Russian President Vladimir Putin has described Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a “tough man”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is known as one of the toughest leaders on earth calls, him a “tough man.”
Qatar and Turkey have taken yet another assertive step to deepen their bilateral relations, signing a series of agreements
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When Turkish authorities arrested more than two dozen cops and prominent media personalities on Sunday, it set off what has become, by now, a predictable routine: International rights groups and Western countries expressed concern and condemnation, prompting Turkey’s longtime leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to make clear how little he cares.

Panel title: “The Exceptional States of the EU: Iceland, Britain & Turkey”

Conference title: the UACES’s 45th Annual Conference Date: 7-9 September 2015            Venue: Bilbao, Spain

Organizers: Dr Gulay Icoz (King’s College London) & Dr Natalie Martin (Loughborough University/Nottingham Trent University)

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched a new broadside against the European Union on Dec. 17 over its condemnation of recent raids on the local media, saying Brussels has no right to give Ankara a “democracy lesson.”
President Erdoğan says the judicial process is continuing “clean” and “according to the laws,” while lashing out at the international criticisms over freedom of the press
Turkey issues arrest warrant for Erdoğan rival Fethullah Gülen

Prosecutor charges elderly US-based Islamic cleric with operating armed terror group following raids on media outlets
The cleric facing arrest, Fethullah Gulen, lives in Pennsylvania but still has a broad following in Turkey that has reached into elite law enforcement, judiciary and business circles.
Turkish citizens’ expectations from the coming year are negative, according to a new Eurobarometer survey

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