Because fellow journalists recognize the peril in which many of their Turkish colleagues now find themselves, Sunday’s election in Turkey is getting the full attention of the European media. It is indeed a game-changer of an election, not for the faint-hearted. Its outcome will determine the apotheosis of Recep Tayyip Erdogan or his ruin. And… » read more
What is it that tempts Recep Tayyip Erdogon to destroy his own legacy of modernisation, by allowing protests for the saving of a park in Istanbul to escalate to an extend that people are being killed, by blocking Twitter and YouTube or, more recently, by using the victory speech in the municipal election primarily to… » read more
Despite recent improvements in Turkey’s economic performance, political uncertainty is weighing on the country’s stock markets, with little prospect of relief until the outcome is known of a September 12 referendum on proposed constitutional amendments.
Energy conferences in the Caspian Sea region have come so fast and furious in recent years that some industry and government figures consider them a dime a dozen. In fact, the organizers are sometimes the ones who draw most advantage from them, in view of steep fees for participation. Nevertheless, the current International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition looks to be an exception. It is the seventeenth in the series hosted in Baku.