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Search for Turkey’s soul

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28.01.2020

“all ignorance toboggans into know / and trudges up to ignorance again” -thus had once mused e.e. cummings (1894-1962), the distinguished American poet (who famously shunned capital letters) in the middle of the last century. To understand Turkey’s current foreign policy foolhardiness, one has to first figure out Turkey right perhaps, and to do that, again perhaps, think about the “after-Erdoğan” era.

Turkey stands yet at a crossroads. After all, for any self-proclaimed student of the Turkish history, this should be the most unnerving pseudo-observation. It seems as if this republic had never had any particular period of comfort in its history where it did not encounter a crossroads. Maybe this much chewed and spit “crossroads” or “do-or-die” rhetoric was and still is the main instrument of the regime’s evergreen eternity.

It had seemed to come at an end though, when the 1999 Marmara Earthquake literally shook the ground under the feet of the state. The 2002 elections have meant that the people had enough and booted all the establishment out hand in hand. The minority political islamists have ridden the center-right elephant almost until when the failed 15th of July, 2016 coup added the last bit of........

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