ERDOGAN THE RISE TO ABSOLUTE POWER
In the space of just a few years, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved the tour de force of becoming the strong man of the Middle East and a key diplomatic partner for Brussels and Washington, but also and especially the unchallenged ruler of a Turkey in complete disarray. The attempted coup on July 15, 2016 left him even more powerful and more determined than ever to rule Turkey alone and indefinitely – with, it would seem, the tacit consent of Europe.
The documentary tells the story of the slow transformation of a man. Once democratic and pro-European, he is now a reactionary head of state with autocratic aims. From the abrupt cessation of Turkey’s EU accession talks in 2010 to the colossal purges destabilizing the country today, we will be studying the implementation of a ruthless strategy aimed at making the Turkish president the new Sultan of the Middle East.