Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has awarded himself yet more powers and fired hundreds of civil servants in the latest crackdown under emergency rule imposed after last year's attempted coup. Lucy Fielder reports.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has given himself yet more powers. A decree on Friday (August 25) extending his grip on the national intelligence agency. Another fired hundreds of civil servants, in the latest purge under emergency rule imposed after last year's attempted coup. Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 150,000 officials since then. It suspects them of having links to the man they blame 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 criticised Turkey's crackdown. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday (August 24) that Turkey will never become a member of the EU with Erdogan at the helm, and accused him of moving "fast away from everything that Europe stands for".