Category Archives: AKP

‘Back to square one’: what downgrading of Turkey by PACE means for its relations

So, in a move that came as no surprise, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted to reopen a monitoring procedure against Turkey. It means a downgrading of the country’s status, in a way ‘moving it … Continue reading

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Referendum moment: Will Turkey say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to Erdoğan’s power grab?

That the race in Turkey’s existential referendum is neck and neck is in itself self-explanatory. A nation sharply divided by half, not simply in civilized disagreement, but turned against each other in mistrust, enmity, vengeance. A day before the country’s … Continue reading

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Turkey: on the brink of a systemic suicide

If ‘holding your breath together’ would apply to large masses of concerned people, it is that rare moment. On Sunday some 55 million voters in Turkey will go to the ballotboxes in a referendum which will define the country’s identity, and … Continue reading

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Turkey ‘pitch black’ – What does the arrest of journalist Ahmet Şık tell us?

The arrest of Ahmet Şık, one of the boldest journalists left in action in Turkey was not that unexpected. He was targeted fo some time and had already informed the public in a TV interview with colleague Ayşenur Arslan at … Continue reading

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Stupefied by terror and deaths, erratic AKP is between a rock and a hard place

One point emerges as undisputable after the series of terror attacks, and the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara by a police officer: Turkey, now showing strong signs as ‘ungovernable’ under the AKP rule, is sinking all more deeply … Continue reading

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Their cities razed to the ground, mayors removed, Kurds lose faith in Turkey

‘I feel like Diyarbakır does: dreary, angry, resentful. But still standing…’ This comes from a ‘local rapporteur’ from the southeastern corner of Turkey; devastated, battered – both morally and physically. I will explain. These are the days even a heavyweight … Continue reading

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EU advances Turkey visa deal facing blames over self-denial

Days before a critical decision, all signs are that The European Commission will say that Turkey has broadly met conditions for visa-free travel, despite some missing elements. The visa decision is the “cornerstone” of an EU deal to send back migrants … Continue reading

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Amb. Pearson: ‘Defeating ISIS is not a Turkish priority’

“Washington and Ankara are in yet another difficult phase in a relationship cycle that runs from very good to very bad,” writes W. Robert Pearson, a former ambassador of the USA in Ankara and an expert on Turco-American relationship. “…2016 … Continue reading

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Turkey towards Emergency Rule, escorted by its ‘Genetically Modified Media’

Signs of a merge between militarist nationalism and corrupt political Islam become stronger every day. If true, Turkey faces its most destructive counter-force and a final test of the resilience of its already shaken and rattled parliamentary system. With its key … Continue reading

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Davutoğlu: “‘Point of no return”

With a slight delay of some days of the date planned, the negotiating parts have now reached the second threshold of the peace process’s first phase. It has been about silencing the guns first, which has been done. Ever since … Continue reading

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