Is Erdoğan becoming a Turkish dictator?

Written by: Natasha Ezrow Turkey, which was once a model for democracy in the Middle East, is skirting dangerously close to autocratic rule under its current leadership. The recent failed coup attempt led to a massive crackdown on the government’s political opponents – and, in particular, the increasing personal power of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been…

Has Angela Merkel made German integration issues worse by letting in a million refugees?

Written by: Rakib Ehsan Sex attacks in Cologne and other German cities; an attempted suicide bombing in Ansbach; a train stabbing spree in Würzburg. These crimes have left a growing number of Germans thinking the previously unthinkable: that Chancellor Angela Merkel – one of the most reasoned, hard-headed, astute politicians of our times – had been…

Obama has put national security ahead of promoting democracy abroad

Written by: Robert Pee Barack Obama, the US president, waxed lyrical about some of his administration’s remarkable foreign policy achievements in his recent speech to the Democratic National Convention. “Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons programme,” he said. “We opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together…