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La Repubblica - Italy | Thursday, July 10, 2008

The end of stability

"Fear is returning to Turkey," the daily La Repubblica comments on the latest political crisis. "Following close on the heels of the arrests of military personnel in connection with a trial that could dissolve the government, the attack [on the US embassy could] put an end to a long period of political stability. ... In Istanbul and in Ankara there is consensus that the attack has come at an extremely sensitive moment. Turkey's ruling Islamic-conservative Justice and Development Party has given the economy considerable impetus since 2002 and implemented reforms that justify the country's hopes for EU membership, but it also has introduced controversial measures such as the return of headscarves to the country's universities and an alcohol ban in certain major urban areas."

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