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It is not just an Erdoğan problem

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Turkey is suffering from a number of serious political, social and economic crises. The country has not only been facing a threat of sliding to authoritarian religious-nationalistic politics, it has also been losing many of its Western friends and is embroiled in a major rift with NATO. It is stuck with a Kurdish problem and its regional politics have largely failed. It is suffering from an impending economic crisis due to the mismanagement of its economic growth model and because its international credit has been tarnished. Finally, the trial of Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab in the U.S. is set to be a nightmare for Turkey in both the political and economic sense.

But unlike often claimed by domestic and foreign critics, Turkey is not simply suffering from an “Erdoğan problem.” This is not to say that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should be immune to criticism or to deny the fact that he plays a major role in current problems. It just means that the problems are far more complex. One-man rule is never solely caused by........

© Hürriyet Daily News