Germany urges Turkey to protect separation of powers in new system
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Turkey to ensure that its constitutional principle of separation of powers will be protected as the country is to shift to a new presidential system.
Merkel said after talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday that Turkey needed to heed concerns about proposed constitutional changes that would strengthen powers of the president as the country grapples with a sensitive time following a coup attempt in July last year.
“In such a time of profound political upheaval, everything must be done to continue to protect the separation of powers,” said Merkel during a news conference with Erdogan, adding that Ankara must do more to respect “freedom of opinion and the diversity of society” amid a crackdown on those believed to have played a role in the coup attempt.
Turkey has jailed more than 40,000 people on suspicion of having links to a US-based cleric, whom Turkey blames for the coup attempt of July 15, 2016. More than 100,000 people have also been discharged from their jobs over the same suspicions.
Turkey’s crackdown has faced increasing international criticism. Germany has been highly critical of Germany, with officials in Berlin fearing that the Turkish president is using the coup attempt as a pretext to curtail dissent.
did you ask “please” angela?..or do you have an EU bargaining chip?
“In such a time of profound political upheaval, everything must be done to continue to protect the separation of powers,”
of course..wont happen..now go try that question in some middle eastern arab states..