Challenges to Democracy in Turkey
- Kati Piri, MEP, European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Turkey, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
- Tulin Daloglu, Publisher and Chief Editor, halimiz.com
- İlter Turan, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Istanbul Bilgi University
- Ian Lesser, Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
In December 2004, the European Council confirmed that Turkey had sufficiently fulfilled the Copenhagen Political Criteria and decided to launch accession negotiations with Turkey. Those who expected this the negotations to bring Turkey ever closer to the EU and consolidate democracy in Turkey were proven wrong as Turkey witnessed a democratic backslide and the accession process is practically frozen. The situation deteriorated particularly after the failed coup attempt and has become progressively worse as the country’s year-long state of emergency remains in place. Last April's constitutional amendment, which gave more power to the president at the expense of separation of powers and checks and balances, has rang alarm bells in Europe about the future of Turkish democracy.
This discussion will explore the reasons behind this regress and shed some light on the current state of affairs, but offer also some suggestions to move past this time in Turkey’s democratic history.
This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events and analyses organized as part of the GMF-TOBB Fellowship on Turkey, Europe, and Global Issues, launched by GMF in partnership with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
Please note that this is an invitation-only event. The discussion will be under Chatham House Rule.
If you have any questions, please contact Tobias Kutschka at +32 2 238 5292 or [email protected].