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Planet UK: news from another galaxy

By Peter Hunt / 2 May, 2017

So now we know what the EU negotiating position on Brexit will be. To be fair, anyone could have guessed it, but here on Planet UK we are expected to be surprised.   The level of British self-delusion on the realities of this divorce are going to take some time...

Abortion politics and new pro-natalism in Turkey

By Azer Kılıç / 28 April, 2017

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...

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

By Yonca Özdemir / 28 April, 2017

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...

The autocrat’s new clothes

By Vassilis Ntousas / 27 April, 2017

The outcome of the April 16 referendum in Turkey ushers in one of the most, if not the most, radical transformation of the country since the proclamation of the republic in 1923. The electoral approval of a constitutional amendment package that bestows sweeping new powers to the office of the...

A Troubled Outlook for the Country and Its Transatlantic Partnerships

By Ian O. Lesser / 27 April, 2017

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...

A European post-referendum “no” to authoritarianism

By Massimo D’Alema / 21 April, 2017

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...

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

By Kati Piri / 21 April, 2017

“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...

Post Referendum Turkey: is 51 bigger than 49?

By Nebil İlseven / 21 April, 2017

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...

Europe is not a Foreign Affair!

By Ernst Stetter / 18 April, 2017

Last month’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties was a unique opportunity for Europe to review the path of what has been achieved so far and to look for future endeavours to undertake. The purpose of today’s blog is not to comment again on this. There has...

Change work to change society

By Marc Deluzet / 12 April, 2017

This article is based in the book from this author with the same name edited by FEPS and Fondation Jean Jaurès The crisis which currently affects western countries forms part of a metamorphosis that continues to upset the capitalist system with truly tragic consequences for the most deprived social groups...

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