A Greek tragedy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

By standing up to the powers that rule the EU, little Greece has provided us with a David and Goliath story.

Comment(s) 7/7/2015

Turkey could have helped Greece

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The suggestion by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü that Turkey should underwrite 1.6 billion euros of Greece’s debt in order to prevent it from defaulting to the IMF, was not the flight of fancy that some may think.

Comment(s) 7/2/2015

Turkey must talk to the Syrian Kurds

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is not easy to understand the contention in the pro-government media – meaning that portion of the media which acts as a mouthpiece for President Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) – that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, and its military wing, the Peoples Defense Unit (YPG), are more dangerous than ISIL

Comment(s) 6/30/2015

This is the 'New Turkey'

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Watching Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony for newly elected deputies, one could not help thinking that this is a parliament which truly represents the “New Turkey,” and not the one the AKP talked about when it held the parliamentary majority and called the shots.

Comment(s) 6/25/2015

East and West differ on Turkish election results

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Analysis about what the June 7 election represented, and expectations as to what should happen now, vary depending on whether you are looking from the west or the east.

Comment(s) 6/23/2015

Turkey faces new reality in Syria

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Developments in Tal Abyad, a strategic border town in Syria just south of the Turkish town of Akçakale, are proving again that developments in Syria are not determined by Ankara’s desires and needs.

Comment(s) 6/18/2015

Erdoğan reaps what he sowed

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s attempt to impose his will on parliament after the elections is already faltering.

Comment(s) 6/16/2015

A deafening silence at the Palace

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The “Palace,” as it has come to be proverbially known in the short space of time that it has started to be used, has fallen into what we might call with literary flair a “deafening silence” following the elections.

Comment(s) 6/11/2015

A difficult but promising new dawn for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Foreign investors are probably not pleased with the results of the elections. Judging by pre-election analyses, the best outcome for them was for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to lose and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to win.

Comment(s) 6/9/2015

Erdoğan takes on the domestic and foreign media

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on the warpath again against the independent Turkish and foreign media

Comment(s) 6/4/2015

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