I’m Joe Parkinson, Turkey bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. Ask me anything!
Hi everyone, I'm Joe - I’ve been based in Istanbul for three years and have in that time covered Turkey, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the uprisings across the Middle East. I joined WSJ in 2007 in London.
The past year has been a bumpy one for Turkey with last summer’s hopes of winning the 2020 Olympics giving way to street protests, financial turbulence and now a sprawling corruption scandal that has shaken Turkish politics. You'll have no doubt read that just last week the government moved to ban Twitter.
I’m happy to chat about whatever you like – from the upcoming elections and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the country’s stuttering European Union bid and its role in the Syrian conflict.
I can also talk endlessly about where to find Turkey’s best kebabs and Baklava. But you guys take the lead.
Here’s a link to my WSJ profile and recent stories: http://topics.wsj.com/person/A/biography/7835
Here’s my twitter account: https://twitter.com/JoeWSJ
Thanks everyone for your questions - its been fun! You can follow me on Twitter @joewsj