President Erdogan sworn in for second term / Weinstein due in court / Spain and Catalonia come together

By Luke Christou

Good morning, here’s your Monday morning briefing to set you up for the day ahead. Look out for these three things happening around the world today.

Erdogan to be sworn in as President of Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdogan will begin his second term as the head of Turkey after taking 53% of the vote in June’s general election.

Erdogan will be sworn in at President of Turkey at parliament today. This will be followed by a lavish ceremony at his palace. A number of world leaders and influential figures are expected to be present.

Following his inauguration, Erdogan will first visit Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan before heading to the NATO summit scheduled for later this week.

In 2017, Turkey voted to abolish the Prime Minister position and hand Erdogan a presidential role, offering him yet more power than he already possesses. Critics of Erdogan argue that he is attempting to take singular control of the state.

Weinstein to appear in court

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is today due in court on the charge of predatory sexual assault, with the victim claiming that he performed forcible sex acts on her.  He faces a maximum charge of life in prison if found guilty of predatory sexual assault.

Weinstein also faces charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape on two other victims. More than 75 women have come forward with accusations against Weinstein. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and expects to be fully vindicated.

The hearing will take place at the New York County Criminal Court later today.

Spain and Catalonia come together

Catalan leader Quim Torra will today meet with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for talks on the ongoing Spanish constitutional crisis.

This will be the first meeting between the leaders of the two parties since the region voted to break away from Spain in September last year, in a referendum that the Spanish government deemed to be illegal.

Sanchez wants to engage in positive talks in the hopes of ending the ongoing crisis as soon as possible. Torra has stated that he intends to “find out the Socialists” views on Catalan independence, suggesting that he is less interested in rekindling relations with the Spanish authorities.