Interview with Mr. Abdüllatif Şener (Part II): “Turkey’s Democracy and Foreign Policy Record, Social Movements and Recent Developments in the Middle East”
As Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey), we held an interview with former Turkish Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Abdüllatif Şener. As a publicly and very well-known political actor, Mr. Şener was also one of the founding members of the AK Party (Justice and Development Party). He served as an AK Party deputy in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey between 2002 and 2007. Besides his political experiences, we have talked about a wide range of issues which are high on the agenda. The first part of the interview with Mr. Abdüllatif Şener, which was published last week, has drawn a great interest. The second part of the interview includes ideas and personal views of Mr Abdüllatif Şener on a wide range of issues which are hotly discussed topics such as rising tension in Syria; Great Middle East Project; the Gezi Park protests which started in Istanbul and spread to other cities in Turkey; the relationship between religion and politics; democracy and media freedom in Turkey; Turkish economy and corruption incidents; opposition in Turkey; and the adventure of the new constitution.