Daily Archives: June 12, 2011

Gideon Rachman

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP have won the Turkish election. But they have fallen short of the majority needed for the AKP to enact constitutional change without the need for outside support. That seems like a good outcome. Read more

Gideon Rachman

Predictably enough, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party seem to be heading for a strong victory in the Turkish elections. This success is a tribute to Erdogan’s extraordinary political skills and to the booming Turkish economy. However, while apparently cruising to victory, Erdogan found time to engage in a bizarre dispute with The Economist – which sheds light on his sometimes paranoid and belligerent attitude to the outside world. Read more