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The CHP does not support the AKP’s efforts to change the constitution for the following two reasons: 1)A question of methodology: the need for social consensus 2)A question of principles: the CHP wants a Constitution inspired by the European democratic values. We believe that the Turkish people deserve a constitution which is new, more freedom-based,… » read more

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NEW EUROPE http://www.neurope.eu/articles/From-a-Turkish-point-of-view/102130.php Author: Kader Sevinç 22 August 2010 – Issue : 895 Our world is living through difficult times. The global financial system, the use of natural resources and the consumption society as we have known for several decades are no longer sustainable. These problems coincide with political crises and unsolved poverty dilemmas around… » read more

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EU 2020, Turkey and the CHP

The European Commission’s paper “EU 2020 strategy: A European Strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth” was presented by President Barroso on March 3, 2010. Following the debates in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the report approved by the EU Council in June 2010. The priorities, targets and flagship initiatives determined by… » read more

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Turkey has recently discussed the draft constitutional amendment package prepared by the ruling party, AKP, without integrating all the parties in the Parliament in the process.

As the main opposition party, the CHP has supported for long the idea of changing the constitution with the aim of further enhancement of Turkish democracy, and shared continuously , in this regard, its stance with public.
However, the CHP will not support the AKP’s efforts to change the constitution for the following two reasons:
– A question of methodology: the need for social consensus
– A question of principles: the CHP wants a Constitution inspired by the European democratic values
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Main European references of the CHP’s stance for judicial independence and constutional amendments package is explained below in detail.

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RIZA TÜRMEN (Former Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe – Strasbourg) Milliyet – February 22, 2010 The arrest of Erzincan Chief Public Prosecutor İlhan Cihaner has indicated dangerous dimensions of polarization in Turkey. We cannot agree on even the most basic fundamentals such as “democracy,” “independence of judiciary,” and “separation… » read more

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The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, is attempting to lower the country’s election threshold in parliament, which is the highest in Europe, ahead of a general election next year. EurActiv Turkey contributed to this article. Background The European countries whose election thresholds exceed 5% are Moldova (6%), Georgia (7%), Russia (7%) and… » read more

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“We are here to discuss a constitutional amendment where the principle of separation of powers is suspended, an amendment made by the ruling party in its own kitchen, where -for the first time in the history of Turkish Republic- all the other political parties are excluded with all gates to reconciliation efforts are shut down… » read more

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