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Can Davutoğlu drop Turkey’s Kurdish bid for an MHP coalition?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A group of parliamentary deputies called on the Turkish government to resume the Kurdish peace bid immediately on July 3, after the peace process was shelved two months before the June 7 general election campaign.

Comment(s) 7/4/2015

Signs of change in Turkish foreign policy

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It was something predictable to say that Turkish foreign policy, especially its policy regarding Syria and the Middle East, could not remain the same in a coalition as it was when Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) was in a single-party government

Comment(s) 7/3/2015

AKP has started healing its wounds

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A last-day move of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli put an end to the last hopes for joint action by opposition parties, leading to İsmet Yılmaz, the incumbent defense minister of the outgoing AK Parti government, winning the Speaker of Parliament election on July 1.

Comment(s) 7/2/2015

Expect the unexpected from new Turkish parliament

MURAT YETKİN writes:

It was expected that the new Turkish parliament would fail to elect a new speaker in the first two rounds of voting on June 30, when a two thirds majority was needed

Comment(s) 7/1/2015

Dangerous power game in Ankara, now over Syria

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Everything seems surreal in the Turkish capital nowadays

Comment(s) 6/30/2015

Foreign policy could lock up AKP-CHP talks

MURAT YETKİN writes:

As the Turkish military plays with time to fulfil a government directive to intervene in Syria in order to establish a security strip there, foreign policy issues’ importance rise in the agenda of coalition talks between the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) and the social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP), which are expected to start later this week

Comment(s) 6/29/2015

Turkish army reluctant over government will to intervene in Syria

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s government wants more active military action to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) against the regime, Kurdish and jihadist forces in Syrian territory, but the military is reluctant to do so, playing for time as the country heads for a new coalition government, official sources told the Hürriyet Daily News

Comment(s) 6/27/2015

Davutoğlu’s hard choice on the Kurdish problem

MURAT YETKİN writes:

With ISIL militants having launched new attacks on June 25 on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane by the Turkish border, killing dozens after being pushed back by Kurdish forces in January, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu is heading to a crossroads on what to do about the country’s Kurdish problem.

Comment(s) 6/26/2015

Two illusions about Turkish coalition talks

MURAT YETKİN writes:

The official phase of the coalition talks to form a new Turkish government after the June 7 election is expected to start next week

Comment(s) 6/25/2015

Chances getting high for a grand coalition in Turkey

MURAT YETKİN writes:

As the new Turkish parliament convenes on June 23, the chances are getting high for the formation of a grand coalition in Turkey, since no party gained the necessary majority to form a single party government in the June 7 election

Comment(s) 6/24/2015

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