by Giorgio Cafiero*, lobelog.com
Since the Ottoman era, the people of Anatolia have experienced military interventions in politics that have dramatically impacted the lives of millions. Arguably, the first such coup occurred in 1876, with Sultan Abdulaziz’s ouster.
By NURAY MERT, Hurriyet Daily News
The third anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt and its defeat is celebrated with special pomp this year since it is the first public event of the new regime that has taken place after the election. In fact, efforts to defeat the coup attempt deserve to be cherished as a triumph of democracy. Moreover, as all political parties are united to condemn the coup attempt, it could be regarded as a chance of social and political consensus.
By Edward G. Stafford, Ahval
U.S. President Donald Trump has assembled a senior foreign policy team that reflects his worldview of 1) putting America first; 2) avoiding multilateral arrangements; and 3) not concerning himself with the internal affairs of other countries (unless they affect U.S. interests).
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's swearing-in as Turkey's new all-powerful president is the culmination of a long quest. But Turkey remains divided, and Germany must not abandon the Turkish opposition, says DW's Gunnar Köhne.
After a day of showy ceremonies to inaugurate Erdogan as Turkey’s first executive president, Turks are watching an unprecedented shakeup in their governmental system.
By David Barchard, Middle east Eye
By Editorial, The Express Tribune
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been sworn in for another five-year term and in one of his first moves has appointed his son-in-law as the country’s new finance minister. Cries of ‘nepotism’ quickly followed and the markets were agitated at the development, fearing that the democratic rule that has so characterised Turkey in recent decades is being swiftly eroded by an executive presidency. For his part, Erdogan has said that he is going to ‘propel our country forward’ and that Turkey was making a ‘new start.’