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6/5/15

Turkey elections: A worst case scenario - by Andrew Rettman

A big win for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (7 June) could spell “goodbye” to the EU accession process, or worse.

The parliamentary vote is, on paper, not about Erdogan, who resigned from the ruling AKP party when he became president, a “neutral” figure in the Turkish constitution.

But you wouldn’t know it from the campaign trail.
Erdogan is speaking at AKP rally after rally, in which he recites the Koran and in which crowds chant “Allahu akbar” in return.

His main message is that four more years of single party rule means stability.
To the extent the EU is mentioned, it’s “negative”, Sinan Ulgen, an analyst with the Carnegie Europe think tank, told EUobserver from Ankara on Thursday.

“We’re seeing a return of anti-Western rhetoric, the idea that the West is plotting to oust his government”. 

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