Ankara’s proclivity for painting itself into a corner

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is hopeful that the strains in Turkish-German ties will end once the German general elections are held on Sept. 25.

Comment(s) 8/15/2017

Why does Bahçeli’s outrage ring hollow?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which is a political ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is outraged over recent remarks by an AKP deputy.

Comment(s) 8/8/2017

What Turkey’s Cumhuriyet case tells us

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Former President Abdullah Gül recently said that journalists who are being tried should not be imprisoned. He said this in response to a question about the case against daily Cumhuriyet journalists, which was seen last week and which has attracted international attention and condemnation.

Comment(s) 8/1/2017

Will the EU stay true to its own principles?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The EU lost credibility in 2004 for most Turks when it admitted Cyprus (meaning Greek Cyprus) as a full member, despite the overwhelming rejection by Greek Cypriots of the so called “Annan Plan,” which was the best blueprint–regardless of its shortcomings—for a solution to this problem until then

Comment(s) 7/25/2017

Turks have mixed emotions about this anniversary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

If the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 had succeeded, Turkey would be infinitely worse off today. Believing that people who were ready to bomb parliament and kill civilians without batting an eyelid would have saved our democracy is the height of naïveté.

Comment(s) 7/18/2017

Marching for justice in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

No one expects an overnight miracle after the 432-kilometer march from Ankara to Istanbul by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, in protest at the woeful state of justice in Turkey.

Comment(s) 7/11/2017

Where did all the money from the EU to Turkey go?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A recent article in the Brussels-based online newspaper EUobserver reads almost like a joke, except that there is not much to joke about in this instance

Comment(s) 7/4/2017

Erdoğan and the attempt to silence Al Jazeera

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has thrown his full weight behind Qatar and is now declaring the 13-point ultimatum that the Saudi-led coalition laid against that country to be “illegal.”

Comment(s) 6/27/2017

Paranoia and vengeance rule the roost in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey faces increasingly difficult times, and matters are set to get worse before they get better. This is not scaremongering but an assessment based on objective events - based on what is taking place in this deeply and dangerously divided country.

Comment(s) 6/20/2017

Is the Turkish judiciary really blind?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Visitors to the Greek Island of Kos will have noted a building from Roman times, facing Hippocrates’ famous plane tree and the Ottoman-era Ghazi Hasan Pasha Mosque. It bears the Latin inscription “Legum Servi Sumus” which means “We are slaves to the law.”

Comment(s) 6/13/2017

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