By Halil Celik, 14 March 2017
The Turkish government is using the Dutch ban on public appearances by Turkish officials in the Netherlands to promote its reactionary constitutional referendum.
By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2017
The move is part of a nationalist campaign by Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who is appealing to anti-Muslim sentiment in the run-up to the March 15 elections.
By Justus Leicht and Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2017
More than a million Turkish citizens living in Germany are entitled to vote in the April 16 referendum in their home country.
By Halil Celik, 3 March 2017
Ankara is expected to expand its intervention in the wars in Syria and Iraq, while also threatening Iran.
By Halil Celik, 13 February 2017
The proposed amendments would turn Turkey into a presidential dictatorship, undermining fundamental democratic rights.
By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2017
The meeting took place under conditions of an extremely tense foreign policy climate in the wake of the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.
By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 January 2017
Erdogan is pushing for dictatorial powers as he faces rising strike activity in the working class and escalating tensions with the major NATO powers over his growing ties to Russia.
By Halil Celik, 5 January 2017
Turkish authorities issued photos of the alleged member of the Islamic State who reportedly entered Turkey from Syria and stayed in the province of Konya.
By Alex Lantier and Halil Celik, 3 January 2017
Around 700 people were celebrating the New Year at the Reina nightclub when a lone gunman entered the premises, shot unarmed security guards and killed 39 people.
By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2016
On Wednesday, Turkish officials announced that they had reached an agreement with their Russian and Iranian counterparts to extend a cease-fire declared in Aleppo to all of Syria.
By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 21 December 2016
Though Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States, it is reacting to the victory of the Syrian regime in Aleppo by moving closer to Russia and Iran.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2016
The assassination by an off-duty policeman of the Russian ambassador comes amidst rising international tensions over the Syrian government’s retaking of Aleppo.
By Halil Celik, 19 December 2016
A suicide car-bomb attack in Kayseri killed 15 soldiers and wounded and 54 others, including civilians, on Saturday.
By Halil Celik, 9 December 2016
After the NATO-backed coup of July 15 and rising tensions with the European Union, the Turkish government is threatening that it might ally with Russia and China.
By Halil Celik, 24 November 2016
Turkish officials initially reacted to Trump’s election by escalating the drive towards authoritarian forms of rule and signaling a possible warming of ties with China.
By Halil Celik, 8 November 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party are moving towards an authoritarian presidential system.
By Alex Lantier, 5 November 2016
Under the state of emergency imposed after a failed, NATO-backed coup in July, Turkey is rapidly being transformed into a presidential dictatorship.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016
The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.
By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2016
Greek officials warned that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements threatened to undermine Turkey's relations with Greece and the entire European Union.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 October 2016
The offensive on Mosul not only threatens the city’s more than 1 million residents, but is intensifying the ethnic and regional conflicts in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2016
Erdogan and Putin met in Istanbul on Monday, discussed the war in Syria and sealed an agreement to construct the long-planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2016
According to media reports, the German army will massively expand its presence at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2016
A joint US-Turkey incursion raises again the possibility of a direct conflict with the Russian-backed Syrian government, as the civil war in Syria threatens to spiral out of control.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 3 September 2016
Despite talks between the United States, Russia, and Turkey, conflicts inside Syria continue to mount as the Turkish invasion of northern Syria proceeds.
By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016
The Obama administration is allied with both sides in the mounting conflict provoked by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 August 2016
The incursion of NATO member states into northern Syria heightens the potential for a direct clash between Russia and the US which could quickly spiral out of control.
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 August 2016
The return of Germany to an aggressive foreign policy is being accompanied by the racist stigmatising of entire sections of the population.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2016
Washington’s support for the Turkish invasion is aimed at creating the conditions for a broader intervention to topple the Assad regime.
By Halil Celik, 25 August 2016
The US vice president declared Washington’s support for the escalation, while Russian officials said they were following the invasion with concern.
By Barry Grey, 24 August 2016
Turkey and the US are increasingly working at cross purposes in Syria, further frustrating Washington’s central aim of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2016
The atrocity is the bloody outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic warfare in Syria by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.
Berlin Election 2016
By our correspondents, 20 August 2016
The discussions with workers at the Crellemarkt outdoor market in Berlin focused on the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15.
By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016
Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2016
Washington is fearful that Erdogan’s visit might signal a strategic reorientation by one of the most important members of the NATO alliance.
By Halil Celik, 9 August 2016
In what was apparently the largest rally in the country’s history, millions of people gathered throughout Turkey to protest last month's attempted seizure of power by a section of the military.
By Sandy English, 8 August 2016
In the aftermath of the July 15 attempted coup, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has imprisoned artists, banned books and frozen academic relations with other countries.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016
German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2016
The combination of propaganda and disinformation makes it impossible to know where the CIA ends and the Times editorial board begins.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 1 August 2016
The attempted coup has exposed the explosive tensions growing behind the scenes within the NATO alliance, of which Turkey is a member state.
By Johannes Stern, 28 July 2016
The newspaper describes a huge Pentagon/CIA-sponsored operation spanning several months and involving billions of dollars to prepare the coup.
By Halil Celik, 27 July 2016
An intensive media propaganda campaign is underway aimed at whitewashing the highest level of the Turkish military and declaring it innocent of involvement in the failed coup of July 15.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2016
The tumultuous events in Turkey have exposed the interconnection between the worldwide eruption of US militarism and the global breakdown of democratic forms of rule.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 July 2016
The speed and scale of the post-coup purge are indicative of the political and social tensions wracking Turkey.
By Halil Celik, 20 July 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly threatened Turkey with the loss of its NATO membership as Ankara carried out mass arrests following the July 15 coup attempt.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 July 2016
Ambassador Bass, a former advisor to Dick Cheney, issued a “categorical” denial that Washington had any involvement in the Turkish military’s abortive uprising of July 15.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2016
The angry denunciations of the Erdogan government by the United States and Germany make clear that they had hoped for the success of the military coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2016
The attempted seizure of power by the military in Turkey, a key NATO member and sixth largest economy in Europe, is indicative of far broader dangers across the globe.
By James Cogan, 16 July 2016
The political upheaval in Turkey is testimony to the generalised breakdown taking place internationally in the political institutions and mechanisms of bourgeois rule.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 July 2016
The identification of all three suicide bombers as having come from Russia and former Soviet republics points to broader geo-strategic forces underlying the terrorist attack.
By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2016
The massacre is the tragic yet predictable outcome of the NATO powers' backing of Al Qaeda-linked forces in their war for regime-change in Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2016
The death toll has mounted in the second major terrorist attack on a European airport in three months.
By Halil Celik, 11 June 2016
The latest terror attack will only accelerate and facilitate the drive of the Turkish ruling elite towards militarism and dictatorship, while confusing the masses.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2016
Hundreds of armed police, as well as riot control vehicles and water cannon were deployed.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 May 2016
Angela Merkel traveled to Turkey last week in an attempt to shore up the deal stuck between Turkey and the EU to block refugees from entering Europe.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2016
According to eyewitness reports published by Human Rights Watch, at least five people were shot or beaten to death by Turkish border guards on the country’s border with Syria in March and April.
By Halil Celik, 6 May 2016
Fighting also erupted in the Turkish parliament as deputies from the ruling party assaulted their colleagues from the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 April 2016
The trip by the German chancellor and EU Council president to the refugee camp at Nizip resembled a visit to a Potemkin village.
By Alejandro López, 31 March 2016
Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias is falling in line with false arguments that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” to prevent the Brussels attacks.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 March 2016
Refugees arriving on the Greek islands by crossing the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, following the completion of a farcical asylum procedure in Greece.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 March 2016
EU-Turkey summit marks another grim chapter in the establishment of “Fortress Europe.”
By Halil Celik, 15 March 2016
The ruling elite is exploiting the attack to justify stepped-up security operations in Kurdish areas of Turkey and preparations to invade Syria.
By Halil Celik, 12 March 2016
Ankara calculates that the European powers, who are asking it to halt the flow of Middle East refugees to Europe, will not protest its anti-democratic actions.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 March 2016
The 28 EU member states worked out a deal Monday with Turkey that would make it even more difficult for the millions of people fleeing the wars in the Middle East to enter Europe.
By Johannes Stern, 29 February 2016
The dispatch of warships under German leadership to the strategic Aegean Sea to deter refugees heightens the risk of NATO intervention in Syria.
By Barry Grey, 24 February 2016
The Obama administration has pushed for a truce largely to buy time and prevent a complete military rout of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and its allied “rebels.”
By Halil Celik, 20 February 2016
The Turkish government is escalating its accusations that Syrian Kurdish forces carried out Wednesday’s terror bombing in Ankara.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2016
NATO member Turkey is deliberately risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 February 2016
Saudi efforts to effect reconciliation between Egypt and Turkey come in the wake of last December’s agreement to restore diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2016
The call for a major escalation of the imperialist intervention in Syria has been accompanied by a propaganda campaign over alleged Russian strikes on hospitals.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 February 2016
Merkel was once again in Ankara on Monday. This time, political and military collaboration against Russia was at the heart of the talks.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2016
The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016
Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2016
Turkish President Erdoğan made a state visit to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, just two weeks after signing an agreement with Tel Aviv to restore diplomatic relations.
By Christoph Dreier, 31 December 2015
After the downing of a Russian fighter by Turkish aircraft, NATO demonstratively gave its backing to Turkey and announced it would provide Ankara with military assistance.
By Halil Celik, 30 December 2015
Kurdish nationalist groups are responding to the Turkish military crackdown with appeals to Russia and the imperialist powers for support to wage war inside Turkey.
By Halil Celik, 19 December 2015
Turkey’s majority-Kurdish southeast is being plunged into civil war as the fighting from the imperialist war to topple the Syrian regime spreads into Turkey itself.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 December 2015
A Turkish fishing vessel nearly rammed a Russian warship near the Aegean island of Lemnos on Sunday, prompting warning shots to be fired by the Russians.
By our correspondents, 3 December 2015
Workers and youth interviewed by the WSWS pointed to the role of the US in stoking global geo-strategic tensions.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 December 2015
Leading officials categorically defended the attack on a Russian bomber jet along the Turkey-Syria border, and implied that future incidents along the same lines are unavoidable.
By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2015
The decision to shoot down the Russian bomber was the result of a standing order issued at the highest levels of the Turkish state.
World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 November 2015
The downing of a Russian jet threatens to provoke all-out war between Russia on the one hand, and Turkey and the rest of the NATO alliance on the other.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2015
The US is launching new military operations along the Turkish border amid signs of a US-French-Russian rapprochement over Syria.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2015
Erdoğan’s AKP government is a regime of crisis. The wars carried out by the US and its imperialist allies have shattered the social and political structures of the entire region.
By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 2 November 2015
The elections took place amid political turmoil triggered by the war in neighboring Syria and fighting between the Turkish government and the Kurdish minority.
By Halil Celik and Peter Schwarz, 31 October 2015
Under the impact of the global economic crisis and the Syrian civil war, bourgeois rule in Turkey is in deep crisis in the run-up to elections on November 1.
By Alex Lantier, 29 October 2015
Undermined by its participation in the US-led war in Syria and facing possible defeat on Sunday, the Turkish government is desperate to silence opposition media.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 October 2015
Turkey will serve as a buffer zone against refugees from Syria and Iraq as the regime in Ankara becomes a principal border guard of the EU.
By Halil Celik, 15 October 2015
The Erdogan government used the police to impose bans on rallies.
By Chris Marsden, 13 October 2015
Thousands protested at the funerals of those slain in Saturday’s suicide bombings.
By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 12 October 2015
Demonstrators blamed President Erdoğan's anti-Kurdish campaign of bombings and repression for the explosions that turned a peaceful protest into a bloody nightmare.
By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015
Erdogan expects the European powers to abandon all criticism of his regime, and above all support his foreign policy plans.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2015
Responding to reports that Russian jets “locked on” to Turkish fighters, Western officials issued a round of denunciations against Russian military support for the Assad government.
By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 9 September 2015
The Turkish government has put much of southeastern Turkey under de facto martial law and is escalating its military operations against the Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2015
Recent polls show that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-conservative AKP continue to lose support.
By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 12 August 2015
Police have violently broken up peaceful antiwar demonstrations, and the government has blocked more than 90 news websites.
By Stefan Steinberg, 3 August 2015
The latest edition of Die Zeit warns that Obama’s policy could lead to a direct military confrontation between the US and Syria, in turn risking military conflict with Russia and Iran.
By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2015
President Erdoğan’s government has mobilised the military and police to target both the Kurdish nationalist movement and the “left” and anti-war opposition in general.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2015
In exchange for a green light to attack the Kurds, Turkey has made a U-turn to join the US-led campaign of air strikes in Syria.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 July 2015
Plans for Turkish military intervention in the Syrian civil war mark a major escalation in the re-division of the Middle East led by the imperialist powers.
By our Turkish correspondent, 25 July 2015
While joining the US war against ISIS, Ankara is simultaneously stepping up its offensive against Kurdish nationalist groups.