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Opinion: How the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum could teach us a lesson on the Cyprus issue


written by Costas Mavrides MEP   (S&D &DIKO)
 
The Kurds, an ancient people of more than 30 million,  who have been aggrieved many times and have been subject to massive crimes and displacements are still today persecuted by Erdogan’s regime in Turkey. Due to bitter historical experience, the Kurds repeat a proverb “No friends but the mountains”… where they find shelter.

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Opinion- Turkey: The fifty shades of a grey dictatorship


Natasha M. Ezrow & Erica Frantz, on their book entitled “Dictators and Dictatorships: Understanding Authoritarian Regimes and Their Leaders“, which tries to identify the extent to which regimes are democratic or authoritarian,  they placed regimes along a democratic-autocratic scale. A regime which lies into a grey zone is a regime that lies between democracy and dictatorship. Regimes, as the post-coup Turkey, that lie somewhere in the middle of this scale are essentially “pseudo-democracies“.

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