Ankara is the capital of Turkey, located in Central Anatolia. It is Turkey's second largest city behind Istanbul. It has been the capital of the Republic of Turkey since its founding in 1923, replacing Istanbul.
Turkey's capital is located at an intersection point of highways connecting east to west and north to south of Anatolia and it is a home to National Assembly of Turkey. Ankara lies between four mountains of Anatolia Plateau.
With the EU-Turkey accord of 2016, Ankara agreed to prevent the over 4 million mainly-Syrian migrants living in Turkey from going to the EU in exchange for EU money. The numbers of migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece dropped dramatically. But now they are rising again and Greeks are bracing themselves for another crisis. John Laurenson reports from Samos.
Tensions are rising again between Greece and Turkey over a maritime deal that Ankara signed with Libya, which broadens Turkey’s reach and control of energy resources in the Mediterranean. Athens is warning of military reprisals. Anthee Carassava reports.