Ian O. Lesser

Vice President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and Executive Director of GMF’s Brussels office

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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