How do you see 2017?

Of course, the main thing — work and bread; but “calm” and “confidence in the future” — the needs of higher level.

This year happened the barbarous coup attempt on 15 July.

Terrorism? It was July 2015, when “the peace process is the solution of the Kurdish problem” stopped and started terrorism.

To try to maintain our morale and especially to unite against terrorism — the duty of every man and nation.

To preserve this understanding, but also a fair appeal to the feelings.

But there were problems in previous years.

One of the most important factors that will determine the strength of Turkey in the long term — economy; and this we should not forget.

It was a year ago

Russian analyst Vladimir Avakov noted that Turkey has “sufficient resources” to implement the ambition to become a major power.

The economy is one of the most important criteria of power of the state.

Resources are, of course, the economy, and the economy is technology.

In society and particularly in the political class, this consciousness must be very strong, and neither terrorism nor heroism should not make people forget about it.

Year ago responsible for the economy Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek (Mehmet Şimşek) said:

“In the near future Turkey will have three exchange rate pegs. The tightening of fiscal policy will continue. We are reviving the process of the EU. With structural transformation, we, as before, will provide the economic transformation of Turkey through reforms of the second and third generation” (11 Dec 2015).

Financial discipline — clear…

But what happened with the “process ES”? Instead of having to declare to the whole world about our problems with Europe, we could not try to deal with them?

And at what stage of structural reforms, discussed by Simsek?

The threat of populism

In 2017 and in the long term will affect the world populist movements that are gaining strength in all democracies?

On this subject, I recommend the recently published book by Jan-Werner Muller (Jan-Werner Müller) “What is Populism”.

After reading “seven theses on populism” at the end of this work, I honestly was horrified.

The author says that populism is a threat not only for liberalism but also for democracy.

In short, the features of populist movements are as follows: authoritarianism, antipluralism, demagogism, protectionism…

This implies an even greater reduction in the global economy, more tension in international relations.

To this must be added the emergence of a dollar shortage in the world. Trump, who was thought to have lower interest rates, was a supporter of their increase; in these conditions the dollars that are outside the US, are flocking to America.

What do we do in terms of dollar deficit and complications of exports?

How long will we continue to grow, stimulating construction and consumption?

And the agenda of politicians?

The answers to these questions should give economists and especially experts in international Economics.

I can give General predictions, but it was not considered to be “reliable” information. Moreover, the experts may have other comments and suggestions.

I write these questions in the quest to pay attention to how our politicians say or rather not say on these topics.

Our political culture since there is one serious drawback. Since the policy we perceive first and foremost as a struggle for power, the counting of votes and the attempt everywhere to place his people outweigh, with long-term problems that require rational approaches, it does not say. Therefore, our policy can not reach the level of enlightenment, awareness, reflection.

The proposed changes to our political system is so focused on the person that I would thank God if they will have even more negative impact on our institutions and political culture.