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Month: April 2017

Abortion politics and new pro-natalism in Turkey

Since the 1960s, European countries have experienced a significant decline in fertility rates, which dropped to as low as an average of 1.45 in the EU15 at the turn of the century. The issue causes concerns because of its implications for labour markets, social security systems, and economic competitiveness. Various policy measures have been proposed …

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Erdogan’s referendum and the dangerous erosion of democracy in Turkey

The rise of right wing populism has begun to be a serious problem in Europe and in the US but a more serious situation is taking place in Turkey. AKP and its populist leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have been rapidly destroying Turkish democracy. The most recent step was the April 16th referendum. It was not …

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A Troubled Outlook for the Country and Its Transatlantic Partnerships

Turkey’s April 16th referendum confirmed and extended the sweeping powers President Erdoğan had already de facto acquired. It was a very close result, with the “yes” vote at 51.4 percent. Given the significant obstacles and heavy media bias facing the opposition during the campaign, and apparent irregularities in the vote itself, the outcome can hardly …

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The impact of Russia in national campaigns in the EU. Is the Bulgarian case an exception?

Russia is back. What appears as a smart combination of diplomatic skills, traditional military hard power and the massive deployment of cyber technology has brought Russia back to the centre stage of global politics. Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and in Syria has created only limited diplomatic backlash. Moscow is still on relatively good terms …

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A European post-referendum “no” to authoritarianism

The 16th of April will be remembered as a momentous date in Turkey’s modern history. The result of the referendum vote essentially establishes a one-man rule and diminishes the rule of law, marking a dangerous turning point in the country’s democratic tradition. Yet, for a vote that can prove so consequential for the country and …

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How the EU can regain credibility and support Turkey’s democrats

“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, the European Union has opened its door to Turkey,” European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said at a news conference in December 2004. “It shows clearly the end goal: The end goal is membership.” That was the optimism in 2004. After years of difficult reforms and after decades waiting at the …

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Post Referendum Turkey: is 51 bigger than 49?

The day arrived and Turkey finally had its long-awaited referendum on April 16. The vote-count indicates a slim margin in favour of the constitutional changes as public protests continue in defiance of the outcome amid the peculiar legal interpretations of the judiciary regarding the governing rules of voting. In this referendum, 18 constitutional amendments were …

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