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Saturday 10 December twin suicide bomb attack in Istanbul

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On Saturday night, a car bomber and suicide bomber attacked police positions outside a football stadium in the heart of Istanbul at the end of a match. The blasts killed at least 44 people, with over 150 injured. This is the fourth mass-casualty attack this year in Istanbul alone, one among countless attacks on security […]

EU-Turkey Relations

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EU-Turkey relations and the EU parliament resolution to call for freezing Turkey’s accession process The EU adopts a cautiously confrontational stance towards Turkey as the refugee crisis deal hangs in the balance while Europe’s far right is on the rise and Turkey is ever more looking elsewhere for friends. Relations between Turkey and the European […]

Could Turkey’s main opposition, the CHP, have a chance at power?

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Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) is the country’s oldest, having emerged from grass roots political movements involved in the initial struggle preceding the foundation of the Turkish Republic. It has been the country’s largest opposition party for over a decade. Banned in the 1980 military coup, the party has clawed its way back to its […]

Post-coup Turkey: What is the AKP Government Perspective?

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15 October 2016 Since Turkey’s failed coup attempt in July of this year, a lot of attention has been given to the government’s crackdown on suspected supporters of the Gülen movement, presumed to be behind the attempt. The Turkish government has been heavily criticised for presiding over politically motivated purges, which use the coup as […]

Freedom of the Press during Turkey’s Accession to the EU

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Caglar Ezikoglu “The press is free, and shall not be censored. The establishment of a printing house shall not be subject to prior permission or the deposit of a financial guarantee. The state shall take the necessary measures to ensure the freedom of the press and freedom of information.” These sentences came from the Turkish […]