Latest News from Turkey
Austrian home-improvement DIY chain BauMax has officially announced its withdrawal from Turkey.
BauMax owner Karl-Heinz Essl communicated the news on Austrian ORF television and repeated previous information that the company also mulls leaving other markets in Southeast Europe.
Turkey, Europe declare 'end game' for tobacco users
European Union and Turkish tobacco experts set the rules aimed at ending the use of tobacco in Europe.
Coffee shop owners stage a 2009 protest against the government's ban of indoor smoking. Experts say the adoption of European directives will help reduce smoking and its related health risks. [AFP]
Representatives of the Greek and Turkish governments are expected to sign an agreement on Friday to construct a new road bridge between the two countries.
The bridge over the Evros River will run between the Kipi and Ipsala border posts.
It will have a length of 810 meters, of which 344 m will be on Greek territory.
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said if a deal on Bosnia as a confederation of three units is not possible, Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, RS, reserved a right to hold a referendum on seeking outright independence.
Rifat Fejzic, the Reis of the Islamic community in Montenegro, said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit Montenegro in the last week of April for the opening of the Islamic Centre in the coastal town of Bar.
Dozens of Turks and Bosnians celebrated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s local elections by gathering to celebrate in Ilidza in Sarajevo and driving through the city honking their car horns and waving AK (Justice and Development) Party flags alongside those of Turkey and Bosnia.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has taken a commanding lead in the country’s local elections.
With just over 60% of the votes counted, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s party has 46.8%, while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) trails with 27.3%, Hurriyet Daily News reported.