If there were still any doubts about Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s lavish neo-Ottoman predisposition, the president’s detractors argue, they were surely dissipated with his new Aksaray palace in the outskirts of Ankara. The cost of the massive project has drawn heavy criticism from Turkey’s opposition. Last week, the Minister of Finance Mehmet Şimşek revealed that the overall bill stands at $630 million, well above figures previously released. But there is far more to it than accusations of overspending.
Affronting Ataturk’s legacy?
Turkey’s recent achievements but also its many uncertainties are intertwined with Erdogan’s past and futureManuel Almeida