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'Erdogan Wants a Caliphate'

Max. Popp & Selahattin Demirtas, Der Spiegel

Imamization Raising Eyebrows in Turkey

Pinar Tremblay, Al-Monitor

Overall, these commentators condemned Washington for failing to see that “America’s interests are fundamentally opposed to Mr. Putin’s” and that Moscow is &...(full article)

Kurdish opposition leader Selahattin Demirtas, 43, says that his HDP party wants a cease-fire in the ongoing battle between Turkish troops and Kurds in southeastern Turkey. But, he...(full article)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the recent Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit as a grandstanding opportunity to pitch his qualifications to lead the Islam...(full article)

The Religious Affairs Directorate has begun subcontracting imams to other government agencies, raising questions about their ultimate purpose....(full article)

Love is a many splendoured thing. Cupid’s darts find the most unexpected targets. I am not for one minute prepared to exclude the possibility that erotic interest may flower ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Merkel Sends the Wrong Signal to Turkey - New York Times

The choice Angela Merkel had when Turkey’s imperious president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanded that Germany prosecute a comedian was a variation on the dilemma posed by a kidnapp...

Erdogan and the Satirist - Der Spiegel

European Parliament is planning to eliminate the use of private firms for its chauffeur service following the discovery of Islamic State propaganda on two drivers in Brussels and S...

Angela Merkel's Sultanic Bargain - James Kirchick, Politico EU

As if to confirm the stereotype that Germans lack a sense of humor, Chancellor Angela Merkel last week allowed a legal case to proceed against a comedian accused of “insultin...

Erdogan and Merkel's Comic Comeuppance - Anna Sauerbrey, NY Times

BERLIN — THOUGH it’s a fact often overlooked by the rest of the world, Germany is a funny place — seriously. Long before Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee redefined to...

Merkel Faces a Serious Satirical Threat - Stefan Kuzmany, Der Spiegel

It is a curious axiom in the history of political scandals that politicians only rarely stumble over the actual mistakes they make. More often, they trip over their futile and incr...

Merkel Stuck Defending a Bad Joke - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Although no action has been taken in response to Turkey's formal demand for criminal punishment for the satirist, German prosecutors opened an investigation of the poem. Boehmerma...

A Dirty Poem Just Became an International Crisis - Lucian Kim, Reuters

Just when German Chancellor Angela Merkel thought she had checked “Turkey” off her to-do list for solving Europe’s refugee crisis, a filth-laden poem read by a la...

Turkey Plays Both Sides in Iran, Saudi Conflict - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

Ankara is developing a dual-track approach to the Middle East by simultaneously courting bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran to shore up its position in a region that has defied it...

Migration Won't Damage the Euro Economy - Barry Andrews, Irish Times

Why hasn’t the Turkish economy collapsed with an additional approximately 3.5m Syrians within its borders over the last few years? In fact, according to the OECD, the Turkish...

Are the Kurds Peeling Away Turkey-U.S. Ties? - Murat Yetkin, Hurriyet

The PYD seems to be the soft belly of U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, like a number of European Union governments. Neither the U.S. nor the EU countries want to...

Can ISIS Be Defeated Without the Kurds? - Fehim Tastekin, Al-Monitor

Turkey insists Rojava's People's Protection Units must be excluded from the fight against the Islamic State on the Menbic-Jarablus front....

How Turkey's Reform Project Ended in Isolation - Michael Werz, Spiegel

When he first came to power, Turkish President Erdogan embarked on a path of modernization. But the growth of a new elite withered those reforms and now, an autocracy is taking hol...

Turkey's Disastrous Gambler-in-Chief - Daniel Pipes, Japan Times

In the early months of the Syrian uprising, Erdogan offered sage advice to the dictator in Damascus, Bashar Assad, about relaxing his grip and allowing political participation. Thi...

The U.S.S.R. Is Falling Apart Again - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The frozen conflicts tend to reignite when the external influences that keep the situation in balance realign. In Nagorno-Karabakh's case, the new enmity between Turkey and Russia ...

Why Erdogan Can't End PKK War - Kadri Gursel, Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal agenda precludes a negotiated settlement with the Kurds, and a military solution remains just as out of reach....

Europe's New Refugee Plan: Push 'Em Back - John Psaropoulos, Daily Beast

Most of the pressure, according to Stavropoulou, is coming from “countries that are very invested in the deal with Turkey working.” Germany, which received over a milli...

The Inhumanity of Human Rights Organizations - Evelyn Gordon, Comm.

Refugees in Turkey don’t have it easy, but they’re surviving. Thus, relocating them to Europe isn’t necessary to fulfill the refugee convention’s goals; it&...

Erdogan's Not Mad, He's Ruthless - George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Washington wants Ankara to lead the fight against the Islamic State, but Turkey is strong enough to keep meddling third parties at bay. Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Er...

Europe's Migrants, Turkey's Problem - Roy Gutman, Politico EU

DIKILI, Turkey — Closing the migrant escape valve provoked an unexpected event in this beach resort, one of the closest points on the Turkish mainland to the European Union. ...

Erdogan Embraces His Naked Ambition - Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor

What would a content analysis of this speech by Erdogan tell us? First of all, in contrast to traditional speeches, this one was more emotional and congenial. Instead of telling th...

Erdogan Defies America - Nahal Toosi, Politico EU

Turkey’s president has heard the growing chorus of American criticism directed his way. But he’s still confident he’s doing everything right....

Is Turkey Coming in From the Cold? - Soner Cagaptay, CNN

Recently, though, Turkish-EU ties have taken on new life. In December 2015, Ankara and Brussels opened a new chapter in accession talks covering monetary policy, and earlier this m...

Yes, Turkey Belongs in NATO - Bloomberg View

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used to speak with U.S. President Barack Obama more than any other foreign leader. Now he can't even make it onto Obama's official schedule w...

How Washington Got Turkey's Dictator So Wrong - Lake & Rogin, BV

When Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Washington this week, it will be an opportunity for President Barack Obama, as well as most of the Washington foreign policy es...

Why PKK Shifted to Urban Warfare - Mahmut Bozarslan, Al-Monitor

According a news report on March 29, senior PKK commander Murat Karayilan admitted that the PKK’s trench warfare was wrong. He reportedly told a pro-PKK news agency that ther...

Will Unemployment Breed More Terror in Turkey? - Zulfikar Dogan, ALM

The youth unemployment rate in Turkey’s conflict-torn southeast has shot up to nearly 25% in some areas, offering fertile ground for recruitment to Kurdish and Islamist terro...

Europe's Vacation From History Ends - Max Boot, Commentary

The Brussels attacks revealed the price of this ACLU approach to fighting terrorists. It is now obvious that this tragedy, in which at least 30 innocent people were killed and hund...

Europe's Big Freedom Fail - Christian Caryl, Foreign Policy

For many years, Europeans used the tantalizing prospect of future membership to urge the Turks toward democratic reforms — a strategy that also seemed to work wonders in East...

The Last Hope for Turkey's Lazy Democrats - Nuray Mert, Hurriyet

After the controversial Iranian-Turkish citizen businessman Reza Zarrab was arrested in the U.S. last week, it was not only cheered by thousands of ordinary Turkish citizens but al...

Five Reasons the EU-Turkey Deal Is Doomed - C. Mortera-Martinez, CER

The EU continues to muddle through the refugee crisis, improvising new solutions as it goes along. The latest may prove to be the most controversial, and the least workable, of all...

Is Turkey Ready to Be Europe's Border Guard? - Semih Idiz, Al-Monitor

There was much fanfare among government circles in Ankara after Turkey and the European Union concluded on March 18 what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls a “historic agre...

Turkey Isn't Safe for Anybody - Economist

ON MARCH 18th, as part of an agreement to stem the influx of refugees from the Middle East, the European Union endorsed Turkey as a “safe” country for asylum seekers&md...

Turkish Breakfast: The Best in the World? - Shannon Sims, Ozy

For many, breakfast is the best meal of the day — and it’s pretty serious business across Turkey. Surprise: You’re not going to have a heavy bacon-pancakes-eggs c...

Terror in Ankara, Iron Hand on Turkey - Mustafa Akyol, Hurriyet Daily

The sad thing is that we have seen this film before: the vicious cycle between radical and violent opposition forces and an arrogant and authoritarian state. It is actually a film ...

Don't Expect a Russia-Saudi Thaw Just Yet - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

Russia’s likely gradual and partial military withdrawal from Syria may minimize one of the irritants in the Russian-Saudi relationship, but it won’t address their funda...

What the Turkey Deal Says About Europe - John McTernan, Telegraph

They are right that this is an important deal that tells us much about our future. It’s just that they are wrong about the way in which it does. The debate about Turkey &ndas...

The EU's Turkey Deal: What Comes Next? - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

If the member states again fail to live up to their promises, the expensive deal with Turkey will have been for naught....

I Was Forced to Leave Turkey - Hasnain Kazim, Der Spiegel

On our last day in Turkey, my family and I are not in the mood to go, but we have to leave the country. After several torturous months of uncertainty and concern, we have no other ...

How Muslim Governments Impose Ignorance - Mustafa Akyol, NY Times

This willful closed-mindedness is not an inherent feature of Islam. A thousand years ago, Muslim societies were open and curious, while Christian Europe was insular and fearful of ...

How EU-Turkey Deal Could Fail - Von Der Burchard & Barigazzi, Politico EU

The list of complaints is long — and growing....

Where Is Ankara's 'Je Suis' Moment? - Liz Cookman, The Guardian

While the circumstances of the various attacks in the two cities were very different – Ankara has been subjected to three suicide bomb attacks while Paris’s attacks in January ...

Turkey's Botched Approach to Syria - Hassan Hassan, The National

Over the past five years, Turkey emerged as one of the top, if not the top, humanitarian supporter of the Syrian people fleeing violence in their country. No fair-minded Syrian can...

Can the EU-Turkey Partnership Survive? - Cengiz Candar, Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — who is increasingly displaying authoritarian, even dictatorial, tendencies — was quick to grasp that the EU is no longer dealing from a...

It's Time to Abandon Erdogan's Turkey - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

Kurds in Syria and Iraq are our most important allies in Syria’s civil war, and are key to finding a peaceful settlement to that conflict. By turning them into enemies strict...

Europe's Dangerous Liaisons - Mathieu von Rohr, Der Spiegel

Unable to reach an internal agreement, the EU has turned to Turkey in an effort to solve the refugee crisis. But by doing so, Europe is strengthening President Erdogan's position a...

American Embassy in Turkey Hit by Suicide Blast, at Least 2 Dead

The suicide bomber who killed one person and wounded another today in an attack on the U.S. Embassy inAnkara is a member of an outlawed leftist group, Turkish Interior Ministe...

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