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  Our buildings are smart buildings, Our phones are smart phones, Why our democracy is not a smart democracy? Democracy is not only about elections every 2-3 years it is about people, their lives and about values. Our current political system is too much focused on ballot-boxes. Join us for more citizen oriented participatory political… » read more

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According to Eurobarometer, a staggering 71% of EU citizens think that politics is unrepresentative, which was supported by the lowest ever voter turnout in the 2014 EU Elections. Citizens want to be an active part of the discussion for local, national, and even international issues, but the system is not designed to be responsive. More… » read more

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Turkey Progress Report 2013

The EU Commission’s report on Turkey this year ought to find a very sensitive balance. The report has to emphasize and support Turkey’s progressive and pro-European social movements (such as the Gezi) struggling for radical democratic reforms, individual freedoms and the rule of law. The report has to question as well the fairness of elections… » read more

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CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu’s assessment of the current condition of absence of the rule of law in Turkey: 1. CHP is opposed to the institution of martial law and its ramifications in the form of State Security Courts (DGM) and Specially Authorized Courts. Such courts belong to extraordinary periods. They do not deliver justice; they obey… » read more

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The abortion ban plan has sparked an intense debate in Turkey. I signed the petition “Say No Abortion Ban” because the abortion should certainly be regulated but without harming the right of women to make their own private life choice in the early stages of the pregnancy. A politicized approach based on the logic of… » read more

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CHP to Appeal MIT Act to Constitutional Court AKP missed another major chance to democratize Turkey by passing a one-article MIT Act. The act requires prosecutors to obtain permission from the Prime Minister’s office before investigating or interrogating MIT operatives. Kemal Kilicdaroglu bashed the act in the starkest terms possible: “Turkey’s main opposition accused the… » 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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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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