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Erdogan wants to erase secular Turkey: critics

But the president's supporters believe Turkey is changing and that his opponents are forever crying wolf

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walking past a portrait of Turkish Republic state founder Kemal Ataturk before their bilateral meeting at the presidential palace on Feb 2.


MUSTAFA Kemal Ataturk's statue in the main square of Rize, a small town nestled among tea plantations on Turkey's Black Sea coast, has been gone since December - its absence a powerful symbol of the future.

Rize is the birthplace of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his...

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