The EU is back: Copenhagen Criteria Reloaded

The EU is back: Copenhagen Criteria Reloaded

May 2014

International scrutiny of Turkey’s government on issues such as human rights, personal freedoms and liberties and rule of law has a long history. Amnesty International documented applications of torture to political detainees associated with the coup d’état as early as 1971. In the following decades, Europe started to play an important part in the...

Istanbul: The Other Name For The Approaching Big Political Fight?

Istanbul: The Other Name For The Approaching Big Political Fight?

October 2012

Being the center of business and cultural arena of Turkey, Istanbul will "host" a political fight over the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

Turkish Local Authorities on International and European Affairs

Turkish Local Authorities on International and European Affairs

July 2012

The EU accession process called for reforms permitting local authorities to conduct certain international relations, but the Government, so far, seems to have failed in implementing the reforms.

Social Policy and Local Administration in Turkey

Social Policy and Local Administration in Turkey

May 2012

The lack of a central welfare strategy in Turkey has turned social support into a public relations tool for AKP through municipal activities.

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