Here we go again. Few spats and a couple of phone calls later, we are back at square one on the Erdoğan-Macron front. Or even worse perhaps this time around. Remarks by Erdoğan in which he questioned the mental sanity of his counterpart signal his desire to divert attention from domestic troubles.
According to Turkey's presidential spokesperson Kalın “We were told other people’s tales under the guise of modernization. Now, it’s time to write of our own tale.” Just to avoid any sensationalism, let’s put it on the record that Mr. Kalın is no lunatic. That’s why his expression of his teenage dreams of accomplishing a full back-somersault must be taken for what it’s worth.
Ezgi Başaran writes: French political scientist Professor Olivier Roy, who, since the mid-‘90s, has argued that the Islamist project has failed, says Atatürk's secularism won in Turkey. While analyzing President Erdoğan's decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia to a mosque, Roy argues that Erdoğan could not Islamize minds, so he is trying to Islamize stones.
Ever since it came to power in 2002, President Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sought symbols that would capture its very own ideology. Today as the AKP government is suffocating politically, it gave up on its quest for a symbol to present to the world.