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German opposition to Turkey's EU membership rises: poll

A growing majority of Germans are opposed to Turkey entering the European Union, according to a poll published days after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan made a controversial speech to Turks in Cologne.

Turkish minister tried to manipulate newspaper ads: Report

Former Environment Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar, who resigned from his position after the Dec. 17 graft probe, allegedly manipulated newspaper ads to “nurture” the pro-government media, according to a summary of proceedings sent to the Justice Ministry, daily Cumhuriyet reported May 28.

Turkey’s main opposition seeks parliamentary inquiry against PM

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has filed a motion for a parliamentary inquiry into Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in relation to a wave of corruption probes that first went public on Dec. 17, 2013.

Turkish ministers sing differing tunes over interest rate policy

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s sharp criticism of the Central Bank over its interest rate policy has exposed a split among Turkey’s top economic managers, who are divided over the limits to interference in the bank’s independence.

Reunion of JHA ministers of SEECP countries in Bucharest

Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) ministers of the countries participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) reunite on Wednesday and Thursday in Bucharest at the Parliament Palace to tackle the regional cooperation on illegal migration and human trafficking, police collaboration, fight against corruption, and enhancement of judicial cooperation.

PKK abducts soldier in southeastern Turkey

A Turkish soldier was taken by suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on May 27, security sources have said.

A masked group set up a roadblock on the highway linking the districts of Lice and Hani in Diyarbakır, checking the identity cards of drivers.

Turkey arrest move 'political', may delay deal: Israel

Israeli officials denounced as "political" Wednesday attempts by a Turkish court to secure an international arrest warrant for four former Israeli military commanders over a deadly 2010 maritime assault.

Three quakes shake Turkey

Three minor earthquakes shook Turkey early on May 28 following last week’s strong temblor in the Aegean Sea that has revived fears of seismic activity across the country.

A 4.5-magnitude quake occurred in the Saroz Gulf at a depth of 13.3 kilometers at 6:59 a.m., according to Istanbul’s Kandilli Observatory. It was felt in Çanakkale and nearby towns.

AKP founder and president rejects MHP offer to run for seat again

President Abdullah Gül has rejected an overture from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) that he again run for the post in August elections as part of a joint initiative designed to prevent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from becoming head of state.

Kayaköy, an escape from hectic city life

Kayaköy, an old Rum village in the slopes, carrying the fading shadow of the past I am excited, happy and angry at the same time. Excited and happy because I went to Kayaköy near Fethiye. Angry? Because I went to Kayaköy… Let me first tell you this: During one of your first coming holidays, you have to go to Kayaköy; it is a magnificent place.

Some 17,000 persons pin their hopes on Turkey's top court

Some 17,000 people representing a wide variety of backgrounds have filed individual appeals to the top court of Turkey since individual access to the top court became effective as of Sept. 24, 2012.

Does God punish sinners with disasters?

The tragic accident in a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey, which killed 301 workers deep underground, has led to various discussions in Turkey. Most of these have been on practical issues such as lack of safety, poor technology, and “the culture of negligence,” as I call it. (Why, for example, do most Turkish drivers find bizarre ways to avoid fastening their seatbelts?

Calls for Turkey to remove Internet restrictions

Some 450 participants from around 90 countries have gathered in Stockholm to attend the third Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF), where freedom and openness on the Internet to promote human rights and development across the world was discussed.

Europe vote and Turkey

Although it was not given much attention in Turkey, with the latest Lisbon Treaty, the European Parliament has gained prominence in European politics and thus the winners and losers of the last weekend’s elections indeed will have an impact on the climate between Turkey and Europe as well.