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Divided Turkey: Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss

Divided Turkey: Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2017

Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerged victorious from last Sunday's referendum, but his slim margin of victory may actually have weakened his rule. Opposition to the Turkish president's power grab is forming and the EU can do little other than stand aside and watch. By Onur Burçak Belli and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum

Head Scratching in Europe: Brussels and Berlin Shaken By Turkish Referendum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 21, 2017

A significant number of eligible Turkish voters living in Europe supported the referendum that curtails democracy in Turkey. That has triggered calls for consequences in both Berlin and Brussels and stirred up the German election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Opinion: It's Time To Break Off EU Membership Talks with Turkey

Opinion: It's Time To Break Off EU Membership Talks with Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2017

Turks have voted to give their autocratic president even more power, with few checks and balances. By doing so, they have cast their ballot against the values of the European Union. It's time for the EU to take action by ending membership talks with Turkey. By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]

Opinion: The Bizarre Behavior of Turkish-German Voters

Opinion: The Bizarre Behavior of Turkish-German Voters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2017

A clear majority of Turkish voters in Germany cast ballots in favor of Erdogan's presidential system -- many out of spite for the country. The development reveals how far immigrants from Turkey still have to go before they will be integrated at the center of society. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]


Turkey's Power Struggle: How Erdogan's Referendum Gamble Might Backfire

Turkey's Power Struggle: How Erdogan's Referendum Gamble Might Backfire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2017

As the date of Turkey's referendum on whether to grant President Recep Erdogan sweeping presidential powers approaches, even long-time supporters are wavering. The country's leader may have overplayed his hand -- and a defeat could spell trouble. By Eren Caylan and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Distorted Views: Pro-Erdogan Sites Take Aim at Critics in Germany

Distorted Views: Pro-Erdogan Sites Take Aim at Critics in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2017

Websites like the Ottoman Generation and Muslim Mainstream have become gathering points for supporters of Erdogan in Germany. But they are also being used to incite hatred against the Turkish president's critics. By Susan Djahangard and Katrin Elger more... Comment ]


Global Spying Network: Turkey's Worldwide Monitoring of Suspected Gülen Supporters

Global Spying Network: Turkey's Worldwide Monitoring of Suspected Gülen Supporters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2017

The Turkish government is spying on its own citizens around the world on a previously unreported scale, even in such far-flung corners as Ulaanbaatar and Dar Es Salaam. The espionage is detailed in newly obtained documents from Turkey's embassies. By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Turkey's Struggling Economy: The Demise of the Anatolian Tiger

Turkey's Struggling Economy: The Demise of the Anatolian Tiger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2017

Turkey's economy is suffering badly amid the country's political uncertainty. Investors have lost confidence, tourists are staying away and the lira is rapidly losing value. President Erdogan hasn't grasped the severity of the situation. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]


Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2017

German intelligence doesn't buy Turkish President Erdogan's claims that last year's coup attempt was backed by the Gülen movement. BND chief Bruno Kahl, 54, speaks with SPIEGEL about Turkey, possible Russian interference in German elections and what to expect from Islamic State. Interview Conducted by Martin Knobbe, Fidelius Schmid and Alfred Weinzierl more... Comment ]

Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

Erdogan and His Followers: Turkish Referendum Casts Dark Shadow over Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2017

Turkey is divided ahead of a key constitutional referendum to grant President Erdogan more power. So too is Germany's Turkish population. Officials are concerned that violence could be the result while ordinary Germans are unable to understand how anyone could support Erdogan. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]