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Erdoğan polarising Turkey

Despite the protests against Internet bans and corruption, Erdoğan's AKP has won a clear victory in Turkey's local elections. Is he dividing the rising nation with his authoritarian course?

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 11. August 2014

A frightening struggle for power

As future president Erdoğan will no doubt radically transform Turkey's political system, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung fears: » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 8. August 2014

May Allah forgive Erdoğan's anti-Armenian talk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a derogatory comment about Armenians in a televised interview on Tuesday. "They said even uglier things about me, they said - please excuse me - that I was an Armenian," he said referring to his political opponents. His words provoke an angry reaction from the editors at the weekly paper of the Armenian minority, Agos: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 6. August 2014

Turkey needs a grand coalition

Many Turks see the presidential election next weekend as a last opportunity to decide between democracy and dictatorship, but far more important are the parliamentary elections in 2015, the liberal online paper Radikal points out: » more

T24 - Turkey | Wednesday, 16. July 2014

Erdoğan as intolerant as the Kemalists for Mustafa Akyol

The AKP government's intolerance of those who do not share its views is reminiscent of the narrow-mindedness of Ataturk's followers who ruled Turkey for 90 years, columnist Mustafa Akyol writes in the liberal Internet paper T24: » more

T24 - Turkey | Friday, 20. June 2014

Justice better late than never in Turkey

The Turkish Constitutional Court has ordered that 230 people sentenced to jail in the "Operation Sledgehammer" case should be released on the grounds that they did not have a fair trial. They were found guilty in 2012 of planning a military putsch against the Erdoğan government. In a separate case, two ringleaders of the military putsch in 1980 were condemned to life imprisonment. Both judgements are milestones in Turkey's dispensation of justice, journalist Hasan Cemal writes in the liberal Internet newspaper T24: » more

Cumhuriyet - Turkey | Thursday, 19. June 2014

Turkish opposition betrays secular ideals

The selection by the two major Turkish opposition parties CHP and MHP of Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu as their joint presidential candidate has annoyed some members of the Kemalist CHP. İhsanoğlu does not represent the party's values, columnist Ali Sirmen concurs in the Kemalist daily Cumhuriyet: » more

T24 - Turkey | Tuesday, 10. June 2014

Gezi protesters don't care about dead Kurds

Two Kurds died as a result of injuries sustained during violent clashes between Kurdish demonstrators and Turkish soldiers in Southeast Anatolia on Saturday. The liberal online news outlet T24 bemoans the ignorance of the Gezi Park demonstrators in Istanbul regarding these two deaths: » more

Sabah - Turkey | Monday, 2. June 2014

Gezi protesters should do politics instead

Thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the Gezi protests. The pro-government daily Sabah calls on the protesters to do more than just demonstrate: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 2. June 2014

Erdoğan can't get rid of spirits he summoned

Thousands of people gathered on Turkey's streets on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the Gezi Park protests. According to media reports Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan deployed 25,000 police officers and 50 water cannons to disperse the crowds in Istanbul alone. It is precisely because of Erdoğan's heavy-handed approach to suppressing the protests that they pose such a threat to his power, the daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Monday, 26. May 2014

Erdoğan fabricates his own reality

In his speech in Cologne on Saturday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sharply criticised the German media for their coverage of the mining disaster in Soma. At the same time he praised the Turkish media and press freedom in his country. The conservative daily Hürriyet takes a different view: » more

Milliyet - Turkey | Monday, 19. May 2014

Turkey divided even by national disaster

The number of victims of the worst mining disaster in Turkish history has risen to 301, and the prosecutor's office is conducting investigations against 25 people for negligent homicide. The conservative daily Milliyet complains that even a tragedy of this proportion cannot overcome the extreme polarisation in Turkish society: » more

Taraf - Turkey | Monday, 5. May 2014

Erdoğan's friends don't pay taxes

A list of the 100 highest taxpayers in Turkey in 2013 was published on the weekend, headed by Mustafa Koç, who paid almost 37.5 million Turkish lira (roughly 12.7 million euros). The list makes clear that not everyone pays the taxes they should be paying, the liberal daily Taraf criticises: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Friday, 2. May 2014

Erdoğan digging his own grave with protest ban

Police in Istanbul cracked down heavily on May Day protesters trying to enter Gezi Park on Thursday. The Turkish authorities had banned demonstrations at the site where the mass demonstrations against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government started last year. The prime minister is digging his own grave with the ban, the left-liberal daily De Morgen comments: » 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

Milliyet - Turkey | Thursday, 3. April 2014

Ankara must prove it is democratic

Turkey's Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the government's Twitter blockade is illegal. The conservative daily Milliyet welcomes the decision and says the government is now duty-bound to remove the major deficits in the areas of freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary: » 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

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

Election victory boosts Erdoğan's position

The clear victory of the governing AKP party in Turkey's local elections will boost Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's chances of winning the presidential elections, the liberal daily Der Standard believes: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Tuesday, 1. April 2014

Erdoğan: Western condemnation, popular support

With the clear victory of Erdoğan's AKP party in Turkey's local elections, the Turks have shown that they won't let themselves be talked down to, the conservative daily Večernji List comments: » 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

Le Monde - France | Sunday, 30. March 2014

Erdoğan ruining his country

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has no understanding of the principles of democracy, the liberal daily Le Monde writes after the victory of Erdoğan's AKP in the local elections: » 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

Star - Turkey | Tuesday, 25. March 2014

Anger over Twitter blockade is hypocritical

The Turkish government's Twitter ban has met with international condemnation. But Turkey's critics are applying double standards, the pro-government daily the Star complains: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 23. March 2014

Twitter ban won't silence Turks

In blocking access to Twitter the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has only shot himself in the foot, the Anglo-Turkish author Alev Scott writes in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Monday, 24. March 2014

Gül should secure basic rights, not tweet

The Turkish government had the messaging service Twitter blocked on Thursday night. However many Turks used technical tricks to dodge the blockade and tweeted more than ever. Among them was President Abdullah Gül. He should do more to defend fundamental rights instead, the liberal daily Radikal admonishes: » 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

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 14. March 2014

Lack of justice for Gezi victim fuels anger

The media, business representatives and prominent public figures in Turkey have expressed deep sorrow over the death of the 15-year-old victim of the Gezi Park protests, Berkin Elvan. Since his funeral on Wednesday nationwide demonstrations with hundreds of thousands of participants escalated into violent clashes with the police. The daily of the Armenian minority, Agos, attributes the collective desperation to the lacking rule of law in Turkey: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Thursday, 13. March 2014

Police brutality exposes Erdoğan's fear

Anti-government protests reignited in Turkey after the funeral of Berkin Elvan brought tens of thousands back on to the streets on Wednesday. The anti-government Kemalist daily Sözcü sees Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with his back to the wall: » more

T24 - Turkey | Tuesday, 11. March 2014

Turkish government driven by hatred

The violence of the security forces during the Gezi Park protests in Turkey has claimed an eighth victim: » more


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