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Turkey’s local elections are rapidly turning into a farce

  • The unconfirmed results available so far indicate that the CHP is leading in the Istanbul elections. (File/AFP)  Local elections were held throughout Turkey on March 31, but Turkey’s major political parties have focused mainly on the results in Istanbul. The ruling Justice and De...
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Erdogan will be haunted by local election defeats

  • Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered an important setback in last week’s elections. It lost in three important cities: Istanbul, Ankara and Adana. However, the ruling party objected to the published results, claiming there were irregula...
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Is the white supremacist movement expanding?

  • Police block the road near the shooting at a mosque in Linwood, Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed during shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers. (AP) Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the terrorist at...
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EU pressures Turkey as accession talks come under threat

  • The European Parliament last week adopted a resolution recommending the European Commission and Council suspend accession negotiations with Turkey. This does not mean that they will necessarily do so because a qualified majority is required in the European Council and that is not easy to att...
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Turkey should use EU accession process as excuse for reform

  • The first EU-Arab League summit took place on Sunday and Monday in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The framework for institutional cooperation between the EU and Arab League states was agreed in 2015, but this was the first meeting at the summit level. The attendance was impressive from both sides: ...
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A ‘safe zone’ in Syria faces hurdles

  • Turkish troops set up second observation post in safe zone in Idlib province, Syria. (File photo/AFP) US President Donald Trump on Jan. 15 tweeted that he had spoken with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan “to advise where we stand on all matters including our last two weeks o...
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Turkey neither friend nor foe to the US

  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump. (AP Photo) In an article published in the journal Third World Quarterly in October 2016, Turkey and Iran were characterized as “not quite friends, but less than enemies.” Now Turkey has a NATO ally that falls almost within the same cate...
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Where does Turkey stand in its EU accession process?

  • Turkey has taken several steps to revitalize the EU accession process. One of them was the convening two months ago of the Reform Monitoring Group after an interval of four years. The group is composed of Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, ...
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Turkey redoubles efforts to find peaceful solution in Idlib

  • All fighting groups in Idlib are keeping their fingers on the trigger of their weapons, while the civilians keep their finger crossed, hoping that the combatants will refrain from launching an attack. As the risks of a confrontation increase, the warring factions become more aware of the devast...
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Time for Europe to reciprocate Turkey’s overtures

  • Turkey has given signals that it is again turning to its EU agenda, but it is unclear whether this is a momentary reaction to US President Donald Trump’s rebuffs. Ankara may simply have wished to demonstrate to Washington that it has other options. Whatever the reason, last week, four ministe...
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