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With Biden and Troubles in Europe, U.S. Sanctions on Turkey Are Only the Beginning

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“Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defied the European Union – and won,” veteran commentator Cengiz Candar wrote last week on the Al-Monitor website. Candar, who for decades wrote for important Turkish opposition newspapers such as Cumhuriyet and Hurriyet, is no fan of Erdogan.

In 2010, he stood trial on charges of insulting a civil servant following the publication of his criticism of how the police handled the murder of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. In 2016, he was charged again for allegedly insulting the president, due to an article in which he wrote that the assault on the Kurds in Turkey was vengeancee for the fact that Erdogan’s Justice and Development party didn’t score a clear victory in the election the year before.

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