Monday 26 June 2017

The stakes are high - a stable Turkey is essential to the West

A teen reads from the Koran during a pro-government protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul. Picture Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
A teen reads from the Koran during a pro-government protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul. Picture Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Last Friday night my Ryanair flight arrived into Zadar airport in Croatia just before midnight. The plane was full of young Irish people pretty well tanked up on their way to the Ultra Music Festival in Split.

Everyone was in good spirits despite the rocky descent. The unexpected Adriatic storm is part and parcel of summer in this part of the world. The storms are both violent and swift. The burst of applause as we slammed, rather than touched, down was tinged more with relief than celebration.

My phone immediately started to beep with WhatsApp messages from a dear friend in Turkey. She was distraught.

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