The 2016 is tied up in a dramatic change in president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rhetoric and goals as ruler of the country, going from growth and progress to tightening his hold on power in Turkey. Following Turkey’s failed application for membership in the European Union, Erdoğan began concentrating on power consolidation, using increasingly religious, reactionary and authoritarian rhetoric as justification for this. The failed coup coincides with this change and has undoubtedly benefited Erdoğan, as the reaction to the coup attempt has been a massive purge of the military and private sector. This has involved nearly 200,000 people being detained and some tortured, and the seizing of billions of dollars worth of assets from those accused of being involved in the coup. Regardless of accusations put forth by the Erdoğan government numerous countries intelligence services have rejected the official Turkish explanation of the coup as orchestrated by the Gülen movement, leaving the most of the evidence pointing squarely at Erdoğan.