After raising expectations among the Turkish public, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled a package of reforms this week aimed at putting a fragile and deadlocked Kurdish peace process on track while responding to critics that his government still has a reformist agenda.
Progress for Turkey?
The government should devote its full energy to write a brand new constitution that will help settle most problems Turkey is facing today.Mahir Zeynalov
Liberal commentators, however, lashed out at an idea that the government deserves plaudits for “doling out democracy as how it wishes” instead of endorsing already long overdue sweeping reforms at once. There is some truth in it; the current government could have done much better given its history of democratic reforms that brought Ankara’s membership with the European Union much closer than ever. But it is always counter-productive to dismiss positive steps with the claim that they are based on electoral calculations or basically not sufficient. The government should be given a chance to see that reforms it adopts resonate positively among public, particularly among its liberal supporters that once voted for this government.SHOW MORE