Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey and the country's economic, cultural and historic center. It is located in north-western Turkey within the Marmara Region.
The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European (Thracian side), and an Asian (Anatolian side). The city is also divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded.
In 2017, a journalist from Germany's Die Welt reported to Turkish police for questioning and spent the next year behind bars without charge. His trial over terrorism and incitement charges begins in Istanbul on Thursday.
Turkey's currency has lost over 10 percent in value against the dollar in the last month alone. Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan triggered investor anxiety when he said he wanted a greater say in monetary policy if he wins this month's elections. The plunging lira comes at a bad time for Erdogan, as Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called early presidential and general elections for the end of June it appeared to wrong-foot the opposition. Most predicted an easy victory for Erdogan’s ruling AK Party. But Turkey’s fragmented opposition has seized the moment, achieving a rare unity and selecting strong candidates. Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul.
Germany and Turkey both want to host Euro 2024 and the deadline for applications is now up. Turkey's chances are considered decent — because of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and despite his recent human rights record.