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Erdoğan Plays Bully On Education Bill, Stoking Fears About Turkish Democracy

Op Ed: Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a recent battle over education reform by utterly marginalizing the opposition. These tactics indicate a dangerous trend for Turkey toward an ever more authoritarian government.

Their future is at stake (ccarlstead)
Their future is at stake (ccarlstead)
Ozgur Mumcu

ISTANBUL - So this is how it's going to be from here on out. Even for important subjects like education, the ruling party is going to legislate the way it wants - without debate. Say goodbye to public discussion, legislative committees and proper procedure. Parliament might as well be a room in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan's own home.

This is the only lesson that can be drawn from the way the ruling party passed its education reform bill. In order to keep the opposition from blocking the bill, AKP ministers quickly passed the legislation while they physically prevented the opposition from entering the legislative chambers. This precedent relegates Parliament to an insignificant institution with no purpose other than to follow the Prime Minister's instructions. Apparently, now it's even permissible to use corporal punishment on members of parliament who step out of line.

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Welcome to Wednesday, where 21 are killed in a school shooting in Texas, Davos focuses on Ukraine, and a vertigo-inducing world record is broken at Mont-Saint-Michel. Die Welt also offers a psychoanalyst’s perspective on how war survivors pass trauma onto their children.

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