New opportunity to get Turkey right emerges

Ankara, June 23, 2015: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (front) leaves the nation’s parliament building after deputies who won their seats in inconclusive elections were sworn in (source: dpa)
Ankara, June 23, 2015: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (front) leaves the nation’s parliament building after deputies who won their seats in inconclusive elections were sworn in (source: dpa)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is back in the driver’s seat after his ruling party scored a decisive win in the November snap elections. While Mr Erdogan has never been a favourite of Western decision makers and opinion shapers, his renewed mandate makes him a useful partner in efforts to resolve the Syrian civil war and the migrant crisis that threatens to swamp Europe.

The scale of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) victory, which gave it a comfortable majority in parliament, took both domestic and foreign commentators by surprise. Turkish politicians as well seem to have been caught unawares, as the ballot had been expected to be a rerun of the inconclusive June 2015...

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