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