With a decree issued on the Official Gazette on July 15, President Tayyip Erdoğan has placed Turkey’s chief of General Staff under the Defense Ministry, in a move debated since Turkey entered the Western defense alliance NATO in 1952.
Two years have passed since the July 2016 failed coup attempt. In these two years, important progress has been made regarding the trial processes of the perpetrators of this coup attempt, which targeted Turkish democracy.
The obstreperous and much publicised presence of U.S. President Donald Trump during the NATO summit in Brussels last week has given us plenty of thoughts.
The third anniversary of the July 15 coup attempt and its defeat is celebrated with special pomp this year since it is the first public event of the new regime that has taken place after the election. In fact, efforts to defeat the coup attempt deserve to be cherished as a triumph of democracy. Moreover, as all political parties are united to condemn the coup attempt, it could be regarded as a chance of social and political consensus.