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Headwind for Erdoğan

For the first time in 13 years Erdoğan's governing AKP has had to accept losses in an election. It must now look for a coalition partner because the pro-Kurdish HDP made it into parliament. Can the AKP form a stable government?

Večernji list - Croatia | Wednesday, 10. June 2015

Erdoğan pinning his hopes on new elections

After the bitter losses of the Islamic-conservative AKP party in Sunday's elections Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is using every means at his disposal to cling to his power, the conservative daily Večernji List observes: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Wednesday, 10. June 2015

HDP must not concentrate only on Kurds

The leader of the left-wing pro-Kurdish HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş, has promised not to put his voters to shame after the party's success in Turkey's parliamentary election. By this he means those who voted for the HDP to put a stop to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ambitions, the Kemalist daily Sözcü writes and appeals to the HDP to keep its promise: » more

Al Arabiya - United Arab Emirates | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Global perspectives: Ankara's Syria policy won't change

The speculation about whether the election results in Turkey will change the country's attitude to the war in Syria is unfounded, journalist Dawood Al-Sherian writes on the website of the Dubai broadcaster Al-Arabiya: » more

Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Coalition between AKP and CHP makes sense

After the Islamic-conservative AKP fell short of a governing majority in Turkey's general elections on Sunday, the process of forming a coalition could prove difficult since all the opposition parties ruled out the idea of a coalition with the AKP before the elections. The most likely candidate would be the social democratic CHP, the liberal daily Hürriyet Daily News believes: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Tuesday, 9. June 2015

Turkey could teach Middle East about democracy

The ruling AKP has yet to name which parties it sees as potential partners in a coalition after Turkey's parliamentary elections on Sunday. The liberal-conservative daily Der Tagesspiegel hopes that the new government will send a strong message in foreign policy: » more

Main focus of Monday, 8. June 2015

AKP loses majority

The Islamic-conservative AKP party lost its absolute majority in Turkey's general elections on Sunday. The left-leaning pro-Kurdish HDP cleared the ten-percent hurdle and will enter ... » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Monday, 8. June 2015

Uncertainty on Europe's southeastern front

Turkey is facing a period of political uncertainty that could have repercussions for all Europe, the business paper De Tijd comments: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 8. June 2015

Breakthrough for the Kurds

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been punished for his arrogance, the centre-right daily Corriere della Sera writes in delight at the outcome of the Turkish elections: » more - Germany | Sunday, 7. June 2015

A victory for civil society

The AKP may still be the strongest party in the country but the real winner of this election is democracy, the website of the public broadcaster comments: » more

Main focus of Friday, 5. June 2015

Turkey facing key election

Three days before the Turkish parliamentary elections the human rights organisation Reporters Without Borders has called on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to stop harassing opposition ... » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 5. June 2015

AKP attacks prompted by fear of election fiasco

This week saw three attacks against the pro-Kurdish left-wing HDP in which one person was killed and at least two others injured. Erdoğan accused the "Armenian lobby", homosexuals and the Doğan media group of inciting the masses on Wednesday. The numerous attacks by Erdoğan and the ruling AKP against Kurds and Armenians in particular testify to his fear of losing votes in Sunday's election, the weekly of the Armenian authority Agos concludes: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, 5. June 2015

Turks must defend democracy

President Erdoğan's ploy of turning the Turkish parliamentary elections into a referendum on his presidential system is an all-or-nothing strategy, the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau believes: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Thursday, 4. June 2015

Erdoğan must not secure even more power

A two-thirds majority for the AKP and the resulting option for President Erdoğan to change the constitution would be a catastrophe for Turkey, the conservative daily Financial Times believes: » more

T24 - Turkey | Thursday, 4. June 2015

HDP leader exposes Erdoğan's aggressive strategy

Acording to the latest polls the left-wing pro-Kurdish HDP has good chances of clearing the 10 percent hurdle in Turkey's parliamentary elections on Sunday. The election campaign boiled down to a face-off between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş, the liberal online paper T24 comments: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Tuesday, 2. June 2015

Change of course is possible in Turkey

The pro-Kurdish HDP party has a real chance of making it into parliament for the first time in Sunday's general elections in Turkey. That would have several positive effects, the left-liberal daily Aftonbladet comments: » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Thursday, 28. May 2015

The people of Turkey will send Erdoğan away

According to an opinion poll put out on Wednesday Turkey's ruling party the AKP will win just 38.2 percent of the vote in the election on June 7. In 2011 it secured 49.8 percent. In this way the Turks will put an end to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's bid to establish a presidential system, the opposition daily Sözcü writes: » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 22. May 2015

Pro-Kurdish HDP is AKP's toughest rival

Six people were injured in bomb attacks against two offices of the pro-Kurdish HDP party in the southern Turkish cities of Mersin and Adana on Monday. The HDP has accused the ruling AKP of being behind the attacks. At the very least the AKP did nothing to prevent them because the HDP poses a threat to the AKP's omnipotence in Turkey, writes Agos, the weekly paper of the Armenian minority: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 20. May 2015

Erdoğan attacks Hürriyet - and democracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday accused the daily Hürriyet of insinuating in an article on the death sentenced recently passed on former Egyptian president Morsi that it wishes him the same fate. The paper on Monday rejected the allegations as unfounded in an open letter, invoking the freedom of opinion. It's disgraceful for an influential paper to be attacked in this way, the liberal online newspaper Radikal writes: » more

Star - Turkey | Tuesday, 12. May 2015

Erdoğan instils self-confidence in Turks abroad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech to more than 14,000 supporters in the German city of Karlsruhe on Sunday. This will boost the voter turnout of Turks living abroad in the Turkish general elections on June 7, the pro-government daily Star believes: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Monday, 4. May 2015

AKP puts peace process at risk for election

In the run-up to Turkey's general election in early June, the governing AKP party has above all attacked the HDP - which has close ties to the country's Kurdish population - because it sees it as the biggest threat, the conservative daily Hürriyet believes: » more

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

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

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


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