Will voting for the HDP mean punishing the PKK?
?I?ll tell you what we have: we have a hotel reservation, that?s for sure,? an Ankara based diplomat told me when I asked about his expectations for the upcoming G-20 summit.
His answer obviously reflected the uncertainty as to what kind of government would host the G-20 summit scheduled to take place in Antalya on Nov. 15-16.
As of today, it looks like we are heading towards the repetition of elections, but we don?t even know whether the re-election will take place before or after the G-20 summit.
This is the point where the 13-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has brought us and it reflects the failure to change a pattern that is typical for Turkey. This country unfortunately suffers from continuous ups and downs.
Thank God we are not successful in maintaining continuity in the downward trend. Unfortunately, the same absence of consistency is valid for maintaining the upward trend as well.
The fact that Turkey will be hosting the G-20 summit in the midst of political uncertainties is a snapshot of Turkey?s inner contradictions. On the one side you have a country that aspires to have a say in the world?s ?budget,? yet is incapable of drawing its own budget in a proper way.
The summit is taking place in Antalya, which ranked third in the world for attracting tourists in 2013. In 2014, Turkey was the sixth popular tourist destination in the world, yet the summer of 2015 is set to be one of the worst tourist seasons in years. The G-20 summit could have given a boost to tourism as the world?s attention turns to Turkey?s biggest tourism centers, but with bombs exploding each day, a family photo of two dozen leaders will not be enough for damage control.
The hopes for an upward trend...