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Was the Turkish 2017 constitutional referendum held democratically?

From the simple media coverage, I got that the April 2017 constitutional referendum was democratic and it took place without larger skirmishes. However, I realise that the "democracity" of elections ...
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How do Russians view the Kurds?

Are there any polls or research on how the Russian populace views the Kurds (in general, or those in Turkey specifically)?
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Why did Turkey's democracy index only fell by 0.08 points in 2016?

Turkey's democracy index was 5.12 in 2015 and is 5.04 for 2016. Considering the huge wave of repression happening in Turkey following the failed coup in summer 2016, and the restriction of civil ...
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Basis for the Dutch authorities denying a Turkish minister access to a Turkish consulate [duplicate]

A few days ago, the Turkish family minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, where she was going, it seems, as part of the organization of a ...
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Turkish FM denied speaking to supporters in Europe

What I would like to know though is whether there is historical precedence for foreign heads of state to address followers in other countries. In the case of the Netherlands and Germany they refused ...
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Why was Çavuşoğlus (planned) campaign visit to The Netherlands and Germany controversial?

In March 2017, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte declared that the Turkish minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was not welcome to campaign among eligible Turkish voters in The Netherlands for a yes vote in ...
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How did the shooting down of the Russian jet by Turkish forces affect the relationship between Russia and Turkey?

A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer Bomber near the Syria–Turkey border on 24 November 2015. There was the immediate and as expected angry reaction from the ...
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What makes Turkey to continue as a major Western ally without much trouble while Pakistan is not?

Turkey is not in good terms with Israel. Turkey has militancy and is persistently unstable in terms of terrorist attacks. Turkey has dictatorial regime. Turkey is negotiating with Russia or China for ...
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Why would a school in Istanbul be asked to cancel Christmas celebrations?

Deutsche Welle reports that: A German-funded school in Istanbul has told teachers they cannot even talk about Christmas in class. ... Each December, the school has a small celebration for Christmas ...
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Why religious fractionalization index of Turkey so low given %20 percent of Alevi existance?

In the data from Wikipedia Turkey has religious fractionalization index value 0.0049 which makes it the fifth least fractionalized country. But from this data it can be seen that %20 percent of the ...
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What is the interest of the Turkish government in pushing for visa-free travel to the EU?

In the recent spat between Turkey and the EU, the Turkish government has been (or at least that's the impression I've been getting from the reporting of the issue) pushing very hard for the visa-free ...
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What do the Turkish people think about the 15-16 July 2016's coup d'état? [closed]

Two weeks after the coup against(?) Erdogan, there are uncertainties about it; It was a quasi-coup, CIA is behind it, it is done by Fethullah Gülen, ... Is there a poll (not by a Turkish ...
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Judicial Independence in Turkey

In the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey nearly 3000 judges were "sacked" among them two members of the constitutional court (source for example this Washington Post article) as well as many ...
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Why is the failed Turkish coup blamed on Gülen, when military coups have historically been secular?

Turkish President Erdoǧan has blamed the 2016 coup attempt on the Islamic Gülen movement. Fethullah Gülen is a cleric and former ally of Erdoǧan. Historically, Turkish military coups were carried ...
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Will Turkey's membership in the Council of Europe be affected if the country restores the death penalty?

President Erdogan has suggested that Turkey may restore the death penalty, in response to the recent failed coup d'état attempt. However, Turkey has signed and ratified Protocol 13 to the Convention ...
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What was the motivation behind the July 2016 attempted coup in turkey

From reading through the media all that is known so far is that there was a coup but the reason that the coup was attempted is not clear. Currently wikipedia gives a very broad description of the ...
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Why were 2745 judges dismissed in Turkey?

According to the BBC at least 2,745 judges have been dismissed in Turkey, following the recent failed coup d'état attempt. Why? How were these judges involved in the coup attempt? And if they were ...
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Is President Erdogan of Turkey staging a coup attempt?

With the currently unfolding events in Turkey (attempted coup by the military) one of my first harsher reactions is this: Is President Erdogan trying to have a quasi coup (or quasi terrorist plot) ...
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How do people prove that they belong to an ethnicity?

It seems like the EU and Turkey is about to agree about how to meet the refugee influx to Europe. However, the EU guarantees individual treatment of each application from the refugees seeking asylum ...
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Are tattoos frowned upon in politics?

I have tattoos on my arms which have no negative/political/ideological symbols. When I wear long sleeves (shirt, sweater, suit), they are completely invisible. If I wanted to pursue a political ...
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Why don't Syrian refugees claim asylum at the Turkish-Greek border?

As far as I know (from here) the standard way for Syrian refugees to enter Greece from Turkey has been to cross the sea covertly by boat to reach one of the Greek islands that are not far from the ...
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If Turkey enters a war, are other NATO members obligated to assist it?

Let's say Turkey enters a war that is going on in the Middle East. It does not matter against whom. Are other NATO members in the obligation to assist her? Normally they should have to, if Turkey is ...
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Why are US, EU and human-rights NGOs silent against the killing of innocent kurdish people in Turkey? [closed]

Everybody knows that Turkey and AKP party supports ISIS, in Turkey we see an internal war against Kurdish people, the Kurdish parties such as PYD, YPG, etc are based on freedom, human rights and ...
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Why has Turkey invaded Iraq, and with what right?

You all are probably aware of the recent conflict between Turkey and Russia after the downing of the two planes and the death of one of the pilots. While Turkey felt it had a right to down the ...
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Is Turkey really buying ISIS Oil, like Russia says? [duplicate]

Is Turkey really buying ISIS Oil, like Russia says?
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Did Turkey take revenge of Russian attacks on ISIS by downing the plane?

Is it possible that Turkey downed the Russian jet because they did not want Russia to be attacking ISIS (and maybe the Syrian Rebels)? It is quite clear that Turkey is the one who buys Oil from ISIS ...
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Had any world leader accused the Turkish govt/military of supporting ISIS/jihadi terrorists, before Putin's response to a Russian jet being downed?

In response to the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish military in November 2015, Vladamir Putin made a statement implying the Turkish government/military contained "accomplices of ...
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Why doesn't Turkey invade Syria and destroy ISIS?

Turkey has a very large military, easily capable of destroying ISIS. Perhaps the Russian involvement in Syria makes things more complicated, but that's relatively recent. Turkey was already spending ...
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Are there any separatist movements in Turkey's East Thrace?

Once upon a time i spotted a website dedicated to the support of separatism in Russia's Kaliningrad region. The website itself was foreign-based and English-speaking. Evidently there are separatist ...
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How are relationships between Russia and progressive Kurdish groups?

The Turkish PKK, known for its armed struggle for an independent Kurdistan, initially (1970s) described itself as communist, and more recently still rather radical as communalist. It is designated as ...
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Why is Turkey still denying the Armenian genocide?

The European Parliament recently adopted a resolution encouraging Turkey to "come to terms with its past" and recognize the Armenian genocide: They welcome statements by the President and Prime ...
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Is the Armenian Genocide a genocide?

The United Nations Genocide Convention (1948) lists five criteria that constitute genocide: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in ...
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Why does Erdogan want to strengthen presidential system?

After he was the prime minister for 10+ years, which was the most powerful position in Turkish government, Erdogan became the president. Now he wants to strengthen the presidential system. I can't ...
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Why is the international community so vocal about the Armenian genocide?

I never hear that the West is ever talking about Nanjing Massacre. This is as true as Armenian Genocide. Why is the international community so vocal about the Armenian genocide?
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What would happen if all of the US states along with the majority of other countries officially recognised the Armenian Genocide?

What would happen if the world recognised the Armenian genocide? Would Turkish government be obliged to return territory or pay reparations to the Armenians, I am really not sure. Any thoughts?
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Why doesn't Pakistan have any strong cooperation with Turkey like China?

China has strong military bond with Pakistan. Recently China pledged to invest USD 47 billion in Pakistan. Turkey is a friend of Pakistan for a long period of time. Why doesn't Pakistan have any ...
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Why does Turkey suppress Kurdish culture?

It is pretty obvious that neither Turks nor Kurds are very enthusiastic about their current relationship with one another. Why did Turkey not integrate Kurdish culture, like the Ottoman empire had? ...
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Is Turkey covertly supporting the Islamic State?

Islamic State oil is being more or less freely smuggled into Turkey, while foreign Jihadists are moving unhindered through Turkey into Iraq and Syria to join IS. Kurds, however, are being prevented ...
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Turkey's list of designated terrorist organizations?

According to this news article: Turkey blacklists al-Nusra Front as terror group Turkey added al-Qaeda's franchise in neighboring Syria to a list of terrorist organizations on Tuesday Where can ...
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Why does the EU keep Turkey out?

Turkey has applied for membership in the EU several times, but unlike Greece, it has never been admitted. What are the reasons that the EU has given for denying membership to this large and ...

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