Government of Turkey

Gov’t to continue cutting interest rates: Erdoğan

The government will continue lowering interest rates, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, vowing to fight against the rising cost of living.

"This government will not hike interest rates. No one should expect us to do this. On the contrary, we will keep lowering the rates," Erdoğan said following a cabinet meeting in Ankara on May 6.

MİT neutralizes third PKK leader in one month

Turkish Intelligence Organization (MİT) has neutralized a PKK ringleader, Iranian citizen Rahime Xezali, in Syria in a third surgical strike against PKK local leaders in a month, local media has reported.

According to press reports published on June 5, Xezali was killed with two other terrorists in northern Syria's Qamishli province on May 31.

Three EU ambassadors to Turkey summoned over PKK concerns

French, German and Greek ambassadors to Turkey have been summoned to the Foreign Ministry over concerns about the activities and the latest protests of the PKK in their countries.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu declared the summoning of the France's and Germany's envoys last week.

Children collect garbage on World Environment Day

As part of the June 5 World Environment Day, children across the country have picked up rubbish on the streets in various organizations to raise environmental awareness.

In Istanbul, the Fatih Municipality gathered around 300 young volunteer environmentalists to collect garbage on the streets of the Balat neighborhood.

Freedom House: Turkey One of World’s Worst Transnational Repressors

A man walks under the Turkish flag during a curfew in the COVID-19 pandemic in Istanbul, May 23, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

"Incidents of transnational repression that took place in Turkey accounted for a quarter of the total recorded by Freedom House last year," the report said.

Pressure behind the scenes: Two countries, eager to join NATO, must make concessions

It should be reminded that the two Nordic countries officially submitted a request for admission to the Alliance on May 18, thus leaving the decades-long position of military neutrality, explaining that Russia's attack on Ukraine changed the international security scene forever.