Category Archives: Erdogan

Has Turkey’s notorious ‘deep state’ come back with a vengeance?

”The return of Ergenekon as ultranationalists replace FETÖ” This was the headline of one of the most concise and interesting analysis I encountered lately. The column was penned by my esteemed colleague Barçın Yinanç, with Hurriyet Daily News (an outlet … Continue reading

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Erdoğan’s ‘Global Legitimacy Tour’ to reach its successful finale in Brussels

President Erdoğan’s march on the road map, very clearly defined by him for long, proceeds with no hurdles. On Sunday, he was re-elected as party chairman after nearly 1000 days of absence, and, after gaining control in most of the … 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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Dinner with the new underdogs of Turkey

The request reached me as I was visiting an European capital. It was a kind note. ‘A group of us want to discuss our suffering and we would be happy if you could listen to us,’ it said. I wondered … 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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Trump-Erdoğan road clash on the role of Kurds in Syria and Iraq is inevitable

‘Never mind those, it’s going to be a very tough time ahead…’ When I met Marty Beth Long at the well-attended Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues conference in the Italian capital, I went rapidly into the subject on how optimistic … Continue reading

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