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Nov 6, 2015

Battle brews over economic policy in Turkey’s AKP after election win

ANKARA (Reuters) – Behind its monolithic facade, a row over economic policy is raging in Turkey’s AK Party as it readies for another four years in power, with President Tayyip Erdogan’s aides pumping populist growth plans while others lobby for reforms.

The conservative, Islamist-rooted AKP won back a majority lost only five months earlier in a surprise electoral turnaround on Sunday, ushering in a return to single-party rule that Erdogan cast as a “vote for stability” and investors initially took as an end to months of uncertainty.

Nov 2, 2015

Erdogan, eyeing greater powers, says Turks voted for stability

ANKARA (Reuters) – A jubilant President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday cast the return of Turkey’s Islamist-rooted AK Party to single-party rule as a vote for stability that the world must respect, but opponents fear it heralds growing authoritarianism and deeper polarization.

The AKP defied pollsters and even the expectations of its own strategists in a general election on Sunday, consolidating support from the right to claw back a parliamentary majority that will bolster Erdogan’s grip on power.

Oct 30, 2015

Preview: Turkish election to shape political landscape for a decade

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan is unambiguous about what he wants from an election on Sunday, casting it as a pivotal moment for Turkey: a return to the single-party rule he presided over for more than a decade until June.

The outcome of the second parliamentary election this year will be important not only for Turkey’s domestic stability and its role in resolving the conflict in Syria and Europe’s migration crisis, but also for Erdogan himself.

Oct 30, 2015

Turkish election to shape political landscape for a decade

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan is unambiguous about what he wants from an election on Sunday, casting it as a pivotal moment for Turkey: a return to the single-party rule he presided over for more than a decade until June.

The outcome of the second parliamentary election this year will be important not only for Turkey’s domestic stability and its role in resolving the conflict in Syria and Europe’s migration crisis, but also for Erdogan himself.

Oct 22, 2015

Turkey’s Erdogan sees Syrian and Kurdish hands in Ankara attack

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Syrian intelligence and Kurdish militants, not just Islamic State, were behind a double suicide bombing in Ankara which killed more than 100 people, the worst attack of its kind in Turkey’s modern history.

Erdogan said Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, the Syrian “mukhabarat” secret police and the Syrian Kurdish PYD militia had worked together with Islamic State in the bombing on Oct. 10.

Oct 21, 2015

Erdogan seen with little choice but to share power after Turkish vote

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan’s tactics for Turkey’s second general election in five months might have changed, but the outcome looks likely to be the same: for the first time in its history, his ruling AK Party may have to share power.

Opinion polls suggest the Islamist-rooted AKP, which had dominated Turkish politics for 13 years until losing its parliament majority in June, will again fail to secure enough votes to govern alone at a Nov. 1 election.

Oct 19, 2015

Turkey should not become “concentration camp” for migrants, PM says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey wants fresh funding from the European Union in exchange for stopping migrants streaming to Europe but should not be expected to turn itself into a “concentration camp” for refugees, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.

Europe, struggling with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people in the biggest migration movement it has seen since World War Two, is dangling the prospect of financial aid and faster EU membership in front of Turkey in the hope of winning its help in stemming the influx.

Oct 19, 2015

Turkey wants fresh EU funding to help tackle migration

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey wants fresh funding from the European Union to tackle the migration crisis rather than the early disbursal of money already earmarked for it and it wants the sum reviewed annually, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.

Europe, struggling with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people in the biggest migration movement it has seen since World War Two, is dangling the prospect of financial aid and faster EU membership in front of Turkey in the hope of winning its help in stemming the tide.

Oct 18, 2015

Merkel, in bind on migrants, ready to back faster Turkish EU bid

ISTANBUL/BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Turkey financial aid and the prospect of faster progress on its bid to join the European Union on Sunday in return for badly-needed help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.

Speaking in Istanbul at a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Merkel said Germany could help accelerate the path to visa-free travel to the EU for Turks and push forward Ankara’s protracted EU membership talks.

Oct 14, 2015

Turkish PM sees Islamic State or PKK links to Ankara bombing

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Reuters on Wednesday some of the suspects in a suicide bombing that killed 97 people in Ankara had spent months in Syria and that they could be linked to Islamic State or to Kurdish militants.

“We are working on (investigating) two terrorist organizations, Daesh (Islamic State) and PKK, because we have certain evidence regarding the suicide bombers having links with Daesh, but also some linkages with PKK groups,” Davutoglu said in an interview in Istanbul.

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