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Supporters of the secular opposition Republican People’s Party candidate for mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu,  celebrate in  Istanbul. For all the understandable euphoria, it is too early yet to write off Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gambled and lost – spectacularly. In an election for mayor of Istanbul at the weekend, Turkey’s all-powerful president suffer(...)

Turkish people gather to celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral elections re-run, at Kadikoy in Istanbul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

‘Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey, ” Recep Tayyip Erdogan once said. How he must hope he is wrong. In perhaps the most significant setback he has suf(...)

Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu celebrating in front of supporters at Beylikduzu in the city after his decisive win in Sunday’s election. Photograph: CHP press service/AFP/Getty Images

Delivering a victory speech at his party’s election headquarters on Sunday night, Istanbul’s new opposition mayor declared that his triumph in a (...)

Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican Peoples Party (CHP) gives a victory speech after winning the Istanbul Mayoral rerun election on June 23rd in Istanbul. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Turkey’s opposition has dealt president Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura (...)

 Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral election rerun, in  Turkey. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Turkey’s ruling party has conceded defeat in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election rerun, handing the nation’s beleaguered opposition a landmark v(...)

Supporters of president Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags in Istanbul. The country’s  international relations are  changing. Photograph: Murad Sezer

Datca town council in southwest Turkey is closing its beaches because of “expected simultaneous sand and snow storms”. The hotel we are staying in at (...)

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades: has expressed “utmost satisfaction”with the EU’s  supportive stance. Photograph: Julian Warnand

The European Council’s willingness to contemplate measures against Turkey over its illegal drilling for natural gas off the coast of Cyprus has been m(...)

Republican People’s Party candidate for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu during a campaign rally in Istanbul on Wednesday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Millions of voters in Istanbul go back to the polls for a controversial mayoral election re-run on Sunday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party t(...)

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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the  summit in Brussels on June 20th, 2019. Photograph: Olivier Matthys

From late morning on, the prospects of another EU summit of “top jobs” became increasingly inevitable. Leaders emerged from party caucuses shaking the(...)

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