Tag Archives: politics

Chicken or egg?

The street battles which paralyzed İstanbul on May 1 were only a reminder of the bitter mood. The increasingly aggressive language in Parliament between parties, a deadlock in the talks within the Constitutional Reconciliation Commission, growing enmity between the ideological … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Time to stop engineering religion

Democrats and reformists from all camps in this country may have been united in expecting a fully democratic constitution for Turkey, but each and every one has his/her own focal point and red line about it. While legitimate concerns are … Continue reading

Posted in culture, Politics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

CHP’s foxes strike back, setting the scene for trouble

  All the variables are now at play. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is determined to keep its feet on the gas pedal, pushing the “solution process” further. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems to have loosened up with … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Erdoğan’s (new) way

United States Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone probably knew that his unusually bitter remarks regarding the state of the rule of law in Turkey would lead to a reaction from Ankara. During a visit to the Turkish Foreign Ministry … Continue reading

Posted in Turkey | Tagged , , | Leave a comment