RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN
THE OLD IRON FIST
Illustration by Denise Nestor for POLITICO
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the most consequential Turkish leader since the founder of the republic, Kemal Atatürk. For much of his first decade-plus in power, Erdoğan had a shot at building a unique legacy: as the religious modernizer who showed Islam was compatible with democracy, built a Muslim tiger economy with Chinese-style growth, ended Turkey’s internal conflict with the Kurds and brought his nation into the heart of Europe.
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