Turkey

Let’s talk about how the Turkish government deals with dissidents abroad

13 October 2018 15:53

The indignation over the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has taken an interesting turn now that Donald Trump…

The Mesut Özil affair is an own goal for Erdogan’s critics

15 August 2018 12:36

The morning after Mesut Özil’s shock resignation from the German national football team, his family’s ancestral home set to work.…

Erdogan, Trump and other fragile egos: Theresa May’s unenviable foreign policy dilemmas

29 June 2018 16:39

Given the way her Cabinet ministers are behaving at the moment, Theresa May is really rather used to dealing with…

Erdogan’s victory means Turkey’s future is far from certain

27 June 2018 10:32

Many people I know woke up yesterday morning with a knot in their stomachs. ‘Another five years,’ I heard one…

How Europe’s Turks could sweep Erdogan to victory

31 May 2018 13:12

President Erdogan can raise a crowd. As he travels to every corner of his huge country in the month before…

Erdogan’s influence is spreading across Europe

29 May 2018 16:17

Two video clips did the rounds in the French media at the weekend. One went global, that of the heart-warming heroism…

The dilemma of Germany’s Turkish footballers

17 May 2018 17:05

What’s the German for ‘The best laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley’? Mezut Özil (Arsenal) and İlkay…

Theresa May’s tricky Turkish diplomacy dilemma

14 May 2018 15:44

Turkey’s President Erdogan is in London this week, having tea with the Queen and praising Britain as a ‘real friend’.…

What common ground will Theresa May find with President Erdogan?

13 May 2018 12:06

When Turkey’s President Erdogan visits Theresa May in Downing Street on Tuesday, he will no doubt be on his best…

President Erdogan’s Syrian dilemma

12 April 2018 15:56

Istanbul It is a bad time to have an ally on the fence. With US military action in Syria looking…

Erdogan is unravelling Ataturk’s legacy

27 March 2018 7:14

If there is a place in Turkey where Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the swaggering six-foot president, looks small it is at…

Turkey’s slide into authoritarianism continues

18 February 2018 11:45

It took only a few hours for hope to turn to fresh despair. At lunchtime on Friday, the German-Turkish journalist…

Turkey’s religious authorities tighten their grip

9 February 2018 11:00

Turkey’s top religious body has issued a new fatwa, saying that ‘every pious Muslim must only use their right hand…

Turkey tightens control over Syria’s war narrative

31 January 2018 9:00

Something has changed in the way we cover Syria. In 2015, Turkey began building a wall along the length of…

Thank goodness Turkey is not in the EU

24 January 2018 13:12

What, you might well ask, could possibly make the situation in Syria look much worse, after President Erdogan’s assault on…

The West should beware encouraging Turkey to look to the East

22 January 2018 13:22

Turkey’s decision to send troops into Syria to fight the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) shouldn’t come as a shock…

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…