The AKP's Thirst for Power Risks Leaving Turkey High and Dry
Jun 11, 2019 | 09:30 GMT
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- Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will embrace more populist foreign and domestic policies following the controversial rerun of the Istanbul mayoral election on June 23, regardless of whether or not it wins.
- In a bid to consolidate power and drum up support, this renewed patriotic push will include asserting national interests above those of Turkey's foreign allies', which will stir diplomatic conflict with the United States and Europe.
- However, the AKP's nationalist policies will ultimately fail to reverse its apparently waning popularity and will make improving Turkey's economic picture more difficult.