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.
Turkey has summoned the US ambassador to protest the detention of two security officers during the Turkish president's Washington visit last week. The officers were briefly detained after clashing with protesters.
Since's Turkey’s failed coup last July, over 140,000 people have lost their jobs, accused of being linked to the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says was the coup’s mastermind. Many of those dismissed are teachers and academics. Two sacked educators have gone on hunger strike to demand their jobs back. Their hunger strike is now in its third month. Dorian Jones reports.