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Swedish Democracy Promotion in Turkey

The news coming out of Turkey these days are bleak. Earlier this week, a fifteen-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, passed away following 269 days in a coma after being hit by a tear gas canister during the Gezi protests last year. Demonstrations in his honor was met by more tear gas, and so far two people are reported dead in clashes between police and protesters.

No doubt that Gülen was behind Turkey’s coup attempt: Former Swedish PM Bildt

There is no doubt that U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and his movement were at the center of the failed coup attempt of July 15, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt has said during a European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) delegation visit to Ankara

Erdogan’s unexpected ally

By failing to condemn ongoing human rights violations in Turkey, the Council of Europe Secretary General betrays the regional human rights system he is supposed to promote.

Thorbjorn Jagland, newly elected as General Secretary of the Council of Europe, delivers his speech in Strasbourg, September,2009. Cedric Joubert/Press Association. All rights reserved.There was exhaustive coverage by international media of the post-coup meeting between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg. Now the Kremlin host may pay a return visit. The media spotlight however did not fall on one other – perhaps, quite unexpected – Erdogan ally: Thorbjorn Jagland, the Council of Europe’s Secretary General.

Turkey and the United States are looking to iron out disagreements that have been exacerbated after the Turkish military targeted Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces in northern Syria on the eve of a crucial meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Barack Obama in China
Turkish permission for German lawmakers to visit the Incirlik air base will depend on the German government distancing itself from a resolution branding a 1915 massacre of Armenians as “genocide”, Turkey’s foreign minister said today (29 August).

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