Tsipras, Merkel meet in Athens

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens Thursday. Merkel and Tsipras have met in person many times over the course of the past few years, but this is the first time the German chancellor visits Athens during Tsipras's government. 

President Erdoğan directly appoints rector for first time to Istanbul's Boğaziçi University

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 12 appointed a rector to Istanbul's prestigious Boğaziçi University, marking the first such move after he was given the authority to directly appoint rectors following the latest state of emergency decree.

Boğaziçi Univesity academics rally against Turkey's new decree law on rector appointments

Some 350 academics at Istanbul's prestigious Boğaziçi University on Nov. 1 issued a press announcement at its southern campus denouncing the government's recently introduced decree law giving the president authority to directly appoint all state university rectors across Turkey, abandoning the rector election process.