‘Turkey is a tyranny of the masses’

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Even be­fore the at­tempted coup, Turkey was no longer a democ­racy ac­cord­ing to po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist Dr Roy Karadag, a post­doc­toral re­searcher at the Univer­sity of Bre­men. He told EurAc­tiv’s part­ner Wirtschaft­sWoche what Er­do­gan has planned for Turkey next and why the EU refugee deal hangs in the bal­ance.

It is quite pos­si­ble that at least some in Ankara would call the agree­ment into ques­tion. In any case, Turkey will in­sist that its con­tro­ver­sial ter­ror laws re­main in place, as they are.

Yes, that’s a dif­fi­cult ask. Er­do­gan will in­sist main­tain­ing the laws be­cause of the coup at­tempt.

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In 2011, many lead­ers of the coun­try’s Gen­eral Staff asked for their re­tire­ment. Since then, the mil­i­tary ap­pears to have been de-pow­ered po­lit­i­cally. Nev­er­the­less, as proved by Fri­day’s events, there was still dis­sat­is­fac­tion among the armed forces.

So to that ex­tent, both are true. The failed putsch for sure shows that the mil­i­tary will not be able to ex­er­cise any po­lit­i­cal power now.

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