann for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest twist in a spat that strained already tense relations between Ankara and Berlin.

Turkey extends state of emergency by three months

The Turkish cabinet headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decided to extend the state of emergency imposed on the country following a failed coup by three more months, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday.

Erdogan: Turkey's state of emergency to be extended by three months

Turkey's state of emergency is set to be extended by another three months, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated Thursday, and could be in place for a year, if required.

Boris Johnson to meet Turkey's Erdogan after ridiculing him in rhyme

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was due to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara on Tuesday.

Erdogan-critic Boris Johnson heads to Turkey on official visit

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a past critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, may have to walk a diplomatic tightrope on Sunday as he makes his first visit to Ankara.

Gulen: Blame for Turkey's July 15 coup lies with Erdogan

US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating the July 15 attempted coup, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in fact behind it.

Turkey will not cooperate with Kurds to take Raqqa from Islamic State

Turkey will not cooperate with the main Kurdish militia in Syria to attack the Islamic State's de-facto capital, al-Raqqa, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said Thursday.

"Only voters can remove us," says defiant Kurdish mayor in Turkey

The Turkish government has fired 24 pro-Kurdish district mayors in the south-east, alleging that they were aiding the banned PKK, and replaced them with trustees loyal to Ankara. The move has triggered defiance and anger. But there is also some support from the war-weary locals.

Erdogan vows to rid Turkey, Syria of Kurdish militants

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to rid Turkey of the "pest" that is the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and threatened the armed group's Syrian branch with the same fate.

Deputy pro-Kurdish party leader arrested during raid in Ankara

The deputy chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Alp Altinors, has been arrested during a raid by Turkish police, the party said Friday.

Turkey admits possible mistakes in post-coup crackdown

Mistakes may have been made during Turkey's widespread crackdown on the country's civil service in the wake of a thwarted military coup, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday.

Erdogan agrees to US-Turkish collaboration in Syria

Turkey is to collaborate with the United States in efforts to force extremist group Islamic State from their de facto Syrian capital, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, according to the Hurriyet daily.

Hunger strikers in Turkey show support for imprisoned PKK leader

Fifty pro-Kurdish politicians and activists have begun a hunger strike in Turkey in support of Abdullah Ocalan, who leads the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an opposition party spokeswoman told dpa on Monday.

Obama pledges help bringing Turkey coup plotters to justice

US President Barack Obama told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday that the US would offer full support to Turkey in bringing the perpetrators of the recent coup attempt to justice.

Merkel expects travel ban to Incirlik base in Turkey to be lifted

Chancellor Angela Merkel expects a Turkish travel ban keeping German parliamentarians from visiting German soldiers at the Incirlik air force base in Turkey to be lifted shortly.

30,000 Kurds march against Erdogan in Cologne

Some 30,000 Kurds protested the politics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and demanded the release of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan at a demonstration in the German city of Cologne on Saturday

Turkish-German lawmaker expects end to diplomatic dispute

A Turkish-German lawmaker from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party said on Saturday he expects both countries will be able to settle their differences in a dispute over a German resolution declaring the mass killings of Armenians as genocide.

Erdogan signs deal to repair Turkey's broken ties with Israel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed a reconciliation deal with Israel as the countries work to put six years of strife behind them, his official website reported on Wednesday.

Detention orders issued for 35 media workers, journalists in Turkey

An Istanbul prosecutor issued detention orders for 35 media workers, including journalists, the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday, saying that the accused have links to the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Merkel: I am also chancellor for Turks in Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Turks living in Germany against importing the political tensions that have gripped Turkey following last month's failed military coup, and called on them to show loyalty.  

Russia gives green light for resumed charter flights to Turkey

Russia is to resume charter flights to Turkey, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday, ending Moscow's nine-month flight ban as part of sanctions on Ankara.

Turkey says child bomber behind wedding party attack that killed 51

The suicide bomber who attacked a wedding party in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, was between the age of 12 and 14 years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.

Ahead of Biden visit, Turkey wants "temporary arrest" of Gulen

Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he wants the United States to place Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed for plotting a coup, under "temporary arrest," ahead of a visit by Vice President Joe Biden next week.