Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. It is located in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region.
The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European (Thracian side), and an Asian (Anatolian side). The city is also divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded.
The EU has unlocked three billion euros for refugees in Turkey. It's the second tranche of a controversial 2016 deal to curb the flow of migrants coming to Europe. Keith Walker spoke with DW's Dorian Jones in Istanbul and started by asking him about the growing unease among some EU member states over being asked to pay 2 billion euros towards the EU funds.
Turkey's offensive on Afrin will oust the "terrorist menace" and will ensure the return of Syrian refugees - that's been the message of President Erdogan. He's catering to his voters, says DW's Dorian Jones in Istanbul.
After China, Turkey boasts the biggest civil engineering projects in the world. Most of these multi billion Euro projects have European partners. And such partnerships have become a useful tool in Ankara’s efforts to mute EU criticism over human rights concerns and Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism. Dorian Jones has more from Istanbul.
The latest Turkish offensive has sparked a new crisis between Turkey and the US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State in Syria. Kurdish forces have been key to rooting out IS there. Ankara’s action highlights the complicated array of alliances in Syria. DW's Istanbul correspondent Dorian Jones explains the situation to Helen Seeney.
The US-led coalition is training allies to be part of a new force of 30-thousand troops in Syria. One of the areas the force will patrol is the border with Turkey controlled by Syrian Kurdish alliance, the YPG. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “strangle” the planned US-backed force “before it’s even born.” DW's Istanbul correspondent Dorian Jones talks to Keith Walker.
The Uzbek national has confessed to firing indiscriminately at a crowd of revelers at a famous nightclub in Istanbul. He claimed a Russian operative of the "Islamic State" militant group ordered him to commit the attack.