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The background story of Erdoğan’s meeting with the EU

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The May 25 meeting in Brussels between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk was regarded as a chance for a new start in Turkey-EU relations.

Comment(s) 6/22/2017

Turkey sets an example for democracy but gov’t doesn’t see it

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The “justice march” from Ankara to Istanbul, started on June 15 by the social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, left its sixth day behind on June 20.

Comment(s) 6/21/2017

Something is going terribly wrong on the Syrian front

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The downing of a Syrian Su-22 jet on June 18 by a U.S. F-18 near the Syrian city of Raqqa triggered an unexpected escalation of tension between the U.S. and Russia

Comment(s) 6/20/2017

Erdoğan’s problems mounting every day

MURAT YETKİN writes:

In a speech over the weekend, President Tayyip Erdoğan complained that the ongoing Qatar crisis came out of the blue, at a time when Turkey was trying to deal with other serious regional issues like Syria and Iraq.

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

Opposition’s ‘justice’ march upsets Turkish government

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The first overt criticism against the “justice march” of main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu from Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government came from Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ on June 16.

Comment(s) 6/17/2017

The first ever street act by Turkey’s main opposition

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The march that was started by social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in a call for “Justice” on June 15 may mark a turning point in Turkey’s political history.

Comment(s) 6/16/2017

Berberoğlu arrest is forcing limits in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Enis Berberoğlu, a member of parliament for the social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP), was sentenced to 25 years in jail by an Istanbul court on June 14 and immediately put in prison.

Comment(s) 6/14/2017

Turkey’s future is in Europe – nowhere else

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Amid the new crisis in the Middle East, in which Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has put his weight on Qatar’s side, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on June 13 that Turkey and the European Union could cooperate successfully by leaving behind certain recent problems.

Comment(s) 6/14/2017

Opposition accusations against gov’t on coup attempt

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Two opposition parties in Turkey’s parliament revealed their objections on June 12 to a parliamentary inquiry report on the July 15, 2016, coup attempt after the document was made public by its ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) chairman, Reşat Petek, on May 26.

Comment(s) 6/13/2017

The son-in-law dilemma for Turkish justice

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Amid the Qatar crisis which is straining the entire neighborhood, Turkish politics has become occupied with a son-in-law crisis where the courts are accused of positive discrimination in the case of the relatives of key political figures of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti).

Comment(s) 6/12/2017

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