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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, June 5, 2015

Turks must defend democracy

President Erdoğan's ploy of turning the Turkish parliamentary elections into a referendum on his presidential system is an all-or-nothing strategy, the centre-left daily Frankfurter Rundschau believes: "Voters are much less interested in the presidential system than in the money in their wallets - which is dwindling by the day - and the dramatically high unemployment figures. ... Waste is the Achilles' heel of this president, who ran for election on the promise of eradicating corruption. ... Turkey will decide on its future on Sunday: Central Asian autocracy or European democracy. This time we will see whether the opposition manages to mobilise voters, and whether the Turks are mature enough to recognise the importance of the vote and defend their democracy."

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