Government of Turkey

We will support production, exports with lower rates: Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Nov. 30 again rejected the idea of raising interest rates.

"With the new economic model, we reject out of hand the policy of attracting hot money with high interest rates," Erdoğan said in an interview on state TV.

"We will support production and exports with lower rates," Erdoğan stated. 

CHP leader demands debt relief for farmers

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Nov. 30 called on the government to take steps to ease the loan pressure on farmers and tradesmen.

"Agricultural Credit Cooperative is choking the farmers with 71 percent interest," Kılıçdaroğlu said, speaking at the CHP's parliamentary group meeting.

DEVA Party's Metin Gürcan arrested for espionage

Metin Gürcan, a founding member of the opposition Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), has been arrested and sent to prison over political and military espionage pending trial.

Gürcan, a former soldier, was detained on Nov. 26 in Istanbul as part of an investigation launched by the Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office.

Turkey hands over homes, shops to İzmir quake victims

Turkey delivers the first phase residences and shops to the earthquake victims in the western province of İzmir, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 26.

"After the İzmir earthquake, we decided to build a total of 5,074 residences and 353 shops. We promised to start delivering them within a year," Erdoğan said, attending the earthquake housing delivery ceremony in İzmir.

Staunch Erdogan Critic to Become German Agriculture Minister

The co-chairman of the Green Party, Cem Ozdemir, speaks at a regional party conference in Berlin, 30 September 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/FELIPE TRUEBA

Ozdemir is a senior Green politician representing the party's reformist wing whose parents came to Germany from Turkey as "guest workers" in the 1960s.