It was a relief for Turkish business people when the U.S. President Donald Trump said in a joint press conference with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan, in Osaka on June 29, that Turkey had to opt for Russian S-400 missiles because his Democrat predecessor Barack Obama refused to sell Patriots. It was the first time an
The landslide victory of the Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu in winning the Istanbul municipality against President Tayyip Erdoğan’s candidate Binali Yıldırım, in the re-run on June 23 means more for the country than a local election. This election was also an answer to Erdoğan’s increasingly arrogant rhetoric against all his adversaries, as well as
Ekrem İmamoğlu, the candidate for the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the re-run of Istanbul local elections won a landslide victory on June 23 over President Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate, former prime minister Binali Yildirim. Yildirim accepted the defeat and congratulated İmamoğlu. The early results showed a difference about 800
Some may call it hypocrisy, but in Turkey, the politics game is played Machiavellian style: “the end justifies the means”. In fear of losing the June 23 re-run of the Istanbul municipal elections, President Tayyip Erdoğan has let the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Abdullah Öcalan call on the Kurdish- problem-
KONDA, one of Turkey’s leading polling companies, has recently claimed that Ekrem İmamoğlu, the opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) candidate for the Istanbul might get far ahead of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Binali Yıldırım by up to 8 points on the municipal election re-run on June 23. After the results were released and
The fact that there is no scheduled plan for President Tayyip Erdoğan to have a mass rally in İstanbul before the re-run for metropolitan municipality on June 23, is the strongest indication so far that he is ready to acknowledge the results even if his Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yıldırım loses again.
The latest propaganda tactic by President Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) against the successes of the opposition Republican People Party’s (CHP) rising star Ekrem Imamoğlu was to claim that he was of Greek origin. Some two weeks ago, the AKP officials started to quote a previously unknown web site in Greece. The article
U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan over setting up a study group to examine Russian S-400 missiles’ interferences with the F-35 jets. This news has sparked a certain optimism in Ankara among government circles about a possible call by Trump to save Turkey from possible sanctions. Yet, a June