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Turkey’s growing estrangement from the West stems from its domestic and regional ambitions, as well as from a feeling of being unwanted in the European Union. There is also a deeper undercurrent, present since the founding of the Turkish Republic, that questions the Kemalist strategy of a radical alignment with Europe. Even so, a total break with its Western partners is not on the cards.
Dr. Udo Steinbach
The central role of the state and its dominance over society are key factors in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans for a ‘New Turkey’. Mr Erdogan, who became the nation’s first publicly elected president in August 2014, must overcome protests against his autocratic rule, continue negotiations with the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) and deal with the issues caused...
Turkey is under increasing pressure to settle the demands of the Kurdish ’terrorist group’, the PKK, and its call for a wider range of autonomy and recognition. A settlement would bring to an end more than 25 years of violence. But Turkey needs to find a political solution that considers the cultural, political and economic interests of the Kurds in all countries o...
This report examines the internal situation in Turkey. It looks at the role of the military in politics, the impact of Islam in society, the Kurdish issue and the country’s policies which affect its relations with the European Union. Reforms will be brought about only through consensus and a new constitution. TURKEY has e...