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Uprising against Erdoğan

Protests against a building project in Istanbul are turning into a nationwide rebellion against Prime Minister Erdoğan and his increasingly authoritarian, Islamic policies. The state power is striking back with brute force. Is this the dawn of a "Turkish Spring"?

Milliyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 17. September 2013

Students should party despite Gezi protests

The new semester begins this week at Turkey's universities. Because the government fears protests after this summer's Gezi demonstrations the universities have been requested to dispense with the usual celebrations at the beginning of the academic year. The conservative daily Milliyet sees no reason for this: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 13. August 2013

Gezi protests have changed AKP too

İdris Bal, an AKP member of parliament and head of the Turkish research institute Agam, has written a report on the Gezi protests which he presented yesterday. The report describes the government's mistakes as well as those of the opposition, and claims that Bal's party colleague Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was partially misinformed. For the conservative daily Hürriyet it's clear that the Gezi protests have had a lasting impact on the ruling AKP: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 6. August 2013

Erdoğan's slipping standards

The left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung sees correlations between the Ergenekon trial and the Gezi protests: » more

Taraf - Turkey | Monday, 5. August 2013

Lift ban on Taksim Square demonstrations

The Turkish police once again used water cannons and tear gas against protesters demonstrating near Taksim Square in Istanbul on Saturday. The police deployment was based on a decree passed after the first wave of protests, which forbids all manner of demonstration or political event. This decree must be rescinded, the liberal daily Taraf demands: » more

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 18. July 2013

Turkish democracy growing from the bottom up

The anti-terrorism units of the Turkish police on Tuesday searched the homes of several members of the government-critical Taksim Solidarity protest movement and arrested dozens of people. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is hitting back ever harder as the movement gains in strength, comments the left-wing weekly WOZ: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 17. July 2013

Police-state level of violence in Istanbul

The crisis centre set up by the Istanbul lawyers association has registered around 34,000 complaints of police brutality and inhuman conditions in custody since the end of May. The lawyers association released these figures at a press conference on Tuesday. The conservative daily Hürriyet is outraged: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Thursday, 11. July 2013

Separate fast-breaking on Taksim Square

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadam began on Tuesday. In Turkey the evening fast-breaking is often organised by the municipalities or foundations for the residents of the various districts. The conservative daily Milliyet scoffs that near the recently embattled Taksim Square meals have been organised both by the city and by government-critical "anti-capitalist Muslims": » more

Novi list - Croatia | Monday, 8. July 2013

Panicked Erdoğan supports Morsi

The government in Ankara has harshly criticised Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's deposition in recent days. No wonder, because Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his supporters fear the repercussions in their own country, the left-liberal daily Novi List comments: » more

Vatan - Turkey | Monday, 8. July 2013

An end to protests and tear gas in Istanbul

Demonstrators in Istanbul's Gezi Park once again clashed for hours on Saturday with the police, who responded with tear gas on a massive scale. The conservative daily Vatan calls for an end to both the protests and the gas: » more

Vatan - Turkey | Thursday, 4. July 2013

Turkey tolerates police violence to women

According to media reports, when the protests in Turkey began at the end of May police officers arrested numerous women and sexually harassed some of them. On May 31 a group of women in police custody were reportedly forced to take off all their clothes. The conservative daily Vatan harshly criticises the behaviour of the police: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 2. July 2013

Turkish women defend their lifestyle

Women have played a central role in the protests against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. According to the opinion research institute Konda, over half of those who came out to protect the trees in Istanbul's Gezi Park were women. For the conservative daily Milliyet, if so many women are taking part, "it's also because they are at the heart of criticism regarding the current lifestyle: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 26. June 2013

EU wants to continue negotiations with Turkey

The EU foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to continue accession negotiations with Turkey despite the violence used against demonstrators there. The talks won't be resumed ... » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Wednesday, 26. June 2013

Accession negotiations promote democracy

From an economic, strategic and foreign policy perspective there are many reasons to resume the accession negotiations with Turkey, the left-liberal daily The Irish Times argues: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 26. June 2013

Turkey and EU need each other

It's right that the EU will continue to negotiate on accession with Turkey because the whole country should not be punished for Erdoğan's authoritarian policies, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger writes: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 26. June 2013

Europe leaves democracy movement in the lurch

The EU must finally demand that Turkey respect the freedom of expression and rule of law, the left-leaning daily taz insists with an eye to the violent approach being used to suppress the Turkish democracy movement: » more

Diena - Latvia | Tuesday, 25. June 2013

Erdoğans Turkey will never be part of EU

The EU's foreign ministers have postponed the continuation of accession talks with Turkey until the autumn. Originally a new chapter of the negotiations was to be opened on Wednesday. The liberal daily Diena is convinced that a Turkey led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will never become part of the EU: » more

Zaman - Turkey | Friday, 21. June 2013

Foreign powers don't want a President Erdoğan

In recent weeks the Turkish government has repeatedly blamed foreign forces and media for the unrest in the country. The Islamic-conservative daily Zaman supports this line of argument but also sees a special reason for it: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Thursday, 20. June 2013

Germany's CDU exploiting Taksim protest

After a three-year break a new chapter of the EU's accession negotiations with Turkey is to be opened on June 25 and 26. The liberal daily Radikal finds it astounding that representatives of the German Greens, whose chairperson Claudia Roth was subject to a tear gas attack during her visit to Istanbul, are in favour of resuming the talks, while representatives of the conservative CDU are against it: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 19. June 2013

Brazil's president a role model for Erdoğan

Tens of thousands of demonstrators once again protested in Brazil on Wednesday against social inequalities and the squandering of tax money. The conservative daily The Times praises President Dilma Rousseff for showing understanding for the demonstrators' objectives: » more

Politis - Cyprus | Tuesday, 18. June 2013

Europe also has problems with police violence

The Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said Europeans should be sparing with their criticism of violence by the Turkish police. Telling critics to mind their own business, he pointed to the example of Greece. The liberal daily Politis agrees: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 19. June 2013

Brazilians and Turks rebel

Just a few days after the mass protests in Turkey began, tens of thousands took to the streets in Brazil to demonstrate against mismanagement, corruption and rising costs. The conservative daily Milliyet compares the two mass protests: » more

Vatan - Turkey | Tuesday, 18. June 2013

Turkish opposition must get its act together

Two important elections will take place in Turkey in 2014: » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Monday, 17. June 2013

Only new elections can prevent disaster

The unrest in Turkey has been stirred up by a foreign plot aimed at weakening the country, the pro-government daily Yeni Şafak writes, calling for new elections: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Monday, 17. June 2013

A counterattack worthy of a dictator

This brutal counterattack by a self-satisfied ruler was to be expected, the left-liberal daily Delo comments following the violent clearing of Gezi Park: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 17. June 2013

Majority does not side with protesters

Europe must support the protesting Turks but should not forget that they don't represent the majority of the country, historian Timothy Garton Ash points out in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Sunday, 16. June 2013

Entrenched fronts in Turkey

All Erdoğan has achieved with the violent repression of the protests is a hardening of the fronts, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung writes: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Friday, 14. June 2013

EU should intervene in Turkey's affairs

The Turkish government announced today, Friday, that it will accept a stop to the controversial construction project in Istanbul's Gezi Park in the event that a court ruling to that effect is upheld. The Turkish leadership had been heavily criticised for its hard line against demonstrators, most recently by the EU Parliament, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Füle and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. The conservative daily Hürriyet welcomes the intervention of the EU in Turkey's domestic affairs: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Thursday, 13. June 2013

Tear gas for Turkish TV stations

In Turkey the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) imposed a fine of 11,000 Turkish lira (around 4,500 euros) in total on four small TV stations (Halk, Cem, Ulusal, EM) on Wednesday. They were accused of reporting in a misleading way on the protests at Taksim Square and glorifying violence. The conservative daily Hürriyet criticises the punishment: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 11. June 2013

EU can defuse conflict in Turkey

The harsh measures taken by the Turkish government against the demonstrators are also putting a strain on the accession negotiations between Ankara and the EU. Originally a new chapter of the negotiations was supposed to be opened at the end of June, but now opposition is growing in both the EU member states and the European Parliament. The state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung believes on the contrary that it is time to make advances: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 12. June 2013

Erdoğan has rebellion quashed

Security forces cleared Taksim Square by force on Tuesday, using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets against the demonstrators. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has discredited ... » more

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 12. June 2013

Dialogue with protesters just a sham

Prime Minister Erdoğan plans to meet representatives of the demonstrators today, Wednesday. Writing in the liberal daily Radikal the columnist and long-time war correspondent Cengiz Çandar doubts the meeting will be productive: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 12. June 2013

Erdoğan loves power over Islam

Erdoğan's harsh course of action against the protests on Taksim Square show that he has made the definitive switch from democratic leader to authoritarian ruler, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung regrets: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 12. June 2013

EU can still talk with Turkey

The politically driven police violence in Istanbul shows how difficult but necessary the EU's accession talks with Turkey are, the independent daily Dagens Nyheter writes: » more

Taraf - Turkey | Monday, 10. June 2013

Erdoğan as president unthinkable

The Turkish president will be elected by direct suffrage for the first time in summer 2015. Up to now current Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan is foreseen as the candidate for the AKP, and he intends to expand the president's powers through constitutional amendments. The liberal daily Taraf doesn't think much of these plans after the protests in Gezi Park and Erdoğan's reaction to them: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Monday, 10. June 2013

Orhan Pamuk on the authoritarian ignorance of the Turkish government

The cause for the protests in Turkey is the authoritarian ignorance of the government, the Turkish literature Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk writes in a commentary for the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: » more

Novi list - Croatia | Monday, 10. June 2013

Turks continue to challenge prime minister

Despite the calls of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the large-scale deployment of police forces, thousands have people are continuing the protests against the government which began almost two weeks ago. A clear sign that broad sections of Turkish society have joined the rebellion, the left-liberal daily Novi List comments: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 7. June 2013

Gezi Park is everywhere in Southern Europe

The unrest in Turkey is a portent of developments in other European countries, journalist Jeroen Olyslaegers warns in the left-liberal daily De Morgen: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 7. June 2013

Cigdem Toprak on the political influence of stars in Turkey

The protests against the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continue in Turkey. Artists are playing a central role in this rebellion, the 26-year-old blogger and journalist Cigdem Toprak writes in the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 5. June 2013

Turks want democracy, Bulgarians electricity

Although the mass protests in Turkey share certain traits with those in Bulgaria last winter, they differ in their basic objectives, the online portal comments: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 5. June 2013

Turkish unrest has long-term impact

Anti-government demonstrations continue in Turkey, with yesterday marking the sixth consecutive night of protest. The conservative daily Hürriyet believes that protests could flare up quickly again in the future if the government is seen as meddling with people's private lifestyle. Two main consequences can be expected, the daily writes: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 4. June 2013

Erdoğan's dangerous mistake

Prime Minister Erdoğan's claim that the mass protests are the work of "extremists" is a dangerous one, the left-liberal daily El País writes: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Tuesday, 4. June 2013

Gül takes sensible approach

Turkey's Prime Minister Erdoğan has threatened the demonstrators with severe consequences. The liberal daily Radikal praises President Gül, who unlike Erdoğan is attempting to mediate between the conflict parties: » more

Dnevnik - Slovenia | Tuesday, 4. June 2013

No Turkish Spring

The mass protests in Turkey are a sign of how the process of democratisation is advancing in the country, the left-liberal daily Dnevnik comments: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 3. June 2013

Modern Turkey wants a modern democracy

Erdoğan's reaction shows that his critics' demands are justified, the conservative daily Financial Times believes: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Monday, 3. June 2013

Erdoğan must yield to protests

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been firmly in the saddle for ten years, but now he has miscalculated, the right-leaning daily De Telegraaf warns: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Monday, 3. June 2013

Prime minister the main target

It's no wonder that Prime Minister Erdoğan was the main focus of the protests in Turkey, the conservative daily Hürriyet writes: » more

Standart - Bulgaria | Monday, 3. June 2013

New elections the best solution

If the Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan does not declare his resignation soon, the wave of protest in the country will sweep him from power, the daily Standart believes: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 3. June 2013

Illusion of democracy in Turkey

The ongoing protests in Turkey show that the people will not let themselves be oppressed by Islamism, the daily Libération writes: » more


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