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How The West’s Sudden Love Affair With Erdoğan Looks In Turkey

Analysis: Just a year ago, Prime Minister Erdo?an was viewed in many Western capitals with deep suspicion, accused of pushing Turkey towards an Islamic republic. Though basic positions haven't changed, five specific Erdo?an actions have helped cr

Erdo?an (office of the Greek prime minister)
Erdo?an (office of the Greek prime minister)
Mehmet Ali Birand

ISTANBUL - Our prime minister has suddenly reached elevated status in Western capitals. Not so long ago, the same voices were accusing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of changing Turkey's orientation, of aspiring to establish an Islamic Republic. Now they are applauding him. Why? What happened to turn the tides so dramatically?

What we have been witnessing over the past few months is nothing short of incredible.

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