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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ahead of Turkish referendum, No voices hard to hear – POLITICO

Ahead of Turkish referendum, No voices hard to hear

President Erdoğan launched campaign this weekend to win greater constitutional powers.

By Zia Weise

2/26/17, 1:34 PM CET

Updated 2/26/17, 1:42 PM CET

ISTANBUL — As Turkey heads toward a constitutional referendum designed to grant its leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan even greater powers, the polls predict a neck-and-neck race.

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Will Erdogan get his way? | The National

Will Erdogan get his way?

National Editorial

February 26, 2017 Updated: February 26, 2017 05:32 PM

After last year’s shock political events around the world, it is clear that popular referendums have the power to radically change the complexion of politics around the world. In Turkey, the ruling AKP has began a campaign to amend the constitution. The Turkish people will vote on a referendum in April that would eliminate the position of prime minister and expand the powers of the Turkish president.

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German Greens co-chief Özdemir raps Merkel and Gabriel on Turkey, Afghanistan | News | DW.COM | 26.02.2017

German Greens co-chief Özdemir raps Merkel and Gabriel on Turkey, Afghanistan

The co-chief of the Greens has accused Germany's government of complying with the Turkish regime's crackdown on liberties. Cem Özdemir also says Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel needs to stop deportations to Afghanistan.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Turkey shifting to open prisons over post-coup overcrowding | The Kansas City Star

Turkey shifting to open prisons over post-coup overcrowding
The Associated Press

ISTANBUL

Turkey's prime minister says convicts with lighter sentences would be reassigned to open prisons to make room for the tens of thousands of arrests following July's failed coup.

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Forced to down tools

Closure of NGOs in Turkey
Forced to down tools
Civil society in Turkey has practically ground to a halt in Turkey since the state of emergency was declared last year. The work of many NGOs has been discontinued seemingly overnight. Many still don't even know why. Ceyda Nurtsch spoke to some of their representatives

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The achievements of Erdogan-With me or against me

The achievements of Erdogan
With me or against me
The Turkish president is adept at cultivating his own public image. Speaking of national unity, he mobilises supporters and denounces opponents. National unity, however, vanished long ago. Erdogan’s divisiveness is exacerbating the country′s problems. Commentary by Timur Tinc

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Turkish diplomats ask for asylum in Germany | News | DW.COM | 24.02.2017

Turkish diplomats ask for asylum in Germany

German authorities face at least 136 asylum requests from Turkish citizens bearing diplomatic passports, following the failed coup in Turkey. Berlin's response might worsen the already tense relations with Ankara.

More:Turkish diplomats ask for asylum in Germany | News | DW.COM | 24.02.2017

Syria – A Confused Trump Strategy Lets Erdogan U-Turn Again | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Syria – A Confused Trump Strategy Lets Erdogan U-Turn Again
By Moon of Alabama

There are two new developments on the Syrian front. The Islamic State suddenly changed its tactic and the Turkish President Erdogan again changed his policy course.

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What about after Turkey’s referendum? - GÜLSE BİRSEL

What about after Turkey’s referendum?

To quote the lyrics of the popular 1979 song by superstar Ajda Pekkan: “What about afterward? What will I do after you? They years will pass mercilessly.” Later on, Pekkan sings that “there will always be tomorrows after todays.”

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