Politics of Turkey

Turkey’s Erdogan Drops Threat to Expel Western Diplomats

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, December 2019 Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN.

"With the new statement made by the same embassies today, a step back was taken from this slander against our country and our nation. I believe these ambassadors … will be more careful in their statements regarding Turkey's sovereign rights," Erdogan said.

Erdogan is Expelling Ambassadors of United States, Germany, France and Seven other Countries

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has created a diplomatic scandal by ordering the foreign ministry in Ankara to declare 10 ambassadors persona non grata, including the United States, Germany and France. The reason is their call for the release of Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala, Reuters reported, quoted by BTA.

Turkey’s central government gross debt stock at $246 bln in September

The Turkish central government's gross debt stock amounted to 2.18 trillion Turkish liras ($246 billion) at the end of September, official figures showed on Oct. 20. 

The Treasury and Finance Ministry's data showed that the figure was up by 17.2% versus the end of September last year.

Creator of Turkey’s ‘Blue Motherland’ theory slams Greece-France defence agreement

By George Gilson

The originator of the "Blue Motherland" theory, which claims for Turkey huge swathes of Greek maritime zones in the Aegean and the Mediterranean and their hydrocarbons deposits, has lambasted the recent Greece-France mutual defence pact.

Erdoğan, Putin discuss warplanes, submarines cooperation

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed deepening defence industry cooperation with Russia during talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin this week, the Turkish leader was quoted as saying on Sept. 30. 

Erdoğan and Putin held their first face-to-face talks in 18 months in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Wednesday, with the Syrian conflict high on their agenda.