Two weeks in Turkey: the story so far...
What started as a local outcry against a governmental move to build a shopping mall in an Istanbul park, has transformed into a national crisis for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and a personality crisis for Turkey itself.
The creeping authoritarianism of the ruling party, its open-armed embrace of neoliberal capitalism and a feeling that secular groups are being marginalised at the expense of Islamist interests, are recurring themes of conversation, and chanting, on Turkish streets. Continue reading below »
Riding out the protests must be the Turkish government’s short-term goal. But in the long run, the country faces a greater challenge to reconcile democracy, secularism and Islam, a test whose outcome will be critical for the whole region.