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Almighty Erdoğan?

After the parliamentary elections in June the Turkish president wants to strengthen his position and introduce a presidential system. But an internal party conflict shows that Erdoğan is a contentious figure even within the AKP. Can he consolidate his grip on power?

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Thursday, 9. April 2015

AKP once again united in election campaign

Turkish parties on Tuesday published their lists of candidates for the parliamentary election on June 7. The pro-government daily Yeni Şafak is delighted to see that the ruling AKP's list reflects the different movements within the party, recently caught up in an internal power struggle between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Thursday, 2. April 2015

AKP system begins to totter

An election campaign manoeuvre could be behind Tuesday's terrorist attacks and nation-wide power failure, the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau surmises: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 2. April 2015

Erdoğan has created his country's problems

In the wake of the attacks in Istanbul Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Wednesday that the country would resist such terrorist assaults. But Erdoğan himself created the system that is producing the terror, the liberal daily La Stampa harshly concludes: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 26. March 2015

Open power struggle in the AKP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticised on the weekend the government's move towards closer cooperation with the pro-Kurdish left-wing HDP. The power struggle within the Islamic-conservative ruling AKP party is now out in the open, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera notes: » more

Taraf - Turkey | Tuesday, 24. March 2015

AKP will never make peace with Kurds

The jailed leader of the PKK Abdullah Öcalan appealed to his supporters to begin a new era of peace with Turkey on the Kurdish new year festival, Newroz, celebrated last Saturday. But the AKP government is not willing to find a solution to the conflict with the Kurds, the liberal daily Taraf complains: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Tuesday, 24. March 2015

Turkish government crumbling

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç on Saturday accused President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of interfering in government business. This prompted Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Ankara, to call on Monday for Arinç's resignation, whereupon Arinç accused Gökçek of being corrupt and ill-bred. The carefree times are over for the AKP, writes the daily Sözcü, which is critical of the government: » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 20. March 2015

Erdoğan being evasive on peace process

On Saturday the Kurdish new year holiday Newroz, on which two years ago the peace process with the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) began, will be celebrated in Turkey. At the same time President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan explained on Sunday that there was no problem with the Kurds. This is a tactic aimed at pacifying voters, the weekly of the Armenian minority Agos comments: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 16. March 2015

Erdoğan's hypocritical anti-Twitter campaign

Three people have been arrested in the last week in Turkey for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter. Hardly any other country in the world prosecutes social network users so frequently, the left-liberal daily Der Standard criticises, seeing this as part of a hypocritical campaign: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Thursday, 12. March 2015

Turkish spy chief to serve AKP election campaign

Hakan Fidan has been reappointed as head of the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT). He had resigned the post a month ago to run for the ruling party AKP in parliamentary elections, but has returned to his old position following protests from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Such blatant entanglement between the intelligence service and politics is unacceptable, the government critical daily Sözcü argues: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 11. March 2015

Turkish intelligence chief divides government

Hakan Fidan, the former head of the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation, announced on Monday that he wants to return to his former post. He resigned a month ago with the approval of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to run as the candidate for the governing AKP party in the parliamentary elections in June. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was annoyed by Fidan's resignation, has now won this power struggle within his party, the liberal paper Hürriyet Daily News contends: » more

Zaman - Turkey | Tuesday, 3. March 2015

Charges against journalist politically motivated

The investigative journalist Mehmet Baransu was arrested in Turkey on Monday, accused of betraying state secrets when he passed on evidence for the intended putsch "Operation Sledgehammer" to the judiciary in 2010 and published it. The accusations are politically motivated, the Islamic-conservative pro-Gülen daily Zaman believes: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Wednesday, 25. February 2015

Security package shows Erdoğan's tough hand

Despite protests from the opposition, human rights organisations and lawyers, the parliament in Ankara had passed 16 paragraphs of the controversial security package by Tuesday. An ominous extension of police rights, the liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News believes: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Friday, 20. February 2015

New security package sign of Ankara's fear

The human rights organisation Reporters Without Borders on Thursday called on Turkish MPs to reject the security package presented by the government or to subject ... » more

T24 - Turkey | Wednesday, 11. February 2015

Political system limits Erdoğan's power

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voiced his displeasure at the resignation of the head of the Turkish intelligence service Hakan Fidan on Sunday. Fidan stepped down last week with the approval of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in order to run as a candidate for the ruling AKP party in the parliamentary elections in June. This internal party conflict is showing Erdoğan the limits of his power, the liberal online daily T24 comments: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Thursday, 22. January 2015

Erdoğan gathering young generation around him

The Turkish parliament, helped by the votes of the ruling AKP party, decided on Monday not to put four ex-ministers who were under investigation for corruption on trial. For the liberal Hürriyet Daily News this marks the start of a new era for the party: » more

Sabah - Turkey | Wednesday, 21. January 2015

Only a strong leader can move Turkey forwards

The Turkish opposition has concluded that Turkey's first cabinet meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday is a test run for Erdoğan's ambitions to establish a presidential system in the country. Turkey only stands to gain from having a strong president, the pro-government daily Sabah comments: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Tuesday, 20. January 2015

Erdoğan demotes government to bit player

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan led a cabinet meeting in his role as Turkish president for the first time on Monday. Normally it is the job of the prime minister to lead cabinet meetings. This confirms people's worst fears, the liberal Internet paper Radical comments: » more


Published 09/04/2015

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