The purges in the state apparatus which have been underway in Turkey since the failed military coup represent a decisive stage in the construction of a ‘new Turkey’.
On 24 November, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for a freeze in Turkey’s process of accession to the EU.
One year has passed since the outbreak of the EU migration crisis which became the basis of unprecedented co-operation between Turkey and the EU.
The visit of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to Turkey on 10 October signals a return to the instrumental partnership.
On 19th September President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the end of the first stage of the Turkish intervention in Syria and the beginning of another one.
Turkey is regaining its ability to act in Syria, although it is proceeding as the weaker partner, one which is dependent on Russia.
Immediately after the failure of the attempted military coup, the President of Turkey has began a strict crackdown on its alleged organisers.
The change in Turkey’s stance towards Russia is part of a wider revision of its policy.
The Turkish government has pursued a long-term plan which involves the ultimate introduction of a presidential system.
The new prime minister’s term in office will probably contribute to an acceleration of the consolidation of power in the president’s hands.