Explore the evolution of Turkey’s politics during times of uncertainty with these insights published by Carnegie.
- The November 2015 Parliamentary Election
- The Road to the November 2015 Parliamentary Election
- The June 2015 Parliamentary Election
- The August 2014 Presidential Election
- The March 2014 Local Elections
On November 1, more than 48 million Turkish citizens headed to the polls to cast their votes to choose the members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly for the second time in five months. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won an overall majority of seats, allowing it to form a single-party government.
Since the Gezi Park protests that erupted in May 2013, Turkish democracy has faced big challenges. For Turkey’s democratic renewal to succeed, the country desperately needs a push from the EU.
Turkey’s future will depend to a large extent on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who remains the towering figure of the country’s politics.
Backed strongly by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the AKP won the November parliamentary election. This victory will have significant repercussions for Turkey’s foreign policy.
The lesson from Turkey’s June and November elections is clear: the country’s voters want a strong, stable government, but not one that runs roughshod over its opponents.
Carnegie Europe hosted a media call with Marc Pierini and Sinan Ülgen to discuss the outcome of the November 1 election and the possible scenarios for the country’s future.
Turkey’s June 2015 parliamentary election failed to produce a clear result. Following a series of failed coalition talks led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, on August 24 President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called a fresh parliamentary election, which was held on November 1.
On November 1, Turkey held its second parliamentary election in just five months. As in the previous contest, the outcome proved tricky to predict.
The October 2015 terrorist attack in Ankara is likely to have major ramifications for both the domestic and the regional policies of the Turkish government.
Ten leading experts, from Turkey and elsewhere, examine whether Turkey and the European Union (EU) can work together.
Turkey cannot be the solution for the European Union’s inability to act collectively to address the refugee crisis and develop policies to share the burden.
The Turkish president’s October trip to the EU institutions came at a critical time for the international community, for the EU, and for Turkey.
As Turkey headed toward a new election, Erdoğan bet on revived support to his Justice and Development Party (AKP). But wasn’t that a gamble?
Ankara faces two major challenges in the months ahead: forming a new government and participating effectively in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State militants.
The prospect of a coalition government offered Turkey an opportunity to overhaul its political culture and inch the country toward becoming a genuinely liberal democracy.
With the Turkish electorate overwhelmingly rejecting Erdoğan’s hyperpresidential style of politics, is it safe to say that Turkey is moving closer to the European Union?
Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary election delivered a surprise result, with losses for the ruling party and gains for the main pro-Kurdish party. What happens next?
On June 7, 2015, Turkey held an election to choose the 550 members of its parliament. The ruling AKP gained the most seats in the legislature but failed to secure an overall majority due to the success of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
Turkey’s general elections showed the HDP had successfully broadened its voter base, but it was unclear how this would affect negotiations to form a parliamentary coalition.
Turkish elections have been boring since the AKP came to power in 2002. But the June 2015 vote was different: the outcome was unpredictable, and the stakes could have hardly been higher.
Turkey’s parliamentary election marked a pivotal moment for the country’s future. Yet for the first time in over a decade, the outcome was clouded in uncertainty.
Kurds will benefit from the HDP’s decision to run as a party in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, but the party will bear most of the risk.
Turkey held a presidential election on August 10, 2014. Following changes to the constitution enacted in 2007, the head of state was elected for the first time by direct national vote rather than by the members of the Turkish parliament. The AKP’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, previously Turkey’s prime minster, was elected president.
Now that Erdoğan has won the Turkish presidency, the question is how he will restore Turkey’s relationship with its allies and what the future of Turkish foreign policy will be.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s transition to president of Turkey was a turning point in the nation’s politics. Looking ahead, down which path will he lead the country?
Turkey directly elected a president for the first time in its history. Will the new government be able to pull Turkey out of its slump and mend relations with the West?
By choosing Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu as its joint presidential candidate, the Turkish opposition has shown that it can offer hope and appeal to the broader Turkish population.
Erdoğan will have enough political votes and support to win Turkey’s presidential election, but not enough legitimacy to run an incredible dynamic and diverse Turkish society.
What sort of head of state will Recep Tayyip Erdoğan be?
On March 30, 2014, Turkey held local elections to choose mayors and members of district councils. The ruling AKP won the greatest share of the vote and the highest number of mayors and councillors, yet Erdoğan came under increasing scrutiny.
The result of the municipal elections in Turkey was a clear endorsement of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s leadership. But the vote also raises a number of tough long-term questions.
After winning the local elections, Erdoğan may opt to lower the political temperature at home in the hope of repairing the country’s frayed relations abroad.
The local elections in Turkey were a big victory for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the domestic scene, but they have dented his standing internationally.
Turkey’s local elections on March 30 were a contest between two visions of democracy. The outcome will have serious implications for the future of democratic freedoms.
Seven experts look at political trends in Turkey to determine whether or not Erdoğan has been moving away from democratic principles.
This page was last updated on November 6, 2015.