Turkey’s last chance to save its secularism

Turkey’s last chance to save its secularism
Turkey’s last chance to save its secularism

From the rise to power to the fateful elections, Globes commentator Yoav Karni writes about the years of Erudan’s rule

■ For the first time in 20 years, Erdogan has a serious chance of losing power in Turkey
March 8, 2023

The opposition alliance in Turkey agreed this week on a common candidate who is expected to challenge Erdogan’s autocratic rule in the upcoming elections in May • She promises to return to a “strengthened parliamentary regime”, where decisions will be made “in consultation and agreement” • The polls show an unprecedented chance in her favor


■ The Trojan horse that undermines the unity of the West against Russia
January 25, 2023

The burning of the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm gave Erdogan the desired excuse to thwart the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO • On the eve of a very close general election, he again places the defense of Islam at the center of his political


■ Erdoğan’s conundrum: his zigzags are designed for one purpose – victory in the upcoming elections
August 21, 2022

The president of Turkey is reconciling with Israel, partly to get rid of the “negative spirit” in the Congress in Washington • He is trying to restore the confidence of the markets, to save his economy and overcome a very strong domestic opposition • “In his situation he cannot afford to lose,” writes his biographer


■ Is this the end of Erdogan’s rule in Turkey?
December 11, 2021

The almighty president may be running out of air. The polls predict a defeat for him • The elections are only in a year and a half – but they may change the face of the Middle East


■ What does Erdogan want? First of all he wants to stay in power
November 14, 2021

The arrest of the Israelis who filmed his home for the crime of “espionage” fits with the diplomatic behavior of the Turkish president whenever he is pushed to the wall: public anger, a promise to protect the “honor of the motherland” and conspiracies • these help him win a distraction while the polls show he may lose In the 2023 elections • With 20% inflation and wholesale dismissals of governors, Erdogan is in trouble


■ Back to the Libyan desert: the Turks are coming, the Turks are coming
December 29, 2019

In 1912, the Ottoman Empire lost Libya to Italy, and immediately afterwards was pushed out of Europe.


■ The beginning of the end of Erdogan’s rule? The Turkish Mapai resurrected this week in the elections in Istanbul
June 27, 2019

A big, shrinking old party performed a miracle this week: the Turkish Mapai was resurrected in municipal elections • Maybe the original Mapai can learn a lesson or two


■ Erdogan: There is no peace inside Turkey and there is no peace outside of it
July 15, 2019

Erdogan’s first advisers tried to convince him to pursue a foreign policy of “zero problems”. They were fired


■ The Turkish leadership is losing its grip on reality
August 16, 2018

The president of Turkey has concentrated so much power in his hands that he cannot share responsibility – or blame • He is trying to deal with a dramatic economic crisis with the same means he deals with political opponents: with loud shouts and threats • He is calling for the confiscation of iPhones, while his finance minister promises to overthrow the the dollar


■ Turkey’s time of trial
June 20, 2018

For the first time since coming to power, Erdogan faced a dangerous opponent: Muharram Ince, candidate of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) for the presidency • The forecasts continue to speak of a victory for Erdogan in the first round, but if he does not get a majority on Sunday, and if the elections move to a second round next month, the equation will be wide open



■ Erdogan vs. 1923
October 29, 2016

Turkey’s designated dictator is very angry about the abandonment of the homeland 93 years ago


■ The affair with Erdogan
December 26, 2015

Erdogan returns to the Israeli slot. to open the door? Absolutely, but no hallucinations


■ Turkey: The city square is full again
June 11, 2015

Dictators run a great risk when they allow even a modicum of democracy


■ Erdogan and the 16 empires
January 15, 2015

No one knows where the Erdogan revolution will end


■ The Ghosts of Turkey
June 14, 2013

Shadows lengthen on Taksim Square. Back to “The Little Fat Man”


■ What did you learn in Erdoğan kindergarten today, my little Muslim brother
June 3, 2012

The most naked political tactician of our time, Tayyip Erdoğan, tried to teach the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt how to crack the generals’ vault: with candy-lips and pretensions. “No, thank you,” they answered him. Now, on the eve of the second round of the presidential elections, on the verge of panic, they are adopting the Erdogan formula. We’ll see if it’s too late


■ Strategic enemy
December 29, 2011

Erdogan has found a new enemy, France, and he is showing her who she is dealing with. You are “filth and blood”, he says. Arrogance and rudeness are the characteristics of his politics


■ We lost Turkey
December 3, 2009

It is not pleasant to lose friends. It’s even less pleasant to lose allies. But there is no escape from admitting that Turkey is lost. She will be an active opponent


■ Hug a Turk and rest
May 29, 2008

This summer, one hundred years ago, Turkey was kicked out of the Middle East with a slamming door. Now she returns to her central place. Israel should be on its side


■ Turkish winter
January 12, 2003

Did you want a new Middle East? Here he comes: Tayyip Erdogan believes he has discovered the way to cut off Turkey from the West, from secularism and from Israel. He will do so through Europe