After an election is completed in Turkey, one of the most heated topics of discussion among political scientists, sociologists and electoral researchers has always concerned the political messages that the voters convey. In fact, voters in Turkey have always managed to convey sophisticated political messages through their voting behavior. During periods of military interventions and coup d'états, they supported liberal and democratic political parties. Against the rise of military tutelage, for instance, they vehemently supported the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). During the calamitous periods of terrorist attacks, they adopted a pro-state electoral attitude, while they supported liberal political parties in times of economic crises. Whenever inequality of income came to the forefront in political debates, they opted for social democratic parties. Indeed, Turkey's electorate constitutes an electoral profile that has always conveyed sophisticated political … [Read more...] about Kurdish voters call for democracy
Debate for democracy
Our politics is fragile, our country divided. We must lead the renewal of our democracy from the front; and central to that must be asserting the shared values which bind our United Kingdom. This week MPs will meet in Westminster Hall to debate extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds across the UK. But before we look to the coming week we should look back to our history. In August we will be reflecting on 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre where working people fought for the right to vote and to be treated as equals in our democracy. In my own town five were killed and many more injured. When we meet in August this year we will not only reflect on the sacrifice of those who have gone before, but that we must take up the generational call to fight for progress today too. Last year we did just that. For two years people in Oldham raised funds for a statue of working class suffragette Annie Kenney. Annie was born into humble beginnings and started working life in a cotton mill … [Read more...] about Jim McMahon: Let’s continue the battle for democracy with votes at 16
0 Have your say Three days before Brexit, an important by-election takes place in the Houses of Parliament, in which just 31 people will be eligible to select three new members from a shortlist of 14 male candidates. If that seems a tad undemocratic even by archaic Westminster standards, I should add that it’s an election for new members of the House of Lords. So that’s alright then.Yes, who cares if the largest unelected chamber in the world outside the People’s Congress of China flouts every civilised idea about representative democracy and lets aristocrats and feudal landowners pick their chums to help run Britain? The answer is a hard truth for believers in Scotland’s continuing submission to the “Mother of Parliament” – no-one with the slightest clout to change things in Britain gives a toss.The story goes like this.Hereditary peers were mostly abolished under reforms by Tony Blair’s government in 1999, but 92 … [Read more...] about Lesley Riddoch: This knuckle-dragging backwardness we pay for in the House of Lords.
On Friday, there were 1,650 “Fridays for Future” demonstrations planned in 105 countries, with over 200 of them in Germany. The topic has created widespread debate across Germany, including among politicians. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier came under fire for taking a private jet to a school climate change event in a town in northern Germany, which is around three hours away from Berlin by train. 'We are thousands on the street' The growing “Fridays for Future” movement was started in the summer of 2018 when 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg skipped school to go on strike for climate protection. Earlier in March, Thunberg herself joined over 4,000 students in Hamburg as they gathered in front of the city’s town hall on a cold and cloudy day. SEE ALSO: Swedish teen climate activist rallies students in Hamburg On Friday, big cities such as Berlin - which expects a demonstration of 10,000 students - have signed up to protest, as well as … [Read more...] about Over 200 ‘Fridays for Future’ climate demos taking place in Germany
Source: Focus Information Agency Athens. "I am sorry that this debate, which is a foremost parliamentary procedure, is taking place before empty seats. The revision is left in limbo and it is confirmed that SYRIZA treated even the country's Constitution as a political tool for creating a cheap diversion," main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday, during his speech in parliament during the debate for the revision of the Constitution. Mitsotakis also added that SYRIZA has tabled "catastrophic" proposals for revising the Constitution. "I want to reiterate that ND will comply with the country's constitutional tradition to the letter. The next parliament will not be bound by the direction given by the present government. The next parliament will determine the content of the articles. The attempt to abolish the freedom of the revisional parliament, something that amounts to an indirect admission of defeat by SYRIZA, is an insult to the Greek … [Read more...] about ANA-MPA: SYRIZA proposals for revising the Constitution ‘catastrophic’, ND’s Mitsotakis says