Editorial

The sick man of Turkey

In the mid-19th century the Ottoman Empire was well past its best years and became known as “the sick man of Europe”. It took several decades for the successor state to emerge, much reduced in size and ambition but with a new vision for itself, as modern Turkey under Kemal Ataturk in the 1920s. The Army became the guardian of the secular, Western-oriented state, with democratic periods interrupted by coups. That until Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power through elections for the first time in 2002, and it has stayed there since. Many of us were happy to see the initial AKP victories, which sig...



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