Archive | April, 2017

Reopening full monitoring for Turkey can change its course in Europe

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) decision to re-open the monitoring procedure on Turkey, one of its oldest members and one of the first signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights, is unbearably distressing but not altogether surprising. The vote on the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by […]

Turkey’s referendum- what’s next?

The 16 April constitutional referendum in Turkey has given Recep Tayyip Erdogan the mandate to become an all-powerful executive president. According to the preliminary results, 51.4 percent of voters had backed the changes, with 48.6% rejecting them. Whilst the closeness of the result showed how politically and socially divided a nation Turkey has become, allegations […]