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One year ago the Turkish Republic experienced a coup attempt on the night of July 15. As we expressed in a statement which was published in the international media immediately after the attempted coup: “Interventions against democracy can only be prevented by further raising democratic standards and strengthening the rule of law.” Security and freedom are not mutually exclusive, on the contrary, they are fundamental priorities that complement one another. Read more

The most effective sources for displaying Turkey’s political and economic strength in the world are the qualities of democracy, rule of law, and freedoms

The increasing number of academics, politicians, media figures, and writers under investigation and imprisoned, alongside the number of international websites which have been banned in recent periods are sources of the perceived regression in freedoms. These developments and the suspicion that justice is not equal for all under the law is clearly damaging to the concept of “trust in justice,” a principle which cannot be separated from a modern democracy. Read more

TÜSİAD President at High Advisory Council calls for reforms

The President of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) Erol Bilecik delivered opening remarks at the High Advisory Council meeting, which convened this afternoon in Istanbul. The High Advisory Council is a biannual deliberative conference where the business world takes stock of domestic and global political and economic developments, and offers suggestions to policy makers from a business perspective. Read more

Time for Unity and Reform in Turkey

The people of Turkey have voted in a referendum on proposed amendments to the Constitution. We are living in a period of historically important global changes. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, it is now time to stand in solidarity for a stronger Turkey and to look to the future without delay. Read more

The European Union at 60 and the importance of the EU-Turkey relations

Human history has made its most important political, economic, social and scientific advances on the European continent and the surrounding region. On the other hand, Europe has also suffered political, ethnic, sectarian, and economic conflict for centuries.

The philosopher Immanuel Kant’s ideal of perpetual peace became inevitable in the aftermath of the great humanitarian catastrophe created by the Second World War.

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