Can Turkey under Erdoğan any longer be deemed a reliable western ally?

Raids against opposition journalists, ex-police chiefs and investigators highlight how far president has distanced Turkey from westRecep Tayyip Erdoğan’s politics of paranoia has taken another ugly twist with the arrest of more than 30 opposition journalists, media workers, former police chiefs and investigators on palpably flimsy conspiracy charges. The Turkish president’s latest coup – nobody in Istanbul doubts he personally ordered the nationwide raids – highlights a bigger, awkward question for the EU and the US: can Turkey under Erdoğan any longer be deemed a reliable, democratic western ally?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed the European Union for its “impetuous” criticism of an ongoing police operation that resulted in the high-profile detention of members of the media and police officers.
Erdoğan has pledged not to engage in any reconciliatory moves aimed at calming down a growing storm in the aftermath of police raids into media outlets
The Turkish Lira, one of the worst performers earlier this year due to concern that the FED would end its tapering program that had boosted emerging markets, has seen another tumble after a weekend raid by police on media outlets.
Kılıçdaroğlu has called on all opposition groups to stand against the ‘coup plotted by the government against democracy’
The head of Europe’s top human rights watchdog is set to visit Turkey to discuss the recent detentions of senior journalists thought to be linked to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

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