Turkey’s strongman is far from all-powerful, and he is risking an almighty backlash.
Posts Tagged: Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The killing gives Turkey’s autocrat the opportunity to make common cause with the Saudi prince’s enemies.
Plus: Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani meet at the Three Wise Monkeys Summit – hear no evil, see no evil…and evil. Guess which is which.
Caught between Moscow’s ruthless security forces and a million newly-arrived Russian settlers, the peninsula’s minority population deserves our support.
He has at every stage seized the initiative and outplayed – then persecuted – his opponents.
The Conservative leadership has opted to continue its controversial alliance with Erdogan’s AK Party
The AKP’s status in ACRE, the Tory international alliance, was in doubt – but it survived a vote with Conservative backing.
With growing problems at home, many member states are at odds with the Commission’s punitive line on Brexit.
Iain Dale: “Um…I…er…it depends on the context.” The stinking hypocrisy of the new LibDem MP over Turkey.
Plus: Trump’s tactics, Labour’s splits, and LibDem divisions.
They discussed trade, Cyprus, Syria and aviation security.
Our own security services have managed superbly. But a danger thwarted is not a danger ended.
We risk losing Ankara to Russian influence if we don’t show Erdogan more understanding.
Like Putin, he rules as unconstitutional monarch. Unlike Putin, his state is a member of NATO.
The ability to leverage a nation’s influence through international networks and institutions is key to promoting the national interest in the modern world.
In putting down the coup, the strongman of Ankara has gone too far. His nation’s institutions are severely weakened.
Daniel Hannan: I’m glad the Turkish coup was defeated – but the country’s future now hangs in the balance
No military coup against an elected government ever improved things. But Turkey’s rulers ought to opt for statesmanship, not vengeance.