Turkey

Portrait of the week: Brexit uncertainty, Turkey in Syria and a Chinese threat

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit teetered from uncertainty to uncertainty. Parliament had been summoned to sit on Saturday 19 October to debate what…

Kurdish politician Hervin Khalaf, who was apparently pulled from her car and executed last week by Turkish-backed paramilitaries [Photo: Getty]

Pax Russica: as Trump abandons Syria’s Kurds, Russia is ready to expand its empire

19 October 2019 9:00 am

While American troops were hurriedly leaving north-eastern Syria, a young female Kurdish politician called Hervin Khalaf was pulled from her…

What Mary Wollstonecraft writes about motherhood is still so relevant

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Walking into Fingal’s Cave, after scrambling across the rocks to reach it from the landing stage where the boat from…

The day Turkish democracy died

25 May 2019 9:00 am

‘It’s official. Turkey is a banana republic!’ My friend Mustapha, a serial entrepreneur, sends me a flurry of doom-laden WhatsApp…

Lessons from the Greeks on rebuilding Notre Dame

4 May 2019 9:00 am

As soon as the blaze that nearly brought down Notre Dame was extinguished, two questions were asked: how did it…

I Will Never See the World Again, Ahmet Altan’s fourth book written from prison

2 March 2019 9:00 am

There’s no getting away from that title. I will never see the world again. It catches your eye on the…

Prue Leith’s Christmas kitchen nightmares

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Christmas in our family seems to guarantee tears and tantrums as well as jingle bells and jollity. Indeed, in my…

Turkey vs Saudi: the real story behind Khashoggi’s murder

27 October 2018 9:00 am

 Istanbul In another time, in another place, we might never have known about the death of Jamal Khashoggi. In a…

A day of reckoning is coming for America’s muddled Middle East policies

27 January 2018 9:00 am

 Beirut ‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense,’ said Alice. ‘Nothing would be what it…

Melissa Kite: Hell is a porcelain kitchen tile

16 December 2017 9:00 am

If only I knew whether I would have a kitchen, I could order a turkey. But despite having an almost…

Well of sorrows

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The Red-haired Woman is shorter than Orhan Pamuk’s best-known novels, and is, in comparison, pared down, written with deliberate simplicity…

A woman of some importance

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It might seem unlikely that a Christian noblewoman could have had influence over a Muslim city in the 13th century,…

Potrait of the Week: prisons to be ‘academies’and West to arm Libya

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Home In the Queen’s Speech, the government made provision for bills against extremism and in favour of driverless cars, drones,…

Might Eurovision determine the outcome of the EU referendum?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

You might not think that the Eurovision Song Contest (screened live from Stockholm tonight) could have any connection with how…

How Recep Erdogan became the most powerful man in Europe

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Update: Since this article was published Ahmet Davutoglu has resigned as Turkey’s Prime Minister. Reports suggest this comes as a…

Portrait of the Week: doctors on strike, President Obama’s Brexit threat

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Home Junior doctors went on strike for two days, refusing to provide even emergency treatment. The 96 Liverpool fans who…

Send us your entries for our ‘President Erdogan Insulting Poetry Competition’

23 April 2016 9:00 am

At the end of last month, a German comedian appeared on German television and read a poem mocking Recep Tayyip…

What the people-smugglers of Istanbul make of the EU’s deal with Turkey

19 March 2016 9:00 am

 Istanbul Shops in a rundown neighbourhood sell fake life jackets to refugees planning to brave the Aegean Sea. Last year,…

The EU's deal with Turkey exposes the moral vacuum at its heart

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Looked at from the narrow perspective of how to deal with the lethal business of human trafficking across the Aegean,…

Portrait of the week

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Home The Bank of England arranged for banks to be able to borrow as much money as they needed around…

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

Putin’s winning in Syria – but making a powerful new enemy

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Russia’s bombing of the city of Aleppo this week sent a clear message: Vladimir Putin is now in charge of…

Portrait of the week

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that if Britain left the European Union, France could stop allowing British officials…

The next immigration crisis

13 February 2016 9:00 am

In Istanbul, signs of the Syrian influx are everywhere. Syrian mothers sit on pavements clutching babies wrapped in blankets; children…

Portrait of the Week

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Home Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, prepared a paper on the four areas of concern between Britain…