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    Turkey’s academic petition affair: How Erdoğan’s attacks on critical academics are likely to bolster his support

Turkey’s academic petition affair: How Erdoğan’s attacks on critical academics are likely to bolster his support

A recent petition by Turkish academics criticising military operations in Kurdish-dominated areas of the country has generated substantial criticism from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other Turkish political figures. Sezin Öney argues that the affair, which has raised questions about the nature of academic freedom in Turkey, represents an attempt by Erdoğan to bolster his support among nationalist voters […]

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    The clash between Putin and Erdoğan represents a turning point in Russian-Turkish relations

The clash between Putin and Erdoğan represents a turning point in Russian-Turkish relations

Russian-Turkish relations have deteriorated sharply in the aftermath of Turkey shooting down a Russian aircraft in November. Didem Buhari-Gulmez assesses how the situation is likely to develop in the coming months. She writes that there is little consensus over what the lasting implications will be for relations between the two countries, with both Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan […]

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Experts react: EU progress reports 2015

On 10 November, a month later than usual, the European Commission released its annual reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries. We asked seven experts in the region to give their responses to the key points raised for each state. (If you are interested in how this compares to last year’s reports, the 2014 […]

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    Views on the UK’s renegotiation: Russia, Ukraine and Turkey

Views on the UK’s renegotiation: Russia, Ukraine and Turkey

Britain’s forthcoming referendum on its membership of the EU is being followed not only in the EU but also around the world. How might the rest of the world view a British exit from the EU? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP has been running a series of views from […]

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    Turkish elections: Why the EU may come to regret its support for Erdoğan

Turkish elections: Why the EU may come to regret its support for Erdoğan

Turkey held national elections on 1 November, with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan managing to regain the absolute majority in parliament that it had lost in elections in June. Ranj Alaaldin writes that while Erdoğan has successfully reasserted his control over Turkish politics, the tactics he adopted following the June elections […]

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    Turkish elections: Why Turkey’s opposition should remain hopeful despite Erdoğan’s victory

Turkish elections: Why Turkey’s opposition should remain hopeful despite Erdoğan’s victory

Turkey held a parliamentary election on 1 November, with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) founded by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan winning back the absolute majority of seats in parliament that it had lost in elections earlier this year. Firat Cengiz writes that while the results appear a substantial blow for the Turkish opposition, there remain reasons for […]

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