Kader Sevinc - Smart Democracy & Smart Citizenship

Mr. Oktay Ekşi, honorary chief editor of large selling daily Hürriyet, used to be one the most senior political columnists in Turkey..until he was forced to resign from Hürriyet. His crime? He was no longer relevant? His readership declined? Contractual disputes? No, in an article about which he later apologized, he wrote that AKP deputies… » read more

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CHP chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu spoke to NTV, one of Turkey’s premier private news channels. Kilicdaroglu announced that in Wednesday’s party caucus meeting he’ll be consulting members on the make-up of the Central Administrative Committee, CHP’s top decision making body. Kilicdaroglu was also asked his reply to PM Erdogan’s comments that “He’ll get used to politics”.… » read more

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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Guests, As the leader of the Republican People’s Party, I undertake my first journey to Brussels, the centre of the European Union. This has a special meaning for me and my party. This decision is a solid proof of our commitment to continue the accession process to the European Union,… » read more

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Leader of the Opposition and the President of the CHP Mr Kilicdaroglu calls all the democrats to support his position on the constitutional amendments package put to the referendum. Please click here to view the letter of Mr Kılıçdaroğlu: http://bit.ly/bkxgEs Excerpts : The High Board for Judges and Public Prosecutors (HBJP) should be in compliance… » read more

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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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Asked about the CHP letter to the S&D Group, the CHP’s EU Representative in Brussels Ms. Kader Sevinc replied that “This was a private correspondence. It would be inappropriate to make it public without the consent of other persons. The letter conveyed the message of the CHP President Mr Kilicdaroglu and the party’s position on… » read more

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Published: 26 July 2010 | Updated: 27 July 2010 Turkey’s main opposition CHP party said it was deeply disappointed by the “wrong advice” it said it had received from within the European socialist ranks to which it is affiliated, EurActiv has learned. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Ambassador Marc Pierini, the Commission Representative in Ankara, warned that “the Commission’s… » read more

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The Turkish government avoided early elections yesterday (7 July) when judges approved its proposed constitutional reforms. However, the changes will need to be approved in a referendum, with the main opposition party already campaigning against them. EurActiv Turkey contributed to this article. Turkey is heading for a September referendum, after the Constitutional Court announced late… » read more

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As the ruling AK party had unilaterally introduced a series of amendments which might have resulted in harming the independence and the impartiality of the judiciary, CHP, the Republican People’s Party, does not regret the rejected amendment, Kader Sevinç, the party’s representative to the EU in Brussels, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. “The rejected… » read more

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Published: 05 May 2010 Turkey needs to modernise its constitution but some of the government’s reform proposals would seriously undermine the independence of the judiciary, Kader Sevinç of the main Turkish opposition party told EurActiv in an interview, accusing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of showing “authoritarian” and “un-European” behaviour. Kader Sevinç is the Brussels-based… » read more

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