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ISTANBUL BLOG: Fiscally frightening? Let’s talk up some tightening

May 13, 2024

The Erdogan regime is, of course, not really in a position to cut its spending.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Critics seize on Turkey’s silence in face of Israel-Iran crisis

April 15, 2024

Shadow foreign minister “astonished” regional power Ankara has nothing to say. Observers think Erdogan officials fear derailing of attempt at economic recovery.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Erdogan drone boys become Forbes billionaires

April 12, 2024

To some, Selcuk Bayraktar is seen as the likely next Turkish president. But staying out of trolling spats over Israel “deliveries” might be good advice for young pretender to the throne.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Fenerbahce players walk out on Turkish football. The mafiosi are not about to join them

April 8, 2024

Country’s soccer fans used to seeing criminals sat in the first row of the VIP seats.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Social media swings from depression to mania on local election results

April 1, 2024

Erdogan “defeat” provides further illustration of how no-one even remembers what was said five minutes ago.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey to decide who will collect garbage in unglamorous local polls

March 29, 2024

The idea that Erdogan can be dislodged was crushed in last year’s general election. Despite the media fuss, let’s not kid ourselves.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Quick dive into Turkey’s monetary madness

March 3, 2024

How did the country’s policy rate become idle on the sidelines? Given the Turkish economic mess, several explainers are needed, but here’s one.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Here’s your F-16. Make mine an F-35

February 29, 2024

How Recep Tayyip Erdogan got himself into such a tangle trying to bag some fighter jets is quite the mystery.