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EU Sparks Fly Over Turkey’s Civil Rights as Entry Bid Languishes

EU Sparks Fly Over Turkey’s Civil Rights as Entry Bid Languishes

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced calls to ease curbs on free speech and let judges operate independently in order to breathe fresh life into the country’s languishing bid to join the European Union. Long stalled by Europe’s economic ...

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Turkey’s Wrong Turn

Turkey’s Wrong Turn

The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was in Brussels last week seeking to repair relations with Europe, but the first place to look for a solution is within himself for the political disaster he has created at home. Once ...

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The United States needs to tell Turkey to change course

The United States needs to tell Turkey to change course

Whatever his achievements over the past decade, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is destroying his country’s parlous democracy. That is a profound problem for Turks and Turkey’s Western allies. Staying silent, out of fear that speaking out would harm ...

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In Scandal, Turkey’s Leaders May Be Losing Their Tight Grip on News Media

In Scandal, Turkey’s Leaders May Be Losing Their Tight Grip on News Media

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labeled an investigative reporter who has published a number of leaked documents related to a widening corruption scandal a traitor. Mr. Erdogan’s lawyers have also filed suit against a newspaper columnist, once a reliable ...

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Erdoğan’s Self-Inflicted Crisis

Erdoğan’s Self-Inflicted Crisis

The dramatic battle between Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its erstwhile ally, the “Hizmet” religious movement led by the self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, has begun to expose the massive rule-of-law violations that these two groups employed to ...

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There Are Much Bigger Problems In Turkey That Could Derail Its Alliance With America

There Are Much Bigger Problems In Turkey That Could Derail Its Alliance With America

While the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces an extensive corruption investigation targeting his inner circle, the country’s problems far exceed domestic graft. Turkey is entangled in several shady endeavors that could eventually jeopardize its standing as a ...

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Turkey At The Barricades

Turkey At The Barricades

The dreams of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, for the recrudescence of the Ottoman Empire are evaporating under the Istanbul sky. His party The Justice and Development party (AKP), is in disarray; a major corruption and bribery scandal ...

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Turkey’s Economic Vulnerability Exposed as Graft Divides

Turkey’s Economic Vulnerability Exposed as Graft Divides

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan entered the last week of 2013 reeling from a corruption probe that has splintered his party and highlighted economic vulnerabilities as investors unload the nation’s risk. Erdogan took the defense of his administration to ...

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Turkey PM faces resignation call as three ministers quit in corruption scandal

Turkey PM faces resignation call as three ministers quit in corruption scandal

The crisis engulfing the Turkish government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed its first major scalps yesterday when three ministers caught up in a corruption scandal resigned. The ministers of the interior, the economy and the environment all denied ...

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Turkey Will Either Lose Erdogan or Democracy

Turkey Will Either Lose Erdogan or Democracy

There are two reasons Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not survive the current government corruption scandals in Turkey. And if he does, the cost to the “Turkish model” will be enormous. The first is, well, the corruption charges. ...

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