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Avvenire - Italy | Thursday, June 4, 2015

Despotism in Erdoğan's Turkey

According to the Turkish oppositional newspaper Cumhuriyet its editor-in-chief Can Dündar faces 42 years in prison for spying after the paper published images that allegedly prove that Turkey smuggled weapons to Syrian rebels: "Hiding in his gigantic and anachronistic royal palace, Erdoğan is using the method of mass arrest against journalists, judges, military and police officials who in his view all belong to the 'parallel state' that wants to destabilise and divide the country. How can we still regard this Turkey, which is ruled like a revived sultanate, as a potential EU partner? With each year that passes Erdoğan's Turkey grows more like the states of the oriental despots - in particular Bashar al-Assad's regime - that it claims to be combating."

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