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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 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...

Talking to the prisoner

Never before has Turkey been so far down the road towards peace with its Kurdish minority. In themselves, negotiations are nothing new. They have been held on-and-off and in...

The Turkey or the egg?

Consider, if you will, the curious case of Turkey’s ambiguous name. It can mean one of two things. The first is a parliamentary democracy of 75 million squeezed onto the...

Back to where we started

These are the elections Turkey must hold in the next thirty-six months: March 2014: local elections (most likely on the 30th, the final Sunday); August 2014: presidential election...

After Erdoğan

The prime minister’s illness triggers thoughts of what might happen after he leaves office. As these words buzz their way across the interweb to you, Turkey’s prime...

Here we go again

The first signs are that some earthquake disaster relief lessons have been learned. In the last three hours, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the eastern Turkish province of Van....

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 –...

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...