UN Agrees to Change Turkey’s Official Name to ‘Türkiye’

Photo: AP [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • On Wed., the UN confirmed a Turkish request to officially recognize the re-branding of the nation's name from "Turkey" to "Türkiye."

  • A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reportedly confirmed that the name change would take effect immediately from the receipt of a letter submitted by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The Spin

Narrative A

It's time to correct this mix-up of linguistic history. It's possible that European colonizers mistook New World turkeys for fowl imported through the Ottoman Empire, and residents of Türkiye have had to tolerate this unflattering association ever since. This is a dignified re-branding to properly reflect Türkiye as a country and a people on the world stage.

Narrative B

This is a move from Erdoğan to whip up nationalist fervor as he launches his re-election bid. The Turkish lira is plummeting in value, there is a simmering economic crisis, and Erdoğan has embarrassing failures with COVID and foreign policy. This is a political move to distract from the recent turmoil in Ankara.

Nerd narrative

There is a 50% chance that Turkey's average inflation rate will be at least 20.1% between 2022 and 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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