Editor: Azra Ceylan

Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki discuss the latest debates in Ankara that have triggered a new wave of polarization in Turkish politics. They try to find answers why President Erdoğan has shifted from a more calculated tone during the first weeks of the pandemic and opted for raising tensions by deliberately attacking and demonizing the opposition.

İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener’s recent overtures suggesting that all parties except HDP come together around a table that would be called “The Table of the Country” to solve Turkey’s problems is another topic of discussion in this week’s episode.

While sharing fresh data from their recent public opinion surveys, pollster Can Selçuki gives tips about what Meral Akşener is trying to achieve with the strategy of distancing her İYİ Party from the HDP and whether she might be successful.

This podcast was prepared with support from Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s Turkey Representation.