In a difficult juggling act, Ankara tries to balance political and economic interests with Iran.
As Turkish officials warn Syria not to play the "Kurdish card", concern is mounting that Syria may once again be supporting the PKK over Ankara's support for the Syrian opposition.
Wealthy in water resources, Turkey struggles to balance economic growth and development with the protection of the environment.
Parallel to an overall increase in trade and political ties with the Kurdish administration in Iraq, Turkey's control of the food market reveals just how much weight it has in the region.
Due in part to cumbersome visa requirements, very few Turkish youth have been to Europe to visit or study, presenting a troublesome picture for the future of the EU candidate country.
As the UN squeezes Greek and Turkish Cypriots to find a solution for the divided island, few expect a miracle before Greek Cypriots assume the EU presidency in July.
Unlicensed garbage collectors hustle though the streets of Istanbul collecting tonnes of recyclable materials each year in order to scrape a living.
As debate over a new constitution continues, civil society groups and legal experts highlight the importance of checks and balances to strengthen Turkish democracy and the rule of law.
International football officials and European politicians have been calling for more stringent measures against the "scourge" of match-fixing, which seems to be rife in Eastern Europe.
The survey shows that 50% of respondents said they want ''democratic autonomy.''
While Ankara often finds it easy to point its finger at Israel for obstructing Palestinian unity, analysts point out regional and domestic Palestinian factors make the situation much more complex.
When public celebrations of Newroz were outlawed by authorities at the weekend, the Kurdish community refused to back down.
The government claims that they will retake the initiative to solve the Kurdish issue amid tensions surrounding Newruz celebrations, prompting some to question whether Turkey will have a "Kurdish opening" or "Kurdish spring."
As parliament prepares to vote on the government's education bill this week, opposition parties and other interest groups are concerned the bill has not been discussed democratically and will promote religious education.
With high-level Syrian officers defecting to Turkey, Ankara expects more unity from the Syrian opposition.
In an effort to develop new and traditional fields of Kurdish culture and arts, an experimental school in Diyarbakir is leading the way.
As the Syrian uprising marks it first year, Turkey is on the verge of yet another refugee crisis.
Once in a nation that provided women with far-reaching rights and status, to an extent unprecedented in any Muslim country, women in Turkey today face a number of problems.
Turkey is set to offer cash rewards for the PKK's leadership, but analysts differ over whether the initiative will be effective.
Academics worry the government's statements on religion will have an impact on the classroom and their academic freedom.
Experts point out that allowing mother tongue education would foster multilingualism and not displace Turkish as the primary language of the state and society.
Turkey's influence on Islam is on the rise analysts say, but the government denies any involvement.
Amid a rising number of sexually molested children, authorities consider alternative punishments.
Two investigative journalists are finally released, but 100 others remain in custody in Turkey.
There are too many factors against launching a military action against Iran, experts say.
The traditional yachting business in Greece takes a turn for the benefit of other regional maritime countries.
Authorities hope the return of international flights to Somalia will encourage business development and open new opportunities for trade.
Turkey is implementing a new measure on behalf of women, but experts say far more must be done.
In a bid to present the ruling AKP with serious competition, the opposition CHP has plans to revamp itself.
The Central Bank of Turkey organised a contest to select the new symbol for the Turkish lira, yet far more than aesthetics is at stake.
Despite a political hiccup, EU-funded civil society and reform projects are growing -- as is Turks' participation.
Economic bonds are affected by fraying relations in some cases, but are more resilient than might be expected in others.
Turkey's European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis' comments to Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kıbrıs sparked a debate over whether Turkey might proceed in annexing North Cyprus.
Standard & Poor's announced the results of its new index, measuring the relative vulnerability of 19 Central and Eastern European countries, including nine Balkan nations, to disruptions in capital inflows.
Turkey looks forward to improved relations with Armenia after a court overturns a French law.
The Syriac community in Turkey, which has been referred to as a "forgotten people," is looking for recognition and the rectification of the wrongs of the past.