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Why did Turkey hold a referendum? - BBC News

A new draft constitution that significantly increases the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been approved by voters in a referendum. Here, the BBC's Turkey correspondent, Mark Lowen, explains why this was such a bitterly-contested ...and more »

Erdogan Curbs Criticism of Trump, Seeking Warmer Relationship - New York Times

ANKARA, Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and the officials around him rarely miss a chance to call out Western hostility toward Islam. When Danish newspapers published cartoons a decade ago that mocked the Prophet Muhammad, Mr.and more »

German Comedian Is Told Not to Repeat Lewd Lines About Erdogan - New York Times

BERLIN — Jan Böhmermann, a German television comedian whose lewd poem satirizing Turkey's president stirred tensions between the countries and a furor over freedom of expression, is back on the air and will not face criminal charges. But he is still ...and more »

Turkey's Erdoğan paves way for April vote on consolidation of power - The Guardian

Referendum to be held after president approves bill on constitutional changes that could allow him to rule until 2029. Kareem Shaheen in Istanbul. Fri 10 Feb 2017 10.33 EST First published on Fri 10 Feb 2017 04.51 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on ...and more »

Turkey to hold referendum on stronger presidency on April 16 - Reuters

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will hold a referendum on April 16 on replacing its parliamentary system with the stronger presidency long sought by incumbent Tayyip Erdogan, electoral authorities announced on Saturday. Turkish President Tayyip ...and more »

Court rules against Böhmermann's Erdogan poem - Deutsche Welle

A court in Germany kept in place a ban on the more explicit passages of a satirical poem about Turkey's President Erdogan. Comedian Jan Böhmermann caused a diplomatic row when he read the poem on his TV show last year. A Hamburg court delivered its ...and more »

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approves bill that will give him unprecedented executive powers - The Independent

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a controversial bill that could see him stay in office until 2029, before it goes to a country-wide referendum. Under the proposed far-reaching changes to the executive branch of government, the power ...and more »

Angela Merkel has become a Turkish dissident - Washington Post

Asli Aydintasbas is a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and a columnist for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. Who would have thought that Germany, long led by a leader seen as the symbol of the continent's reserve and realism, would ...and more »

Turkey prepares for landmark constitutional referendum on 16 April - Middle East Eye

Turkey's referendum on constitutional changes, which could greatly expand President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, will take place on 16 April, the election board officially confirmed on Saturday. High Election Board head Sadi Guven said in a televised ...and more »

Erdogan backs presidential powers bill as referendum looms - Middle East Eye

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has approved a constitutional reform bill paving the way for an executive presidential system, his office said on Friday, and a deputy prime minister said a referendum on the issue was expected on 16 April. Erdogan says ...and more »