Whichever foreign leader tries his or her hand in dealing with and instilling sense in Ankara feels, they are given short shrift sooner rather than later. The present foreign policy surfs on top of all these contradictions and an oriental sort of variable geometry. All business is transactional: leave it or take it.
Let's try to fly over the most recent conflictual developments and keep in mind the question whether these set, now and finally, the definitive ropes for Ankara’s endless foreign policy endeavours.
Some 46.9 percent of voters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) want Islamic cults in Turkey to be shut down, according to a recent survey. Asked if there should be a government institution that inspects these religious cults and communities, 67.8 percent of AKP voters gave an affirmative answer.
Main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Oct. 8 paid a visit to DEVA chair Ali Babacan to congratulate him for his new party. The two opposition leaders later held a press meeting, during which they criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his comments urging the believers of Islam to have "patience" in the face of financial problems.
Kurdish politician and writer Mahmut Alınak was briefly detained on Oct. 8 on charges of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. After giving his testimony, the 68-year-old former People’s Labor Party (HEP) deputy was released.
HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar has said that the Turkish government has not yet attempted to shut down the party due to such a move's “political costs” but instead is running a policy of “blocking” and “immobilizing” the party.
Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül has commented on MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's call for the restructuring of the Constitutional Court, saying that any amendment with regards to the structure of the top court requires the parliament's support. “Any change can be done for the sake of democracy and rule of law. And it is the parliament that can do this,” he said.
Akıncı says decision to reopen Varosha was hidden from him, calls it ‘Ankara’s interference in elections’
Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı, who is running against Prime Minister Ersin Tatar in the upcoming elections, has said that he was not previously informed about the government's decision to open Varosha beach. Akıncı strongly criticized the announcement delivered from the Turkish capital Ankara, calling it a “shame for our democracy” and “interference in our elections.”
Turkish Cyprus has announced that it will open the coastline of the abandoned town of Varosha ("Maraş" in Turkish) on Oct. 8. "Maraş issue is a national cause above all political competitions and debates," Turkish Cypriot PM Ersin Tatar said on Oct. 6, alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has called for a tougher stance against Turkey and said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan needs to reverse his decision to convert Istanbul's Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Biden said that the former cathedral should remain a museum with "equal access for all, including the Orthodox faithful."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over his comments from last week pledging to fight “Islamist separatism,” accusing the French leader of “impertinence” and "provocation." "Speaking about Islam's structuring as the leader of France is overstepping and impertinence," said Erdoğan. "Who are you to utter a phrase like Islam's structuring?"Erdoğan asked.
Last week's European Union summit decisions were not sufficient to overcome problems in relations between Turkey and the block, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Oct. 6.
HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan has said that the latest investigation file targeting party members over 2014 Kobane protests has been prepared at the Presidential Palace and referred to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak as the “prosecutors” of the case.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Oct. 5 discussed efforts to defuse tension between Turkey and Greece over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean. After Turkey, Stoltenberg will visit Greece to meet the country’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The Turkish government has announced that all students in elementary school as well as eight- and 12th-graders will return to in-person learning on Oct. 12. It was only pre-school and first-grade students that had been attending classes since the launch of the school year on Sept. 21.