As European Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey, “Ankara prosecutors launch probe into ex-French diplomat for ‘inciting’ Erdoğan’s assassination…

Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey by Georgi Gotev The European Union executive urged EU governments yesterday (24 April) to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers put Ankara’s stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage. PACE reopens monitoring process against Turkey The Parliamentary … Read more

Turkey in Europe: “Detained Journalist From Italy Released, Deported

Detained Journalist From Italy Released, Deported Bianet :: English Angelino Alfano, Minister of Interior of Italy has announced that Gabriele Del Grande, a journalist from Italy who had been in custody since April 9, was released and sent to Italy. Silencing Turkey’s Media – Dec 14, 2016, 9:01 PM Ruthless Assault on Press Freedom Shields … Read more

EU Commission says Turkey should investigate referendum vote ‘irregularities in #TurkeyReferendum But Erdoğan tells election observers to ‘know their place’…

Turkey should investigate referendum vote ‘irregularities’, says EU commission  World news: Turkey | by Daniel Boffey in Brussels President’s spokesman calls on authorities to launch transparent inquiry after observers raised doubts about poll result The EU has called on the civil authorities in Turkey to launch a transparent investigation into the referendum result granting the … Read more

According to new @FreedomHouseDC report “Turkey faces largest decline in freedoms in 2016”

Turkey faces largest decline in freedoms in 2016: Report   Turkey suffered the largest decline in freedoms among 195 countries over the past year, an annual report published by the Washington-based Freedom House showed on Jan. 31.   Turkish Alevis release list of suggestions for ‘pluralistic’ religious education in new curriculum   A Turkish Alevi foundation has … Read more

Before meeting with Trump, Theresa May was in Turkey for a £100m defence deal “‘turning a blind eye to rights abuse’

Theresa May in Turkey: UK agrees £100m defence deal  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Theresa May discusses trade with Turkey’s president, and a deal to develop fighter jets is sealed. UK’s £100m weapons deal with Turkey ‘turns blind eye to rights abuse’ World news: Turkey | by Jamie Doward   Arms sale in … Read more

Good days with Greece may end: “Greece’s Top Court Rejects Extradition of Turkish Officers…

Turkey protests Greek rejection of extradition of 8 fugitive troops   Turkey said it protests Greek rejection of Turkish demand of extradition of eight fugitive troops, vowing it will evaluate the impacts of this decision on different aspects of bilateral ties between the two countries. Greece’s Top Court Rejects Extradition of Turkish Officers NYT > Turkey by … Read more

A female deputy from the ruling party was particularly industrious in parliamentary debates on constitutional change…

Gökcen Özdogan Enç, Antalya MEP from AKP.  Amid Fistfights, Turkey Nears Parliamentary Approval of a New Constitution  NYT > Turkey by By ROD NORDLAND   The proposal, bitterly disputed by opposition parties, would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if approved in a referendum. CHP’s Pavey, HDP’s Buldan Beaten in Parliament, Taken to Hospital … Read more

Mass surveillance: “Summary of Proceedings Prepared for 17,000 Social Media Users…

Yarkadaş: Summary of Proceedings Prepared for 17,000 Social Media Users Bianet :: English   CHP’s Yarkadaş has said that a “Social Media Monitoring Unit” has been formed and within this framework, summary of proceedings prepared for 17,000 social media users but since detention centers in İstanbul are already full, no detention proceeding is taking place at … Read more

Human Rights Watch 2017 report unsurprisingly criticizes Turkish authorities…

World Report 2017: Turkey Human Rights Watch – Jan 12, 6:35 AM On July 15, 2016, elements of the military attempted to carry out a coup d’état against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. The attempted coup left at least 241 citizens and government Human Rights Watch criticizes Turkish authorities … Read more

Fistfight, violent brawl accompanies debate on constitutional reform in the parliament, but President Erdoğan already declared: ‘That referendum will take place’

CHP’s Fatma Kaplan: To Hell with Your Presidential System, to Hell with Your Ambition  Bianet :: English   Beaten while warning AKP MPs who weren’t complying with voting procedures during discussions on 3rd Article of constitutional amendment talks, CHP MP Fatma Hürriyet Kaplan has protested the incident on parliamentary rostrum. ‘That referendum will take place,’ vows President … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “EU’s Galileo satellite system goes live after 17 years

EU’s Galileo satellite system goes live after 17 years  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Europe launches its long-delayed Galileo satellite system, aiming to be the world’s most accurate. Romania: a social democratic anomaly in eastern Europe? open Democracy News Analysis – by Cornel Ban   Romania should be the ideal playground for right-populist parties, … Read more

For the record, “Turkish economy shrinks for first time since 2009

  Turkish economy shrinks for first time since 2009  Hurriyet Daily News   Turkey’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by a bigger than expected 1.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016 on weak consumer spending and exports, data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) showed on Dec. 12 Charter amendment draft submitted to Turkey’s parliament  Hurriyet … Read more

FP blog take on Gülen movement… Wikileaked…

  WikiLeaked: 5 Things to Know About the Islamist Empire Trying to Take Down Erdogan Legal experts point toward high court to solve judicial impasse   Prominent legal experts and academics are not very hopeful about to amend the structure of the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK)   Turkey faces political, social and … Read more

Turkish politics roundup (1): Referendum and judiciary

ŞAHİN ALPAY – Referendum to further consolidate democracy The military in Turkey staged a coup d?état on Sept. 12, 1980, held power for nearly three years and adopted a highly authoritarian constitution that reinforced the tutelary powers of the military and judiciary over democracy before allowing elections and the reintroduction of multi-party politics. Turkey’s Prime … Read more

Final round in the Constitutional changes begins

Turkey faces constitutional reform showdown

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s parliament on Sunday begins the final round of voting on constitutional changes that strike at the heart of the secular elite with plans to reform the judiciary and make the army accountable to civilian courts.

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