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Democracy in Turkey

  • Aug 11, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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Turkey is more democratic, prosperous, and politically influential than ever before.  Although Prime Minister Erdogan and his party have won democratic elections, they have engaged in undemocratic practices, such as the prosecution and detention of journalists and political opponents.  These actions have sparked recent protests. Some protesters claim that Erdogan and his party are Islamists trying to impose their Muslim values on their secular society.

Erdogan's harsh treatment of protesters has led German Prime Minister Angela Merkel to oppose Turkey's application to the European Union, which prevents the unanimous consent needed to join the union.  Merkel hopes that pressure from liberal democracies may encourage Turkey to respect democratic ideals.

Ultimately, what is the future of democracy in Turkey?  Join us as we discuss this issue.  References are below


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Turkey's Secular Awakening

Turkey's Protests: Still Out On the Streets

Turkey's Protests: Erdogan Cracks Down

U.S.-Turkey Relations

Merkel Opposes Turkey's Membership to E.U.


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  • James C.

    Some are concerned for Turkey, others are not. Turkey is a big democracy in Anatolia, and is not run by the Muslim Brotherhood, nor by an army: Turkey is a land buffer between Europe, the Levant and the gulf states, and Europe depends on Turkey far more than Turkey needs to join the EU.

    August 11, 2013

  • Amaki

    I am a product of 3 continents so I am always interested about what's happening in other parts of the world.

    July 27, 2013

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