Erdogan’s Enduring Appeal
6 min read / June 3, 2018
By Fergus McKeown
Nearly every statistic that one can quote about Turkey paints it as a nation facing a looming crisis. GDP per capita has been falling year-on-year since 2013. Unemployment has been going up since 2012, and now sits at 11.4%. Inflation consistently at above 7.5%, and the national debt has risen 65% in half a decade. This has all happened under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the Western media, he’s been called a lot of things: from authoritarian to dictator, and was the subject of criticism, satire and ridicule, including a well-publicised poem by the now UK Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
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