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Should Erdoğan be afraid of Kılıçdaroğlu?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu claimed on Aug. 27 that President Tayyip Erdoğan is “afraid” of him

Comment(s) 8/29/2017

CHP hits AKP on its Achilles' heel

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“We are all thirsty for justice,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Aug. 26 in his welcoming speech at the “Justice Congress” in the western Turkish province of Çanakkale.

Comment(s) 8/28/2017

President is now the only boss of Turkey’s intelligence agency too

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The government extended the powers of the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and linked it directly to President Tayyip Erdoğan with a new state of emergency decree issued on Aug. 25.

Comment(s) 8/26/2017

300 days of justice in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The arrest and release of the chairman of a football club warmed up the debate over double standards in Turkish justice as the arrest of a group of journalists will mark its 300th day in prison tomorrow

Comment(s) 8/25/2017

YPG not a choice but necessity, US tells Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The U.S. military alliance against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), is “not a choice but a necessity.”

Comment(s) 8/24/2017

Can a new party challenge Turkey’s ruling AKP?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Meral Akşener, a former deputy speaker of the Turkish Parliament, stated on Aug. 22 that she has officially started the process of establishing a new party, in a bid to build an alternative to President Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti).

Comment(s) 8/23/2017

Turkey’s row with Germany amid cooperation with Iran

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Before departing for his visit to Jordan on Aug. 21, President Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey and Iran could soon carry out joint military operations against “terrorist organizations” in Iraq.

Comment(s) 8/22/2017

Tension with Germany means much more

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Up until the last move by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, when she took steps to put a brake on Turkey’s already slowed down relations with the European Union, it was more possible to explain the escalation in Turkish-German tension with the German elections set to take place on Sept. 24.

Comment(s) 8/21/2017

Turkey-Iran rapprochement and possible consequences

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Iran’s chief of general staff, Major General Mohammad Hossein Bageri, became the first Iranian top soldier since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 to visit Turkey on Aug. 15. Bageri held talks with his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar, but not only with Akar.

Comment(s) 8/18/2017

If Turkey’s main opposition leader gets arrested…

MURAT YETKİN writes:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Aug. 16 that her country “will not pursue” an upgrading of the European Union’s Customs Union with Turkey due to ongoing political tensions.

Comment(s) 8/17/2017

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