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About Derya Lawrence

Derya Lawrence is an MA student at the University of Westminster who has worked at the Radikal newspaper (Turkey) and Der Standard (Austria). He is interested in democratic theory, Turkish politics and Turkey-EU relations.

Articles by Derya Lawrence

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The curtain finally rises: PM Erdoğan announces the long awaited ‘Democracy Package’

The package contains important but limited improvements. What it leaves out, however, may be its most significant feature, alongside the presentation.

Where Turkish politics meets football: AKP's offside goal against 'Çarşı'

ÇARŞI are being painted as the culprits of the pitch invasion and violence of the Sunday game. However, the 'losing side' of the incident is also ÇARŞI and the wider Beşiktaş fan base, a clear contradiction in terms.

Lesson learnt from the Sivas Massacre?

The main item on the agenda in Turkey’s ‘agora style’ park forums over the last days has undoubtedly been “Madımak”.

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