How Turkey sees itself and the world!

Understanding the new Turkey from within

With Turkey facing an important parliamentary election on June 12th, ECFR’s new publication – “What does Turkey think?” – helps to unravel the puzzle that is modern Turkey, delving deeper into how the country sees itself and the world.

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However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence of parliaments and elections alone – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan


Havlayanlar ve bayram etiyle it tavlayanlar…






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The Political Agenda of the June 2011 General Elections & Que fera M. Erdogan pour le Moyen-Orient après sa victoire dont personne ne doute ?

La Turquie :

A la veille de bouleversement ?

A-t-il bénéficié d’un concours de circonstances qui lui a permis de ton et d’action au point de rogner sur les attributions de l’institution militaire constitutionnellement garante de la laïcité de la Turquie ?

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Siyasiler için “lokum” gibi toplumla seçime giderken…

Seçime günler kaldı! İyi de biz neyi seçeceğiz ?

©Nazmiye Halvaşi


Türkiye bir kez daha sandık başına gitmeye hazırlanıyor.

Haftaya Pazar gecesi, dananın kuyruğu kopmuş, ak mı kara mı anlaşılmış olacak.

Sokaklar rengârenk bayraklarla bezenmişken, farklı tonlarda sesler yükseliyor hoparlörlerden…

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Erdogan’s last hurrah…( & implications on foreign affairs…)

The election on June 12th:  a big impact on Turkey’s future

The reach of Turkish companies is spreading. They operate not just across the region but around the globe. Turkey is now the world’s second-biggest maker of flat glass and Europe’s third-biggest producer of televisions. Many construction projects in the Middle East involve Turkish firms and workers. Turkish Airlines, once known by its code letters as “They Hate You”, has turned into a global force as Istanbul, now Europe’s biggest city by far, has become an aviation hub.

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12 Juin Elections : We need an alternative. We need the execution of power checking mechanism…


Are Muslims competitors for traditional citizens of Europe?

©Yonca Poyraz Doğan

« Turkey today is far beyond the pluralism that we started to experience in the 1950s and then in the post 1990 period. Now we are really debating the Armenian issue, the Kurdish issue, every day. I don’t believe at all that we are in an Islamic republic where everything is under control »

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Freedom of Expression in Turkey & Europe’s Special Reporter…

Council of Europe Special Envoy to Turkey


Strasbourg, 30.05.2011 – During a press briefing, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today informed journalists that he has appointed Gérard Stoudmann as his Special Envoy to assess the situation of freedom of expression in Turkey, following an invitation made by the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in April.

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