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Turkish diplomacy full of surprises

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

As usual, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was as blunt as possible in his statements on the prospect of Turkey’s relationship with the European Union, vowing some “surprises” after the April 16 referendum.

Comment(s) 3/25/2017

Turkey’s foreign policy displays a messy picture

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Turkey’s foreign policy is currently displaying a cluttered picture on two main reasons and processes. First, the impact of the July 2016 coup attempt on Turkey’s bilateral and institutional relationships is still in place

Comment(s) 3/22/2017

What next after Europe for Turkey’s ‘Yes’ camp?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

There are four weeks left to go to the referendum on whether to shift the country from the current parliamentary system to an executive presidential system abolishing the prime ministry and decorating the president with super powers as the sole ruler of the country

Comment(s) 3/18/2017

Who would suffer most from Turkey’s break with EU?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

One of the most important messages delivered by EU Minister Ömer Çelik at a recent meeting with the Ankara bureau chiefs of media outlets was that the Turkish government is not willing to turn current spats with the Netherlands and Germany into a fresh source of tension with the European Union.

Comment(s) 3/15/2017

Reason should prevail in Turkey-Europe row

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Two weeks ago, this column suggested that campaign for the April 16 referendum on shifting Turkey to a presidential system of government was in a trend toward normalization, with the two camps beginning to use milder language to avoid direct criticism of each other.

Comment(s) 3/11/2017

Turkey should be ready for a tough Council of Europe report on charter changes

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

If there are no last-minute changes, the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission is expected to release its report on Turkey’s constitutional amendment package on March 13.

Comment(s) 3/8/2017

Intra-Kurd fight begins in Iraq’s Sinjar as Ankara-Arbil alliance strengthens

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani was in Turkey on Feb. 26 and 27 for meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. Barzani’s visit followed his meeting with Yıldırım in Germany on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

Comment(s) 3/4/2017

Three potential areas of conflict between Turkey and Russia

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

Ankara and Moscow will hold a high-level cooperation council meeting on March 9 and 10 in St. Petersburg. The meeting will be headed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the participation of a handful of ministers from both sides.

Comment(s) 3/1/2017

Turkey ‘normalizing’ referendum process for April 17

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will officially launch its campaign for the April 16 referendum in Ankara on Feb 25, kicking off its seven-week-long work aimed at garnering no less than 55 percent of votes to have constitutional amendments approved by the Turkish people. As usual, it is planned to be a massive event with big crowds attending the launch.

Comment(s) 2/25/2017

An end to Turkish-Russian-Iranian bid in Syria?

SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ writes:

The turning point in the years-long Syrian unrest was the launch of a Turkish-Russian cooperation, which evacuated civilians and rebels from Aleppo and saved the lives of around 40,000 people through a cease-fire brokered between the Syrian regime and the opposition groups.

Comment(s) 2/18/2017

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