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Turkish president Erdogan on collision course

By Kati Piri / 10 November, 2020

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to be on a collision course with many of his country’s partners, including the European Union and, in particular, Greece, Cyprus and France. He has been pursuing the role of an independent but powerful actor in the Middle East and beyond, but foreign policy...

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The revenge of the ‘places that don’t matter’

By Andrés Rodríguez Pose / 4 September, 2020

Populism is on the rise all over the developed world. In many parts of Europe, populist parties have seen their share of votes multiply in recent years. The analysis of these movements often concentrates on the motivations of individual voters. But one crucial factor has largely remained under the radar:...

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A night to remember: a new dawn for Istanbul (and Turkey)

By Vassilis Ntousas / 27 June, 2019

Ekrem İmamoğlu’s landslide victory in Sunday’s re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul will have an important impact not only for the city’s future, but also for the future of Turkey’s ailing democracy. What are the reasons behind this result, which marked the ruling AK party’s biggest defeat in almost...

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Turkey drifting away from Europe

By Kati Piri / 5 July, 2018

On 24 June, Erdoğan claimed victory in his country’s presidential election, winning an outright majority in the first round with 52.6% of the votes. The electoral campaign was marked by an unfair competition. It was conducted under a stifling state of emergency (in effect since July 2016), with more than...

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What path for Erdoğan’s new Turkey? Economic challenges and the post-election power configuration

By Asli Selin Okyay / 5 July, 2018

Achieving his biggest long-term objective, Erdoğan won the Presidency with 52,6 % of the votes, gaining him, unlike any of his predecessors, the titles of both the head of state and the head of government, thanks to the new executive Presidential system. Yet, falling short of fulfilling his goal –...

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Even with the European Union having its eyes wide shut, Turkey will not disappear

By Miltiadis Kyrkos / 5 July, 2018

European politicians need the Turkish bogeyman to dispel their own nightmares. In recent years, we have been watching them condemn Tayyip Erdoğan’s autocracy and clash with him or his ministers, seeking for easy headlines. And sadly they have had a lot of opportunities: Turkey is ruled by presidential decrees, plenty...

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Conservative Turkey votes for one-man rule

By Max Hoffman / 27 June, 2018

Before writing anything about the June 24, 2018 Turkish election, it is important to note one crucial point: the vote was deeply, fundamentally unfair. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) held the election under a state of emergency, allowing centrally-appointed governors to control opposition...

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A moment of truth: Turkish elections as a policy challenge for progressive Europe

By Makis Mylonas / 8 June, 2018

After a long period of political turmoil, on June 24th Turkey is heading towards snap presidential and parliamentary elections, following President Erdogan’s decision to launch the election process much earlier than in November 2019, when his current mandate would normally expire. Practically, the call for snap elections accelerates the implementation...

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