Turkish prosecutors have prepared a fresh indictment against former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş over his remarks about Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman during a hearing in January. The fresh indictment came after Demirtaş criticized Kocaman over his visit to the Presidential Palace, saying that the prosecutor's close relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not mean he would not be facing prosecution in the future.
The way out for for both Greece and Turkey as well as for both EU and Turkey is to put back on the table Turkey’s EU full membership vocation fair and square. If Mr. Macron’s France wishes to take the lead, he will be most welcome. Bold is better than ambitious when it comes to political leadership.
Sociologist Göze Orhon, who was only 2 years old when “it happened”, dedicated her thesis to the memory of September 12. She contends that the untold stories, the lingering tensions within families had a profound effect on the psyche of the following generations.
Over 36,000 people were probed in one year over "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Justice Ministry statistics showed. Out of the 36,066 people probed, 12,298 were tried and 3,381 were given sentences. Before Erdoğan's term, the highest number of people being sentenced over "insulting" a president was 44.
Macron says “the EU is me” and Erdoğan says “Turkey is me”. Both are not totally false and yet neither is fully correct. At the same time, as Erdoğan dropped the full EU membership target a long time ago, he prefers something in between the Russian and the new British relationships with the EU.
Unlike what those in Ankara who are managing the economy believe, 51 percent of the economy is not psychological perception, it is trust. Empires of fear do not generate trust.
The visit to Turkey of Robert Spano, the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has caused much concern amongst democrats, academics and people who have suffered from the crackdown here.
A founding member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and former Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç tested positive for COVID-19, a week after he was in a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The two met on Sept. 2 for the Presidential High Advisory Board.
Ali Rıza Güngen writes: In Turkey, a portion of the risk stemming from foreign currency loans has been transferred to the public. In other words, not the individual debts but the risk has been spread to society.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: It is not difficult to understand that Erdoğan and the ruling AKP do not like the possibility that Ekrem İmamoğlu might become the presidential candidate for the Nation Alliance. The government would prefer Muharrem İnce to be the opposition bloc's presidential candidate. The recent generous coverage of İnce by the pro-government media also mirrors this.
As Turkey’s foreign policy gets more aggressive by the day, one might wonder what lies ahead. Every day, it becomes harder in Turkey to defend freedoms, human rights as well as peace and justice.
Since there is only one person taking decisions in Turkey, there must be only one person responsible for the spread of the virus. However, my educated guess is that the members of the board — who actually have no power to make decisions — might have to bear the responsibility in the end.
U.S. President Donald Trump, in a phone call on Aug. 26 with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, expressed concern about tensions between Greece and Turkey and urged the two NATO allies to commit to a dialogue about their dispute over the eastern Mediterranean. The U.S. president also spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, discussing “regional developments and tensions in the region."
The sustained plundering of the Black Sea region has resulted in heavy deforestation, leading to more landslides on the coastal line. The government is building a highway that connects plateaus even high up in the mountains, which is causing a terrible loss biodiversity there.
Now a new flaw has been invented in Turkey: not being happy enough with the President Erdoğan's announcements. The government finds an enemy to accuse of everything evil and bad.