Turkey Political News
Turkey’s parliament has voted in favor in a first round ballot on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to press on with debate about a constitutional reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan
“Turkish government should know that the blood of Muslims shed with airplanes and artillery fire will ignite a fire in their own land,” Islamic State said.
Turkey News: 39 people were killed early New Year’s Day after a gunman opened fire inside Reina, a popular Istanbul nightclub, local officials said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, “They (West) are supporting all terror groups — YPG, PYD, Daesh (IS). It’s quite clear, perfectly obvious.”
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, “The EU should decide whether it wants to continue its future vision with or without Turkey.”
“Turkey is too important to us,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“Turkey is an EU candidate and that means they have to accept that we apply higher standards,” said European Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
“Brother, we don’t care about your red line. It’s the people who draw the red line. What importance does your line have,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
2 co-mayors of Diyarbakir the biggest Kurdish-majority city in southeast Turkey have been arrested as part of a terrorism enquiry, security officials said.
Most were dismissed from service on their arrival, arrested and imprisoned, according to a Turkish military official at NATO and two farewell letters.
European Commission disagrees: “Suggestions to the contrary, including on financial support for refugees in Turkey, are simply not correct and not helpful.”
“It would be in Turkey’s benefit to extend state of emergency for three months,” Erdogan said. “They say one year isn’t right for Turkey.
“No democratic state can or will allow mayors and parliamentarians to supply the municipality’s resources to finance terrorist organizations,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.
President Tayyip Erdogan said the bombing in Sirnak province would increase Turkey’s determination as it fights terrorist groups at home and abroad.
“Turkey intends to develop its own defense industry and strengthens its defense system,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
German security officials also said Erdogan had an “ideological affinity” with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, ARD reported.
European leaders have voiced concern over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on suspected dissidents after a failed coup attempt last month.
“What happened there does not comply with international regulations. They brought the Russian plane down because they wanted to,” Willy Wimmer of SCE said.
“The Russian reaction created emotional bond with Turkish officials,” said Mensur Akgun, chairman of international relations department at Istanbul’s Kultur University.