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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (photo: Reuters)

Turkey and the Coup in Egypt

Isolation or "Precious Loneliness"?

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's criticism of the recent military coup and the brutal crackdown on protesters in Egypt has sparked an angry diplomatic row between Ankara and Cairo. Some feel Turkey risks isolating itself in the region. Erdogan aide Ibrahim Kalin, on the other hand, prefers to speak of "precious loneliness". Ayhan Simsek has the detailsMore

Protests against Prime Minister Erdogan in Taksim Square in Istanbul (photo: Reuters)

Protests in Turkey

Erdogan Braces Himself for a ''Civilian Coup''

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuses to be cowed by recent demonstrations. He is planning huge rallies in Istanbul and Ankara this weekend as a show of strength and determination. He has also warned that his patience has run out. By Ayhan SimsekMore

Turkish women entrepreneurs during a training seminar by Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, KAGİDER (photo: KAGIDER)

Turkish Businesswomen

Female Power for Turkey's Economy

Turkey's largest companies are increasingly assigning women to key positions and corporate boards. Of the top executives in these companies, 26 percent are women - well above the EU average. Ayhan Simsek and Selcuk Oktay reportMore

Statue of Ataturk in Ankara (photo: dpa)

Turkey's Foreign Policy

From Regional to Global Player

With its growing political influence, Turkey is seeking a stronger role in world politics. However, its domestic political problems, as well as regional crises, pose major challenges to its foreign policy ambitions. By Ayhan SimsekMore