Ankara should stop beating around the bush

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey has been saying for months that if the EU does not honor its commitment to lift the visa requirement for Turks, as agreed under the deal on illegal migration early last year, then it will default on its commitments under this deal

Comment(s) 4/25/2017

Referendum highlights deep divisions in Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A victory may be a victory by any other name, but one can’t help wonder whether this was the “victory” that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım were hoping for.

Comment(s) 4/18/2017

Turks in Europe will bear the brunt

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s anger at Europe appears to have no limits. He says Europeans are “going mad” over the fact that Turkey is making great strides and voices his belief that it is Europe that is today’s “sick man.”

Comment(s) 4/11/2017

Turkey has abandoned diplomacy

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Angry statements from Ankara being flung in all directions, but mostly at the West, show that Turkey has abandoned diplomacy in international affairs.

Comment(s) 4/4/2017

Russia remains inviolable for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Astute daily Hürriyet columnist Deniz Zeyrek wondered in a recent column whether Russia is inviolable for Turkey. He listed the things that Ankara should be blasting Moscow for but is not.

Comment(s) 3/28/2017

A Salah for Turkish-European ties

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The “Salah” is an Islamic prayer that is also used also to announce a death. It can be roughly translated as a “death knell” when used in this context. A Salah is clearly being said today for Turkey-EU ties. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says Turkey has never been this far from EU membership.

Comment(s) 3/21/2017

Turkey raises the stakes but can it win?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Speculation has it that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte needs to stem the flow of votes to far-right leader Geert Wilders in the upcoming elections, and this is why he is presently behaving the way he is with Turkey

Comment(s) 3/14/2017

Can a new system really solve Turkey’s problems?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım is promising that terror from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) will end if the referendum on April 16 makes President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the sole leader of Turkey

Comment(s) 3/7/2017

Ankara’s dilemmas in Syria and Iraq

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Statements from Ankara regarding developments in Syria suggest that things are moving in a direction that Turkey wants.

Comment(s) 2/21/2017

The playing field is not level

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, and Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the right wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have kicked off their “yes” campaigns for the referendum on constitutional changes to be held on April 16

Comment(s) 2/14/2017

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