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Turkey’s New Constitution Blocked By Past Battles

Op-Ed: Though politicians from all corners have declared their desire for a new Constitution, they all slip back into outdated rhetoric when it comes time to hash out the words to help build Turkey’s future.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised, but not yet delivered a new Constitution
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised, but not yet delivered a new Constitution
Ismet Berkan

Forget if you will the daily political disagreements, the jailed members of Parliament and the removal of some MPs from their elected positions. In fact, if possible, forget the differences among the political parties and the animosities they have from the past. Instead, just remember this: the main parties represented in the Parliament all promised the same thing during the election: a new Constitution for Turkey.

Obviously the ruling Justice and Progress Party (JPP) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the opposition Republican People's Party (RPP) and the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (PDP) all have their own unique perception of a new Turkish Constitution. However, each of these three parties have come to the same conclusion: the Constitution passed in 1982, following after the 1980 coup d"état is not sufficient for dealing with the today's political situation.

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In Georgia, Fears Of Being Back On Putin's Hit List

Putin has not forgotten about the breakaway republic of South Ossetia, which wants to decide in July whether to join Russia. People here still remember when the Russian army invaded while the West looked on. And there is growing worry that this could soon happen again.

A man walks past a building marked with the Russian Army Z in celebration of Victory Day in Tskhinval, South Ossetia.

Gregor Schwung

ERGNETI — Every time Russian troops exercise in South Ossetia, people in this Georgian border village hear the artillery. The aftershock reverberations are already causing the stones in Lia Khlachidze’s house to crumble off the wall. She lives in Ergneti, only about 100 meters as the crow flies from the demarcation line.

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The 69-year-old is standing in her cellar, leafing through a book until she finds a particular page. On it is the footprint of a Russian soldier. “In 2008, Russia invaded here and burned and devastated everything,” Lia says. “They didn’t want us to come back.”

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