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Thursday 30 September 2004

Turkey - a useful round-up of PM Erdogan's policies

I wrote few days ago about developments in Turkey which may affect its application to join the EU. In an article based on an interview with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Chris Morris (BBC Correspondent, Turkey), discusses the various contrary forces in Turkish society. There are lots of good things to say about some of the changes, 'reforms' if you will, that Erdogan has implemented since he came to power a couple of years ago, but as recent developments have shown, there are worries that secularism may be being dismantled bit by bit. There is no doubt he is walking a tightrope domestically, between those who want further modernisation and those who would rather see religion achieve a more prominent role in public life.

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