Dutch Muslims reflect on Geert Wilders before vote

As the Netherlands heads to the polls on Wednesday, an election campaign focused on identity issues and dominated by anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders has left some Muslims reflecting on their place in Dutch society. Al Jazeera, 14 March 2017 Available at: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/dutch-muslims-reflect-geert-wilders-vote-170313125601556.html

The erosion of Dutch democracy

As the Dutch election campaign, swayed by far-right leader Geert Wilders, draws to a close, parties set to gain a near-majority in parliament have made proposals threatening the rule of law: bills on denaturalisation and digital privacy that pose threats to individual rights have been approved by parliament. Open Democracy, 13 March 2017 Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/y-r-k-bah-eli/erosion-of-dutch-democracy 

The newbies of the Dutch election: six first time parties

More than half the parties taking part in the upcoming Dutch election will present themselves to voters for the first time. Yörük Bahçeli takes a look at six which might just make it into parliament. DutchNews.nl, 6 March 2017 Available at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/features/2017/03/the-newbies-of-the-dutch-election-six-first-time-parties/

Turkey’s transition to presidentialism: a la Turca in name, a la AKP in practice

Following weeks of debates and unprecedented scenes of inter-party violence, Turkey’s parliament passed constitutional amendments that seek to establish a presidential system. If approved by voters in a referendum expected to be held in April, the amended constitution will provide the Turkish president with an unprecedented degree of authority. But a lack of clarity and consensus have…

In the Netherlands, the populist battle plays out over a Christmas figure

As protests against Trump’s election rock the US, the Netherlands has been home to its own battle as authorities have detained and tried to silence activists protesting against the depiction of a Christmas figure in blackface. Black Pete, sidekick of Saint Nicholas who inspired Father Christmas, is portrayed by white men and women appearing in…

Opposition in pieces as Erdoğan eyes presidency

While President Erdoğan indicates that emergency law will remain intact indefinitely with his eyes on the proposed presidential system, Turkey’s opposition is marred by infighting and a crackdown on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) that deems its future uncertain. Already fuelled by the Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) support for an AKP-led transition to a…

Istanbul rallies give voice to an ever divided Turkish left

Two rallies condemning July’s coup attempt were held in Istanbul by leftist groups on Sunday, with marginalised groups mobilising in Turkey’s tightened post-coup political landscape. The lack of unity between the two groups highlighted entrenched divisions on the left of the country’s political spectrum. Independent Turkey, 5 September 2016 Available at: http://independentturkey.org/istanbul-rallies-give-voice-ever-divided-turkish-left/#0r3vWL5IThHWM4SC.99

Aruba vote on civil partnerships could finally extend LGBT rights to all Dutch citizens

The Netherlands is championed as a world pioneer in gay marriage, but its citizens still lack access to marriage equality. Aruba’s vote on civil partnerships, however, could turn the tide. Open Democracy, 28 August 2016 Available at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/y-r-k-bah-eli/aruba-vote-on-civil-partnerships-could-finally-extend-lgbt-rights-t