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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the Turkish capital.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Bahceli clears way for Erdogan's referendum

December 1, 2016

With this unexpected move the MHP has become the key player in Turkish politics.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey looks to US as EU relations worsen

November 11, 2016

Ankara is cautiously optimistic that the election of Donald Trump may mark the start of a new era.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Erdogan's high stakes game

October 14, 2016

The revival of the plan to create an executive presidency risks further social polarisation and political tension.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey is getting drawn into Syrian quagmire

September 1, 2016

The longer Turkey stays in Syria the higher the chances of more confrontations with local forces, even maybe with the Syrian regime itself.

ISTANBUL BLOG: West's slow support for Turkey over failed coup will cost it dear

August 3, 2016

The EU and US will pay dearly for their slow reaction to the attempted military coup in Turkey. Turkish commentators have started accusing the White House and Brussels of wanting to see the coup succeed, pushing Turkey into Russia's arms.

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