>> Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan has given himself yet more powers. A decree on Friday extending his grip on the National Intelligence Agency. Another 500 of civil servants in the latest purge under emergency rule imposed after last year's attempt to coup. Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 150,000 officials since then.
It suspects them of having links to the man they blamed for the failed putsch, Muslim Cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Some 50,000 people are in jail awaiting trial, soldiers, and police, as well as civil servants. The media too has been in the line of fire. Now, the President's permission will be required for the intelligence chief to be investigated or called as witness, Erdogan will also chair the agency's coordination board.
EU leaders have criticized Turkey's crackdown. German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said on Thursday that Turkey will never become a member of the EU with Erdogan at the helm.>>