Latest News from Turkey

Turkey pavilion to present Sarkis’ work in Venice

A new installation by the influential Turkish-Armenian artist Sarkis will be presented at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, to be held between May 9 and Nov. 22, 2015.

Unionization in Turkey dragging below 10 pct

Union membership in Turkey remains below 10 percent, falling far behind European Union and OECD averages, freshly announced data from the Labor Ministry has shown.

According to statistics announced by the ministry, only 1.189 million of 12.28 million workers are union members, constituting just 9.6 percent of all workers.

Web auction to boost East’s livestock trade

A real-time Internet livestock auction in the eastern Turkish province of Erzurum will be founded to increase opportunities for trade in livestock and animal products such as meat, milk, wool and leather.

FBI returns the smuggled Lydian artifacts to Turkey

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has returned 10 illegally traded historical artifacts from Lydia, an Iron Age empire in western Turkey, to the Turkish mission in Washington.

VIDEO: Turkey through the eyes of three travelers

A video prepared by three travelers, consisting of footage of their four-week journey through Turkey, has gone viral, exciting viewers with scenes of ancient sites and natural beauty around the country.

Turkey’s gold imports sink by 94 percent over previous month

Turkey’s gold imports plummeted by 94 percent on a monthly basis to 1.45 tons due to Ramadan and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East that steeply curbed demand, according to new figures.

The country bought 24 tons of gold in June 2013 and 37 tons of gold in July last year, according to figures announced by the Borsa Istanbul Precious Metals and Diamond Market on Aug. 6

Dollar/lira highest since March local elections

The lira weakened to above 2.16 against the U.S. dollar Aug. 6, hitting its lowest level since March 31 due to emerging markets weakening through geopolitical tensions and anticipations that rating agency Moody’s Turkey announcement will be negative.

Turkish gov’t heralds new purge in judiciary

As Turkey witnessed a second wave of mass operation of detaining police officers as part of the “illegal wiretapping” probe, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government’s plans for restructuring the country’s top judicial body have been revealed.

Ayvalık, an authentic village of your dreams

Ayvalık, a small, summer-time authentic village is a place where all your dreams can come true, from drinking great coffee to fabulous ice cream. When Istanbul days become too much, Ayvalık is a solution to your problems In Ayvalık, you can find many artistic workshops or flea markets and therefore this place is like heaven to me.

On the day after

There are several speculations about the day after the presidential elections. It is as if some of our friends travelled in time, saw Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan win the presidency with a comfortable majority in the first voting on Aug. 10 and appointed a prime minister and chairman to the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Politics at its lowest

This Sunday, millions of Turks will go to ballots to vote for their next president. This will be the first time that the presidency, the top post in the republic, will be elected by popular vote. In this sense, the upcoming elections could be seen as a sign of maturation for Turkey’s almost 140-year-old democratic experience, which goes back to the first Ottoman Parliament in 1876.


The Turks are not rebels. The prime minister can slap one and win an apology in return. But they are certainly proud people – at least social research says so. According to a most recent survey, Turks are proud of their country’s accomplishments, even though there is no empirical evidence to justify this feeling: Proud without a cause.

Erdoğan, if elected, will cause Turkey severe trouble: CHP

The election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the presidency will cause severe troubles to Turkey, the leader of the main opposition has said, stressing that his ethnic and sect-based policies would further drag the country into the Middle East quagmire.

Why are so many police officers in custody?

On the eve of the presidential elections, for the last three weeks, Turkey has been talking about an operation that has seen police officers place other police officers into custody.

Ankara and Arbil discuss jihadist threat

Turkish officials and Iraqi Kurds have discussed the escalating threat posed by the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) in the neighboring country, as the jihadist group has been extending control in northwestern Iraq, forcing thousands of Iraqi citizens to leave their homes.