Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-inaugurated as Turkey’s president. He appointed his son-in-law as finance minister, leading to a sharp fall in the value of the lira, and also dropped from his cabinet the minister considered the most market-friendly. The government fired another 9,000 police officers, 6,000 military personnel and hundreds of teachers for alleged links to terror groups.
At a NATO summit in Brussels, Donald Trump scolded European countries for failing to spend enough on defence. European NATO countries collectively contribute just 1.5% of their GDP to defence, well below NATO’s 2% guideline; only four European members meet that mark. America is by far the biggest spender, but since 2011 its spending has fallen in real terms by 15%, whereas NATO Europe’s has increased by nearly 10%. After battling with NATO, Mr Trump visits Britain, to be greeted by mass protests, and Helsinki, where he should get a warmer welcome when he meets Vladimir Putin.