Government of Turkey

Turkey’s Planned Internet Law to Criminalise ‘Spreading Misinformation’

Members of the Turkish parliament in session at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara, 2 January 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/STR

The law was prepared by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP and its far-right partner, the Nationalist Movement Party, MHP.

Some 31,000 apply to become Turkey’s 1st astronaut in two days: Minister

Around 4 million people have visited an official website displaying the criteria to become Turkey's first astronaut, with more than 31,000 people applying in just 48 hours, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank has said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the website "" is open for submissions late on May 23.

Turkey closes Istanbul for new asylum seekers, minister says

While referring to the Istanbul governor's statement that there were 1,305,000 migrants in Istanbul, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on May 5 said that 500,000 Syrians are currently registered in the metropolitan city alone and that the others were residing foreigners, such as students and employees in foreign companies.

President Erdoğan congratulates Macron on election win

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 5 congratulated his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on his re-election, and emphasized the importance of ties between Ankara and Paris for Europe.

The phone call marked the first interaction between the two leaders since Macron was re-elected on April 24, fending off a serious challenge from his rival Marine Le Pen.

Turkish Autocrat’s ‘Downfall Far from Imminent’: Dimitar Bechev

"A sweeping attempt to capture the last 20 years of Turkey, Bechev skilfully traces the radical transformation of Turkey's domestic and foreign policies under Erdogan. An outstanding book from one of the best," wrote Gonul Tol, Director of Turkey Programme at the Middle East Institute in Washington.