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Turkey’s new political landscape - Implications for domestic and foreign policy

15 September 2015


The 7 June general election in Turkey resulted in the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) losing its parliamentary majority. While the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party made some small gains, the real game changer was the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) party passing the high 10 percent threshold required to secure representation in the Parliament. However, with parties unwilling to form a coalition, a new general election has been called for 1 November 2015. There are growing concerns over the fallout of these events, such as attacks on the press and escalating violence between political groups. In this context, four experts from both Turkey and the EU met for a Policy Dialogue to try to make sense of the political situation and its implications for domestic and foreign policy.

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