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Trial of strength for Erdoğan

Turkey is being rocked by a corruption scandal six months before its presidential elections. Following arrests of persons close to the government, Prime Minister Erdoğan has started sacking those responsible in the police force and judiciary. Is he stumbling on the road to becoming president or expanding his power base?

Sabah - Turkey | Tuesday, 21. October 2014

Successful coup against Gülen movement

The Turkish judiciary on Friday suspended the proceedings against all 53 suspects - including high-level members of government - arrested in December 2013 for suspected corruption. The pro-government daily Sabah welcomes the news as a successful coup against the Gülen movement: » more

T24 - Turkey | Thursday, 24. July 2014

New witch hunt in Turkey

Over fifty high-ranking police officers were arrested on Tuesday in Turkey. Many of those arrested took part in corruption investigations against the government and the criminal proceedings against the underground organisation Ergenekon. The liberal daily T24 sees the arrests as an act of revenge by the government given that Turkey has a long tradition of state persecution that is now targeting government critics: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 23. July 2014

Erdoğan behaves as if he owns the country

At least 52 high-ranking police officers were arrested on Tuesday, including several who led the corruption investigations against the government last winter. They are accused of espionage and illegal phone-tapping. Once again Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's megalomaniac fantasies are rearing their ugly head, the liberal Hürriyet Daily News comments appalled: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 30. April 2014

German president would be a good Gülen agent

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected criticism voiced on Monday by German President Joachim Gauck. Erdoğan went on to describe the president of the Constitutional Court of Turkey, who had made statements similar to Gauck's, as a henchman of Fethullah Gülen. The liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News speculates tongue in cheek about what accusations could be made about Gauck: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Friday, 4. April 2014

Government delays Twitter access

The Turkish authorities lifted a ban on micro-blogging service Twitter on Thursday, one day after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the blockade was illegal. For the liberal daily Radikal this was an inadmissible delay: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Wednesday, 2. April 2014

AKP bullies opposition mayors

The Turkish ruling party the AKP won most of the town halls in the country in last Sunday's local elections. The Kemalist daily Sözcü attributes this to systematic pressure exerted on the districts governed by the opposition: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 2. April 2014

West must treat Turkey like a banana republic

The Turkish opposition has uncovered irregularities in the local elections in several cities and filed complaints with the electoral commissions on Tuesday. Another reason for the West to redefine its relations with Turkey, the left-leaning daily taz observes: » more

Star - Turkey | Monday, 31. March 2014

Democracy wins in Turkey's local elections

According to the votes counted so far the governing party AKP has achieved a major victory in local elections in Turkey, gaining 44 percent of the vote - its best ever result in local elections. The pro-government daily Star celebrates this as a triumph for the Turkish people: » more

Main focus of Friday, 28. March 2014

Erdoğan extends Internet bans

Turkish authorities blocked access to Youtube on Thursday after a recording of a meeting in which government officials discussed potential military intervention in Syria surfaced ... » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Friday, 28. March 2014

Recording endangers Turkey's security

The latest wiretapped conversation to have come to light is of an entirely different nature to the phone recordings that surfaced a few weeks ago, because it endangers Turkey's security, the English-language newspaper Hürriyet Daily News comments: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Friday, 28. March 2014

Erdoğan seeking legitimation in local elections

A victory at the polls in the local elections on Sunday would allow Erdoğan to persist with his harsh treatment of the opposition and legitimate his Internet blockades, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter writes: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Friday, 28. March 2014

There's method to the Internet ban

There's a strategy behind the Turkish prime minister's Internet blockades, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse comments: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Wednesday, 26. March 2014

Shooting down of Syrian jet an election tactic

Turkey's air force on Sunday shot down a Syrian military jet that according to Turkey invaded Turkish air space despite being warned off several times. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan later congratulated the military on this action at an election rally. The Kemalist daily Sözcü suspects the action is an election campaign manoeuvre: » more

Star - Turkey | Tuesday, 18. March 2014

Protests against Erdoğan are failed coup attempt

Since the death of a 15-year-old boy who was injured by a tear gas cartridge, hundreds of thousands of Turks have been demonstrating against the Erdoğan government. The pro-government daily the Star sees the protests as a coup attempt that will fail to succeed: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Thursday, 6. March 2014

Erdoğan not ashamed of manipulating

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted on Wednesday that two of the recordings of phone conversations between himself, his former justice minister and an entrepreneur friend of his that were published on the Internet are genuine. The liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News is appalled at the way Erdoğan is trying to justify the content: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 4. March 2014

The iron fist of Sultan Erdoğan

The Turkish government presented a secret service law two weeks ago that would give the intelligence agency MIT new powers. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ruling with an iron fist, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica frets: » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 28. February 2014

Erdoğan recording exposed divided society

The purported recordings of telephone conversations between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son on the subject of bribes are still fuelling debate and protests in Turkey. Agos, the weekly paper of the Armenian minority, sees the dispute as a result of the political culture in Turkey: » more

Sabah - Turkey | Wednesday, 26. February 2014

Erdoğan recording a shameful fake

A recording of a phone conversation posted on Youtube on Monday evening has caused an outcry in Turkey. In the recording Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can allegedly be heard telling his son to get 30 million euros safely stashed away from the public prosecutors. Erdoğan has said the recording is a fake, as does columnist Tulu Gümüştekin in the pro-government daily Sabah: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Tuesday, 25. February 2014

Bugging scandal in Turkey no coincidence

Istanbul lawyers bugged the telephone calls of up to 7,000 people over the last three years, including Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, opposition members, businessmen and journalists, the two pro-government dailies the Star and the Yeni Şafak reported on Monday. They claim that supporters of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen were behind the bugging operation. The liberal daily Radikal believes that these disclosures have been well timed: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Friday, 21. February 2014

Erdoğan fighting for political survival

The Turkish government has introduced controversial legal reforms that give it greater control over the appointment of prosecutors and judges. In the view of the liberal paper Hürriyet Daily News, Prime Minister Erdoğan's government is now fighting for survival: » more

Star - Turkey | Wednesday, 19. February 2014

Intolerable discrimination against religious Turks

During the Gezi protests in the summer of 2013, an alleged attack by demonstrators on a woman wearing a headscarf and her baby caused an outcry in Turkey. Prime Minister Erdoğan also repeatedly denounced the incident at the time. Then last week the television station Kanal D broadcast video footage from a surveillance camera which apparently shows that the woman was not attacked at all. The pro-government daily Star doesn't find the video very convincing: » more

Taraf - Turkey | Monday, 17. February 2014

Turkish people must defend democracy

Despite the vigorous protests of the opposition, the Turkish parliament passed a law that gives the government greater influence over the appointment of judges and public prosecutors on Saturday. Critics are calling on President Abdullah Gül not to sign the law, but the liberal daily Taraf has little hope that they will succeed: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Thursday, 13. February 2014

Erdoğan won't give up power

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said in recent days that he intends to run as a candidate for president in the summer if his party, the AKP, has a good showing in the local elections on March 30. Successful or not, Erdoğan won't give up power any time soon, the liberal daily Radikal comments: » more

T24 - Turkey | Wednesday, 5. February 2014

Journalists kowtow to Erdoğan

A recording of a telephone conversation published in Turkey at the start of the week shows how Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has certain journalists completely under his thumb. In the recording Erdoğan successfully orders the head of the private television station Habertürk to change the live ticker. The renowned journalist Cemal Hasan calls his colleague spineless in the liberal Internet daily T24: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Monday, 27. January 2014

Erdoğan listens when Brussels talks

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced last week that he was putting the controversial law on government control of the judiciary on ice for the time being. The fact that this move comes after Erdoğan's visit to Brussels and several letters from EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle is proof that Ankara takes Brussels very seriously indeed, the liberal Hürriyet Daily News writes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Wednesday, 22. January 2014

Brussels exercising caution with Erdoğan

During Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Brussels, EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso stressed on Tuesday the importance of the separation of powers and an independent judiciary. The liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes that Barroso should have been more blunt: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Tuesday, 21. January 2014

Erdoğan profits from power struggle with EU

For the first time in five years, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will arrive for talks in Brussels today. Here he will probably face critical questions on the treatment of the judiciary in the recent corruption scandal. The liberal English-language paper Hürriyet Daily News doesn't think it likely that Erdoğan will allow himself be driven into a corner: » more

La Tribune - France | Friday, 17. January 2014

Democracy the loser in Turkish power struggle

The power struggle between the AKP under Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and its former allies, the Hizmet movement of Muslim preacher Fethulla Gülen, is only harming democracy, the liberal business paper La Tribune writes: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Monday, 20. January 2014

Turkish ambassadors to denigrate Gülen

Speaking at a traditional start-of-the-year reception held last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told the country's ambassadors to explain abroad the government's position regarding the movement led by Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen. According to the government, Gülen is behind the corruption investigations in the country, which are tantamount to an attempted coup. This puts the embassies in a difficult position, the conservative daily Milliyet writes: » more

Le Monde - France | Friday, 17. January 2014

Erdoğan gambling away his achievements

In the scandal in Turkey in which members of the governing AKP party are under investigation for corruption, the authorities have relocated 20 state prosecutors to the provinces. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is undoing all his previous successes, the left-liberal daily Le Monde laments: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Thursday, 9. January 2014

Spain exemplary on rule of law

Infanta Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos of Spain, must appear in court as a suspect on March 8 because she is under investigation for tax evasion and money laundering. The Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet sees the rule of law in Spain as a model for Turkey: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 8. January 2014

AKP corruption investigations no conspiracy

The former Turkish transport minister Binali Yıldırım has voiced criticism of the corruption investigations against members of the ruling AKP party. The timing of the investigations, just before regional elections in March, speaks volumes, Yıldırım, who is AKP candidate for mayor in Izmir, pointed out on Tuesday. The conservative daily Hürriyet mocks his statements: » more

T24 - Turkey | Monday, 6. January 2014

Erdoğan only speaks to selected journalists

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited 25 hand-picked journalists to Istanbul's Dolmabahçe Palace to discuss the corruption scandal that has rocked the country for the past three weeks, among other topics. The liberal online paper T24 is unhappy that not a single journalist who is critical of Erdoğan's AKP was invited: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Friday, 3. January 2014

AKP wants to change the rules

Erdoğan's ruling AKP party suspects above all the movement led by Fethullah Gülen, a preacher living in exile in the US, of being behind the corruption investigation. The latter is said to wield great influence within the police and judiciary. But by intervening in the investigation the AKP is pursuing one goal in particular, the liberal English-language Hürriyet Daily News comments: » more

Kaleva - Finland | Friday, 3. January 2014

Bad omen for the rule of law

After making severe allegations against the Turkish government, Istanbul prosecutor Muammer Akkaş was taken off the corruption case last week. Not a good omen for the rule of law in Turkey, the liberal daily Kaleva comments: » more

Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Friday, 3. January 2014

Erdoğan puts country's reputation at risk

Prime Minister Erdoğan has talked of an international conspiracy aimed at weakening Turkey in connection with the present corruption scandal. An indication of his utter loss of touch with reality, the liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten comments: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Friday, 27. December 2013

Moderate Islam fails in Turkey

In reaction to the corruption scandal plaguing his party, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan replaced 10 members of his 26-member cabinet on Wednesday. The government crisis in Turkey is the culmination of a terrible year for the Middle East region, the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore comments: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 23. December 2013

Corruption scandals threaten AKP

The Turkish judiciary has launched investigations into charges of corruption against the sons of ministers and against prominent entrepreneurs. The scandal poses a threat to the government, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung warns: » more

Ethnos - Greece | Thursday, 19. December 2013

Erdoğan facing end of his political career

Following the arrest of high-ranking functionaries close to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on suspicions of corruption, several Istanbul police chiefs have now been dismissed. The background is apparently a power struggle between conservative Islamic elites. Erdoğan is fighting for his political survival, the left-liberal daily To Ethnos comments: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Wednesday, 18. December 2013

AKP powerless in face of wave of arrests

In a large-scale operation organised by the public prosecutors and the police, dozens of people were arrested in Turkey on Tuesday on allegations of corruption, including a number of AKP politicians and their confidantes. For the conservative daily Hürriyet this unique action is proof that the ruling AKP has no control over the police and judiciary: » more


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