President Erdogan’s divide-and-rule politics inspire both devotion and division and have seen a drift towards authoritarianism in this young democracy. Once he seemed unstoppable, but will recent electoral setbacks and crippling national debt loosen his hold on this strategically vital country? And what happens then? The Times journalist Hannah Lucinda Smith (Erdogan Rising) and the novelist Elif Shafak (10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World) discuss the battle for the soul of Turkey with The Times war correspondent Anthony Loyd.


Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

Cheltenham Town Hall is situated in Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham, around a 25 minute walk from Cheltenham train station.

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