Cutting through the murk

The Wall Street Journal today ran this article by its Istanbul correspondent Marc Champion which cuts to the heart of the conflict between the AKP and Turkey’s secular establishment.

I think this piece is essential reading for anyone interested in that ubiquitous question asked both inside and outside Turkey: does the AKP have a hidden Islamist agenda?

Of course the article doesn’t pretend to give an answer, but is an excellent antidote to liberal observers (such as myself) who were lapsing into a certain trustfulness towards the AKP.

More than any piece of journalism I’ve read since I came here, this article shines a light through the murk to give a glimpse of the intrigue within Turkish politics.

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