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Monday, July 22, 2019

What Does a New Mayor in Istanbul Mean for Erdogan? | The National Interest

What Does a New Mayor in Istanbul Mean for Erdogan?

It is too early to tell whether the mayoral elections mark a turning point for Erdoğan within the Justice and Development party and within the larger Turkish political system.

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Turkish centre-right: soon over-crowded? | openDemocracy

Turkish centre-right: soon over-crowded?

Throughout the early 2019 election process, İmamoğlu pushed the boundaries of the secularist main opposition CHP, marching to the centre via a reconciliatory populism.

More:Turkish centre-right: soon over-crowded? | openDemocracy

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Erdogan's rivals won Istanbul. Now they have to stem its runaway debt. - Alton Telegraph

Erdogan's rivals won Istanbul. Now they have to stem its runaway debt.
Ercan Ersoy, Bloomberg Published 6:06 am CDT, Sunday, July 21, 2019

Turkey's opposition twice took on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's political machine in Istanbul and won.

Dismantling what it calls a legacy of waste and runaway debt in the country's biggest city might prove a bigger challenge.

An internal audit found that the municipality's unconsolidated debt more than tripled since 2014, with new Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu expecting its outstanding liabilities to grow another 30% this year to as much as 35 billion liras ($6.1 billion). Given the wild swings in the lira, another vulnerability is the city's unhedged foreign debt, which accounts for 84% of the total, according to Fitch Ratings.

More:Erdogan's rivals won Istanbul. Now they have to stem its runaway debt. - Alton Telegraph

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Is Ali Babacan the man to finally take on Erdogan? | | AW

Is Ali Babacan the man to finally take on Erdogan?

Babacan commands much respect in Turkey as the architect of the economic and financial restructuring that pulled Turkey from a deep inflation crisis in the early 2000s.

More:Is Ali Babacan the man to finally take on Erdogan? | | AW

Voters have had enough hate-filled tribalism | Comment | The Times

Voters have had enough hate-filled tribalism
janice turner

Britain and the US could learn a lot from Istanbul’s mayor, who triumphed with a message of loving your political rivals

more;Voters have had enough hate-filled tribalism | Comment | The Times

Interview with Exiled Turkish Journalist Can Dündar and His Wife - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'I Didn't Want To Be in the Hands of Erdogan Anymore'

Turkish government critic Can Dündar spent three years in exile separated from his wife Dilek. They recently reunited in Berlin, where they discussed their hopes for the end of the Erdogan era and how FaceTime helped keep them together as a family.

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Opposition in Turkey

Opposition in Turkey

The municipal elections on March 31st at the national level and the re-run elections on June 23rd in Istanbul showed that there is a strong and vibrant opposition in Turkey. The opposition wins in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, among others, was a surprising development for many observers and even to some in Turkey. Although there were educated guesses that Erdogan may lose Ankara, the loss of Istanbul by 800,000 votes became a significant failure in the city, where Erdogan started his rise in Turkish politics as mayor in 1994. Which parties constitute this new opposition wave in Turkey? How did they increase their vote in the municipal elections? Will they pose a real political and electoral challenge to Erdogan’s ruling coalition in Turkey?

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Erdoğan is on a lonely path to ruin. Will he take Turkey down with him? | Simon Tisdall | World news | The Guardian

Erdoğan is on a lonely path to ruin. Will he take Turkey down with him?

Simon Tisdall
At odds with the US, Europe, his Arab neighbours and potentially Russia, too, the president is also increasingly unpopular at home

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses his supporters at a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the attempted coup. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters
For a reputed “strongman”, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems unusually nervous these days. A bombastic speech last week marking the third anniversary of a failed military putsch could not conceal his insecurity. He says he is using his sweeping powers as executive president to build a “new Turkey”. But it appears the old one is tiring of him fast.

More:Erdoğan is on a lonely path to ruin. Will he take Turkey down with him? | Simon Tisdall | World news | The Guardian

Who Lost Turkey? – Foreign Policy

Who Lost Turkey?

The blame for Ankara’s antagonistic stance to Washington lies with both sides, a product of decades of misunderstandings.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

TURKEY Financial volatility and political uncertainty crush the Turkish economy

Financial volatility and political uncertainty crush the Turkish economy

For the first time in a decade experts suggest a contraction of 1.5%.  For the following year, a slight trend reversal, with growth of just over 2%.  Analysts highlight the risk of "recession with double relapse".  Fears for the central bank's independence.

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Trump boots Turkey from F-35 program after its purchase of Russian-made missile system

Trump boots Turkey from F-35 program after its purchase of Russian-made missile system

Deirdre Shesgreen and Donovan Slack
,USA TODAY•July 17, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration said Wednesday it would cancel Turkey's participation in the Pentagon's elite Joint Strike Fighter program amid a growing rift over Ankara's decision to purchase a Russian missile defense system.

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Europe Misses a Chance by Freezing Out Turkey

Europe Misses a Chance by Freezing Out Turkey

Leonid Bershidsky
Bloomberg July 18, 2019

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Relations between the European Union and Turkey – officially still a EU accession candidate – have grown so chilly that the word “sanctions” has been applied to the EU’s latest punitive moves against its Mediterranean neighbor. But in this particular case, Europe would do well to apply some transactional wisdom rather than more confrontation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New Istanbul mayor appoints city’s first ever woman deputy general secretary | Ahval

New Istanbul mayor appoints city’s first ever woman deputy general secretary
Ekrem İmamoğlu, the newly-elected mayor of Istanbul, announced on Wednesday the appointment of a woman as deputy general secretary, a first in the municipality’s history.

İmamoğlu became  the mayor of Turkey’s financial hub after declaring victory in the June 23 mayoral rerun with more than 800,000 votes compared to his rival candidate from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

More:New Istanbul mayor appoints city’s first ever woman deputy general secretary | Ahval

Why Turkey Doesn’t Trust the United States – Foreign Policy

Why Turkey Doesn’t Trust the United States
The decline and fall of an alliance.
BY NICK DANFORTH | JULY 15, 2019, 11:21 AM

With an economy already under severe strain, Turkey is now facing U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian air defense missiles and European Union sanctions over continued energy exploration off the coast of Cyprus. For a country that once believed that its path to strength and prosperity ran through NATO and the EU, this represents a dramatic shift. The country’s leaders now appear to believe that directly confronting the United States and Europe is the best way to advance their interests.

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Greek Cyprus rejects Turkey cooperation proposal » Kallanish Energy News

Greek Cyprus rejects Turkey cooperation proposal
July 17, 2019

The Greek side of Cyprus Tuesday rejected a proposal put forward by the Turkish side of the island to cooperate on oil and gas activities on its continental shelf, Kallanish Energy learns.

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Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped - StarTribune.com

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped
Associated Press JULY 16, 2019 — 7:20AM

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel's crew members.

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Turkey’s turn against the West — and how to reverse it

Turkey’s turn against the West — and how to reverse it
By Blaise Misztal July 16, 2019 | 7:33pm

Erdogan’s Istanbul defeat is a chance to rebuild bridges with the West
Istanbul to re-do mayoral election after victory tossed out for Erdogan opponents
No, Trump won't refuse to leave if he loses and other commentary
Erdogan's deathblow to Turkish democracy
Three years ago this week, an attempted coup sought to oust Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reverse his efforts to transform Turkey. Instead, it gave Erdogan a chance to accelerate his changes.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Istanbul Mayor Imamoglu: Turkey badly managed refugees - BBC News

Istanbul Mayor Imamoglu: Turkey badly managed refugees

The new Mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, has said the country's policy towards refugees has been mishandled.

More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey and hundreds of thousands are living in Istanbul, putting a strain on infrastructure and community relations.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Distrust With U.S. Grows - The New York Times

Turkey’s Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Distrust With U.S. Grows
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a rally on Monday to honor the victims of the 2016 failed coup. Mr. Erdogan has tried to recast Turkey as a more independent actor on the international stage.
Credit
Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press

By Carlotta Gall
July 16, 2019

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has marked the anniversary of a failed coup against him every passing year — this week was the third — with a national holiday that has turned the traumatic event into a celebration of Turkish nationalism.

More:Turkey’s Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Distrust With U.S. Grows - The New York Times

What Lies Ahead for Turkish Politics?

Is Istanbul’s Vote the Start of a New Consensus Politics in Turkey?

Persistent polarization within Turkish politics remains the opposition’s biggest obstacle to electoral success.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu to file criminal complaint against AKP’s municipal subsidiaries | Ahval

Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu to file criminal complaint against AKP’s municipal subsidiaries

Istanbul’s newly elected opposition mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu is preparing to file a criminal complaint against the heads of municipality subsidiaries appointed by the former ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) mayor, who have not resigned from their posts after he took office.

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Turkey Marks Three Years since Failed Coup Attempt - The Media Line

Turkey Marks Three Years since Failed Coup Attempt
KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI
07/15/2019

Government crackdown on opponents continues, with journalists, academics being targeted

A stage and streams of flags have been put up in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, in the heart of Istanbul, in advance of Monday evening’s marking of the third anniversary of Turkey’s 2016 coup attempt.

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Turkey's coup three years on; inside the country's clamp down on journalism | Euronews

Turkey's coup three years on; inside the country's clamp down on journalism

Three years on from Turkey’s failed coup, the country faces an ever tightening clampdown on civil rights. More than 250 journalists have been arrested since that long summer’s night in 2016. Mahir Zeynalov is one of the lucky ones.

More:Turkey's coup three years on; inside the country's clamp down on journalism | Euronews

Turkey coup: why President Erdogan is still trying to convince the West - The National

Turkey coup: why President Erdogan is still trying to convince the West

Three years on, the Turkish government is still struggling to sell its take on what happened, with alleged human rights abuses and large-scale arrests contining to cause concern overseas

More:Turkey coup: why President Erdogan is still trying to convince the West - The National

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Turkish Cypriots propose offshore gas cooperation after tensions increase | Middle East Eye

Turkish Cypriots propose offshore gas cooperation after tensions increase

Turkey and internationally recognised government of Cyprus have overlapping claims linked to 45-year-old split of island

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Istanbul's new mayor faces stiff road ahead after landslide win

Istanbul's new mayor faces stiff road ahead after landslide win

Fulya OZERKAN
,AFP•July 13, 2019

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey's main opposition scored a major blow against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month when it won control of Istanbul, but now faces a wounded government reluctant to relinquish power.

More:Istanbul's new mayor faces stiff road ahead after landslide win

Erdoğan's control over Turkey is ending – what comes next? - Westport News

Erdoğan's control over Turkey is ending – what comes next?

Gary M. Grossman, Arizona State University

(THE CONVERSATION) Mayoral elections in Turkish cities do not usually grab the world’s attention.

But the defeat of the ruling party’s candidate for Istanbul mayor – once during its March election and then again, even more definitively in a June rematch – is a sign that Turkey’s most powerful political party is losing its influence after nearly two decades of control.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S. - The New York Times

Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S.

ISTANBUL — The first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions and will test the NATO alliance.

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Erdogan and the Wisdom of Timely Exit | Asharq AL-awsat

Erdogan and the Wisdom of Timely Exit
Friday, 12 July, 2019 - 05:30

If we regard history as a stage, on which the drama of human existence is played, we may pay heed to a piece of advice to actors by Max Reinhardt, the legendary German theater director: How and when you leave the stage is as important as when and how you enter it!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Opinion: What′s next for journalism in the Erdogan era? | DW Freedom | Speech. Expression. Media. | DW | 11.07.2019

Opinion: What's next for journalism in the Erdogan era?

Journalists have had a hard time in Erdogan's Turkey: initially dismissed from their jobs, hundreds went on to be arrested. Now, they're grappling with the publication of a blacklist. Bülent Mumay asks what's next.

more:Opinion: What′s next for journalism in the Erdogan era? | DW Freedom | Speech. Expression. Media. | DW | 11.07.2019

Turkey: A crescent of contradictions

Turkey is intriguing and fascinating, beautiful and squalid; it straddles the modern and the archaic, bridges two continents and never ceases to surprise.

Istanbul’s Metro makes the London Tube feel like a dirty, hot penance. It is clean! Surgically clean, beautifully air-conditioned and cool, the stations are immaculate and artistic, it is efficient and unbelievably cheap. And via this state-of-the-art transport system you arrive at the historical crossroads of the world – into a rubbish tip. There is litter everywhere. Everywhere.

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Turkey rejects claims it is drilling illegally for gas off Cyprus | World news | The Guardian

Turkey rejects claims it is drilling illegally for gas off Cyprus

Ankara hits back at Greek and EU officials and vows to press ahead with offshore operations

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Turkey’s President Doubles Down After Defeat - Bloomberg

Turkey’s President Doubles Down After Defeat

Notwithstanding an economic crisis and an election loss, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has decided that voters want more of the same.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Financial Mirror dot com - ENERGY: Brussels mulls cutting finance to Turkey over Cyprus dispute

ENERGY: Brussels mulls cutting finance to Turkey over Cyprus dispute
10 July, 2019
Suspending €145.8 mln in enlargement funds and "reassessing" the European Investment Bank’s investing in Turkey, are among measures Brussels could impose in response to Ankara’s illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Says Complete Revision Needed at Central Bank - Bloomberg

Turkey’s Erdogan Says Complete Revision Needed at Central Bank
By Onur Ant
July 10, 2019, 12:05 AM GMT+2

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there is need for a “complete revision” at the country’s central bank, where he unexpectedly removed Murat Cetinkaya as governor last week, appointing a deputy as his replacement.

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Turkey Is Heading for Economic Collapse, Ashmore Says

Turkey Is Heading for Economic Collapse, Ashmore Says

Selcuk Gokoluk
,Bloomberg•July 10, 2019

(Bloomberg) -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan risks pushing Turkey’s economy into an economic collapse similar to those seen in Latin America under populist regimes, according to Ashmore Group Plc.While more diversified than Venezuela’s oil-dependent economy, Turkey is currently on a very similar path of policy missteps that are likely to lead to ruin, the $85 billion emerging-market asset manager said.Capital controls, nationalization and other policies designed to prevent the private sector from protecting its property as the macroeconomic environment deteriorates are the next “logical policy steps” that will follow in Turkey, Jan Dehn, the London-based head of research at Ashmore, said by email.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

An Underdog Challenges Erdogan - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

An Underdog Challenges Erdogan
Soner Cagaptay

Wall Street Journal

June 30, 2019

The president, a former Istanbul mayor, has a rival in the current one.

Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his rise to the presidency as a political underdog with support from Turks who felt marginalized by the country’s secular establishment. He is now the most powerful Turkish leader in recent memory. But a new underdog is rising. On March 31, Ekrem Imamoglu won election as Istanbul mayor, beating Binali Yildirim, Mr. Erdogan’s preferred candidate, by 0.16%. At the Turkish president’s request, the Supreme Electoral Council annulled the result and called a new election, which was held last week. This time Mr. Imamoglu won decisively, 54% to 44%...

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In battle for Tripoli, Turkey has billions at stake | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

In battle for Tripoli, Turkey has billions at stake

Selcan Hacaoglu| Bloomberg
Turkey’s support for Libya’s internationally backed government aims to salvage billions of dollars of business contracts thrown into limbo by the conflict and secure more leverage in the scramble for oil and gas in the Mediterranean, according to two Turkish officials. Turkey evacuated 25,000 workers during the NATO-backed uprising that ended Moammar Gadhafi’s four-decade rule in 2011. Libya has been in turmoil ever since, with rival governments in the east and west and dozens of militias vying for control of a country that’s home to Africa’s largest proven oil reserves.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Former Erdogan ally resigns from AK Party, hints at rival party | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO

Former Erdogan ally resigns from AK Party, hints at rival party
Monday, July 08, 2019 5:44 a.m. CDT

ANKARA (Reuters) - Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan said on Monday he was resigning from President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party over "deep differences" with the party's direction and said that Turkey needed a new vision.

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Global central bank assault claims Turkish victim - Nasdaq.com

Global central bank assault claims Turkish victim
July 07, 2019, 12:17:00 PM EDT By Reuters

Reuters
By Dasha Afanasieva

LONDON, July 7 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Independent central bankers are under attack around the world. Turkey'sMurat Cetinkaya has become the latest casualty. President Tayyip Erdogan, who wants lower interest rates to boost growth, on Saturday fired the governor who had maintained some credibility by keeping benchmark borrowing costs on hold since September. His replacement, Murat Uysal, will find it even harder to give the president what he wants.

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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Erdogan fires Turkey's central bank chief, eroding independence — Quartz

Turkey’s president is testing his ability to bend the economy to his will

By Jason Karaian
“Of course our central bank is independent,” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last year. “But the central bank can’t take this independence and set aside the signals given by the president.”

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Age standard to start primary school revised - Turkey News

Age standard to start primary school revised
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency

Turkey revised the age standard for children to start the primary school with a circular published in the Official Gazette on July 5.

Under the new regulation, it is compulsory for children to be 69-months-old by September to start the primary education, raised from 66 months.

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Saturday, July 06, 2019

Ankara municipality issues warning to ex-mayor over access to city’s security system | Ahval

Ankara municipality issues warning to ex-mayor over access to city’s security system

The municipality of the Turkish capital of Ankara has issued a warning to the city’s long-time former mayor Melih Gökçek, after discovering the ex-mayor had access to the municipal security system in his home.

The municipality’s inventory records showed that the recording and control systems of security cameras in Ankara’s Dikmen valley were installed in the home of the former Justice and Development Party (AKP) mayor Gökçek, left-wing newspaper Birgün reported on Saturday.

Gökçek, who served as mayor of the Turkish capital from 1994 to 2017, was given three days to return the security cameras system, which is part of the Ankara municipality’s inventory, it said.

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After Losing Istanbul, Erdogan's Grip on Turkey Will Never Be the Same | The National Interest

After Losing Istanbul, Erdogan's Grip on Turkey Will Never Be the Same

Erdogan’s days may not be numbered already but his grip on power will never be the same again.

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Turkey removes central bank governor, appoints deputy - Latest News

Turkey removes central bank governor, appoints deputy
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency

Turkey removed Murat Çetinkaya as central bank governor early July 6 and replaced him with the bank’s deputy governor, Murat Uysal, according to a presidential decree published in the official gazette.

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Friday, July 05, 2019

Turkish court overrules life sentences against three journalists: state media - The Globe and Mail

Turkish court overrules life sentences against three journalists: state media
ISTANBUL

Turkey’s high court overruled life sentences against three journalists, who were sentenced over alleged links to the network of U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

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Thursday, July 04, 2019

Can Turkish politics be depolarised? · Global Voices

Can Turkish politics be depolarised?
The ruling party is no longer in charge of the largest municipality
Posted 4 July 2019 20:25 GMT

Imamoglu clebrates victory in Istanbul. Campaign photo posted by Imamoglu's Twitter on June 24.

In the end it was easy. Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition candidate in Istanbul's municipal election, swept to victory on June 23 with 54% of the votes, after a rerun ordered by the country's main electoral authority.

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Turkey’s Opposition, Buoyed by Its Win in Istanbul, Faces a Long Road Ahead

Turkey’s Opposition, Buoyed by Its Win in Istanbul, Faces a Long Road Ahead

David O’Byrne Wednesday, July 3, 2019
The resounding victory by opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu in last week’s mayoral election in Istanbul delivered a sharp blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, whose 17-year grip on power suddenly looks a little less tight. In addition to a resurgent opposition, Erdogan now also faces rumbles of discontent from within the AKP and a looming challenge from several of his own former allies who are planning to launch a new center-right party. But both the opposition and Erdogan’s erstwhile AKP partners face an uphill task taking on the man who has dominated Turkish politics for so long.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

EU - Turkey: Friends at a distance - Modern Diplomacy

EU – Turkey: Friends at a distance

The recent conflict over Turkish drilling vessels exploring for oil in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus has triggered another wave of debates between Turkey and the European Union. For Turkey, membership or non-membership in the EU has long passed the political and economic format, having developed into a nationwide dilemma.

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Monday, July 01, 2019

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu slams Erdogan's AKP after Istanbul defeat - Reuters

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu slams Erdogan's AKP after Istanbul defeat

ANKARA (Reuters) - A former Turkish prime minister and close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday harshly criticized the ruling AK Party after a stinging electoral defeat in Istanbul last week that was widely seen as ominous for Erdogan at national level.

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Turkish and Chinese leaders discuss foreign investment and Xinjiang controversies | Foreign Brief

Turkish and Chinese leaders discuss foreign investment and Xinjiang controversies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive in Beijing today to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Ankara slammed Beijing on February 9 with a strong statement condemning China for its treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims in the country. The statement was issued in response to the alleged death of jailed Uighur poet Abdurehim Heyit.

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Love Will Set You Free From Populism – Foreign Policy

Love Will Set You Free From Populism

The mayoral election in Istanbul offers the emotional template for defeating authoritarian leaders elsewhere in the world.

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Will Istanbul results finally see Turkey’s CHP get it together? | Stephen Starr | AW

Will Istanbul results finally see Turkey’s CHP get it together?

Ekrem Imamoglu and the head of the CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, would do well to remember that their victory in Istanbul amounts to little more than a protest vote against Erdogan – not an unconditional approval of their own policies and personalities.

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In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation - Erasmus

In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation

Why the government’s effort to create a more devout society has failed

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Opposition aims to curb Erdogan’s powers after election rout

Opposition aims to curb Erdogan’s powers after election rout

Orhan Kemal Cengiz July 1, 2019

ARTICLE SUMMARY
The government’s debacle in local polls in Istanbul and most of Turkey’s other big cities has set the stage for a new power struggle in which the opposition appears bent on trimming Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. The president, in turn, seeks to debilitate the newly elected opposition mayors.


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