The preliminary @OSCE report: “Turkey, Constitutional Referendum, 16 April 2017: Statement of Preliminary Findings and Conclusions”

Here is the report:

INTERNATIONAL REFERENDUM OBSERVATION MISSION Republic of Turkey – Constitutional Referendum, 16 April 2017



President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the tombs of three former leaders on April 17, one day after Turkey voted in favor of shifting to an executive presidential system in a constitutional referendum
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks over reinstating capital punishment following the approval of constitutional amendments in the April 16 referendum has triggered a fresh debate, collecting warnings from European allies

Erdoğan’s referendum victory unsurprising in a ‘strongman’ world

Leaders such as Turkish president look at Trump and Putin and conclude democracy can be made to be what you want it to be

The Turkish vote to give Recep Tayyip Erdoğan virtually dictatorial powersseems hard to understand for Europeans accustomed to traditional forms of postwar democratic pluralism. Far from being an aberration, however, Turkey is following an growing trend for autocratic “strongman” leaders that has echoes around the world.

Turkish flight and a new diaspora in town

This approach of recognizing and respecting the differences and commonalities between one’s own and others’ knowledge, of listening and thinking through both, has been called ‘border thinking’.

A year after the EU deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, Hungary is doubling down protection of its border.Syrian refugee family at the Kelebija transit camp, March 23,2017.Krystian Maj/Press Association. All rights reserved. The western gaze needs fresh victims and apparently it sees in me one of those new victims. How do I know this? I read it in the newspaper, in the Wall Street Journal, no less. Here is what the WSJ said about me on August 24, 2016:

In Istanbul, Nil Mutluer grabbed her 3-year-old daughter and raced with a suitcase toward Turkey’s coast. The former sociology-department chair at the city’s Nisantasi University narrowly escaped the nation’s looming dragnet. “Authorities had already begun questioning colleagues at the airports,” said Dr. Mutluer, a Western-leaning liberal who took a ferry to Greece en route to an academic post in Berlin.

A striking beginning for a newspaper story isn’t it? An academic single mother escapes with only one suitcase and her three years old daughter, via Greece to boot! Touching too – exactly the sort of human interest story of victimisation that the western gaze seems to demand from its news outlets.

A couple of months after that story was published, the Turkish correspondent of another major European news outlet, herself a Turkish citizen, contacted me. Having finally discovered what has been happening to Academics for Peace since the beginning of the year, she told me that she had interviewed a number of other academics who had left Turkey and that she would like to include my story in her article as well.

The EU and Turkey should focus on working together, as they have both already proven that they are capable of doing so. The Customs Agreement and Visa Liberalisation frameworks are a good starting point, writes Ahmet Ceran.

Academic voices her fears for Turkey ahead of referendum

Academic Oget Oktem Tanor explains how she’s been punished for signing an anti-government petition.

Erdogan: Europe is collapsing, we will bring it to account

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to make Europe pay for “oppressing” and “humiliating” Turks, in rhetoric aimed at boosting the “Yes” camp ahead of Sunday’s referendum on enhancing his powers.

Europe going crazy over proposed executive presidency in Turkey: Erdoğan

European countries are going crazy over the proposed executive presidency in Turkey which will go to a public vote on April 16, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said April 9.

Australia warns of Anzac Day terror threat in Turkey

Information suggests that terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations, Australia says.

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