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Serious problems in Turkey’s image abroad

MURAT YETKİN writes:

There is just one good piece of news regarding Turkish foreign policy nowadays, but there are many bad ones that have stained the outlook on Turkey when evaluated from abroad.

Comment(s) 5/27/2017

EU keeps channels open to Erdoğan, focuses on rights

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The nightmare scenario did not happen. The ties between Turkey and the European Union were not severed as a result of President Tayyip Erdoğan’s discussions in Brussels on May 25 at the NATO summit there.

Comment(s) 5/26/2017

If Erdoğan returns from Brussels with some hope

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s discussions in Brussels on May 25 are likely to be one of the most important series of talks in the last few years regarding Turkey’s relations with the West – particularly Europe – because of their dual nature

Comment(s) 5/25/2017

Prosecutors find Gülenists everywhere except the AKP

MURAT YETKİN writes:

On May 23, prosecutors demanded the arrest of two educators, Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who have been on a hunger strike for 76 days for ruining public order with a potential to trigger acts of terror.

Comment(s) 5/24/2017

Is Erdoğan’s ‘transformation roadmap’ ready?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

One of the key points in President Tayyip Erdoğan’s address to the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) on May 21, after he took back the helm as a result of the April 16 referendum, was his heralding of a “six-month roadmap” for the transformation of Turkey’s political and administrative system.

Comment(s) 5/23/2017

The second phase of AKP rule and systemic change in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Five weeks after the April 16 referendum which consolidated executive powers in the president’s hands – while also enabling the president to lead a political party instead of maintain his erstwhile non-partisan status – Tayyip Erdoğan returned to the chair of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) at an extraordinary congress on May 21 in Ankara.

Comment(s) 5/22/2017

Erdoğan starts reshaping Turkey from his party

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan’s vow on May 19 to give more importance to the youth in the party’s administrative positions during the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) extraordinary congress on May 21 is not just a cliché politicians use in public addresses.

Comment(s) 5/20/2017

A Turkish National Day question: Abroad or prison?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Today is May 19, the anniversary of the date when a handful of military and civilian leaders led by general Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) set out for the Black Sea port of Samsun, from Istanbul, in 1919. They were due to launch a war of resistance against armies occupying the last remaining parts of the empire under the fading Ottoman dynasty.

Comment(s) 5/19/2017

Just a comma in Turkish-US ties

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan had two main expectations from his May 16 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Comment(s) 5/18/2017

Will Turkey burn its bridges with the US?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

After U.S. President Donald Trump’s hosting of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in the White House on May 16, it is not realistic to expect relations between Ankara and Washington to either go back to normal overnight or to nosedive and destroy a long-running alliance

Comment(s) 5/17/2017

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