Aug 14 2018

With total domestic power, Turkey’s Erdoğan owns this crisis – Guardian

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has total control over his country and economy, and a recent currency crisis has been caused and exacerbated as a result of his stubbornness, columnist Simon Tisdall wrote in The Guardian.

“Erdoğan’s mistakes, including his refusal to raise interest rates to cool the overheating economy and his unashamedly nepotistic appointment of his son-in-law as finance minister, thus go uncorrected,” Tisdall said.

“There will be no U-turns. His self-righteous stubbornness is Thatcheresque.”

Erdoğan has alienated every major international ally he could have had, which has left Turkey going head-to-head with the similarly headstrong U.S. President Donald Trump, he said.

"The president’s fierce grip on power is such that he is unlikely to be dislodged soon. The army, responsible for a failed coup in 2016, has been purged," Tisdall said.

"So, too, have other centres of possible opposition. Parliament has been reduced to a toothless talking shop."

Tisdall said a recent piece by Yavuz Baydar for Ahval showed how Turkey was trapped between a rock and a hard place.

But only Turks themselves can save Turkey from Erdoğan, Tisdall wrote.

“But it’s going to take a while and will be a rough ride, and the accompanying domestic and international turmoil will be considerable. Like Icarus, Turkey’s hubristic, highly combustible sun king has a long way to fall.”