Mutiny in Ankara

When the Ottoman empire of the mid-19th century started coming apart at the seams, Russia's Czar Nicholas I memorably dubbed it the "sick man" of Europe. Last week, the empire's successor, Turkey, reeled in political chaos as its own sick man, Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit — who suffers from a host of ailments linked to a chronic neurological disease — stubbornly clung to power.

With Ecevit's three-party coalition teetering on the brink of collapse, his Democratic Left Party (D.S.P.) essentially split in two and parliament in recess, Ecevit, 77, defied a growing chorus of demands that he step...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!