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MURAT YETKİN

murat.yetkin@hurriyet.com.tr

Should everyone but Erdoğan shut up?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Right after the Turkish Central Bank lowered its interest rate by another 0.25, the same as last month, reporters asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu what he thought

Comment(s) 2/27/2015

Turkish foreign policy is heading to a crossroads

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Parti) “zero problems with neighbors” policy was nothing but a derivative of the Turkish Republic’s strategic position formulated by its founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as “peace at home, peace in the world.”

Comment(s) 2/25/2015

Erdoğan’s dominance starts weakening AKP

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan summoned the cabinet yesterday for yet another meeting on March 9, (the second such meeting), amid the ongoing debate in Turkish politics after he hosted his first one as president on Jan. 19.

Comment(s) 2/24/2015

ISIL continues to spoil Turkish positions

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The government had to relocate the historical artifact from ISIL to Kurdish-controlled Syrian soil

Comment(s) 2/23/2015

Politics within the AKP: It’s complicated

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan gathered a group of academics and think tankers around a lunch table on Feb. 19, consulting with them about the political and legal events on his agenda

Comment(s) 2/21/2015

Brinkmanship puts Kurdish peace in jeopardy in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

I apologize in advance to readers that I am not able to quote any sources while compiling this piece, but I believe that those who continue reading may get more of an idea about what is going on in the apparent deadlock in the dialogue process between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in pursuit of a political settlement

Comment(s) 2/20/2015

Who’s who in Erdoğan-Davutoğlu relationship?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

To be frank, nobody expected tension to surface so soon in relations between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Comment(s) 2/19/2015

Will Turkish-US relations survive the Armenian test?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkish-U.S. relations have survived many tests on the Armenian issue before. The worst recent one was Ankara recalling the Turkish ambassador to Washington, back in 2007, when an “Armenian genocide resolution” was voted through the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee.

Comment(s) 2/18/2015

Silence before the storm in Turkish-US relations?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Whenever you ask diplomatic sources about U.S.-Turkey relations, the kind of answer you get is usually about the 'absence of any problems.'

Comment(s) 2/17/2015

Erdoğan may need Öcalan’s hand for strong presidency

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It was 16 years ago today when Turkish Prime Minister of the day Bülent Ecevit appeared before the cameras and announced that Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who was captured a day before on Feb. 15, 1999, was brought to Turkey and put in prison

Comment(s) 2/16/2015

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