U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım will discuss issues regarding Syria and the extradition of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen during Biden’s visit to Turkey, Yıldırım has said
Syrian war: Turkey to play more active role

Turkey plans a more active role in efforts to end the Syria war and sees President Assad as an interim but not long-term player.
Two visions of politics in Turkey: authoritarian and revolutionary

Politics is not a mere choice between white and black, but rather a creative way of people running their daily lives in all their colourful richness.

The leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, speaks to his party supporters during an anti-coup rally in Istanbul,July 23,2016. Petros Giannakouris/Press Association. All rights reserved.Late last December, upon returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, Turkish President Erdogan was asked by Turkish reporters whether an executive presidential system was possible while maintaining “the unitary structure of the state”. He responded, “There are already examples in the world. You can see it when you look at Hitler’s Germany.” Following a failed coup d’etat attempt this July, as Erdogan started excluding and imprisoning political rivals, laying the groundwork for authoritarian control, some critics have begun taking the comparison more seriously.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş on Aug. 17 described Ankara’s Syria policy as “a source of many sufferings for Turkey today.”
A leaked confidential report from the German government describes Turkey as a “central platform for Islamist groups” and concludes that Ankara has been supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and opposition forces in Syria for years. Berlin should nonetheless steer clear of confrontation with Turkey, commentators warn, while some argue that the criticism of Ankara is hypocritical.
The Turkish parliament approved a deal to normalise ties with Israel after a delay caused by the July 15 failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ shared a lengthy tweet on Aug. 15 discussing a much-criticized recent Turkish Constitutional Court ruling that said not all sexual intercourse of children aged 15 and under amounts to sexual abuse
Turkey hits back after Sweden accuses it of legalising child sex

Turkey’s constitutional court annulled in July a criminal code provision punishing as ‘sexual abuse’ sexual acts with under-15s

Turkey has summoned Sweden’s envoy in an escalating row after Stockholm accused Ankara of legalising sex with children.

The chief prosecutor in Istanbul has issued orders for the confiscation of the properties of 187 suspects, including TUSKON Chairman Rızanur Meral, Aydınlı Group Chairman Ömer Faruk Kavurmacı and two brothers who run two separate Güllüoğlu Baklava chains

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