Policy Brief (German Marshall Fund of the United States) June 1, 2015 Ilter Turan & Ahmet K. Han * A week before Turkey’s parliamentary elections, speculation regarding possible outcomes occupies the minds of political leaders and pundits alike. The intricacy of the Turkish electoral system, in particular the 10 percent national electoral threshold and the […]
Report (Bipartisan Policy Center) June 2015 National Security Program In August 2014, upon his ascension from prime minister to Turkey’s first directly-elected president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan heralded the creation of a “New Turkey.” Whether Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) can achieve that ambition or whether there will be a shift in […]
The Guardian (UK) Monday, 1 June 2015, p. 21 & 22 Editorial Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A stable Turkey is vital for Europe and the Middle East. More power for the president won’t help. Turkey is a crucial country. In spite of its recent drift toward authoritarianism, in spite of the increasing intemperance of its leader, […]
Policy Brief (German Marshall Fund of the United States) May 29, 2015 Özgehan Şenyuva * The June 2015 Turkish Parliament (Grand National Assembly) election may be one of the most important elections in recent Turkish political history. Electoral studies literature may help to put the Turkish electoral debate in context. Three concepts are particularly useful […]
hurriyetdailynews.com – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has publicly and personally threatened the editor-in-chief of a daily which published video footage that it said showed security forces discovering weapons being sent to Syria on trucks belonging to the…
The Guardian – Editorial – May 31, 11:14 AM – Turkey is a crucial country. In spite of its recent drift toward authoritarianism, in spite of the increasing intemperance of its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and in spite of the loss of the sure touch in foreign policy its government once

Turkish journalist testifies over ‘terrorist propaganda’ for his critical tweet

An investigation has been launched May 28 into social media posts made by Turkey’s intellectual figures during the March 31 hostage crisis in Istanbul’s Çağlayan courthouse
The President Erdoğan pointed journalist Nevşin Mengü as a target owing to her Twitter dialogue with a follower.
Questioning the content of trucks that were stopped by the gendarmerie while carrying “logistical assistance to Turkmens” in Syria last year was nobody’s business, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu has said, drawing attention to the timing of publications accusing Turkey of delivering weapons to rebel groups in the neighboring country.
Saturday Mothers/People repeated their demands for justice in Galatasaray Square and declared to the public: “Don’t forget, only justice heals.”

For judges who defy Turkey’s leaders, short road to jail

While there is undoubtedly a power struggle going on between the government and the Gülen movement, this struggle raises far more important issues for the rule of law in Turkey.

Turkey’s election this week could put even more power into the hands of President Erdogan. He shouldn’t have it
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems to have assumed a new, unofficial role this week as the country’s chief news media critic.
Turkey’s Health Ministry has asked primary care physicians to provide the personal identity information of their psychiatric patients, in a move described by the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) as a “scandal.”

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