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The AKP’s narrow win, Turkey’s big loss

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Turkey’s impressive democratization process began in late 1999 after the European Union approved Ankara’s full membership candidacy to the bloc at the historic Helsinki Summit. As a diplomatic correspondent who has been covering the troubled relationship between Turkey and the EU for more than two decades, I had the chance to observe all phases and all dimensions of this bitter process

Comment(s) 4/26/2017

What’s behind the Turkish-Russian trade wars?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

In his most recent in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 10, 2017 in Moscow, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed his wish to no longer use the term “normalization” in reference to Turkish-Russian ties, in a bid to emphasize that bilateral relations have returned to their state before Nov 24, 2015, when Turkey downed a Russian jet on the Syrian border

Comment(s) 4/22/2017

Turkey in quarrel with all European institutions

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

The referendum is over and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan secured a narrow win for the “Yes” campaign, heralding a new era for the entire country.

Comment(s) 4/19/2017

Turkey’s divisive referendum: Anatolia vs the metropolis

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Turkey’s most important referendum that resulted in a shift to an executive presidency produced a major controversy with both “yes” and “no” camps claiming victory because the results were so close and the latter announcing that it would issue complaints about the irregularities during the voting and counting processes.

Comment(s) 4/17/2017

Turkey will be in tough talks with Russia, US on Syria after referendum

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

A heavy loaded foreign policy agenda is awaiting Turkey in the post-referendum era, regardless of the result on April 16.

Comment(s) 4/15/2017

A bleak or bright future for Turkey?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Turkey will go to polls this Sunday to vote on a package of constitutional amendments that introduces a major shift to an executive presidential system from the current parliamentary system.

Comment(s) 4/12/2017

Turkey welcomes US return to Syrian theater

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Apart from Russia and Iran, the entire world applauded the military operation carried out by the U.S. against the Syrian regime early on April 7 in retaliation against the latter’s chemical attack near Idlib, which killed dozens of civilians including children.

Comment(s) 4/8/2017

Syria, Iraq ablaze as Turkey goes to polls

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

There is not much hope for an immediate stabilization in the Middle East as developments in both Iraq and Syria are sufficiently proving.

Comment(s) 4/5/2017

So, Obama is still poisoning Turkey-US ties?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Ankara on March 30 in a first ministerial visit to Turkey since the Donald Trump administration entered office in January.

Comment(s) 4/1/2017

‘No’ campaigners face serious hurdles ahead Turkey’s key polls

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s gesture of visiting a “no” campaign tent in Istanbul on March 28 was a noteworthy move and a step in the right direction for normalizing the referendum process, after weeks of tension and polarization.

Comment(s) 3/29/2017

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