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Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | 22/10/2014

Turkish prosecution makes corruption acceptable

The Turkish prosecution made a fatal decision last Friday when it suspended the proceedings against all 53 suspects in the corruption scandal involving the governing AKP party, the liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News believes: "The leniency that this prosecutor showed to the suspects was quite notable. He accepted that many expensive 'presents' (such as a $700,000 watch!) were given by Reza Zarrab, an oil-rich billionaire, to certain ministers, but argued that this did not prove any bribery. ... This controversial decision not only buried Turkey's most controversial corruption investigation into the dusty archives. It also further destroyed the public's trust in the judicial system. Moreover, this whole drama established an ugly standard for the much-overrated 'New Turkey.' From now on, any corruption investigation against those in power will be easily demonized as yet another 'coup attempt.' What can the practical result of this be, other than making corruption safe and boosting it to higher levels?"

The Irish Times - Ireland | 07/06/2010

Turkey's newfound self-assurance

In the last week Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sharply condemned the Israeli attack on the aid ship for Gaza. The daily The Irish Times writes that Erdoğan's criticism is not an expression of anti-Semitism but of a new Turkish self-assurance: "The main reason Turkey is more defiant against Israel than ever is that it is a transformed country. It is much more proud of its Muslim Ottoman identity than before. It is not ruled by ultra-secular generals any more, so that identity, via democratic channels, influences its foreign policy. Turkey is also a surging economic power, making it an influential power broker in the whole region. ... The only thing that can mend relations will be the rise of a New Israel as well, which will free Gaza, free all occupied territories, and stop killing innocent civilians."

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