Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish-German University symbol of friendship, Erdoğan says

Turkey's president expressed hope on Jan. 24 that the Turkish-German University in Istanbul would be a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

"We will continue to give all kinds of support to the Turkish-German University," Erdoğan stressed at the official opening ceremony for the university's new campus in Istanbul with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Turkey on Jan. 23 to discuss "all aspects" of bilateral relations.

The visit comes at the request of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the two leaders will also discuss steps for further developing cooperation between the two countries, Turkey's Communications Directorate earlier said in a statement.

We are rivals with all parties, opposition leader says

The establishment of new political parties is beneficial for Turkey and the voters, the leader of oppositional İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener has said.

"It will increase competition during elections. We are rivals with both two parties and also [main opposition Republican People's Party] the CHP and the AKP," Akşener told a group of journalists on Jan. 22.