The answer is quite simple. The average Justice and Development Party politician is the mirror image of the average Turkish voter: devoutly Muslim but pragmatist, anti-Western in genes but pro-European Union in anticipation of economic/political benefits, collectivist in theory but individualist in practice, and moralist when 'the other' goes corrupt but tolerant when 'we' do. Hence, the unusually large margin of tolerance for corruption and mal-governance in Turkey.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will visit Turkey in the summer to reciprocate a visit by his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in November last year, a Spanish official here said yesterday.
The prime minister also criticizes 'discriminatory' laws toward Muslims in Europe and warns such laws threaten peace
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on the sidelines of an Arab League summit in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum.
Merkel to Erdoğan: America will strike Iran; you need to be a mediator: Vatan daily on Tuesday spotlights an article about a telephone call reportedly made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, warning that the United States has decided to "strike" Iran, and asking Turkey to be a mediating force. According to Vatan: "On March 21, Prime Minister Erdoğan, hearing that he had an 'urgent telephone call,' left a press conference following his [ruling Justice and Development Party] AKP group meeting to head for his private offices. Sources assumed at the time that the phone call was related to the statement which had just come from Çankaya about Erdem Başçı no
Opposition leader accuses the prime minister of constantly creating crises and of inflicting grievous harm on the economy
Erdoğan and his idea of secularity: "The work that lies ahead of us is really difficult. Difficult, because the number-one man who heads the cadre leading this country is either unaware of the basic philosophies that guide this nation or is purposefully
'It is obvious that tendencies based upon "clash of civilizations" scenarios pose a threat to world peace and drag us into a dark hole,' the prime minister said in an address to attendees of the Arab League summit in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently had a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ostensibly to discuss the latest developments on Iran’s controversial nuclear
The 18th summit of the Arab Union, taking place in the Sudanes capital of Khartoum, has been the stage for two noteable "firsts" this year. While a Turkish Prime Minister addressed the Arab Union members for the first time, representatives from the Cypriot Greek authority also attended an Arab Union summit for the first time, lobbying Arab leaders for support.
There were two incidents last week proving how sensitive the stability of this country is. One was the debate over the governor of the central bank and the other was the speculation after the prime minister met with the land forces commander. Those who follow developments in Turkey very closely were worried for the first time in a while.
Opposition leader Mumcu warns AKP on EU talks:Opposition leader Erkan Mumcu's strongly worded warning to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) administration on the subject of the EU accession talks currently in process received generous coverage in yesterday's Hürriyet. With a letter from EU term president Austria to Turkey reportedly being the instigator of Mumcu's words of warning to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP, Mumcu said: "The government needs to take an immediate proactive stance. Otherwise, Turkey's quest for membership will come to a stop in 2012." The letter referred to by Mumcu has what the opposition leader says are "hints about topics that, if
Despicable is he who doesn't reveal what he knows! Hürriyet's Mehmet Yılmaz yesterday takes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to task for his seeming unwillingness to share details of certain aspects of administration goings-on with reporters.
What did the Office of the Chief of General Staff statement concerning the Şemdinli indictment say? 'In reaction to these unjust and purposeful allegations, those who bear constitutional responsibility need to identify those who perpetrated such an attack and initiate criminal proceedings against those responsible, no matter which post they hold.' It was obvious the government was the constitutionally responsible institution.
The prime minister tells the media that the government is more sensitive than they are when it comes to the appointment of the central bank governor and violence in schools
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved to reassure financial markets on Monday after the president rejected his government's choice for a new central bank governor, denying any vacuum in monetary policy making.
Opposition Republican People’s Party parliamentary group deputy leader Ali Topuz said on Monday that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was against the republic, claiming that the
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dismissed claims the government is failing to address concerns over the appointment of the next central bank governor and the rising level of violence in
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's wife, Emine Erdogan, has been invited as a special guest to the wedding of the son of Qatari Emir Hamd Bin Halife Al Sani. The Emir's son, Sheik Kasim Bin Halid Al Sani, will be marrying Scheika Buttini, the daughter of a renowned Qatari petrol family, in Doha tomorrow.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum for the Arab Union Summit, yesterday gave a speech at a panel entitled "Dialogues between Civilizations." Erdogan began his speech by underlining the role that civil organizations can and must play in global peace-keeping efforts.
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