Since the coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the summer of 2016, up to 150,000 people have been fired or suspended from government jobs. Most were accused of supporting terrorism, with no evidence to support the claim.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman has said Turkey could end its state of emergency ahead of an extension deadline of July 19. But it would not slow down Turkey's fight against terror, he added.
New constitutional powers have consolidated the authority of the prime minister and president into one office. Erdogan has defended his new powers, but critics say the country is lurching towards authoritarian rule.
After Turkey's foiled coup attempt in 2016, many supporters of exiled Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen were driven out of the country. But in Germany, the movement is increasingly gaining influence, writes Gunnar Köhne.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to hold greater powers than any other Turkish leader has seen in decades. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder was among the dozens of world leaders attending the lavish ceremony.
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