ATHENS, Greece – As an indication of Erdogan’s weakness and not power, he comments on the announcement of early elections in Turkey, the magazine Spiegel said in its paper version!
In his remarks he notes that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for 15 years and while he is presenting himself daily in the media, he is still surprised by his compatriots, for example by announcing early elections. However, the magazine notes: “Erdogan’s decision to call for elections and not wait until the fall of 2019 is a sign of weakness and not of strength. The President invites citizens to the polls not to extend his powers but to prevent a greater erosion of his powers. The AKP and the MHP may call for a referendum in April 2017 aimed at introducing a presidential system that will give Erdogan even more power, but since then the situation has worsened.”
The comment refers to the fall of the pound against the euro and to the fact that “one in five Turks aged 15 to 24 is out of work. Turkish companies have debts of € 180 billion, while foreign investors withdraw their capital from the country.”
Spiegel also says that in the difficult economic situation, military operations in Syria are also coming to show that Erdogan does not have a long-term strategy.
Early Turkish elections and the possible emergence of Turkish politicians in Germany are reported by the Süddeutsche Zeitung: “Erdogan in his encounter with Justice, human rights activists, journalists and opponents of all nuances has proved to be at the opposite of the constitution. For this reason, he has no right to use Germany as a backdrop for his propaganda. The Turks living here and Germans of Turkish origin should feel like home and understand that in democracies that are freed people live better than in Erdogan-style systems.”
Translated from DW.