Politics of Turkey

Varvitsiotis: Erdogan anxiety uncommon for a country leader

The intense anxiety of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not usual for a country leader, argued Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on Tuesday. He also said there is no information on any cooperation between Ankara and Rome on hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean.

No pressure from Turkey to exclude Greece from Berlin summit, says German gov't spokesman

Berlin rejected on Friday a report in German newspaper Bild that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had put pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel not to include a Greek representative in a mini summit on Sunday that will discuss Libya's peace prospects.

Erdoğan vows more mayors from opposition will join AKP

President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has vowed that more mayors from the opposition parties will join the AKP after five district governors joined the ruling party on Jan. 14.

"Five new mayors have joined the AK Party. I believe this figure will increase in the coming weeks," Erdoğan told a meeting with the AKP mayors in Ankara.

Erdogan consolidating Turkey’s status as regional player

The situation in Libya does not seem to be unfolding in the way Greece would like it to. Repeated meetings between officials in Athens and Nicosia are mostly aimed at domestic consumption. Meanwhile, Turkey is obviously trying to consolidate its status in the region, in cooperation with Russia.

Some circles aim to use 'Armenia issue' to divide Turks, official says

Some circles are seeking to use the Armenian allegations over the events of 1915 to create divisions within the Turkish community, the country's communications director said Jan. 14.

Fahrettin Altun's remarks came after a meeting of the High Advisory Board under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the capital Ankara.