EGF Turkey File, September 2013

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Insights into Turkish Domestic and International Politics

September 2013

By John VanPool, EGF Turkey and Black Sea Regional Analyst

Key Points:

  • Prime Minister Erdogan announces the long-awaited democratization package. While a step in the right direction, the proposal is lacking with regards to many of the challenges the Republic faces.
  • The opposition CHP, MHP and BDP voice disappointment with the prime minister's proposals, but none have pulled out of negotiations at the Constitution Conciliation Commission thus far. A positive sign, if any, exists.
  • Protests continue in the country's major cities, albeit on a more sporadic basis than those in the summer. Reasons behind each demonstration vary, yet the underlying dissatisfaction with the AKP remains a unifying factor regardless of the location.
  • Syria's civil war shows no sign of ending as infighting continues between the opposition forces.
  • Turkey tries a different track, making overtures to the PKK-affiliated PYD despite its connections to the separatist group currently in the midst of a ceasefire with the Turkish government.

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