German elections hardly a victory for Erdoğan

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

As expected, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won the German elections with 33 percent of the votes. This is less than expected but a victory it still is. The real winner, however, appears to be the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which gained an unprecedented 13 percent of the votes.

Comment(s) 9/26/2017

Erdoğan-Trump meeting promises little

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Sept. 21, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Under normal circumstances the expectation would be that something concrete comes out of this meeting, given that we have the leaders of two supposedly strategic partners with common regional and global interests.

Comment(s) 9/19/2017

Why Merkel’s EU threat rings hollow for Turkey

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has put his stamp on the German federal elections and drawn Berlin into a fight it never wanted to be a part of. With 3 million expatriate Turks in Germany, most of them avid Erdoğan supporters, and German investments in Turkey worth billions of euros, it is clear that Berlin has been pushed off balance in this squabble.

Comment(s) 9/5/2017

What is the logic behind Turkey’s S-400 deal with Russia?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

It seems that Turkey’s deal with Russia for the S-400 Triumf long-range anti-aircraft missile system is going ahead

Comment(s) 8/29/2017

Will Turkey’s main opposition leader be sent to jail?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

I was asked recently by a western media outlet whether it was conceivable that main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu could be arrested, on charges ranging anywhere from treason to aiding and abetting terrorism.

Comment(s) 8/22/2017

Ankara’s proclivity for painting itself into a corner

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is hopeful that the strains in Turkish-German ties will end once the German general elections are held on Sept. 25.

Comment(s) 8/15/2017

Why does Bahçeli’s outrage ring hollow?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which is a political ally of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is outraged over recent remarks by an AKP deputy.

Comment(s) 8/8/2017

What Turkey’s Cumhuriyet case tells us

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

Former President Abdullah Gül recently said that journalists who are being tried should not be imprisoned. He said this in response to a question about the case against daily Cumhuriyet journalists, which was seen last week and which has attracted international attention and condemnation.

Comment(s) 8/1/2017

Will the EU stay true to its own principles?

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

The EU lost credibility in 2004 for most Turks when it admitted Cyprus (meaning Greek Cyprus) as a full member, despite the overwhelming rejection by Greek Cypriots of the so called “Annan Plan,” which was the best blueprint–regardless of its shortcomings—for a solution to this problem until then

Comment(s) 7/25/2017

Turks have mixed emotions about this anniversary

SEMİH İDİZ writes:

If the coup attempt on July 15, 2016 had succeeded, Turkey would be infinitely worse off today. Believing that people who were ready to bomb parliament and kill civilians without batting an eyelid would have saved our democracy is the height of naïveté.

Comment(s) 7/18/2017

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