Asia Unhedged | Turkey’s future hangs in balance as voters go to polls
A supporter holds a flag depicting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey. Photo: Reuters, Baz Ratner
A supporter holds a flag depicting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey. Photo: Reuters, Baz Ratner
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Turkey’s future hangs in balance as voters go to polls

A referendum on Sunday will likely push Turkey towards autocracy, but Europe can’t afford to give up on the important regional power

April 13, 2017 2:06 AM (UTC+8)

The Economist writes this week that Turkish voters will likely vote yes on Sunday to abandon the current system in favor of a strengthened executive office.

While President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increased powers would push the country towards autocracy, it would be a mistake for Western countries to abandon the important regional power and NATO member. Doing so would risk pushing Turkey into Russia’s arms at a time when Europe is increasingly dependant on its cooperation.

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