Turkey insists on full EU membership

ANKARA, Turkey, June 6 (UPI) -- Turkey says it will accept nothing less than full membership in the European Union even as the 25-nation group struggles to recover from its current crisis.

Turkish PM offers to help peace process

JERUSALEM, May 1 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan got a cool reception Sunday from his Israeli counterpart when he offered help with the Middle East peace process.

Turkey's PM in Israel, territories Monday

GAZA, May 1 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Israel for the first time Sunday to support Mideast peace efforts, the Ha'aretz news agency reported.

Turkey's Erdogan sues another cartoonist

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 28 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing political cartoonists for the second time this year, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan sues over cartoon

ANKARA, Turkey, March 3 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come under criticism for suing a political cartoonist who lampooned him, The Independent reports.

Condoleezza Rice arrives in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Turkey Saturday for diplomatic talks with the country's leaders, CNN reported Saturday.

Turkey PM warns against ethnic war in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned there could be a sectarian and ethnic war in Iraq following the announcement of Sunday's poll results.

Turkey can be EU's bridge to Mideast: PM

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Turkey will create a "reconciliation of civilizations" when it joins the European Union, its prime minister has told the World Economic Forum.

Turkey, Syria settle territorial dispute

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Syria has acknowledged that the disputed border province of Alexandretta belongs to Turkey, the Turkish daily Hurrit reported Monday.

UPI Energy Watch

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov announced on Dec. 23 that he expects the construction of the company's oil terminal on the island of Vysotsk in the Leningrad r
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Turkey: The road to EU membership

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- For forty-one years, Turkey has been laboring with one ultimate goal in mind: European Union membership. Widely expected to get the go-ahead to accession talks

EU, Turkey battle over Cyprus

BRUSSELS, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Turkey's recognition of Cyprus may cause delays in Turkey's accession to the European Union, the BBC reported.

Harsh words between European Union, Turkey

BRUSSELS, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Harsh words flew Monday between the European Union and Turkey, which announced it had dropped reforms to ban "honor killings," The Times of London said.

Bomb at Turkish concert injures 14

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A bomb placed under a police car at a pop concert in Mercin, Turkey, injured at least 14 people, the BBC reported Sunday.

EU frowns on Turkey's adultery ban

BRUSSELS, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Turkey's plan to outlaw adultery has raised concern in the European Union over whether the move breaks its human rights policy, The Independent said Tuesday.
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Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 8, 2005. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkish pronunciation: ) (b. February 26, 1954 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish politician, a former mayor of Istanbul and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey since 14 March 2003. He is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti), which holds a majority of the seats in the Turkish Parliament.

Born to a Turkish family that moved from Batumi to Rize, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan grew up, in the Kasımpaşa district of Istanbul, a less than affluent neighborhood, famous for its macho honor code. Kasımpaşa men are known to be quick to anger, painfully proud and blunt in word, and he has always been proud of being one.

Erdoğan's grandfather "Bagatlı Recep", Recep from Bagat, died in 1916 fighting against the invading Russian and Armenian forces.

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