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Ethnos - Greece | Monday, October 12, 2015

Erdoğan's bid for freedom

The attack in Ankara shows the extent to which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has manoeuvred himself into a corner in foreign policy and domestic policy, writes the centre-left daily To Ethnos: "In order to achieve an absolute majority Erdoğan has declared total war on the Kurds and is using anti-democratic practices like the persecution of journalists. At the same time Turkey seems completely isolated in Syria, while the US is leaving the 'moderate' dissidents in the lurch and Putin is talking to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. The way the EU, Nato, the US, Saudi Arabia and the emirates are keeping their distance is a sign of Erdoğan's isolation: there is no place and no role for Turkey in any of the potential compromise scenarios for Syria. If Erdoğan is waging a war against the PKK to prevent the HDP from becoming the fourth party in parliament, one has to ask what else will happen after Saturday's attack as the election on November 1 draws closer and closer."

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