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On constitution, CHP positive on process, uncertain of outcome

May 15, 2012 | Comments Off

Turkey’s main opposition party worries the country could adopt a new constitution through a referendum, regardless of whether or not the four political parties represented in parliament can reach a consensus.

After a six-month preparatory process, the 12 members of the Constitutional Reconciliation Committee (CRC) started to draft a new civilian constitution on May 1st. This historic parliamentary committee is composed of three deputies from each elected party — AKP, CHP, MHP and BDP.

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Despite regional threats, Turkey blocks Israel at NATO

May 2, 2012 | Comments Off

While Turkey will block Israel’s attendance at the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, some commentators argue the two countries should mend fences as they face a number of common security challenges in the Middle East.

Israel has not been invited to the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, a decision attributed to Turkey’s move to block Israel’s attendance.

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