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Erdogan’s Provocation: Who Can Stop Him?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has renewed his verbal attack on Germany. How should Europe respond? Our guests: Alan Posener (Die Welt), Bülent Mumay (freelance journalist), Dilek Kurban (Hertie School of Governance)

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Our guests:

Dilek Kurban is a political scientist and lecturer at the Hertie school of Governance. She says: "In the absence of sufficient social, legal or political force at the domestic level, only concerted and deterrent external pressure in the form of comprehensive economic and political sanctions can potentially stop Erdogan."

 

Bülent Mumay is a Turkish journalist currently living in Germany. He says: "Erdogan is a strong, elected leader. The only measure to stop him can and should only be the election ballot. Pressure from outside is not effective anymore. It’s too late, the reason is the hypocrisy of the western world."

 

Alan Posener is a commentator for the daily newspaper "Die Welt". He says: "Turkey remains an essential ally in the region. But it is time to tell the Turks that they cannot elect an Islamist bully and at the same time hope to become members of the European Union."