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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 03/11/2015

Change of course not out of the question

Now that Erdoğan's hunger for power has been satisfied his policies may become more moderate, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger hopes: "Even without the constitutional amendments he was after Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has cemented his hold on power. He can be an out-and-out pragmatist when it suits his own interests. Peace with the Kurds would be a historic legacy. The refugee crisis has given the president an opportunity to put his country on a par with the European Union. With more than two million refugees, Turkey has been dealt a key role. Even if it doesn't look that way at first glance, Erdoğan's election victory has also given him a chance to evolve once more. And whatever else may be the case, one thing he doesn't have to do right now is cling to power."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 05/10/2015

EU and Turkey need each other

Ahead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Brussels the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger urges the EU to make overtures to Turkey: "The naysayers always said EU membership for Turkey would be the end of a political union, that the European project would then be dead. Really? The internal conflicts are part of Turkey's identity. But that is its true advantage, the reason why precisely Turkey deserves a place in the community as part of an outward-looking Europe. However, if the EU lets Turkey join it can't keep acting as if the Muslim world has nothing to do with it. The threat of the IS and the refugee crisis prove the contrary anyway. And the sultan-like head of state cannot be a reason to keep Turkey at arm's length. Erdoğan's sun is setting. Perhaps he still has the strength for a last stab at renewal. Only that can secure his power. After him Turkey will need the EU more than ever."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 11/08/2015

Erdoğan banking on chaos

President Erdoğan has no problem with Turkey sinking into chaos, the centre-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: "At the moment it seems as if everyone has their finger on the trigger. It's no coincidence that the country has sunk into violence after Erdoğan's AKP lost its absolute power in the parliamentary elections at the start of June. The president will use any means at his disposal to get that power back, and waging war strikes him as entirely legitimate. His perfidious calculation: a country in chaos will soon want the AKP back. Because despite its democracy deficit, at least there's no violence when it holds the reigns. Erdoğan has just two weeks to form a new government. Failing that there will be new elections - and the terror will continue."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 26/07/2015

Erdoğan preparing for fresh elections

Turkey's attacks on PKK targets are all down to election tactics, writes the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: "In the parliamentary election at the start of June the [pro-Kurd] HDP won 13 percent of the vote. This has changed the political landscape. Erdoğan's Islamic-conservative AKP has lost its absolute majority. The result of the election has plunged Turkey into a profound crisis. Erdoğan is in no hurry to share power and has dragged out the formation of a government for as long as possible. None of the opposition parties wants to partner up with the AKP - they hate it too much. The HDP rejected negotiations right from the start, and the ultra-nationalists of the MHP not much later. The biggest opposition party, the secular CHP, is in talks but doesn't really believe in an agreement. So Erdoğan is moving closer to his goal. He wants new elections. And it looks like he'll get them. Now he's preparing the climate for that scenario."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 21/07/2015

Kurds are key in fight against IS

Ankara must finally recognise that it has been fighting the wrong people, writes the centre-left Tages-Anzeiger: "The biggest enemy is always anyone else - just not the Islamic State. Only recently the government sent more troops to the Syrian border. There has been talk of an invasion. A change of course? Not at all. The government fears the Kurds - who are getting stronger, have gained control over large swathes of northern Syria and may strive for independence in Turkey too - more than it fears the IS. That is why Ankara is preparing for war. Erdoğan refuses to accept that the Kurds are key in the fight against the IS. … The Turkish president can only be successful together with the Kurds  - in the fight against the IS and within his own country."

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