How Erdoğan went from “live and let live” to paternalism

IMG_1432When Prime Minister Erdoğan was elected in 2003 he gained support from liberal and non-religious voters through his pro-reform agenda. In the past decade, this reformist agenda has progressively been watered down by the government. Nowadays, autocratic methods are more of a rule rather than an exception. In the words of Amanda Paul, Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, “despite the many positive steps he has taken during his term in office, with his increasing retreat from the path of democracy and growing disregard for freedoms and the rule of law, Erdoğan may well have pressed the self-destruct button on his own legacy.” Continue reading