Is Erdogan losing his grip on Turkey?
Source:Washington Post Date:13Jun2018
Still, Turkey is not Russia, I always tell my European and American friends. Elections here are flawed, but real. Yes, Erdogan is still very popular and, yes, he controls the media, the judiciary and state apparatchiks. But unlike Russian President Vladimir Putin, Erdogan has to campaign relentlessly, day in, day out, speaking in three cities a day and dispensing endless political favors to businesses, pensioners and religious groups to barely make it over the hurdle of an election.