The Republic of Turkey is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia, largely located in Western Asia, with the smaller part of Eastern Turkey in Southeast Europe.
The country is bordered by Syria, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bulgaria and Greece. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance. It is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage.
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Thousands of public sector workers, journalists and academics have been targeted in a crackdown by Turkish authorities in the wake of last year's failed coup. Many have been fired from their posts, others have been jailed. But despite the dangers, some are resisting.
In Turkey, more than 220 suspects went on trial on Monday accused of plotting last year's July coup attempt. They include the former chief of the air force and dozens of senior military officers. The trial is taking place at a courthouse on the outskirts of Ankara that was constructed especially to try coup suspects.DW's Turkey correspondent, Dorian Jones talked to Helen Seeney.
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.