President Erdoğan could finally pretend to be non-partisan in his statement, still not seen on air… #TurkeyElections

Election fair, threshold not: OSCE/PACE observers Fundamental freedoms were generally respected and voters could choose from a wide range of political parties in Turkey’s June 7 elections, but the 10 percent threshold to enter parliament limits political pluralism, international observers said June 8 Erdogan urges political parties to show responsibility AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) President calls … Read more

AKP’s flag mobilization… Parliament’s never ending discussions on the new Constitution… A politics roundup…

Hang flags, ruling AKP tells 8.5 million members The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has issued a circular to 8.5 million party members across 81 provinces Parliament’s commission discusses fate of new Constitution The Constitution Conciliation Commission, the group responsible for producing Turkey?s new charter draft, meets under the re-elected Parliament speaker to discuss … Read more

PKK withdrawal begins… Constitution commission agrees to continue work until July 1

  Kurdish rebels begin withdrawal from Turkey from Yahoo news By Ayla Jean Yackley SEMDINLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Kurdish militants began their withdrawal from Turkey on Wednesday, a pro-Kurdish party leader told Reuters, advancing a peace process designed to end an insurgency which has killed 40,000 people and ravaged the region. Turkish security forces manned … Read more

“Turkey’s fourth judicial package passes into law… A politics roundup…

Turkey’s fourth judicial package passes into law with critical last-minute amendment from Hurriyet Daily News Turkey’s 4th judicial package was passed into law by Parliament with the introduction of an amendment to remove extra punishment for those convicted of ‘terror propaganda’.   Turkey: How Durable is Gülen Movement? from – Turkey by k_kumkova Copyright … Read more

Erdoğan to meet with the “wise people” , whom citizens do not know yet, on Apr 4. …Politics roundup…

Turkish government to meet with ?wise people? April 4 from Hurriyet Daily News The government will meet with the ?wise people? April 4 for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue..   Deadline fever grips opposition parties from Hurriyet Daily News Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Çiçek triggered heated discussion in Parliament?s Constitution Conciliation Commission.. New charter … Read more

Scientific solution to the tension in Turkish Parliament – sort of- “Color of seats makes Turkish MPs see red: Report

Color of seats makes Turkish MPs see red: Report from Hurriyet Daily News The main culprit for the explosive atmosphere at the assembly is the color of the chairs, according CHP’s report  A politics roundup: Wise men and not-so-wise men from Hurriyet Daily News Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek was the guest yesterday of the traditional … Read more

Iceland and her crowdsourced constitution. Latest news roundup

  Crowdsourcing Iceland’s Constitution New York Times (blog) REYKJAVIK ? Icelanders like to do it their way. Where else do you get to dine on minke whale and puffin and routinely address the prime minister by her first name? True to their tradition of doing things differently, Europe’s most sparsely populated   Finland’s Next Laws To Emerge … Read more

William Armstrong on “AKP & Fethullah Gülen alliance”, Presidential system debates, New constitution writing…

New constitution formula takes shape from Hurriyet Daily News Parliament?s Constitutional Reconciliation Commission started writing the new constitution beginning with the section on ?fundamental rights and freedoms.? Charter team draws first border from Hurriyet Daily News Turkey?s Constitution Conciliation Committee agrees on 45 titles under the Fundamental Freedoms and Rights chapter, while failing to reach … Read more

Mr. Erdoğan pushes for presidential system..that means it might be in the new constitution… a politics roundup

Rights, freedoms first topic for charter writing from Hurriyet Daily News The panel tasked with writing the draft of a new charter is set to start with the first chapter on ?rights and freedoms. Is Turkey adopting a presidential system? from Hurriyet Daily News Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday that Turkey could … Read more

Turkish politics roundup: New constitution debates, Ergenekon Trial, Erdoğan the Aesthete

Toward Turkey?s first civilian constitution More than a thousand of people sitting around circular tables of six and seven each on the floor of a sports arena The new constitution and a warning to the AK Party from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ERGUN BABAHAN During a ceremony held … Read more

Need for a crowdsourcing software in writing Turkey’s new constitution…

A post to be developed more soon… My dear readers, with a group of determined graduate students, I have finally started a project on crowdsourcing Turkey’s new constitution. This was an idea developing since last summer when we were working on the election monitoring project… We are still in the brainstorming phase but we do … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Financial markets now trust Italy and Spain; Euro fiscal pact; Danish Presidency news…

EU to slam Hungary for constitution from Hurriyet Daily News The EU executive will demand Hungary row back on controversial changes to its constitution or face possible legal action in warnings to be delivered next week, a European Union source said yesterday.   MAIN FOCUS: Financial markets trust Italy and Spain | 13/01/2012 from euro|topics … Read more

Turkish politics roundup: Erdogan undergoes surgery; Dersim polemics; Kurdish issue…

Turkey?s Erdogan undergoes successful surgery from Yahoo news ANKARA, Turkey ? Officials say Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has undergone successful abdominal surgery. Monday?s statement from his office was the first indication by the government that Erdogan had undergone laparoscopic surgery on his digestive system on Saturday. It says the prime minister is … Read more

the sum of Turkish politics: Van governor calls for urgent aid…

Van governor calls for urgent aid from Hurriyet Dailynews by VAN As search and rescue operations in the eastern province of Van draw to a close, falling temperatures and extreme weather conditions in Van have already taken their toll on the quake victims. Disaster agency fails in Van test from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – … Read more

as the Turkish Republic is at 88, a politics roundup

Republican circles are angry with the government who canceled celebrations due to Van earthquake.  Honestly i don’t understand why celebrations are cancelled as long as they are not luxurious… Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul, left, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, third left, and family members attend the funeral prayers for Yunus Yilmaz, one of 24 Turkish … Read more