The controversial emergency rule of Turkey is to continue for another three months. The rule was put in to place after the attempted coup in last year that saw the military fight those looking to usurp power in the troubled country. The powers act was used so that the government could enact rules quickly and without the need to vote on issues through parliament.
Though perhaps necessary at the time, when the country was in imminent danger, it is perhaps less unclear as to why the rules are being kept in place. Many will argue that President Erdogan has used the rules to tighten his already tight grasp on law and order in the country and will use these powers excessively and without accountability.
Turkey has a checkered history with rule, and its human rights record has been one of the major sticking points in the much valued EU membership that Turkey has been working towards. Though in recent times the country has taken to using the fact that it has taken on many refugees from war torn Syria as a reason that it should be allowed in to the zone quickly. Though it is for this precise reason that many will rail against it.
One of the main focuses of the UK’s leave campaign in the run up to the referendum on the European union was the question of Turkey joining the trading bloc. Many in the west fear that ISIS will use the large movements of people from the middle east towards Europe as an easy route to move more of its fighters in to western Europe, which is undoubtedly a prized target by the terrorist organisation.
Any attempt at a quick entry for Turkey in to the Union is likely to be met with hostile resistance. It is also likely to have an effect on the elections in France and Germany. Both if these countries have left leaning leaders currently but are both in potential danger of moving to the right. Especially as both nations have been attacked by the group in recent times.
The international community will watch the actions of President Erdogan carefully during this period. His government have been previously heavily criticised for removing rights to the internet. They’ve done this under the guise of security but many are sceptical and accuse the country of “blacking out” the rest of the world during moments of emergency. It is clear that if the country wants to be thought of as progressive then these actions will need to cease.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.