Cengiz Çandar

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe take part in a debate on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, April 25, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Vincent Kessler)

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Turkey faces scrutiny after Erdogan's 'win'

Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

The Council of Europe’s decision to resume monitoring procedures against Turkey indicates the West's resolve not to validate Ankara's referendum results.

Where does Erdogan's referendum win leave Turkey?

Monday, Apr. 17, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

The result of Turkey's referendum was far from the mandate the country's president was seeking and leaves much of the population — and outside world — questioning the legitimacy of the process.

Operation Euphrates Shield: A postmortem

Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

As Turkey closes the chapter on Operation Euphrates Shield, its military intervention in northern Syria, it's important to look at what it did and did not accomplish.

Does Turkey's Erdogan expect more gain than pain from ditching EU?

Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

As the April 16 referendum approaches, Turkey's president is trying to whip his supporters into a frenzy by lashing out at Europe, spewing epithets and pledging to reinstate the death penalty.

Turkey's diplomatic relations with Europe take a nosedive

Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar, Columnist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fast ending the European dream following a weekend of serious disputes with the Dutch government over a pro-referendum rally in Rotterdam by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

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Cengiz Çandar

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Cengiz Candar is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse. A journalist since 1976, he is the author of seven books in the Turkish language, mainly on Middle East issues, including the best-seller Mesopotamia Express: A Journey in History. Currently, he is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Stockholm University Institute of Turkish Studies (SUITS). On Twitter: @cengizcandar

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