Opposition party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won Sunday's mayoral election in Istanbul, beating ruling party candidate Binali Yildirim by almost 800,000 votes. Imamoglu and the secular Republican People's Party (CHP) had already won the mayoral election in March, but the results had been annulled after the ruling AK Party cited irregularities. The win in Turkey's commercial hub is considered a blow to President Tayyip Erdogan's rule and may trigger early national elections.
Of course, MEPs like Pons are not making life difficult out of pure spite. With the independence movement in Catalonia gaining ground, no Spanish politician outside of Barcelona is ever going to come out in support of Scottish independence, let alone Scotland's separate entry into the European Union. To the people of Scotland, though, that comes as little solace: they might not have voted for Brexit, but they'll likely have to pay the heaviest price.
Fighter jet contract worth billions in long term
Theresa May has signed a new £100m defence deal with Turkey - just minutes after raising Turkey’s human rights record directly
Heads of states come and go and, as recent events in Europe show, in a rapidly changing world, that seems to be the only opportunity for compromise and peaceful transition toward the new global realities. Yet if Erdogan would still manage to eat his cake and have it too, perhaps to everybody's surprise, he will be able to surpass Ataturk's legacy too.
Boris Johnson won't last another six months as Foreign Secretary. There will be too many conflicts between himself and Theresa May and something will have to give. Mrs May isn't going anywhere, so it'll be Boris. Where he'll go though is anyone's guess...
When will we be ready to admit the Turkish model has failed? Maybe never for the implications of this admission are too overwhelming to consider, aren't they? Better to voice our concerns and turn the other cheek. We intervene in countries' domestic affairs only when it is convenient for us not for them, and now really isn't the time, is it?
Today, our hope that the majority chooses exclusively peace is still stronger than our fear of naivete. One war is more than enough for a lifetime, and we hope to provide a peaceful childhood for our offspring. The War Childhood Museum's message comes from a generation that learned this lesson firsthand, and never has it rung truer: peace has no alternative.
Ever since the attempted coup in Turkey on 15th July where at least 208 people were killed and more than 1400 injured, I
Democracy can often fall far short of what a genuinely effective, representative political system should be. The trouble is that so far, no one has come up with anything better. I just hope that someone, somewhere, is working on it ...