Electoral alliances have become the defining feature of Turkish politics. There was every reason to expect the Popular Alliance and the National Alliance to continue to compete after the 2018 elections. We also expected that both sides would try to cut corners on supporters of the other.
Alliance policy, however, has proven to attract every problem like a magnet, creating a more critical situation than initially anticipated. This has led politicians to no longer consider security issues, such as the war on terror, as “middle ground”.
At the same time, opposition parties view attempts to consolidate democracy, such as adopting reforms, a new constitution and human rights, solely on the basis of the priorities of their own alliance.
Efforts to protect Turkish democracy from acts of terrorism and coup attempts come up against the all-too-familiar accusation of being motivated by authoritarianism.
For the record, this allegation is no longer a reflection of the government’s performance but rather the illusion of an essentialist and reactionary state of mind. They use one excuse: “It’s all a tactical move, so don’t believe anything.”
The opposition thus quite easily rejects apparently positive measures and proposals, for fear that they will somehow benefit the ruling bloc.
Turkey’s human rights action plan, which was unveiled last week, has received exactly the same treatment. The opposition even figures …
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