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Elections in Turkey: testing ground for Erdogan and the army
The AKP is the clear favorite, and seems set to win over the nationalists and Kurds. The electoral campaign has been conducted amid scandal, but freely and openly. The unknown postelection scenario: relations with the EU, or a "neo-Ottoman" program? Even the Vatican has something to say.
Double blow against Turkey: Izmir, and the party of Erdogan
Uncertainty over the future of Izmir, rejected as the site of Expo 2015 after preparing itself for years with projects for the new airport, ultra high-speed railway lines, and new highways. The difficulties for the AKP, accused of Islamicising the country and violating the secular constitution. The march toward Europe is in danger of slowing down.
03/06/2016 09:43:00 TURKEY - GERMANY
German parliament recognizes Armenian genocide. Wrath of Ankara
The Bundestag vote allows that German authorities of that time knew of the genocidal plans and did nothing to stop it. Historians tell us that the solution of the elimination of Armenians, Greeks and other minorities responded to the geopolitical demands of Western powers. For Angela Merkel, who was absent from the vote on the Armenian Genocide the "single fact" should not affect alliance between Ankara and Berlin.
European-style reforms save Erdogan from constitutional court ban
In rejecting the request to dissolve the governing party and exclude its leaders from political life, the court had affirmed in July that the AKP is "the focal point of anti-secular activities," but will not be dissolved because it is promoting the reforms requested by the EU, and those in favor of women and non-Islamic minorities.
Pope: dignity of the person, peace, development topics for interfaith dialogue
Benedict XVI affirms that for the European Union, bearer of a common culture founded on Greek and Roman civilization, and especially on Christianity, dialogue must be "a priority."
21/03/2017 19:06:00 TURKEY – EUROPEAN UNION
Europe and Turkish opposition worried by Erdogan's constitution and totalitarian threat
The row between Berlin and Ankara gets worse after Erdogan’s Nazi comparison. The pro-government newspaper Güneş published a photo of a Hitler-like Merkel. Turkish authorities arrest a thousand Kurdish activists on the eve of Nowruz ahead of the 16 April poll. A scholar and academic offers his thoughts about the reform and its consequences.
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