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Why did Turkey hold a referendum? - BBC News

A new draft constitution that significantly increases the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been approved by voters in a referendum. Here, the BBC's Turkey correspondent, Mark Lowen, explains why this was such a bitterly-contested ...and more »

Yusuf Islam thanks Turkey for UK mosque - Arab News

British singer Yusuf Islam shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex, in Ankara. (AFP). ANKARA: British musician Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, met Turkey's leader and thanked the country for its ...and more »

Erdogan Curbs Criticism of Trump, Seeking Warmer Relationship - New York Times

ANKARA, Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and the officials around him rarely miss a chance to call out Western hostility toward Islam. When Danish newspapers published cartoons a decade ago that mocked the Prophet Muhammad, Mr ...and more »

Turkey's Erdoğan paves way for April vote on consolidation of power - The Guardian

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressing local administrators in Ankara on Wednesday. Photograph: Turkish President Office Handout/EPA. Turkey's president has approved a bill granting him broad new powers under an executive presidential system ...and more »

Court rules against Böhmermann's Erdogan poem - Deutsche Welle

A court in Germany kept in place a ban on the more explicit passages of a satirical poem about Turkey's President Erdogan. Comedian Jan Böhmermann caused a diplomatic row when he read the poem on his TV show last year. Deutschland Jan Böhmermann ...and more »

Angela Merkel has become a Turkish dissident - Washington Post

Asli Aydintasbas is a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and a columnist for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. Who would have thought that Germany, long led by a leader seen as the symbol of the continent's reserve and realism, would ...and more »

Turkey's Erdogan approves constitutional reform bill -

Government says the changes will provide stability, but opponents fear creation of a system without checks and balances. 10 Feb 2017. Turkey's Erdogan approves constitutional reform bill. If passed, the constitutional amendments will fundamentally ...and more »

Haunted by jail ordeal, Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan won't stay silent - Middle East Eye

Internationally acclaimed Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan is still haunted by "the shadow of prison" where she spent over four months, fearing it could begin again any time. But the writer insists she will not stay silent, refusing to leave Turkey for a ...and more »

Turkey prepares for landmark constitutional referendum on 16 April - Middle East Eye

Turkey's referendum on constitutional changes, which could greatly expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, will take place on 16 April, the election board officially confirmed on Saturday. High Election Board head Sadi Guven said in a televised ...and more »

Turkey sets constitution referendum date for April 16 - RT

The Turkish Supreme Board of Elections has announced that a constitutional referendum will be held on April 16. Read more. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan © Brendan McDermid Turkish MPs back constitutional reform, triggering referendum on sweeping ...and more »