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

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.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Will Erdogan’s overtures to Russia and Israel save Turkey’s economy?

July 1, 2016

Erdogan will shrug off criticism at home for making embarrassing foreign policy U-turns in a bid to restore deeply severed ties with Russia and Israel, as he is more focused on reaping the expected economic benefits.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Is Brexit a curse or a blessing for Turkey?

June 28, 2016

The British vote to leave the EU raises some hard and complicated questions for Turkey’s EU relations and its bid to join the bloc.

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