The political and fiscal identity of Turkey, the day after the elections, Turkey’s foreign policy and its political agenda were among the topics tackled by a group of Turkish analysts during an event hosted by the Andreas Papandreou Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) on Thursday.
Ahead of the June 12 general elections in Turkey, the speakers shared the view that the winner will be Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) will increase its strength, and that the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) will enter the assembly.
As regards “the day after”, the new government’s agenda will include, the revision of the Constitution, the economy, the presidential election, the outcome of the Ergenekon case trial and the "Sledgehammer" (Balyoz) case, international relations and political sciences Prof. Soli Ozel (Kadir Has University) stressed.
Analyst Yasin Aktay pointed out that, for the reasons mentioned, the AKP’s major goal is to win at least 330 seats in the new national assembly, thus making it easier for the government to adopt a new Constitution through a referendum.
Professor of economics Asaf SavasAkat (Istanbul Bigli University) underlined that Turkey’s economy is in a good state “because of the political will to proceed with reforms”. He pointed out that the major problem faced by the country is inflation, adding, however, that Turkey’s advantages include a strong banking system and the “business acumen” of the Turkish entrepreneurs.
Referring to Turkey’s foreign policy, the speakers underlined that after last year’s Davos summit, the country - and Erdogan in particular - constitutes a model for the Arab world, where Turkey is more influential.
Relations with Syria are expected to be problematic, considering that the Turkish society is on common grounds with the opposition in Damascus.
The speakers underlined that prospects for the promotion of the Greek-Turkish relations will improve, considering that the current CHP leadership is more reasonable and therefore, the government will not be faced with strong reactions on behalf of the opposition in the implementation of its policies.
ISTAME is a centre for political research and analysis focusing on social democracy.