Merkel: Erdoğan can count on me:ANK ? Turkish Daily NewsGermany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday she was likely to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan when she traveled this weekend to Barcelona to attend a summit of
The "war over identity” that sprung out of the Southeast and carried over into the political arena in Ankara give us some clues about the future. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement
A meeting to discuss terrorist incidents was held at the Prime Ministry on Friday. The gathering chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan focused on the incidents in Semdinli and also social and economic measures to be taken to counter terrorism. Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu and Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul as well as bureaucrats and force commanders attended the meeting.
State Minister Abdullatif Sener said on Thursday that a bill proposing the establishment of mortgage system had been signed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and sent to Parliament. "I expect the bill to pass the Planning and Budget Commission by the end of next month," said Sener. He added that the system would enable people to buy houses using long-term banking credit.
The Turkish Daily News published an article on Monday about a letter to the editor of the Financial Times written by Steve H. Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University. In
Turkish newspapers yesterday wrote about the Hakkari governor's appointment to Tokat; an exclusive interview with a European Union official in Turkey; the education minister speaking about teachers; Turkey warning EU countries about Roj TV; and remarks made by the main opposition party leader contradicting his party. Hakkari governor sent to Tokat: Hakkari Governor Erdoğan Gürbüz was held responsible for the violence in Şemdinli earlier this month, Hürriyet reported. After receiving a negative public reaction, the governor was temporarily appointed to the Tokat's Governor's Office, while Tokat Governor Ayhan Nasuhbeyoğlu was, in turn, appointed to Hakkari upon
From the columns: Turkish columnists wrote yesterday about the ruling party's alcohol ban; the Iraqi Kurdish leader's links to a terrorist organization; Parliament's failure to discuss the Şemdinli affair; and the problems Turkey encounters.
Opposition Republican People’s Party parliamentary group leader Kemal Anadol accused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of taking his orders from slogans written on placards, noting that transferring two regional governors was not enough to resolve problems in the Southeast.
A United Nations-led initiative launched this summer by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan aimed at overcoming hostile perceptions that sow discord and foment violence around the world is
Military helicopter crashes ANK ? The Associated Press A Turkish military helicopter crashed in eastern Turkey on Thursday, officials said. There were no immediate reports of any fatalities. The helicopter, which was leased to state pipeline company
Newly appointed Tokat Governor Erdoğan Gürbüz said on Thursday that he viewed his move from Hakkari to Tokat as a promotion, instead of the demotion claimed by the media.
President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has decided not to attend an upcoming summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Saudi Arabia, a newspaper report said yesterday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is expected to make a one-day working visit to Turkey next week, officials at the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday in Ankara managed to undue some of the damage caused by a recent statement about teachers in Turkey by the Minister of Education, Huseyin Celik, who said "Their paid weekly working hours are 15. This means 2 days. This is why high level bureaucrats marry teachers." PM Erdogan, who received teachers from 81 provinces all of Turkey yesterday in honor of Teachers' Day across the country, was able to win back the hearts of some of these angered teachers.
The ruling Islamic-rooted AK Party has begun a crackdown on alcohol in the local districts it controls, reported the AFP on Friday. The ban on serving alcohol in local government cafes and restaurants is in order to protect family values, say the party according to the source. A similar ban was brought into government buildings in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul, ten years ago when the now prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the major of the city. Turkey is a secular state that follows a moderate interpretation of the Koran and sells alcohol under legal licensing laws.
The summit in the prime ministerial offices in Ankara has wound up with a call being made to state organizations and civil society foundations to act responsibly and prudently during the coming period of legal investigation into the situation in the Southeast.
An investigation into the substitution of a valuable work of art with a counterfeit painting has led to the discovery of additional missing items from the collection of an Istanbul museum.
Turkish newspapers wrote yesterday about a hand grenade that went off in a bookshop being the same kind as that found in a gendarmerie vehicle in Şemdinli; the prime minister and the foreign minister making assurances that the Şemdinli affair would be resolved; the resignation of the national football team's assistant coach; and ruling party attempts to spread the alcohol ban nationwide. Hand grenades same type: A hand grenade that exploded on Nov. 9 in a bookshop owned by Seferi Yılmaz, a former Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) member who had previously been imprisoned and released, has turned out to be the same type as those found an offic
A top Turkish general said the military's high command did not order a recent grenade attack in the largely Kurdish Southeast but left open the possibility that lower-ranking officers may have been behind the deadly blast.
From the columns: Turkish columnists wrote yesterday about the ruling party's apparent good fortune; the foreign minister's assurance the Şemdinli affair would be resolved; government help for Greek Cypriots; and the upcoming presidential election
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