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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...

Turkey drifting away from Europe

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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Reflections on the June 2018 Turkish Elections

By Nebil İlseven / 27 June, 2018

The elections on June 24 served as the “finishing touch” in realizing the structural alteration of the political landscape of the country as was ratified by an earlier referendum in 2016. The elections were a procedural step forward with the implementation of constitutional changes whereby the ruling party cemented its...

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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...

Abortion politics and new pro-natalism in Turkey

By Azer Kılıç / 28 April, 2017

Since the 1960s, European countries have experienced a significant decline in fertility rates, which dropped to as low as an average of 1.45 in the EU15 at the turn of the century. The issue causes concerns because of its implications for labour markets, social security systems, and economic competitiveness. Various...

Erdogan’s referendum and the dangerous erosion of democracy in Turkey

By Yonca Özdemir / 28 April, 2017

The rise of right wing populism has begun to be a serious problem in Europe and in the US but a more serious situation is taking place in Turkey. AKP and its populist leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have been rapidly destroying Turkish democracy. The most recent step was the April...

The autocrat’s new clothes

By Vassilis Ntousas / 27 April, 2017

The outcome of the April 16 referendum in Turkey ushers in one of the most, if not the most, radical transformation of the country since the proclamation of the republic in 1923. The electoral approval of a constitutional amendment package that bestows sweeping new powers to the office of the...

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