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.
Elif Shafak is one of Turkey's most renowned novelists who lives both in London and Istanbul. She's already won several awards for her books and is also a regular contributor to The Guardian, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Our correspondent Nikolia Apostolou caught up with Mrs Shafak in London to get her take on the dangers of divisive populism, faith, and how art can save the day.
Extradition hearings have been taking place in Greece for eight Turkish officers Ankara accuses of hijacking a military helicopter and leaving Turkey after July's failed military coup. Ankara says all eight helped plot the coup and attempted to assassinate President Erdogan - a charge the fugitives vehemently deny. Anthee Carassava reports from Athens.
General Scaparrotti's remarks have provided a rare insight into how Turkey's wide-ranging crackdown has affected NATO. On Tuesday, DW exclusively revealed how the Erdogan regime is targeting its own NATO personnel.
Turkey's foreign ministry has invited the German ambassador for talks in Ankara after a lawmaker was held at Cologne's airport. German police said the woman was held for a short time due to a problem with her passport.