econ717Erdogan’s house of cards has collapsed with the earthquake. There is already a rush to find scapegoats as well as the arrests of looters.

Robert Ellis
(International Advisor at the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) in Athens)

Copyright @ 2023

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

In Turkey, every natural and unnatural disaster is usually accompanied by a hunt for scapegoats so that those responsible escape retribution. The major earthquakes that struck the East Anatolian Fault Zone and the aftershocks are no exception.

There have been a number of serious rail accidents in Turkey and in 2004, two years after the AKP government came to power, a new high-speed train from Ankara to Istanbul derailed, killing 36 people. However, experts had warned against launching the prestige project prematurely before the rail infrastructure had been modernized.... Read more

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