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Turkey

Michael, you are quite right (a) that the (encouraging) Turkish protests have been underreported and (b) that they are about more than headscarves. Keep an eye, however, on what the EU is up to.

This comes from Sunday’s Observer:

Turkey came under mounting pressure from the European Union last night to rein in the influence of its generals, after the country’s powerful pro-secular military threatened to intervene in the Islamic-oriented government amid growing turmoil over the election of a new President. Olli Rehn, the European Union enlargement commissioner, who has been a keen supporter of Ankara’s eventual accession to the bloc, warned the military to stay out of politics, saying the election was a ‘test case’ for the Turkish military’s respect for democracy.

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