[QODLink]
Inside Story
Turkey's constitutional changes
How will the AK party manage to push through its controversial amendments?
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2010 12:46 GMT

Turkey is stepping up its bid to enter the European Union.
 
The Turkish government has proposed a package of constitutional changes that are supposed to bring Turkey in line with Europe, politically and economically.

It suggested some of the changes could be enacted just 30 days after they are passed into law.

But critics say the moves are more about curbing the role of the judiciary and cementing the ruling party's power domestically, than helping the country get into the EU.

Just how will the party push through its new amendments? And at what price?

Joining the programme are Cuneyt Yuksel, the vice-president of the political and legal affairs of the AK party, Yusuf Kanli, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish Daily News, and Fadi Hakura, a Turkish affairs expert in the European programme at Chatham House.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
Featured
Survivors of Bangladesh garment factory collapse say they received little compensation and face economic hardship.
As Iraq prepares to vote, deadly violence is surging. But at the site of one bomb attack, people insist life must go on.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
join our mailing list