Erdogan

Turkish democracy has just died; Europe could not have saved it

16 April 2017 23:33

Well farewell then Turkey.  Or at least, farewell the Turkey of Kemal Ataturk.  It’s a shame.  Ataturk-ism nearly made its…

Will Turkey dare to vote ‘No’ in Erdogan’s referendum?

15 April 2017 17:56

Istanbul The Istanbul skyline is famous for being punctuated by mosques. Great domes of worship, with minarets reaching towards the…

Europe’s elite rightly feel extinction breathing down their necks

19 March 2017 9:00

Allahu Akbar! Greetings from Samsun, where Turkish protestors — their eyeballs spinning in orgasmic Islamic rage — tried to set…

How Erdogan used the Dutch as political pawns

15 March 2017 10:12

Rotterdam What started as a minor disagreement between Turkey and the Netherlands has now expanded into an unprecedented diplomatic spat. Turkish attempts…

How the Turkey question could swing the Dutch vote

14 March 2017 7:52

Douglas Murray and Melle Garschagen, UK and Ireland correspondent for NRC, discuss the Dutch election: The Dutch public go to the…

Boris Johnson’s award-winning entry in the ‘President Erdogan Offensive Poetry’ competition

28 December 2016 10:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 4, in which the future foreign…

President Erdogan’s media mouthpiece aims to woo the west

18 November 2016 11:00

‘Until the lion learns how to write, every story will glorify the hunter,’ bellowed Turkey’s President Erdogan as he officially…

The Spectator took on Chancellor Merkel and President Erdogan – and won

4 October 2016 16:37

Hurray!  It is not often one gets good news, but here is some.  Jan Boehmermann, the German comedian who read…

When Boris finally meets Erdogan, I hope they discuss his rude poem

26 September 2016 19:14

In March of this year the Turkish government complained about an item on German television which was critical of Recep…

Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

27 August 2016 8:59

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Hundreds, if not thousands,…

Is Putin and Erdogan’s bromance back on?

11 August 2016 10:07

At a luncheon to mark a thawing of relations between Turkey and Russia this week, the diners were given a…

How President Erdogan hopes to erase Ataturk’s Turkey

5 August 2016 13:06

‘One day my mortal body will turn to dust, but the Turkish Republic will stand forever,’ said Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,…

Will the US cave into Erdogan’s extradition demand?

30 July 2016 8:30

The three-month school summer recess began in Turkey just over four weeks ago. But for some teachers they may never…

President Erdogan’s postmodern coup

24 July 2016 8:00

‘Big theatre,’ the man who runs the shop downstairs said to me as I tried to buy a tin of…

The war on Christians is extending into Turkey

19 July 2016 16:02

Turkey’s President Erdogan is already facing international calls to respect human rights in Turkey following last weekend’s failed coup. Now…

The story behind Boris Johnson’s ‘President Erdogan’ poem

18 May 2016 19:02

Boris Johnson is by no means short of a bob or two but when I challenged him to create a…

The Spectator podcast: Erdogan’s Europe

6 May 2016 16:54

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…

What does Davutoglu’s resignation mean for Turkey and the EU?

5 May 2016 17:32

Ahmet Davutoglu’s resignation comes at a sensitive moment for the EU’s migration deal with Turkey. Why did the prime minister…

When the EU is no longer able to bribe Turkey, the blackmail will begin

4 March 2016 16:11

As James Forsyth mentioned earlier this week, things could get much worse in Turkey. Indeed, they will. Europe’s hope that Turkey…

Kurds can pull off miracles, but they need help against Isis

6 November 2014 12:05

The Kurds can pull off minor miracles when they need to. They require active support, however, now they are at…

Turkey redux

8 June 2013 9:56

It must be boring for you too, returning to the same complaint, over and over again. Report on the BBC’s…