March 30, 2014

In Turkey, Challenging West Wins Elections

Howard Eissenstat, Reuters

The Associated Press

In the face of this opposition, we could be asking if the prime minister’s actions are rational. Erdogan, however, did not become the most powerful Turkish political leader in more than 60 years by being either stupid or crazy. In Turkey, picking a fight with the West is smart politics.

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