While politics in America is witnessing the rise of the far-right, few in Turkey are paying attention. Turkish policymakers and the public are focused on the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States and its potential externalities on American foreign policy. In the meantime, in the United States, the rise
President Tayyip Erdoğan reproaches the party members at his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial congresses, asking “Where is that old storm of applause?” as he says every once in a while that “We see our self as part of Europe” and these are for a reason. Because the 10-day “Storm December” is coming.
Ne derseniz deyin, Cumhurbaşkanı Tayyip Erdoğan’ın siyasetteki en büyük meziyetinin bir beka ustası olmak olduğu açık. En zor durumlardan dahi o an kimi, neyi feda etmesi gerekiyorsa edip ayakta kalmayı bildi. Çünkü siyasette tek hedefi var ve o hedeften sapmadıkça diğer her şey teferruat geliyor. O hedef ne pahasına olursa olsun koltuğunu korumak, iktidarı bırakmamaktır.
It is not only Turkey where the rule of law is under debate. Something quite extraordinary happened during the last budgetary negotiations among the 27 EU countries. Last amendments were being brought on the details of the budget at the COREPER meeting, when both Hungarian and Polish Ambassadors vetoed the whole process, creating a major
When I was listening to President Tayyip Erdoğan’s speech on reforms on Nov. 17, I remembered a saying attributed to Nevzat Tandoğan, the Ankara governor during the single-party system in Turkey in 1941: ‘If nationalism is needed, we will take it on. If communism is necessary, we will introduce it.” The issue was not the
Crime gang leader Alaattin Çakıcı has threatened main opposition Republican People’s Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, triggering reactions from the party. “Watch your step,” Çakıcı said on his Twitter account on Nov. 17, addressing Kılıçdaroğlu, who had criticized the government for allowing the release of “mafia leaders and drug traffickers.” The main opposition leader was questioning
President Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that he will start a new wave of reforms in “law, economy and democracy.” There was no election, the administration did not change, but why is it necessary for a “new reform wave”? The answer lies heavily in the course of the economy. Opposition leaders claim it is a maneuver.
There was one thing that President Tayyip Erdoğan had never done during his rule since 2002: He had never sacrificed a minister targeted by the opposition during the peak of the debate. The first example of this was Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, his son-in-law. More interestingly, only a few months ago, when Interior
Erdoğan spoke and the markets were thrilled, according to the mainstream Turkish media. The reason is that the value of the Turkish Lira rose to 7.8 per dollar from 8.5 following a year that the government spent $100 billion to keep it initially below initially 6 liras and then 7.And the media does not care
It mustn’t have been easy for President Tayyip Erdoğan to respond to his son-in-law Berat Albayrak with a belated “goodbye” when he said “goodbye” to the Ministry of Treasury and Finance. Until recently, Albayrak was the apple of his eye; he was almost presenting him as his successor. During this course, several signs emerged that