Why the reign of Turkish President Erdoğan could soon be over

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Why the reign of Turkish President Erdoğan could soon be over

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used to be more popular with Turks

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"People are losing confidence in his abilities," he says star-Correspondent Jonas Breng on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He is currently struggling with inflation of around 80 percent in his country.

"The situation is just as dramatic as the numbers," says journalist Jonas Breng about runaway inflation in Turkey. In the 365th episode of "Today Important" he talks about the consequences of inflation and Erdoğan's future. "At the moment, many just want to leave. There is a blatant brain drain, there are people from the health sector who want to get out. Nurses, doctors who absolutely want to go to Germany. That is of course a finding that Erdoğan made a year before the elections can't like it," says Breng in an interview with "today important" moderator Michel Abdollahi.

Erdoğan is doing badly in the polls

And according to a survey by the opinion research institute Metropoll, things are looking bad for the Turkish head of state. Because the result shows that in a presidential election in the first ballot, each of the five possible challengers would get more votes than incumbents Erdogan itself. The elections are not until next year, but the trend is already clear. "People are losing confidence in his abilities," said Breng about the mood of the people towards their head of government. The correspondent himself says that while Erdoğan's reputation should not be underestimated, "this economic crisis of this magnitude is really affecting him."

Stress test for NATO

Most Western countries are already used to many of Erdoğan's provocations. "If you don't give me a lot of legroom, I'll join the other party," says Jonas Breng about Erdoğan's actions in relation to Western countries.

And how likely is it that the president will carry out his threats to Greece – the journalist considers that rather unlikely: "I would be very cautious if I feared that the conflict could break out in the near future." The real concern is that there could be an invasion of Syria in the near future.

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