Weder Militär noch Erdogan schützen Demokratie und Rechtsstaatlichkeit

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Eingriffe in die Pressefreiheit, der Missbrauch von Anti-Terrorgesetzen zur Festnahme von Kritikern und der brutale Einsatz gegen die Kurden – es gab in jüngster Zeit viel zu kritisieren am Handeln des türkischen Präsidenten Recep Tayyip Erdogan und seines Premierministers Binali Yildirim. Und doch war, bei aller berechtigter Kritik, der versuchte Militärputsch am Freitagabend der falsche Ansatz, um die „verfassungsmäßige Ordnung wieder herzustellen“. Denn Demokratie, Menschenrechte und Rechtsstaatlichkeit stellt man nicht mit undemokratischen, unrechtsstaatlichen Mitteln her.

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte “cautiously optimistic” before EU Summit

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Source: ALDE Party

March 17 and 18: European leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are meeting in Brussels to confer about a new deal on an ambitious resettlement program to tackle illegal migration into the EU. In an interview with FNF Europe, Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, assesses the chances of such an agreement and outlines how the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU will help Europe meet its current challenges.

 

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Upcoming Event: “The Other Side of Turkey: Meet & Greet with Turkish Civil Society Representatives”

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Monday, 14 March 2016, 12.00-14.00
Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

Not long ago, the Turkish economy was booming and the country was converging with European Union values and its acquis communautaire. A major contributor to this success was the continuous engagement of civil society organizations in various spheres of Turkish society. Continue reading

Upcoming Event: “The Turkish Progress Report – Insights from Istanbul and Brussels”

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Tuesday, 24 November
12.00-14.00h

Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung for Freedom, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels

About the event

Working with Turkey has become more crucial than ever for the EU to stem the flows of migrants heading towards Europe. At the same time, there are strong critiques underlining the slowdown in Turkey’s reform process and backslide in freedom of expresion in Turkey.

How will the recently published Progress Report affect EU-Turkey relations? Can the EU and Turkey work together to manage the current refugee crisis?

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United in Decline? Press Freedom in Hungary and Turkey

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Source: FNF Europe

At first sight, lumping together Hungary and Turkey in a discussion on media freedom seems arbitrary. Why comparing an EU Member State to a candidate country, why comparing two countries with different histories, two countries whose capitals are 1500km away from each other? Yet, focusing on Hungary and Turkey allows us to look at two countries where press freedom has suffered in recent years and it enables us to look at how the EU is and should be responding to such violations in countries with different affiliations to the Union.

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