By Ibon Villelabeitia

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s threats to send warships to gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean mark a new projection of Ankara’s growing power in the region, challenging Cyprus’s drilling plans and casting a shadow over Israel’s preparations to exploit huge deposits.

But Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s tough tactics risk isolating Ankara in the region, fanning tensions with the United States, its ally, and hurting its bid to join the



The Arab Spring tour taken this month by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey demonstrated the good and the bad of his increasingly confident leadership.



Turkey’s prime minister is championing Abbas’s UN appeal – yet still has to resolve the Kurdish issue back home



Turkey must take a realistic and pragmatic approach if the Arab world’s current ‘Ottomania’ is to lead to a better future



No sooner had the young members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo finished cheering for the new Muslim ”leader” Recep Tayyip Erdogan than the joy of the Brotherhood elders and patriarchs was extinguished. This time, the new Ottoman sultan had entered Cairo in a Western suit and not in the sultan’s jubbah and turban. He came to give lectures in the public squares of Cairo, and not to besiege its walls and fight the last Mamluk Sultan (Tuman Bay II), who was defeated and hung up at the city gate (Bab Zeweila) by Ottoman Sultan Selim I.



As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges Arab leaders to heed popular demands for change, in Turkey’s southeast violence and political protests are spreading among Kurds.



Prime Minister Erdogan’s victory brings aspirations of unity and increasing regional power for Turkey.



While other European politicians battle to avoid the blame for economic downturn, Mr Erdogan claims the credit for economic success



Valet i Turkiet visar att premiärminister Erdoğan måste söka breda lösningar för att ändra grundlagen. Sam­tidigt har kurderna radikaliserats. Om inte Erdoğan snart har något att erbjuda kurderna kan det börja koka i sydöst.









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