Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Tests of leadership

Only real life can test if a politician really has what it takes to lead a nation. Six months after he was elected prime minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis was called upon to tackle two major crises: the first one was the exploitation of migrants and refugees by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; the second was the coronavirus outbreak.

Erdoğan hails 'healthcare army' fighting virus

Turkey's president on April 8 praised the nation's "healthcare army" of nearly half a million medical staff and 360,000 support personnel fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

"No virus, no outbreak is stronger than Turkey," said Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a letter addressed to the Turkish people who are older than 65 and restricted from leaving their homes due to pandemic.

Construction of field hospital at Istanbul airport site begins

Construction work to build a field hospital at the site of the now-closed Atatürk Airport in Istanbul has begun.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced earlier this week two more hospitals with a capacity of 1,000 beds each will be established in the country's largest city as part of efforts in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey distributes free face masks to citizens

Turkey started distributing free face masks to citizens to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Citizens can apply for free masks through the country's postal services' e-commerce website,

This week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that people cannot enter shops and marketplaces without face masks.