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The weak state of Turkey

Factionalism has left the country unstable in the face of terrorism and a separatist insurgency

By Simon A Waldman & Emre Caliskan  

Prime Minister Theresa May with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey ©Andrew Parsons / i-Images/PA Wire/PA Images

Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May made Turkey her last stop on a diplomatic tour. This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held his first telephone conversation with the new US President Donald Trump. But the headlines about the £100m fighter jet deal May secured and the possibility of better relations between Washington and Ankara are distractions from the reality that the country is in turmoil. Within four weeks, Turkey saw the new year…

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