Normalization and challenges

The quibbles and broken promises of politicians are unfortunately commonplace in the art of politics.
The tone of the brinksmanship used by political actors against each other prior to the June 7 general election seems to have abated as coalition scenarios dominate the agenda. I was listening to Justice and Development Party (AKP)hairman and the interim prime minister, Ahmet Davutoilu, live on state-run television, speaking in a mild tone while assessing the election results and his partyand’s understanding of the messages voters had delivered.
This shows us once again how slippery the ground of politics is. Demonize your opponents with lies to inflict as much harm to them as possible and then turn 180 degrees to convince them not to exclude you from coalition designs. I yearn for a political order that can be formulated in Montesquieuand’s terms as one in which political parties do to one another in times of election campaigns the least ill possible without harming their true interests, and in other times, the most good possible. As the entities willing to represent the will of the people and serve their interests, their principles must be complementary, not contradictory. Under current conditions, however, this is not a realistic expectation.
A former politician and bureaucrat who still has active connections with the AKP and the Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) told me in a private conversation that an AKP-CHP coalition has already been agreed on and that that the and”circles in the USand” have approved it. I value Soren Kierkegaardand’s aphorism that and”everything must be doubted,and” and this rumor is no exception. Yet, considering the latest developments, I think that this scenario may possibly be in the making. Would such a government be effective? It would be like a marriage between two enemies, one could argue. Or, it could be likened to a bird that has finally learned to use its wings. Turkey was a sprinter under the AKPand’s single-party rule and with a coalition of two major representatives of conflicting wings of the political spectrum, it may take off and start gliding high in the sky, others may say. The German people have done very well under a tradition of broad-based coalition governments in the post-World War II era. But there are big question marks over whether or not Turkey will be able to attain the same level of success as the Germans.
Nevertheless, one thing is certain: Turkey needs normalization as soon as possible. The business worldand’s immediate — and unanimous — calls for a resolution to urgently address the economyand’s impending problems are noteworthy. All parties must heed them. Early elections would be a catastrophe for the country because they would ensure that uncertainties linger at a time when the economy is facing some serious challenges, and more are waiting in the wings. Just a quick note: Official figures on Wednesday showed that gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter grew much higher than expectations, with 2.3 percent. Some people cheered in joy. Let me warn them to look at the details before jumping to conclusions. Investment has almost come to a grinding halt. Industrial production didnand’t see any rise at all. Even the construction sector diminished. The net contribution of external trade was negative. The growth came from an unexpected leap in domestic demand despite the macro-prudential obstacles to bridle it, and a large part of this rise came from automotive sales, which are dependent on imports.
I want an era of restoration. I want the damage the AKP has inflicted on the state and on national peace to be fixed and I want the people responsible for the AKPand’s unlawful acts to stand before courts and get what they deserve. I want to see the revival of the corruption investigations, which the government previously stifled to save its members by victimizing thousands of police officers and prosecutors while demonizing those who wanted justice. However, the post-election political landscape is not allowing this to happen smoothly and since something that canand’t be attained wholly should not be forsaken altogether, the opposition parties must settle for what serves their interest the best. Yet, I am very well aware how difficult this would be while Erdogan is still meddling in daily politics in order to design the next coalition and in the internal affairs of the AKP.