Turkey

Lessons from the Greeks on rebuilding Notre Dame

4 May 2019 9:00 am

As soon as the blaze that nearly brought down Notre Dame was extinguished, two questions were asked: how did it…

I Will Never See the World Again, Ahmet Altan’s fourth book written from prison

2 March 2019 9:00 am

There’s no getting away from that title. I will never see the world again. It catches your eye on the…

Prue Leith’s Christmas kitchen nightmares

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Even professional cooks can muck everything up

Turkey vs Saudi: the real story behind Khashoggi’s murder

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Erdogan is using Khashoggi’s murder to his advantage

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates seven times in the past three years

Has the tide turned on emerging markets?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Reality check

The mess in Syria is putting America’s credibility on the line

27 January 2018 9:00 am

A day of reckoning is coming for muddled Middle East policies

Melissa Kite: Hell is a porcelain kitchen tile

16 December 2017 9:00 am

If only I knew whether I would have a kitchen, I could order a turkey. But despite having an almost…

Love and tragedy in Orhan Pamuk’s Oepidean tale

2 September 2017 9:00 am

The Red-haired Woman is shorter than Orhan Pamuk’s best-known novels, and is, in comparison, pared down, written with deliberate simplicity…

A Christian noblewoman with clout in medieval Turkey, Tamta’s World reviewed

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It might seem unlikely that a Christian noblewoman could have had influence over a Muslim city in the 13th century,…

A new wave of dynasties — and their hangers-on — is taking over

27 May 2017 9:00 am

A new wave of dynasties – and their hangers-on – is taking over

Theresa May surprises Britain by calling a snap general election

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, having repeatedly said that there would be no election until 2020, surprised the nation…

Europe’s elite rightly feel extinction breathing down their necks

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Allahu Akbar! Greetings from Samsun, where Turkish protestors — their eyeballs spinning in orgasmic Islamic rage — tried to set…

Portrait of Persia’s Prince Abbas Mirza, c.1820. From his bailiwick near the Russian border he dispatched educational missions to Europe, sponsored translations of key European works and imported metal casting techniques and the printing press. (Getty images)

When Islam was synonymous with knowledge and erudition

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Christopher de Bellaigue, a journalist who has spent much of his working life in the Middle East, has grown tired…

Pomak Muslims still live in Greek and Bulgarian villages. Left: a bride embarks on her two-day winter wedding in Ribnovo, 210 km from Sofia

The long tragedy of Europe's borderland

25 February 2017 9:00 am

The border between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey has long been a flashpoint. Now, more than ever, says Simon Kuper, it’s a hazardous transit realm for the homeless

Trump really could crush Isis. But what happens next could be worse

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Trump is determined to crush the Islamic State. He should beware: what comes next could be worse

Have a very Happy Excessmas

3 November 2016 9:00 am

Christmas is coming and it isn’t only the goose that’s getting fat — so are you. That’s according to the…

Portrait of the week

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, who was supposed to be on a walking holiday in Switzerland, wrote to Xi…

The women who were paid to sing for the dead in Ireland

20 August 2016 9:00 am

‘We think we’re in charge of this stuff but we’re not,’ said Quincy Jones, the composer, arranger, jazz trumpeter, musical…

Theresa May’s new cabinet has no roles for George Osborne or Michael Gove

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Home Theresa May made a speech in the open air in Downing Street after kissing hands with the Queen as…

Dictators’ new argument against free speech

23 July 2016 9:00 am

These days, you only need to turn your back for five minutes and you’ve missed another horror. The Turkish coup…

The dream of a European Turkey is drifting away

23 July 2016 9:00 am

The failed coup risks pushing my country into Middle Eastern turmoil

In Ross Kemp the Kurds have found their Byron: Sky 1’s The Fight Against Isis reviewed

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Before I set about reviewing Ross Kemp: The Fight Against Isis (Sky 1), I thought I’d have a glance to…

Sleepless by the strait: my haunting return to Istanbul

9 July 2016 9:00 am

A brief but haunting return to Istanbul, troubled city that I love

The man who read the whole of Anna Karenina, letter by letter, to the man next door

25 June 2016 9:00 am

I’d just heard (on catch-up) Jenny Abramsky (a former director of BBC radio) telling Gillian Reynolds (the esteemed radio critic…

My holiday hell: just say no to ‘say hello’

11 June 2016 9:00 am

How travel tips landed Mark Mason in trouble