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Election 2011: a victory for the West Bank, you say?

In 2011 general election, Democratisation, International relations on June 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdoğan, a man whose self-aggrandising style of leadership has already been coming in for increasing criticism, outdid himself in his victory speech following Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Sometimes public figures push themselves to a place beyond parody. This was Read the rest of this entry »


Why Turkey’s current account deficit matters

In 2011 general election, Economy on June 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

For obvious reasons, all eyes in Turkey have been focused in recent days on the outcome of Saturday’s parliamentary elections. But the release on Monday of April’s balance of payments data by the central bank shouldn’t be overlooked. Turkey’s widening current account deficit is shaping up to be Read the rest of this entry »

Election 2011: whither the CHP after the AKP’s biggest victory yet?

In 2011 general election on June 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

So, the results are in and they make for miserable reading for Turkey’s main opposition party, the CHP. If the CHP is searching for a silver lining, they will find one in the fact that the party increased its share of the vote from 21 per cent in 2007 to 26 per cent yesterday. Looked at in isolation, that’s Read the rest of this entry »

Election 2011: what would a non-AKP government look like?

In 2011 general election on June 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

One of the biggest advantages enjoyed by the current AKP government is the fact that it its nine years in power have been characterised by a level of political and economic stability that is remarkable by Turkish standards. Voters value the AKP not just for what it has and hasn’t done, but also for the fact that it has carved out the political freedom (in terms of Read the rest of this entry »

Election 2011: Turkey goes to the polls

In 2011 general election on June 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

And so it starts. For some hours now Turkey’s 50 million voters have been making their way to polling stations across the country to cast their ballots in another parliamentary election that must be described in pivotal. This has been the story of the AKP era in Turkey’s modern history. Each of its election victories has marked an important stage in the country’s Read the rest of this entry »

Gauging the likely impact of Sunday’s election in Turkey

In 2011 general election, Constitution, Kurdish question, Party politics on June 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Ahead of Turkey’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, Yigal Schleifer, who maintains the must-read Istanbul Calling blog, is making a guest appearance here to answer a number of my questions about the likely impact of the poll. In return, you’ll find my responses to a series of Yigal’s questions over on Istanbul Calling. Read the rest of this entry »

What the YSK debacle tells us about democratic reform in Turkey

In 2011 general election, A new constitution, Constitution, Democratisation, Kurdish question, Women in Turkey on April 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

For the past week, Turkey has been convulsed by the decision of the country’s electoral board (YSK) to prohibit a group of Kurdish independent candidates from participating in June’s general election. The YSK’s ruling prompted a political crisis as well as angry protests in which one young Read the rest of this entry »

Turkey’s general election: countdown to a fait accompli

In 2011 general election, Constitution, Democratisation, Party politics, Turkey on April 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

On June 12 Turkey’s electorate will go to the polls in the country’s 17th general election. In each of the last two elections, in 2002 and 2007, the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) has emerged as a comfortable winner. It is all but certain to do so again this year. There are risks to this forecast, but they have Read the rest of this entry »

Testing times ahead as Turkey’s 2011 election nears

In 2011 general election, Democratisation on March 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Returning to consider Turkish affairs after some months spent focusing elsewhere has been sobering and disheartening. The early months of 2011 were always going to be important, setting the tone both for a general election that will be held in June 2011, as well as, crucially, for the drafting of a new constitution thereafter. Without undue optimism Read the rest of this entry »