Mass nationwide rallies in Turkey have marked one year since a failed coup that tried to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The president, who recently won sweeping new powers, vowed to carry out harsh measures against alleged plotters.
The vote was not due until November next year but President Erdogan has called snap presidential and parliamentary elections. They have been slated for June 24.
Evangelical Christian pastor Andrew Brunson ran a church in the Turkish city of Izmir. He faces two separate terms of 15 and 20 years in prison if convicted.
Turkey will receive the most damning evaluation yet of its EU accession hopes, more than a decade after it launched its bid to join the bloc. The European Commission will warn that years of progress are being lost.
Turkey is heading for early elections on June 24. The winner of the crucial vote will wield extraordinary power, which is exactly what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants, says DW's Seda Serdar.
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