Monthly Archives: January 2016

Laffranque and the judges of the ECtHR on Turkey

Judge Julia Laffranque and her six colleagues at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) deserve huge credit for the recently delivered landmark decision that found Turkey in breach of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), … Continue reading

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The new WTO deal and Turkey

Although the Turkish Parliament last week approved the 2014 Protocol amending the Marrakesh Agreement, which established the World Trade Organization (WTO), paving the way for more trade opportunities for Turkey, the current practices of the Islamist-rooted government that apparently opts … Continue reading

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The lack of accountability in Turkey

The lack of accountability in the current government of Turkey, which is in the hands of a group of ideological zealots and Islamist demagogues, hampers the nation’s efforts to deal with a host of domestic and foreign policy challenges.
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Turkey to fail EU on visa roadmap

Turkey’s current Islamist rulers, swamped in a neck-deep corruption dragnet and scared of being held accountable for allegedly aiding and abetting radical groups in Syria, have no interest or incentive whatsoever to fully live up to the country’s commitments specified in the action plan for the visa liberalization roadmap that is the backbone of the recent refugee deal between Turkey and the EU. Continue reading

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Turkey has lost its bearings

The awkward and unbalanced position Turkey has taken with regard to the growing feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran, two regional heavyweights in the Middle East, has more to do with the whims and emotions of one man in the Turkish leadership who wants to cash in on regional crises in order to sustain the patronage system the political Islamists have built in Turkey over the last decade. National security and trade interests are not the main driving factors that have pushed Turkey to side with Riyadh against Tehran, prompting serious questions on the sustainability of such a position in the medium and long run. Continue reading

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Confusion on Turkey and EU migrant deal

If it is not a deliberate misrepresentation by Turkey’s Ministry of European Union Affairs, there has been confusion on how to spend the 3 billion euros the EU is set to provide Turkey for taking care of the millions of refugees it has been hosting in its territory. Continue reading

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Confidence crisis between Turkey and Iraq

The recent feud between Turkey and Iraq over the deployment of a small contingent of Turkish troops to a camp near Mosul for training purposes may be a tempest in a teapot, given that 15 foreign nations keep military officers in Iraq and that the federal government has effectively lost control of a large swath of Iraqi territory to Kurds, terror groups, and Sunni and Shiite militias. Continue reading

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