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Will elections bring end of 'Erdogan era'?

 

 

 

Around 60 million people are eligible to vote in Turkey, and 85-90% of them are predicted to vote on June 7. Approximately 50 million people will be deciding not only their own country’s destiny but also, to a certain extent, the future of the Middle East where Turkey has an important role to play because of its unique geopolitics.

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What sort of parliament awaits Turkey after the election?

 

 

 

Much has been written about the June 7 election in Turkey. Some of the best analyses on the election’s various dimensions appeared here on Al-Monitor, helped by more comprehensive reports elsewhere.

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What's next for Turkey?

 

 

 

By noon Turkish time on June 8 (2015), 96.6% of the ballots in the more than174,000 polling stations in Turkey’s parliamentary elections were counted. The results are in: The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost its parliamentary majority and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the new darling of Turkish pro-democracy forces and liberals, has passed the undemocratic 10% threshold with a 13.1% share of the vote.

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Турция на распутье: кто выпустил «курдского джинна» из бутылки?

 

 

 

Бывший премьер-министр Ахмет Давутоглу продолжает считать, что Партия справедливости и развития является хребтом Турции

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Премьер Румынии прикрылся от правосудия «российской угрозой»

 

 

 

Понта объяснил свой отказ предстать перед судом за коррупцию тем, что это стало бы «подарком для России»

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Pope’s Bosnia Visit Highlights Country’s Divisions

 

 

 

The arrival of Pope Francis sparked excitement in the capital Sarajevo but people in the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska entity were more preoccupied with Novak Djokovic’s tennis match.

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Grèce : M. Tsipras a perdu le soutien dont il bénéficiait à Bruxelles

Le moins que l’on puisse dire c’est que le « dossier grec » n’a pas avancé d’un iota ce week-end. Au contraire. Dimanche, au sommet du G7, à Elmau (Allemagne) le président américain, Barack Obama, a certes lancé une mise en garde aux Européens, les pressant d’agir. Mais la « crise » s’est, au contraire, accentuée entre le gouvernement grec et ses créanciers. Tout particulièrement entre Athènes et la Commission européenne.

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Turkey sees end of single party gov’t as AK Party vote drops significantly

After 13 years of domination as a single-party government, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which has been receiving growing criticism for pursuing highly divisive, authoritarian and repressive policies, saw a significant erosion of support in Sunday's election (07.06.2015) and it failed to secure the 276 seats in the Parliament necessary to continue its single-party rule for another term.

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Greece: DIMAR elects 36-year-old as new party leader

Thanasis Theocharopoulos, 36, was elected the new leader of small centre-left party Democratic Left (DIMAR) on Sunday (07.06.2015).

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Romania PM Urged to Resign Over Corruption Case

President Klaus Iohannis has told Prime Minister Victor Ponta that he ought to resign after being indicted on graft charges.

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Bosnia Federation Entity Coalition Falls Apart

The collapse of the fragile governing coalition in the Bosnian Federation on Thursday (04..06.2015) leaves the entity in a political log am - and poses a question mark over the future of the state government.

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Pope in Bosnia Appeals for Lasting Peace

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Sarajevo to hear Pope Francis urge Bosnians to put the “barbarity” of war behind them and work together for a peaceful future.

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Hahn Brokers Snap Election Deal in Macedonia

After marathon talks in Skopje, the European Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, said a deal has been reached for a 'transition' period, leading to early elections by April 2016.

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Serbian Socialists Ponder New Leaders

Serbia’s second largest party and part of the ruling coalition is preparing to choose a new party leadership by mid-June - which may impact on relations with the dominant Progressives.

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Serbia to reduce dependence on Russian gas under US pressure

In a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan, AP reports.

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