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Category Archives: Politics of Turkey

Mysterious Gold Dealer’s Testimony Puts Erdogan On Shaky Ground

Authored by M K Bhadrakumar via The Asia Times, As on the soccer field in his youth, so in a tumultuous political career spanning four decades: Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consistently shown his mettle as a fighter who won’t be satisfied with anything short of total victory.  But in the battle that is […]

Lira Tumbles After Zarrab Confirms Erdogan Approved “Secret Iran Gold” Trade

In somewhat of a worst-case scenario, Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab just confirmed that Turkish President Erdogan approved the "secret Iran gold" trade that enabled Iran to evade US sanctions. Full Zarrab quote: "What I’m saying is that the prime minister at that time period Recep Tayyip Erdogan and minister of the treasury … had […]

Turkey Sentences Wall Street Journal Reporter To Jail For Terrorist Propaganda

A Turkish court has just fanned the flames of an incipient diplomatic crisis between the US and NATO’s most problematic member, when it found a Wall Street Journal reporter guilty of engaging in “terrorist propaganda” in support of a banned Kurdish organization. Ayla Albayrak was sentenced to more than two years in prison for writing […]

Germany Warns Its Citizens: They Risk Arrest If Traveling To Turkey

Escalation of the diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara ended in a clear message. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned German citizens that they risk arrest if they travel to Turkey. As KeepTalkingGreece.com reports, the German government on Friday warned citizens travelling to Turkey that they are at risk of arrest. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said […]

Erdogan Threatens To “Chop Off Heads Of Traitors” On Coup Anniversary

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan on Saturday celebrated the one year anniversary of the “failed coup” that aimed to oust him from power on Saturday in typical fashion, by threatening to “chop off the heads” of traitors. Addressing hundreds of thousands of supporters gathered at the bridge over the Bosphorus in Istanbul that saw some of […]

Germany Tells Erdogan His Bodyguards “Not Welcome” At Next Week’s G-20 Summit

Ahead of the G-20 summit to be held in Hamburg next week where Turkey will be present, Germany has warned Turkey that members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail who were involved in a bloody melee in Washington last month “are not welcome in Germany.” The reason for the snub – which won’t go […]

EU Rapporteur For Turkey Warns Turkish Talks Will Be Suspended If Erdogan Gets “Unchecked Powers”

Just hours after the predictable passage of today’s Turkish referendum, the EU has promptly slammed the outcome, warning it threatens to slide the country’s collapse into “authoritarianism” and that Turkey’s accession talks with the EU will be suspended if the constitutional package is implement as per today’s outcome. In a post on the website of Kati […]

Turkish Referendum Full Preview

This Sunday, Turkey will vote in a hotly contested referendum on the presidential system, whose outcome could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. The package of 18 amendments would abolish the office of prime minister […]

Turkey’s Barks And Bites

Authored by Burak Bekdil via The Gatestone Institute, This is the first time that Erdogan is openly challenging a concerted European stand. Turkey's foreign policy and the rhetoric that presumably went to support it, has, during the past several years, aimed less at achieving foreign policy goals and more at consolidating voters' support for the […]

Erdogan: “Europeans Would Revive The Gas Chambers If They Weren’t Ashamed”

Six months ago, it was virtually assured that as part of his daily out at the West, Philippines’ president Duterte would accuse then-president Obama of being a “son of a bitch (or whore).” Now, a similar dynamic is playing out between Turkish president Erdogan and Angela Merkel, and/or the German (and Dutch) people, whom he […]