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Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Turkey could teach Middle East about democracy

The ruling AKP has yet to name which parties it sees as potential partners in a coalition after Turkey's parliamentary elections on Sunday. The liberal-conservative daily Der Tagesspiegel hopes that the new government will send a strong message in foreign policy: "Perhaps under a new government Turkey will back down on its uncompromising demand for [Syrian] President Bashar al-Assad to be ousted. It's hardly conceivable that any of the AKP's future coalition partners will support this policy after condemning Ankara's alleged weapon smuggling to radical groups in Syria from the opposition. Ironically, the political uncertainty produced by the election could help to clean up Turkey's reputation in the Middle East. … Turkey could show the region how to deal with a difficult political situation without deploying the tanks."

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