Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan going to be the next dictator of Europe – in fact the only one after Vladimir Putin in Russia (and in some post Soviet countries)?
As ‘Putinism’ is used to describe the dictatorial run of Vladimir Putin, are we staring at yet another dictatorial style to emerge – ‘Erdoganism’ – with his designs for an all power presidency in Turkey?
There are both lines of thoughts open right now – that it was a stage-managed coup by Erdogan to cement his position further – or that it was the last remnant of the secular thought process – the hallmark of the Turkish military once – that saw its disoriented expression on July 15. Which way would you want to go?
Over 9300 have been arrested. Though Turkey said today that all those involved in the coup had been arrested, the purge that began on Saturday, is to expected to last till every voice against Erdogan is effectively silenced. Erdogan has been doing it for long but the coup (or the failed coup) is expected to exacerbate it. Let’s see what sort of democratic garb Erdoganism gives it.
If the coup was real – as images of protesting Turkish people suggest – would they (the Turkish people) raise their voice against Erdoganism – if it comes to dictate the Turkish way of life – a clear and present danger now?
Would the European community act? Would the European nations take note of it.
Or will they still admit Turkey in the European Union – after this failed coup – if Erdoganism delivers on the financial front – even if democracy is effectively crushed?
Will Turkey become the next Russia for Europe – or energy politics make them different case studies to handle? Many European nations need Russia’s energy exports – an advantage that Turkey cannot boast.