A win­dow of op­por­tu­nity

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

ident Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan and his govern­ment, though, af­fects hun­dreds of high-rank­ing mil­i­tary per­son­nel and pub­lic of­fi­cials, many of whom be­longed to the Turk­ish state’s elite. These are peo­ple who were ed­u­cated or trained abroad and in whom Turkey had in­vested a lot of time. Their ab­sence will be no­tice­able; it will be deeply felt. Also, we all know what hap­pens in a piv­otal or­ga­ni­za­tion when those in charge are “our guys” rather than the best avail­able peo­ple for the jobs in ques­tion. Per­son­nel who held key po­si­tions are be­ing rounded up and put in jail. This will cause se­ri­ous dam­age and it will take years be­fore some kind of bal­ance can be re­stored. Af­ter all, the ab­sence of trust be­tween a para­noid, sus­pi­cious Sul­tan and the coun­try’s se­cu­rity forces is not some­thing that ei­ther side will be able to over­come eas­ily. Dur­ing this time, it might be con­sid­ered too risky to con­duct mil­i­tary ex­er­cises and op­er­a­tions. Per­haps this means that Athens will be able to sleep a lit­tle more eas­ily in the short-term. How­ever, this is only one side of the coin. The other has to do with the con­stant dan­ger that will em­anate from a desta­bi­lized Turkey and an Er­do­gan who does not face any checks or bal­ances to limit his pow­ers. At the mo­ment he is all-pow­er­ful but soon the ter­ror­ist at-

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