Holmes Report 09 Nov 2015 // 9:13AM GMT
BRUSSELS—Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has hired Burson-Marsteller to provide international communication support after his AKP party scored a resounding win in last week's national elections.
According to the European Commission's transparency register, Burson-Marsteller's contract is with the “Office of Prime Minister of Turkey," and began just two days after the AKP's unexpected landslide victory.
Speaking to EUobserver, Burson's Brussels CEO Karen Massin said the firm is aiming to "highlight the prime minister’s leading role in international efforts to address the refugee crisis and his commitment to open dialogue and consensus, which is crucial to ensuring the stability and future prosperity of Turkey."
Davutoğlu cuts a more moderate figure than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, under whom there has been a visible shift to authoritarianism in Turkey.
According to the transparency register, the contract is currently worth less than €9,999. EUobserver reports that Burson's activities so far include setting up background briefings with journalists and the prime minister's press team, with a view to lining up interviews in Ankara.