Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of the parliament in Ankara on November 20, 2012. Erdogan said he was not opposed to talks between the state and the jailed Kurdish leader to bring an end to the insurgency, media reported Tuesday. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits the scene after a coal mine explosion on May 14, 2014 in Soma, Manisa, Turkey. Rescuers pulled more dead and injured from the coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday more than 19 hours after the explosion, bringing the death toll to 238 in what could become the nation's worst ever mining disaster. Hundreds more are still believed to be trapped in the mine in Soma, about 480 kilometres (298 miles) southwest of Istanbul. The explosion, which triggered a fire, occurred shortly after 3 pm (1200 GMT) on Tuesday.
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Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a ceremony to mark the 562nd anniversary of the conquest of the city by Ottoman Turks on May 30, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. Erdogan has reportedly been criticized by the opposition parties for campaigning in favor of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), a party he co-founded, even though as head of state the constitution bars him from party politics. Turkey will hold a general election on June 7, 2015 to elect the 550 members of the Grand National Assembly.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to supporters at a rally at Tempodrom hall on February 4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Turkey will soon face parliamentary elections and Erdogan is vying for the votes of expatriate Turks. Berlin has the highest Turkish population of any city outside of Turkey.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery on November 2, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Earlier in the day the two leaders attended a celebration to mark 50 years of Turkish immigration to Germany. On October 30, 1961 Turkey and what was then West Germany signed an agreement that paved the way for the migration of Turkish 'guest workers' to Germany. Germany in the early 1960s, which in many ways was still recovering from the devastation of World War II, required foreign labour to fill its industrial workforce, and the influx of immigrants from Turkey, Italy, Greece and other south European countries made Germany’s 'economic miracle' possible. Today large numbers of Germans with Turkish roots are an integral part of German society, though integration and assimilation remain a contentious issue, especially for more recent Turkish immigrants.
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Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the Istanbul 2020 bid presentation during the 125th IOC Session - 2020 Olympics Host City Announcement at Hilton Hotel on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets supporters at a rally at Tempodrom hall on February 4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Turkey will soon face parliamentary elections and Erdogan is vying for the votes of expatriate Turks. Berlin has the highest Turkish population of any city outside of Turkey.