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Turkey should respect the convention named after Istanbul

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is called the Istanbul Convention. It was signed in Istanbul in 2011. Turkey worked tremendously hard to reach an agreement with member-states and it became the first country to sign it. This was highly significant and symbolic since a majority Muslim country had taken leadership on an issue about women.

Comment(s) 7/27/2017

Crisis with Germany: Is it about Erdoğan or does it go deeper?

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

In an interview with the German Zeit on the first week of July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he had no problem with German Chancellor Angela Merkel but missed the years when Germany was led by Gerhard Schroeder

Comment(s) 7/25/2017

The release of jailed journalists will help the anti-Gülenist struggle

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

On the first anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt; I was invited by international media outlets to share my views

Comment(s) 7/20/2017

Ankara mulls to put an end to Cyprus talks

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

While the Greek Cypriot administration started to discuss the next moves after the collapse of the peace talks to unite the divided island, the Turkish government is also in a similar exercise.

Comment(s) 7/18/2017

July 15: United we stand, divided we fall

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

The Kurdish opening initiated by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to solve Turkey’s Kurdish problem as well as the famous “zero problems with neighbors” policy was a reflection of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s famous “peace at home, peace in the world” motto

Comment(s) 7/13/2017

The European Parliament’s vote will not help democrats in Turkey

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

On July 6, when members of the European Parliament were casting their vote asking for a freeze of Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was on the 22nd day of his march from Ankara to Istanbul

Comment(s) 7/11/2017

Main opposition party’s next challenge: Keep up momentum

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

Joining the main opposition party’s justice march to cover it on its 20th day, one of the first things that attracted my attention was a man carrying a large straw hat.

Comment(s) 7/6/2017

For the first time, an opposition party in Turkey is setting the agenda

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

The lack of efficient opposition has been one of the key reasons behind the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) consecutive electoral victories.

Comment(s) 7/4/2017

Even the hardiest optimists are gloomy on Cyprus talks

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

The Turkish government has endorsed a rather aggressive rhetoric on foreign policy over the past five or so years, but one issue stands out as an exception: Cyprus.

Comment(s) 6/29/2017

Marking July 15, let’s not institutionalize polarization in Turkey

BARÇIN YİNANÇ writes:

Until the coming to office of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2002, one can fairly say that Turkey’s national days, putting aside Oct. 29 Republic Day, had basically turned into occasions for holidays, rather than special days when people celebrated Republican values.

Comment(s) 6/27/2017

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