Born in 1954, Recep Tayyip Erdogan served as prime minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014. He became the country's first president to be elected by popular vote in 2014.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his political career as a student, later leading the Islamist-rooted Welfare Party - banned in 1998 - and the Justice and Development Party (AKP). A polarizing figure, he is known for his crackdowns on dissidents. This is a collection of DW's latest content on Erdogan.
Germany's ambassador to Turkey has visited journalist Deniz Yucel and activist Peter Steudtner, German citizens detained in Turkey. They are among the nine German nationals currently imprisoned by the Erdogan government.
In Turkey a crackdown following last year’s failed coup continues unabated. Now, human rights groups are voicing alarm at what they see as a worrying new development: people being dragged off the streets by masked men into unmarked vans. The abductions are resurrecting chilling memories of one of Turkey’s darkest chapters. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
German arms firm Rheinmetall and President Tayyip Erdogan met in 2015 in Istanbul to plan fabrication of tanks in Turkey, says the German magazine Stern. The plan is now deemed "nonactive," but it had been well advanced.