It is received wisdom in the West that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pulled Turkey away from democracy and fashioned an illiberal state. There's a common perception that Erdogan is an anomaly: a wily politician who somehow managed to subvert Turkey's journey towards Europe. But our guest, historian Edhem Eldem, argues that Erdogan is merely the latest in a series of authoritarian figures who have taken advantage of structural weaknesses in the Turkish state. He speaks to FRANCE 24.
Edhem Eldem is a historian at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and the Collège de France in Paris.