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Turkey’s foreign relations after the referendum

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Frankly, Turkey’s foreign relations had started to look not so bad after the first advances against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria in the framework of the Euphrates Shield operation.

Comment(s) 4/5/2017

Who’s the next target in Turkey’s referendum blame game?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

TV journalist Hakan Çelik asked an interesting question to Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on private broadcaster CNN Türk in an interview on the evening of April 1: How will former President Abdullah Gül and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu vote in the referendum on April 16?

Comment(s) 4/4/2017

Did Erdoğan signal a new dialogue process with the PKK?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Before denouncing the EU as an “alliance of crusaders” that keeps “lying to Turkey” on April 2 in Ankara, President Tayyip Erdoğan was in the southeastern city of Diyarbakır on April 1 as a part of his “Yes” campaign for the April 16 on shifting the country to an executive presidential system

Comment(s) 4/3/2017

The Kurdish problem, Barzani’s move and the Turkish referendum

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A delegation of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the Turkish parliament is expected to meet Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ on April 3 to discuss the decision by jailed HDP co-chairman Selahattin Demirtaş to go on hunger strike, together with another MP, Abdullah Zeydan, in protest at prison conditions, HDP deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder said in an interview with Fox TV Turkey on March 31

Comment(s) 4/1/2017

What kind of success did Turkey achieve in Syria?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Hours before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival in Ankara on the evening of March 29, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on NTV that Turkey’s “Euphrates Shield” operation on Syria soil had been completed

Comment(s) 3/31/2017

AKP using Atatürk in its ‘yes’ campaign

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan was asked in a live interview on Habertürk TV on March 27 about German newspaper Bild’s headline in Turkish and German that day.

Comment(s) 3/29/2017

For Turkish government, referendum is just the start

MURAT YETKİN writes:

As part of a group of journalists, I was recently talking to advisers who took an active part in drafting the constitutional amendments to be put to a public vote on April 16.

Comment(s) 3/28/2017

Let’s not fool ourselves, Turkey looks depressing

MURAT YETKİN writes:

All I’m going to do is list a number of recent developments reported in the Turkish media over the past couple of days. I’ll start with the most recent case demonstrating the state that Turkey is in:

Comment(s) 3/27/2017

Weak MHP support turns AKP’s eyes to Kurdish votes

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Weaker than expected support from within the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) for the executive presidency system in the April 16 referendum is turning the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) eyes back to Kurdish votes, recent developments in the campaign suggest.

Comment(s) 3/25/2017

Terrorists for Turkey, heroes for US and Russia

MURAT YETKİN writes:

When the insignia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a red star on a yellow triangle – a version of the symbol of many left-wing militant organizations around the world – first appeared as badges on the arms of the U.S. Special Forces in Syria in May 2016, the Turkish government was furious about it.

Comment(s) 3/24/2017

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