recep tayyip erdoğan Tag Archive

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....

Erdoğan’s hidden safety net

There’s plenty of speculation out there on the implications of the last eleven days for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political future. The Economist called...

From street battle to street party

A personal account of arriving in Istanbul - with my luggage - as the Gezi Park erupted in protest...

Erdoğan’s Thatcher moment?

It is hard not to be appalled by the scenes coming out of Taksim’s Gezi Park, where police have swept in yet again to try and evict demonstrators protesting the park’s...

Defining Turk: a constitutional barrier overcome?

Reverse psychology can be a wonderful thing. Just at Turkey’s prime minister again cast doubt on his country ever having a new, cross-party constitution, the commission...

Turkey and Israel: the ambiguous peace

What a difference even an unpopular US president can make. Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his first phone call in four years to his Turkish counterpart this...

Erdoğan on anti-Semitism: is this really an apology?

As Barack Obama tours Israel and the Palestinian territories, Turkish media has seized on Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks during his concurrent visit to Denmark. “Erdoğan...

Erdoğan passes Menderes to become third-longest serving prime minister

Cumulative days served as of 19 March 2013 Today Recep Tayyip Erdoğan marks his 3,658th day as Turkey’s prime minister, equalling Adnan Menderes’s record. Tomorrow, he...

Safe or stuffed? Who falls foul of AK’s three term rule

If you look at article 132 of the by-laws that govern Turkey’s ruling AK Party, you will find a clause that is sensible and democratic. It imposes a strict three term limit...

Erdoğan on Zionism

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has never been the darling of the Jewish community, but his latest comments at a UN meeting in Vienna on Wednesday will not help his reputation. The prime...