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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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    Turkey’s Twitter ban is easily bypassed, but there are no easy answers to Erdoğan’s abuse of power

Turkey’s Twitter ban is easily bypassed, but there are no easy answers to Erdoğan’s abuse of power

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced a block on the use of Twitter in the country. Burcu Baykurt writes that while the actual ban on Twitter is largely unworkable from a technical standpoint, the move is aimed at stabilising Erdoğan’s political support base ahead of local elections. More importantly, the fact that the prime minister can implement […]

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The EU should offer a ‘gradual integration’ membership to Turkey, as well as to the UK if it decides to downscale its role in the EU

Although accession negotiations between the European Union and Turkey officially began in 2005, little progress has been achieved. Cemal Karakas argues that it is time to consider a new form of membership for Turkey, which would allow gradual and partial participation in certain policy areas. He suggests that this model could be extended to other candidate countries, and indeed to […]

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