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.
More than 300 academics, including some of Turkey's most prominent scholars, were dismissed last week under the country’s state of emergency rule. The latest removals have provoked an unprecedented backlash, with academics protesting across the country. They say the very basis of university education in Turkey is under threat.
Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim told a crowd in Germany that Turkey will not be intimidated by the West. His speech came as Ankara rallies support for a controversial referendum on centralizing presidential power.
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