It's been a pretty lean time for elections so far this year, but even so, one would hardly expect the Turkish municipal elections, to be held on
29 March, to be a big source of excitement. But some very interesting things are happening in Turkey, which could end up having implications well outside its borders.

First of all, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, while campaigning for the elections last weekend visited the Kurdish south-east of the country, traditionally ignored by mainstream politicians. Kurds make up something like a fifth of Turkey's population, but have long been the victims of official repression, to which many of them respond by supporting a violent insurgency.