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Turkey’s next coup

Erdoğan's referendum is a bid for total power

By Elif Shafak   April 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ©Depo Photos/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Many governments can be criticised for courting dangerous nationalism these days, but few crush their citizens’ spirits like Turkey. The land of dazzling cultural conflicts, soul-stirring ballads and wonderful food has turned into the land of authoritarianism, hate-filled polarisation and burgeoning depression and suicide. The mood could darken further after a fateful referendum on presidential powers in April.

After the horrific coup attempt in July 2016, a brief breeze of optimism blew through Turkey. Citizens across the ideological spectrum stood…

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