February, 2011 Archive

Erbakan: a leader who offered something new, and didn’t deliver

This Islamist ideologue should – but won’t – be remembered for siphoning millions from his party’s funds. Necmettin Erbakan, former Turkish prime minister,...

MHP crashes below threshold in opinion poll, but result is really a CHP victory

Just two parties are likely to cross the 10 percent threshold at the next Turkish election, according to the latest Haberturk/Konsensüs opinion poll. The results, which paint a...

This man is going home, but watch what he does next

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu isn’t a name that is instantly recognisable, neither in his native Turkey nor the many countries he represents across Europe. His job title –...

The democratic deficit in Turkey’s electoral system

The Constitutional Court changes the way MPs are allocated across Turkish provinces Supporters of proportional representation rejoice! Turkish voters have true equality in our...

Did Erdogan tell Mubarak to go? Just a little bit.

Amidst all the drama coming out of Egypt, there’s been a bit of a buzz about the Turkish prime minister’s call to Hosni Mubarak. A number of outlets – notably...