Turkey: The sultans of swing

Before 2050, Turkey will be the third European power and the ninth world power - with more people than Germany, a first-class army, and a capability to display plenty of soft power via its good universities, a strong and diverse economy, technical know-how and the ruling party's ability to "sell" its brand of democratic Islam.
Soon Turkey may become a full-time member of the hot BRICS group of emerging powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Last year, at a summit in Brasilia, the coming of "BRICTS" was seriously discussed.

No wonder eyebrows have been seriously raised. Western misconception, fueled by centuries of historical baggage, fears Erdogan of the Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) party as a neo-Ottoman sultan - and aspiring caliph - leading an informal empire ranging from the Eastern Mediterranean to Western China, from the Balkans to the Middle East (and he might even - God forbid - go for the reconquista of Jerusalem ...)
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