Turkey: the main outcomes of 2018
After the election, Erdoğan’s leadership position was significantly strengthened and his powers as head of state were expanded. The political influence of opposition forces in making domestic and foreign policy decisions decreased dramatically, despite the relative increase of their representation in the current parliament.
Towards the end of the Turkish-American alliance
The relationship between Turkey and the US is in the darkest hour of its history. Turkey, a member of NATO since 1952, is deepening its ties with Russia and Iran, countries the US defines as absolute enemies.
Weekly-review (20-26th of August)
The intensification of the US-China trade war / The EU takes a stand against the US’s anti-Turkish policies / Venezuela: an economic reformation with global consequences
Mutual sanctions: Turkey and the United States on the brink of economic war
The relationship between Turkey and the US has reached a critical point. Sanctions against two Turkish ministers alongside new tariffs on steel and aluminium have destroyed the former strategic partnership of the two NATO members. The situation is critical: no compromise is in sight, and every day brings new tariffs and critical assessments. Erdogan is accusing the US of disrespectful behavior, and Trump continues to impose new sanctions. The Turkish Lira remains unstable.