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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
In pro-government and allegiant media many pundits have been exploring the reasons behind the 48.6 percent “No” vote.
It is so interesting to see how naive some Western leaders can be.
The much discussed referendum has become history. As expected, the “yes” vote aimed at ushering Turkey into a super-presidential system with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan emerged victorious by a razor-thin majority.
Will Sunday’s referendum in Turkey on switching from its problematic parliamentary governance to an presidential system - with almost no checks and balances - provide Turkey its long sought stability, reliance and fast growth?
With the question “When will they collapse this time?” occupying minds, the Cyprus negotiations left behind yet another crisis and resumed on April 11. In Turkey, meanwhile, only five days were left before a crucial vote that may be of existential importance for the future of the country
Before it was converted into a propaganda outlet of the presidency and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) was a state-run news broadcaster
The countdown has started. Can the country go down a one-man rule - however it might be described - or will the nation, despite the massive and official pro-“Yes” campaign, say it will not succumb to it and agree on giving up parliamentary democracy despite all its deficiencies?
Past generations spoke with experience and the knowledge that comes with age. Otherwise, how could they wisely stress that “he who gets up in anger, sits down with loss?” Similarly, past generations have whispered into our ears that “strong vinegar first harms its jar.”
Was it Albert Einstein who described insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?” If what he said was right, the mental status of everyone involved in the futile Cyprus diplomacy and peacemaking efforts since 1968 can be called into question
When angered by the inappropriate attitudes of friends, don’t we often say “With friends like you, who needs an enemy?” Seeing the awful performance of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias ever since he assumed the foreign minister portfolio in Alexis Tsipras’ government, perhaps that expression should be reworded as “With Kotzias as foreign minister, do the Greeks need an enemy?”
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