2014 local election

Three reasons why the AK Party can win Izmir

Turkey’s main opposition party should be very concerned about Binali Yıldırım’s mayoral bid. Izmir is the CHP’s stronghold. That is the cliché churned out...

A clearer picture in Istanbul

We now have a better idea of who’s running for the third most important job in Turkish politics Turkey’s third party, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has...

This campaign is for real

Turkish elections always produce some delightfully earnest campaign material. This video is a great early candidate. Those hoping to become mayor of Istanbul will be pouring...

Gökçek rides again

Ankara’s erratic mayor is nominated for a fifth term – and will probably win When the Gezi Park protests began in the summer of 2013, Istanbul’s mayor was the centre...

Would a CHP-MHP alliance work?

The Turkish left says it’s possible a deal could be struck between Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and Devlet Bahçeli It is two months since the first Gezi Park protests broke out....

Sarıgül’s fight

On Friday morning Mustafa Sarıgül, darling of the non-CHP Turkish left, braved the cold Ankara weather to hand in a personal submission to the Constitutional Court. He was...

Playing politics with council boundaries

Some AK Party leaders may think tweaking Istanbul council borders is a good idea, but it probably isn’t. ‘A minor fracas’ is the best way to describe the fuss...