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Turkey’s row with Germany amid cooperation with Iran

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Before departing for his visit to Jordan on Aug. 21, President Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey and Iran could soon carry out joint military operations against “terrorist organizations” in Iraq.

Comment(s) 8/22/2017

Tension with Germany means much more

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Up until the last move by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, when she took steps to put a brake on Turkey’s already slowed down relations with the European Union, it was more possible to explain the escalation in Turkish-German tension with the German elections set to take place on Sept. 24.

Comment(s) 8/21/2017

Turkey-Iran rapprochement and possible consequences

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Iran’s chief of general staff, Major General Mohammad Hossein Bageri, became the first Iranian top soldier since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 to visit Turkey on Aug. 15. Bageri held talks with his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar, but not only with Akar.

Comment(s) 8/18/2017

If Turkey’s main opposition leader gets arrested…

MURAT YETKİN writes:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Aug. 16 that her country “will not pursue” an upgrading of the European Union’s Customs Union with Turkey due to ongoing political tensions.

Comment(s) 8/17/2017

Metal fatigue or spring fatigue?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“Esteemed President,” said Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım toward the end to his speech at the Aug. 14 ceremony celebrating the 16th anniversary of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) in Ankara, “in recent speeches you have mentioned ‘metal fatigue’ in our [party] organization.

Comment(s) 8/16/2017

Turkey’s domestic security system showing signs of failure

MURAT YETKİN writes:

A number of examples from the past week have given worrying signals about the failure of the public security authorities, as well as the handling of cases by the police and gendarmerie forces, both of which are under the authority of the Interior Ministry.

Comment(s) 8/15/2017

Erdoğan’s dilemma on the AKP’s anniversary

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) celebrates its 16th anniversary in Ankara today, Aug. 14.

Comment(s) 8/14/2017

What will Kılıçdaroğlu do against Erdoğan?

MURAT YETKİN writes:

President Tayyip Erdoğan effectively started his campaign for re-election in November 2019 with a series of speeches on Aug. 7-9 in the Black Sea cities of Rize, Trabzon and Giresun

Comment(s) 8/12/2017

‘People shouldn’t ask AKP where you found that thief’

MURAT YETKİN writes:

“When the new lists are going to be announced,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan told local executives of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on Aug. 7 in the Black sea province of Trabzon

Comment(s) 8/11/2017

After the US, Russia also pressing Turkey on the YPG

MURAT YETKİN writes:

Turkey has been at odds with its biggest military ally the U.S. for some time over Washington’s selection for a partner in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or DAESH in Arabic initials.

Comment(s) 8/9/2017

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