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(Erdogan) has never won elections when not delivering (economic) growth, that’s why he is trying to cultivate financial inflows from outside actors; resetting with wealthy (Gulf states like) the Saudis, the Emiratis.
Found on CNN 4 months ago
The two leaders have an affinity for each other as strongman presidents, the Erdogan-Trump part of the U.S.-Turkey relationship is really the only component of it that is currently working right now.
The Erdogan-Trump part of the U.S.-Turkey relationship is really the only component of it that is currently working right now, confidence between government agencies of both countries has eroded and there is considerable anger towards the U.S. in Turkey and vice versa.
I think, though, the bigger driver...(is that) Erdogan has realized that the U.S. will not help him in Syria against the YPG, and Putin will, in return, Putin has lured Turkey into lucrative deals and bargains, many of which undermine Turkey's pro-Western orientation, the S-400 purchase being a case in point.
Half of the country hates him... the other half adores him, and thinks he can do nothing wrong, the latter will therefore agree with him, if an economic meltdown happens, that this is driven by outsiders and the domestic opponents who want to undermine Erdogan.
The office of prime minister will cease to exist. Erdogan will become head of state, head of government, head of the police, head of the army and head of the ruling party, he will become the most powerful Turkish leader since Ataturk, and in some regards more powerful.
It's terrible news for Turkey because Erdogan has almost no graceful exit left, his only exit is to keep winning, winning, winning elections.
Erdogan has all odds stacked in his favor. From ... economic growth to the state of emergency which he has been using to crack down on opposition, to a near complete control of the media.
Incirlik is important to the anti-ISIS struggle, but it's not indispensable, if Washington feels that this becomes the sine qua non in the relationship, the U.S. might pull the plug out. It would require a repositioning of forces.
Found on Reuters 6 years ago
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