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Turkey’s snap elections: a level playing field?

The question remains whether the next elections will be free and fair. In light of Turkey’s recent political development, this is highly unlikely: the end of democracy sometimes comes not with a coup but with a vote. 

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Turkey’s snap elections: a level playing field?

The question remains whether the next elections will be free and fair. In light of Turkey’s recent political development, this is highly unlikely: the end of democracy sometimes comes not with a coup but with a vote. 

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Turkey’s snap elections: a level playing field?

The question remains whether the next elections will be free and fair. In light of Turkey’s recent political development, this is highly unlikely: the end of democracy sometimes comes not with a coup but with a vote. 

Erdogan’s latest move towards autocracy

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في فضاء القرية التي ترعرعت بها، كان شتم عمر بن الخطاب وأبي بكر وعثمان أمرا شائعا جدا، إلى درجة أن أطفال القرية يتعلمون تلك المسبات دون أن يدركوا أو يعرفوا معناها تماما. English

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