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An array of Turkish print media (photo: Thomas Seibert/DW)

Turkey's Media and the NSU Trial in Germany

Comparisons with the Situation at Home

Turkish media closely watched the opening of the NSU trial in Munich on Monday. Newspapers describe the feelings of the victims' families and the main defendant's attitude in court. Thomas Seibert reports from IstanbulMore

The Turkish army at the border crossing Akcakale (photo: dapd)

Turkey's Syria Policy

Ankara's Achilles' Heel

The Syrian conflict is exposing the limitations of aspiring regional power Turkey, as the West repeatedly urges leaders in Ankara to exercise military restraint. Turkish public opinion is also putting the brakes on a possible intervention in neighbouring Syria. By Thomas SeibertMore

Fazil Say (photo: picture-alliance/Sven Simon)

Turkish Pianist and Composer Fazil Say

Up in Court for Insulting Islam

Last week, the court case against the celebrated Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say began in Istanbul. Say faces charges of spreading anti-Islamic comments via Twitter. Supporters and critics alike say that the case highlights Turkey's shortcomings in terms of freedom of expression. Thomas Seibert has the detailsMore

A Turkish soldier in the Turkish town of Akcakale (photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/GettyImages)

Crisis between Turkey and Syria


The Battleground Expands

Despite the shelling by Syria of the Turkish border village of Akcakale, Ankara is avoiding any direct military intervention in Syria without Western or Arab backing. The government has decided instead to work towards setting up safe zones for the opposition on Syrian territory, in an attempt to further destabilise the regime in Damascus. By Thomas Seibert in IstanbulMore

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan (photo: dpa)

Turkey's Election Campaigns

In Awe of Erdogan

Prime Minister Erdogan can look forward to the parliamentary elections on 12 June with composure: his Islamic AKP currently has between 45 and 50 percent support in the polls. The opposition appears uninspired and politically beleaguered. Details from Thomas Seibert in IstanbulMore