Turkey’s opposition parties have taken important steps to present a united front against Erdogan in next year’s presidential elections. Still, in and of themselves, these measures won’t be enough to secure them an electoral victory in 2023 if they fail to wisely select their presidential candidate.
While Ankara’s relations with the West have soured in recent years, its relations with Moscow have come to a more stable footing. Nonetheless, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may cause Turkey to reassess its adversarial approach to old Western partners.
The Turkish government fails to produce comprehensive green policies amid worsening environmental crises. In a recent report, environmental researcher Gokce Sencan and her colleagues at the Ivme Movement urge the Turkish government to act before it’s too late.
Turkey’s former economy minister Ali Babacan split from Erdogan’s party ranks as the result of several disagreements over democracy and management of the economy. In short order, he established his own party built on a promising agenda; but can Babacan remedy Turkey’s woes? While the answer is unclear, it is certain that Babacan will remain an important political actor.
Representatives of the pro-ethnic Turkish party in Bulgaria and associations Turkish migrants from Bulgaria in Turkey encouraged all dual Turkish-Bulgarian citizens living in Turkey to go to the polls. The main motivation behind this enthusiastic call was to display in no uncertain terms the true homeland of Bulgaria’s Turkish minority.
Meral Aksener’s Good (IYI) Party is the AKP’s greatest competition for the heart of the Turkish right. The Good Party’s recent activism has drawn the ire of both friend and foe.
Erdogan’s Turkey has trouble defining both its kin societies in the Balkans and the policies directed at them. Nonetheless, its actions still divide and polarize Balkan Turks and Muslims.
Refugees in Turkey and Turkish emigrants themselves are likely to affect the country’s next elections. While migration is not a new issue for Turkey, the level to which it has recently been politicized is. As Syrians and Afghans finding refuge in Turkey will be the subject of election campaigns, the votes of Turkish citizens living abroad shouldn’t be overlooked.
As climate change intensifies, the Mediterranean region is emerging as a climate hotspot. Turkey must seize the opportunity at the COP 26 Conference in Glasgow and pledge to rapid decarbonization by accelerating the deployment of solar and wind power, and by decommissioning its coal plants by 2030.
In what may be one of its most critical annual reports on Turkey to date, the EU warns the candidate country to beware of democratic backsliding, citing its worrying track record with regard to rule of law and rights and freedoms. It also highlights heated foreign policy disagreements.