Batı Cephesi’nde (AB-Türkiye) Yeni Bir Şey yok!

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Avrupa ile ilişkilerde «Yol Kazası» :Türkiye yeniden mercek altında…


AKPM, 13 yıllık aradan sonra Türkiye ’deki demokrasi ve özgürlüklerin denetlenmesini kararlaştırdı!

The CoE Assembly (PACE) has voted to re-open the monitoring procedure against #Turkey, closed in 2004: 113 for, 45 against, 12 abstaining.

Turkish democracy placed on damaging watchlist by EU monitors.

Turkey’s chances of joining the EU were seriously jeopardised on Tuesday as the statutory organ of the Council of Europe degraded the country’s state of democracy, placing it under observation – a major criticism of the regression seen in Turkey’s democratic practices during the last few years.

Placing Turkey under monitoring means Europe considers Turkey to be non-compliant with the Copenhagen criteria, the rules on governance, economic standards and human rights that determine if a country is eligible to join the EU.

Ankara condemned the vote as politically motivated. [Full article]

Deciding to re-open the monitoring procedure on Turkey, a staunch defender of contemporary European ideals and values and a founding member of the Council of Europe, under the guidance of malicious circles at the PACE is a disgrace to this organ, which claims to be the cradle of democracy.

Such a decision leaves no choice to Turkey but to reconsider its relations with PACE. (MFA of Turkey)

[Full PACE Debate on Turkey]


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Referendum in Turkey: European & International Reactions…


Türkiye’deki Referandum: Tepkiler!

☔ The EU institutions awaiting the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR International Observation Mission, also with regard to alleged irregularities.

☔ This is yet another decisive step away from Europe. Erdoğan has closed his doors to the EU with this referendum. The EU accession talks should be suspended.

☔ Erdoğan is increasingly turning Turkey into a personal authoritarian regime. This is a sad day for all democrats in Turkey. In an unfair election environment a very narrow majority has endorsed a constitutional change that will give president Erdoğan unchecked powers. With such a constitution, Turkey cannot join the EU.

☔ Erdoğan’s strategy was to insult journalists, Kurds, the opposition, dissenters and even EU countries and to declare them enemies. This made him look like a strong man and close ranks behind him. This referendum took place under unfair conditions: the governing AKP abused the state of emergency to block, threaten and ban opponents.

☔ The result is a devastating blow to democracy in Turkey. The EU must now make clear that it stands on the side of those who, despite intimidation and prosecution, have stood up for democracy.

☔ Despite this result, now is not the time to turn our back on Turkey. We must continue a critical dialogue if we are to hope to influence developments in the country for the better.


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İlk Bulgu ve Sonuçlar üzerine Rapor: İhlâllerle dolu bir referandum!


Preliminary Findings and Conclusions: A referendum full of infractions!

☁ The referendum took place in a political environment in which fundamental freedoms essential to a genuinely democratic process were curtailed under the state of emergency, and the two sides did not have equal opportunities to make their case to the voters.

☁ A state of emergency should never be used to undermine the rule of law. The legal framework, which is focused on elections, remained inadequate for the holding of a genuinely democratic referendum, Provincial governors used state-of-emergency powers to further restrict the freedom of assembly and expression.

☁ The campaign framework was restrictive and the campaign imbalanced due to the active involvement of several leading national officials, as well as many local public officials, in the ‘Yes’ campaign

☁ The misuse of state resources, as well as the obstruction of ‘No’ campaign events. The campaign rhetoric was tarnished by some senior officials equating ‘No’ supporters with terrorist sympathizers, and in numerous cases ‘No’ supporters faced police interventions and violent scuffles at their events.

☁ The Civil society organizations and professional associations were not permitted to hold campaign events.

The assessment that suggests that the referendum process fell short of international standards is unacceptable.

Halkoylamasının uluslararası standartların gerisinde kaldığı gibi bir yorum kabul edilemez.

L’évaluation qui suggère que le processus de référendum est loin des normes internationales est inacceptable.

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Not a «Banal» Referandum!



In any case, this is a highly critical electoral competition for the future of Turkey. The proposed constitutional reform would lead to the most significant changes in the political system since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. For this reason, it is important to understand the following points:

☪ This is not a run-of-the-mill electoral competition…

☪ The campaigning period has been very irregular…

☪ Society is more divided than ever…

☪ There are many undecided voters, in addition to undeclared ‘No’ voters that no poll is able to determine…

☪ Turnout, both at home and abroad –after all the crises with European countries– is a very important issue…


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PACE Spring session 2017


The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey!

Le fonctionnement des institutions démocratiques en Turquie sera au centre de la Session plénière de printemps de l’Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe [APCE](Mardi 25 avril)

The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey will take centre-stage at the Spring plenary part-session the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly [ PACE] (Tuesday 25 April)

The Monitoring Committee is worried about the detention of parliamentarians and journalists, repeated violations of the freedom of expression and of the media and the situation in south-east Turkey, leading to a serious deterioration of the functioning of democratic institutions.

The committee has moreover expressed concern about the constitutional amendments (in particular respect for the separation of powers, checks and balances and independence of the judiciary) to secure a presidential system and the conditions of the organisation of the referendum of 16 April 2017.

In the light of these developments, the Monitoring Committee urges Turkey to take urgent measures (including the lifting of the state of emergency and the release of MPs and journalists) and proposes that the Parliamentary Assembly reopen the monitoring procedure so as to intensify its co-operation with the Turkish authorities and all forces in the country.

Le fonctionnement des institutions démocratiques en Turquie


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Security Challenges Faced by Turkey!

Turkey chapter discusses the security implications of the failed coup plot, the underlying dynamics of the PKK insurgency and IS militancy and the government’s response to these twin security challenges.

Post-coup commentary has focused primarily on the bitter feud between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the reclusive Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. That’s unsurprising, in the light of the Turkish Government’s allegation that Gulen had a central role in the coup plot.

However, this oversimplifies the coup by sheeting it home to the relationship between two consequential personalities while ignoring the deep polarisation in Turkish society as its root cause. Recent opinion polls reveal the extent to which ideological, sectarian and ethnic divisions bedevil Turkish politics and society.

Turkey’s botched coup and its aftermath have occurred at a time of a rising PKK insurgency and IS militancy. Wholesale changes to the military, intelligence apparatus and security forces have raised concerns over the country’s readiness to counter security threats, whether from Kurdish nationalism or Islamist militancy.

Turkey’s secular–religious and Turkish–Kurdish cleavages created the enabling environment for the botched coup. Putschists sought to exploit fractures in society and visceral feelings towards Erdogan but underestimated the overwhelming popular preference for electoral politics over military intervention.


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