Europe has to decide about Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It is ironic that it is only at times like this that the EU starts waving the big stick, warning Ankara that if it does not fulfill its obligations in terms of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law it will endanger its membership prospects.

Comment(s) 12/18/2014

A new blow to democracy and press freedom

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Now is not the time to try and settle old scores in the media, although Zaman may have been an avid supporter of the Ergenekon and “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) cases against alleged coup plotters in the military, and their supposed co-conspirators in the civilian domain.

Comment(s) 12/16/2014

The meaningless Ottoman Turkish debate

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkey’s post-modern civil war continues to produce confusion on the conceptual level.

Comment(s) 12/11/2014

The AKP fears a level playing field

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The Constitutional Court’s decision to accept an “admissible” application by three small political parties, which stand on the fringes of the political spectrum, to have the 10 percent electoral threshold reduced has seriously agitated members of the government.

Comment(s) 12/9/2014

Ankara remains powerless in the Middle East

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

A stigma relating to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has attached itself to Turkey and refuses to go away

Comment(s) 12/4/2014

Will Erdoğan’s gaffes harm him?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bent on raising his profile in the Islamic world, or at least the fundamentalist part of that world, at the expense of Turkey’s reputation, and standing in the West

Comment(s) 12/2/2014

Hankering after a primitive past

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s penchant for controversy has no bounds. He is now on record arguing that it is unnatural to consider men and women as equals.

Comment(s) 11/27/2014

Shame on the Edirne governor

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Edirne Gov. Dursun Şahin created a stir with remarks that have not only angered Turkey’s citizens of Jewish origin, but also Turks with a conscience.

Comment(s) 11/25/2014

Why are Turks xenophobic?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turks love to mount their high horses and wax moral about xenophobia toward the Turks and Islamophobia toward Muslims in general in the West.

Comment(s) 11/20/2014

The challenge facing Davutoğlu

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu made some important remarks to senior Turkish reporters and editors accompanying him at the G-20 Summit in Brisbane.

Comment(s) 11/18/2014

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