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Washington Post (August 14)

2018/ 08/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Even in a world where the United States’ military and diplomatic power seems to be in retreat, there is an element of the U.S.-led order that’s as strong as ever — our dominance of the global economy.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey “may think he can bluff his way through the Brunson crisis, but Turkish banks, construction companies and bondholders know better. In the still-global economy, going it alone really isn’t an option… This summer, as ever, we sink or swim together.”

 

New York Times (March 4)

2018/ 03/ 06 by jd in Global News

“There can be little doubt now.” President Donald Trump “truly sees no danger in Mr. Xi’s ‘great’ decision to extend his own rule until death. That craven reaction is in line with Mr. Trump’s consistent support and even admiration for men ruling with increasing brutal and autocratic methods—Vladimir Putin of Russia, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, to name a few.”

 

Financial Times (April 19)

2017/ 04/ 21 by jd in Global News

“After 15 years of Mr Erdogan’s tightening grip, first as prime minister and now as president, almost half the population said a resounding No to one-man rule.” Still, they did not prevail. “What Turks now face is not a French or US-style presidency but something like Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin rule — and half the country knows this well.”

 

Reuters (November 30)

2016/ 12/ 01 by jd in Global News

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “needs to initiate a change in direction by releasing all caught up in the frenzy of collective punishment, dialing back on Turkey’s emergency laws and revising Turkey’s overbroad terrorism laws.” The witch-hunt has trampled too many basic rights rights. “Not long ago Turkey was on a path of commitment to protect those very rights and values. It’s not too late to return.”

 

The Economist (July 23)

2016/ 07/ 24 by jd in Global News

Since the coup in Turkey, two things have become clear. “First, the people of Turkey showed great bravery in coming out onto the streets to confront the soldiers; hundreds died…. Opposition parties, no matter how much they may despise President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, united to denounce the assault on democracy. Better the flawed, Islamist-tinged strongman than the return of the generals for the fifth time since the 1960s. The second, more alarming conclusion is that Mr Erdogan is fast destroying the very democracy that the people defended with their lives.”

 

The Economist (June 13)

2015/ 06/ 14 by jd in Global News

In Turkey, voters sent a “signal to Erdogan.” They showed “they prefer liberal democracy to Islamist autocracy. But they have made it harder to form a government,” which is creating some uncertainty. President Erdogan’s future is also uncertain. Though “his march towards one-man rule has been checked, it is premature to write him off.”

 

New York Times (May 24)

2015/ 05/ 26 by jd in Global News

For today’s dictator, “soaring approval ratings are a more cost-effective path to dominance than terror.” While a few violent dictators still remain, there has been a sea change in methods. “A new brand of authoritarian government has evolved that is better adapted to an era of global media, economic interdependence and information technology.” So-called ‘soft’ dictators like Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Peru’s Alberto Fujimori and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad  “concentrate power, stifling opposition and eliminating checks and balances, while using hardly any violence.”

 

Financial Times (October 8)

2014/ 10/ 08 by jd in Global News

Isis looks poised to capture Kobani and much of Syria’s border with Turkey. Will this finally jolt Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, out of his ambivalence? “If he is to retain the confidence of his longstanding allies, Mr Erdogan should move decisively against Isis and put an end to international perceptions that he is willing to dally with this deadly foe.”

 

The Economist (June 8)

2013/ 06/ 10 by jd in Global News

The riots in Turkey have less to do with religion and more to do with concerns over unchecked power. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has racked up numerous successes in governing Turkey, but his power has grown to uncomfortable proportions. “The real lesson of these events is about authoritarianism: Turkey will not put up with a middle-class democrat behaving like an Ottoman sultan.”

 

Financial Times (June 7)

2011/ 06/ 08 by jd in Global News

In Turkey, elections are slated for Sunday. It’s a foregone conclusion that Reçep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development party (AKP) will win. The AKP has controlled the country since 2002 and Prime Minister Erdogan is extremely popular. A close election would be the better than a landslide. “The big decisions that Turkey’s next parliament will take will carry greater weight if they are shaped by the opposition as well as the AKP.” These decisions include whether to switch from a parliamentary system to a presidential system.

 

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