Turkey’s view of the world must fit with the facts

On Wednesday, September 13, while the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was outlining his vision for the European Union in Brussels, Turkey’s EU Minister Ömer Çelik was delivering a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, in London. In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker was describing Turkey as a […]

The pot calling the kettle black

Turkish-German relationship that had been following a downward trajectory since July 2016 coup attempt, has now hit rock bottom. Last month, President Erdogan called on the Turkish immigrant community in Germany not to vote for Turkey’s enemies at the country’s September 24 federal elections. He named them as the three main parties- the Christian Democratic […]

For Turkey’s opposition, it’s time to set aside its differences

Turkey’s main opposition the Republican People’s Party’s four-day Justice Congress in the western Canakkale region has come to an end with a five-article declaration. Building on the success of the 450-kilometre ‘Justice March’ from Ankara to İstanbul in March this year, the party was hoping to maintain the momentum of demand for an end to […]

Journalism is still a crime in Turkey

It has been called “Kafkaesque”, “surreal even by Turkey’s own standards”, “utterly absurd” and “tragicomic”. Some described it as an unprecedented attack to intimidate the independent media. The five-day long trial of seventeen journalists and executives of Cumhuriyet newspaper in Istanbul was widely seen as a “test for Turkey”. A joint statement by international observers […]