Turkey

Russia damaged Turkey’s economy in the name of diplomacy. Is the US about to do the same?

11 October 2017 11:33

Istanbul President Erdogan has spent much of this year slinging muck at Europe’s heads of state, and he has damaged…

Cypriot reunification still seems a distant prospect

8 July 2017 11:51

In the early hours of this morning, the tired-looking Secretary General of the UN took to the stage in Switzerland…

Trump and Erdogan: the new populists

18 May 2017 17:17

Istanbul The most dramatic part of President Erdogan’s visit to Washington this week was the punch-up between his security guards…

Erdogan keeps winning because his opponents never learn

17 April 2017 10:48

Istanbul President Erdogan hardly swept to victory yesterday. But with 51 per cent of the electorate turning out in favour…

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…

President Erdogan’s nationalist game plan

20 March 2017 15:05

Ask any two Turkish nationalists how they will vote in their country’s upcoming referendum, and you’re likely to get two…

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…

Foreign journalists consider abandoning Turkey after Reina nightclub attack

1 January 2017 16:43

It’s a sobering start to 2017 for many in Istanbul. Dozens dead and many more wounded after a man in…

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…

Ambassador Karlov’s killing leaves Turkey’s relations with Russia hanging in the balance once again

20 December 2016 7:53

They say a picture is worth a thousands words. The one of an off-duty police officer standing triumphantly over the…

With populism on the rise, Erdogan can now blackmail the EU

30 November 2016 11:53

President Erdogan is no stranger to blackmailing the EU. He has previously used migrants as a ‘loaded gun’ with which…

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…

How much does Boris Johnson care about free speech in Turkey?

27 September 2016 18:01

Ankara Shaking hands with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday must have been one of the most toe-curling moments Boris Johnson…

Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for his President Erdogan poem

27 September 2016 11:45

Back in May, Boris Johnson was awarded first prize in the Spectator’s ‘President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition’, for the following…

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…

After years of desperation, at last there is a glimmer of hope in Syria

10 September 2016 10:29

Sat on the dusty ground with the heat of the sun beating down on her, Nur looked exhausted. Arms wrapped…

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…

Germany turns against EU-Turkey deal

9 August 2016 16:05

Is the tide in Germany turning against Turkey? It certainly seems to be. A poll today shows a majority of Germans…

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…