'Masculine and aggressive' language of Turkish politics
11 June 2013 Last updated at 18:09 BST
The Turkish writer Elif Shafak talks to Stephen Sackur about the recent violence in Turkey, and her views on the major issues facing the country today.
In recent years Turkey has been seen as a bulwark of stability and democracy in a neighbourhood disfigured by political turmoil and communal conflict. But now the country is wrestling with its own demons. Elif Shafak says the language of Turkish politics is "masculine and aggressive".
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Wednesday 12 June at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel on Wednesday 12 June at 00:30 and 04:30 BST.