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MURAT YETKİN

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Davutoğlu finally supports Erdoğan’s presidency model

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Perhaps it was the remarks of Deputy PM Arınç and former President Gül that forced PM Davutoğlu to clarify his position regarding the 'strong presidency' model that President Erdoğan has been advocating for months.

Comment(s) 3/30/2015

A few smart moves by Turkey’s opposition CHP

MURAT YETKİN writes:

There was a reception at Istanbul’s gorgeous Çırağan Palace on the evening of March 26 held by top industrialist Güler Sabancı in honor of Sabancı University member Dr. Fatih Birol’s election as the director of the International Energy Agency (IEA); she seemed truly proud of Birol’s success.

Comment(s) 3/28/2015

Sunni status quo confronts Shiite revisionism in Yemen

MURAT YETKİN writes:

There are two burning questions regarding the military intervention in Yemen. It is not quite possible to give positive answers to either question.

Comment(s) 3/27/2015

Does Erdoğan want the HDP to quit the Kurdish bid before elections?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It was President Tayyip Erdoğan who initiated the talks between the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in pursuit of a political solution to Turkey’s Kurdish problem when he was prime minister back in 2012.

Comment(s) 3/26/2015

Whose words count in Ankara as Turkey’s decisions?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The exchange of words between President Erdoğan and Deputy PM Arınç is over the Kurdish issue only on the surface. Actually, it was about the powers of the president and the government, of which Arınç is the spokesman.

Comment(s) 3/24/2015

Turkish gov’t confusing minds as PKK leader calls for disarmament

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Abdullah Öcalan’s March 21 message, sent from İmralı Island prison where he has been kept since 1999 and read in Diyarbakır addressing the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which he founded in 1978

Comment(s) 3/23/2015

Nevruz as a symbol of Kurdish identity in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Today, on the day of Nevruz, or Newroz as Kurds call it, the attention of millions in Turkey is focused on a message that will be conveyed to hundreds of thousands of people awaiting it in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakır.

Comment(s) 3/21/2015

Can Turkish social democrats do what Islamists and Kurds did?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

After suffering from a fragmented political life with short-term and inept coalitions, Turkey turned into a “dominant party” country after the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power in 2002, winning consecutive elections under the leadership of Tayyip Erdoğan, who is now the president of the republic

Comment(s) 3/19/2015

Kurdish opposition HDP hits Erdoğan’s super-presidency plan for Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Selahattin Demirtaş, the co-chairman of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), did something rare in Turkish politics on March 17.

Comment(s) 3/18/2015

Understanding the failure of Erdoğan’s Syria and Egypt policies

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has reacted strongly against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments about the eventuality of coming to terms with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the civil war there.

Comment(s) 3/17/2015

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