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Turkey's European dream may be over -- is the Sultan ready for Eurasia?

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Erdogan has lost his parliamentary majority and must now establish a coalition with the far-right Nationalist Action Party; given the latter is anti-Western, the road ahead points in only one direction: Eurasian integration


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To the utter despair of stoic defenders of "Western values," Europe is now condemned to suffer two populist autocracies on its eastern borders: Putin's Russia and Erdogan's Turkey.

For the EU's political leaders, the only accepted narrative is blanket, hysterical condemnation of "illiberal democracies" distorted by personal rule, xenophobia and suppression of free speech. And that also applies to the strongmen in Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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These EU leaders and the institutions that support them -- political parties, academia, mainstream media -- simply can't understand how and why their bubble does not reflect what voters really think and feel.

Instead, we have irrelevant intellectuals mourning the erosion of the lofty Western mission civilisatrice (civilizing mission), investing in a philosophical maelstrom of historical and even biblical references to catalog their angst.

They are terrified by so many Darth Vaders -- from Putin and Erdogan to Xi and Khamenei. Instead of understanding the new remix to Arnold Toynbee's original intuition -- History is again on the move -- they wallow in the mire of The West against The Rest.

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They cannot possibly understand the mighty process of Eurasia reconfiguration. And that includes not being able to understand why Recep Tayipp Erdogan is so popular in Turkey.

Sultan and CEO

Profiting from a large turnout of up to 85% and fresh from obtaining 52.5% of the popular vote -- thus preventing a run-off -- Erdogan is now ready to rule Turkey as a fascinating mix of Sultan and CEO.

Under Turkey's new presidential arrangement -- an Erdogan brainchild -- a prime minister is no more, a job Erdogan himself held for three terms before he was elected as president for the first time in 2014.

Erdogan may be able to rule the executive and the judiciary, but that's far from a given in the legislature.

With 42.5% of the votes and holding 295 seats, Erdogan's AKP, for the first time in 16 years, lost its parliamentary majority and must now establish a coalition with the far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP).

The doomsday interpretation spells out a toxic alliance between intolerant political Islam and fascistic extreme-right -- both, of course, hardcore nationalist. Reality though is slightly more nuanced.

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Considering that the MHP is even more anti-Western than the AKP, the roadmap ahead, geopolitically, may point to only one direction: Eurasian integration. After all, Turkey's perennially plagued EU accession process is bound to go nowhere; for Brussels, Erdogan is little else than an unwelcomed, illiberal, faux democrat.

In parallel, Erdogan's neo-Ottomanism has been given a reality check with the failure of his -- and former Prime Minister Davutoglu's -- Syria strategy.

The Kurdish obsession though won't go away, especially after the success of operations "Euphrates Shield" and "Olive Branch" against the US-backed YPG -- which Erdogan brands as an extension of the dreaded PKK. Ankara now holds the previously Kurdish-dominated Afrin, and now, under a US-Turkey deal, the YPG must also leave Manbij. Even after giving up on "Assad must go," Ankara for all practical purposes will keep a foothold in Syria, and is invested in the Astana peace process alongside Russia and Iran.

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