A revealing survey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The results of a survey by daily Habertürk and the Andy-Ar Center for Social Research recently made reveals where Turks stand on the EU.

Comment(s) 12/1/2016

When will normality return to Turkey?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is one of the most beleaguered leaders on the planet. His response to criticism - especially from Europe, which now has him down as an anti-democratic leader - is to go on full-frontal counter attacks.

Comment(s) 11/29/2016

Questions remain after controversial proposal is quashed

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The government has withdrawn its highly controversial proposal which amounted to giving amnesty to the statutory rapists of minors after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan intervened to quash it. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ says the topic is closed and clearly wants the heated discussions it generated to end.

Comment(s) 11/24/2016

A step toward the primitive

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey is not only going backward in leaps and bounds in terms of all the social gains secured under its secular republic, but has also started taking a step toward the primitive

Comment(s) 11/22/2016

The end of the line for Turkey and the EU

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The European Union was never sincere with Turkey. It is still a mystery why it recognized Turkey as a candidate for full membership in 1999, and endorsed the start of negotiations in 2005. It probably believed Turkey could never fulfill the requirements and so there was no risk of appeasing it.

Comment(s) 11/17/2016

The rise of populist demagoguery

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The election of Donald Trump has confirmed that we live increasingly in an era of direct democracy based on populist demagoguery. Developments in Hungary and Poland also show that Europe is not exempt from this. Even Brexit was the result of this.

Comment(s) 11/15/2016

America’s dreadful choice

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turks who wanted Donald Trump to win because they believe he would harm the country they dislike the most, namely the U.S., appear to be having the last laugh. We see once again how unpredictable democracy can be

Comment(s) 11/10/2016

Future of Turkish-US ties looks bad either way

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Americans go to the ballot box today to elect their new president. Many argue that the choice is between bad and worse.

Comment(s) 11/8/2016

Turkey turns its back on Europe

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The operation against daily Cumhuriyet beggars belief. A paper that was hounded not so long ago by prosecutors who are accused today of acting at the behest of Fethullah Gülen – the Islamic cleric said to have masterminded the July 15 coup attempt – is now being accused of supporting Gülen.

Comment(s) 11/3/2016

Turkey and the fog of war in Syria

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is confident that the Turkish military and its allies in Syria have the capacity to take the town of Al Bab - a stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - and move on to Manbij to expel fighters attached to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Comment(s) 11/1/2016

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