Turkey’s Referendum Could Create ‘One-Man Rule,’ Threaten EU Ties

IMG_0138Voting is under way in Turkey in a referendum that will decide whether the country changes its constitution to create a presidential system of government — a move that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers and allow him to stay in office for up to 10 more years. The future of already strained relations between the European Union and Turkey are also at stake, with analysts predicting that a victory for Erdogan could lead to an outright break in relations between Ankara and Brussels. The 18 constitutional amendments being voted upon in a simple “yes” or “no” vote would also weaken Turkey’s parliament, eliminate the post of prime minister, and give the president more control over the judiciary…….Read More