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    Despite winning Turkey’s presidential election, Erdoğan could find himself marginalised by the presidency’s limited powers

Despite winning Turkey’s presidential election, Erdoğan could find himself marginalised by the presidency’s limited powers

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won Turkey’s presidential election on 10 August, becoming the first directly elected President in the country’s history. Firat Cengiz writes that while Erdoğan’s ultimate aim is to establish a presidential system in Turkey, his strategy rests on securing an increase in support for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) at the 2015 parliamentary elections. She […]

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    The media played an important role in Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s presidential election victory in Turkey

The media played an important role in Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s presidential election victory in Turkey

Turkey held the first direct presidential elections in its history on 10 August, with the country’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, winning enough support in the first round of voting to secure the presidency. Asli Tunc argues that while Erdoğan undoubtedly has widespread support across the country, the role of the media was nevertheless important in securing his victory in the election. […]

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    Five minutes with Dani Rodrik: “The West has made a serious mistake in failing to see the wide range of abuses that the Turkish regime has been engaged in”

Five minutes with Dani Rodrik: “The West has made a serious mistake in failing to see the wide range of abuses that the Turkish regime has been engaged in”

Around 300 officers in the Turkish military were jailed in 2010-2011 over an alleged coup to overthrow the Turkish government. The controversy over the arrests is still on-going, with all officers still in jail released earlier this month pending a retrial. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Dani Rodrik discusses the case, the impact it has had […]

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    Turkey’s growing civil unrest shows that citizens are prepared to defend democracy, with or without help from the EU

Turkey’s growing civil unrest shows that citizens are prepared to defend democracy, with or without help from the EU

Turkish police used tear gas to disperse protesters in Istanbul and Ankara on 31 May, following demonstrations held on the first anniversary of the anti-government Gezi Park protests which began last year. Firat Cengiz writes on the country’s increasingly tense political situation, which was also exacerbated by unrest over the recent mine disaster at Soma. She argues that while […]

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    The AKP’s working class support base explains why the Turkish government has managed to retain its popularity during the country’s protests

The AKP’s working class support base explains why the Turkish government has managed to retain its popularity during the country’s protests

A number of anti-government protests have taken place in Turkey over the past year. Erik R. Tillman assesses the dynamics underpinning support for the ruling AKP government and its main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), during the unrest. He notes that although AKP has parallels with mainstream centre-right parties in Europe, its support base is built on working-class […]

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    EU citizens’ contact with Turkish immigrants has an important impact on their support for Turkey’s EU membership

EU citizens’ contact with Turkish immigrants has an important impact on their support for Turkey’s EU membership

Turkey’s potential accession to the European Union has been a controversial issue in several EU states. Rachid Azrout presents findings from a study on the role that contact with Turkish immigrants plays in shaping attitudes toward Turkey’s membership of the EU. He writes that countries with higher numbers of Turkish immigrants are generally less supportive of Turkey’s membership. However […]

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