Turkey Sticks to Its Guns and Keeps the Dialogue With Russia Going

For some, it may be ironic to see Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking the role of mediator between Russia and Ukraine at a time when NATO is struggling to speak with one voice – given the past tension within the military alliance. But then it isn’t, because Turkey has always done its fair shareContinue reading “Turkey Sticks to Its Guns and Keeps the Dialogue With Russia Going”

Turkish Government Pursues Step by Step an Unorthodox Economic Path

Business leaders in Turkey not only face uncertainties over the growth of the economy, with the pandemic far from over. They also hope that the central bank is right in claiming that the lira will not drop much further this year after last year’s fairly dramatic plunge. When the Turkish government at the start ofContinue reading “Turkish Government Pursues Step by Step an Unorthodox Economic Path”

World Bank Report on Algeria: The Truth Behind the Controversy

The latest monitoring report on the economic situation in Algeria by the World Bank proved controversial. Government representatives and media outlets objected to the findings published on December 22, writes our correspondent. In the report, the World Bank depicts a gloomy situation of the economy in Algeria, which not only was hit by the pandemicContinue reading “World Bank Report on Algeria: The Truth Behind the Controversy”

Chad Is on Track for Peace Talks One Year After the Death of Idriss Déby

Almost a year after the violent death of President Idriss Déby, Chad is set to embark on a round of comprehensive talks in February that are slated to define the steps from the current transitional period to democratic elections. It is early days yet and the situation still fraught, but Déby’s son seems intent onContinue reading “Chad Is on Track for Peace Talks One Year After the Death of Idriss Déby”

Sudan: New Protests Ahead of UN-Sponsored Talks

It’s been a week since Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned from his post, citing a lack of consensus in the country and amid warnings that Sudan was on the brink of disaster. So far, the military rulers have failed to come up with a successor and street protests are continuing unabated. Many names have beenContinue reading “Sudan: New Protests Ahead of UN-Sponsored Talks”

Tunisia: Ennahda’s Position of Power Is Eroding

The arrest of the vice chairman of Tunisia’s Ennahda Party has shown how perilous the position of the Islamists has become. Frozen out from parliament by the president, the former party of power now also faces a challenge from within. It may yet be early days, but it seems likely that a new grouping willContinue reading “Tunisia: Ennahda’s Position of Power Is Eroding”

Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira

While Europe is grappling with a resurgence of the corona crisis and its adequate response, the situation at its borders is deteriorating too – Belarus, Ukraine, Libya to name but a few of the countries where important crises are ongoing. A case for particular concern though is Turkey, or so it should be, because theContinue reading “Turkey Is Fighting to Contain Inflation and a Drop of the Lira”

Tunisia: Opposition to President’s Decree Seems to Increase

When the President of Tunisia suspended the parliament in the summer, many outside observers expected that the population would take to the streets to protest. Turns out that he received a lot of acclaim for the move, but recently the concerns have been emerging, as our correspondent in Tunis writes. The country wedged between AlgeriaContinue reading “Tunisia: Opposition to President’s Decree Seems to Increase”

Tentative Steps Towards Reconciliation in Chad

As weapons do the talking in neighboring countries, Chad is embarking on negotiations that the politicians of the central African country hope will lead towards a democratic reconciliation. Our correspondent in N’Djamena gives an insight into the chances of success. When Idriss Déby, the long-time head of state of Chad, succumbed to his wounds obtainedContinue reading “Tentative Steps Towards Reconciliation in Chad”

Sudan: Months of Tension Culminate in Military Coup

The writing had been on the wall in Sudan and the events of Monday may confirm the expectations of many. But the conclusion that everybody stands to lose from the coup in Sudan is too simple. The numerous groups that are destined to benefit from the coup makes a return to civilian rule all theContinue reading “Sudan: Months of Tension Culminate in Military Coup”