ISTANBUL?Turkey’s economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 10.3% in the second quarter, underlining a rapid recovery that economists say will also get a boost from Turks’ firm support for government-backed constitutional reforms.”
As Nahit Kiler shows off an apartment on the 40th floor of his 54-story Istanbul Sapphire, the selling points include a sweeping view of the hills,
A new beginning Al-Arabiya (press release) (subscription) The courts hearing the most critical cases relating to Ergenekon, the Sledgehammer (Balyoz), Cage (Kafes) and other coup attempts will no longer feel …
58% of Turks want extensive constitutional reform. The British, Belgian, Spanish and Czech press say the vote, cast in a referendum on 12 September, consolidates democracy in Turkey – but is there potential danger for the country’s secularism and separation of powers? Press review
The MAZLUMDER human rights association in Ankara filed a criminal complaint against the coup instigators from the military coup 1980 one day after the referendum approved the lifting of provisional Article 15. The EDP filed complaints in Izmir and Bursa.
The referendum results primarily imply that a majority of the public favor integration with the global system. Indeed, the political parties that oppose the European Union (EU) and who would list numerous excuses starting with, ?Yes, but…? suffered a great defeat. The general public made it clear that it seeks greater integration with the global world, a higher level of rule of law, and, at the least, a say in the administration. As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) correctly understood these demands for change, they managed to emerge victorious from the polls for the seventh time. The referendum results are also indicative of power of the people?s will.
In what defines a new threshold for the ongoing struggle to increase civilian control of a semi-authoritarian regime of tutelage, a clear majority of Turkish society said on Sunday that its desire is, simply, more democracy.
The public?s approval of the reforms in Sunday?s referendum is an open indication that it wants a continuation of Turkey?s democratic journey. The victory of democracy is not the victory of a certain party or political ideology.
Hello to a more democratic Turkey. This greeting was among the candidates for the headline of our major story today. Yes, Turkey is more democratic today when compared to yesterday, but it is less democratic than it will be tomorrow.
from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Op-Ed
The referendum on Sept. 12 brought to an end an extremely turbulent political campaign period in Turkey. As of Sept. 13, the process of change and democratization in Turkey had crossed another critical threshold.
I?m told by an Israeli friend that Alon Liel?s view in this article in Haaretz is considered very moderate in Israel. Judging by what I heard there this summer (?Hamas, Erdogan, Hizbullah??) I?m surprised too. Liel has an interesting conclusion, a prediction about the Kurdish issue. Click here.
At 9 am on the day after the referendum, all sorts of individuals and groups around the country, whether they voted yes or no in the referendum, united to file criminal complaints against the leaders of the 1980 coup. The present constitution was a product of that coup and under temporary Article 15 prevented criminal charges from being brought against coup leaders. The recent referendum lifts that prohibition. The constitutional changes approved by the referendum have not yet been published in the Official Gazette, which would make them official, but prosecutors have been accepting the complaints. (click here)