New Constitutional Amendment Proposal in Turkey: A Threat to Pluralistic Democracy!

Turkey will hold a referendum on a fundamental constitutional reform, probably in April. The designed political regime is neither parliamentarism nor presidentialism. Although the government calls the new political regime as a “Turkish type of presidentialism” with a populist discourse; in reality, the new regime will bring a kind of “delegative democracy”, which is seen usually in the South American, sub-Saharan African and in central Asian countries.

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Das RECHT geht vom VOLK aus

Der FPÖ-Kandidat für das Amt des Bundespräsidenten wirbt auf seinen Plakaten mit einem Zitat aus der österreichischen Verfassung: "Das Recht geht vom Volk aus". Was hat es mit diesem Satz auf sich? Nicht das, was die FPÖ impliziert – und doch erinnert er uns post-nationale Liberale daran, dass unser fortschrittsoptimistischer Moralismus Mitverantwortung trägt, wenn FPÖ-Kandidat Hofer am nächsten Sonntag die Wahl gewinnt.

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A New Revolution? The Recent Governmental Crisis in Romania

As of November 2015, Romania faces its most important social, political and constitutional crisis in the last quarter-century. If the 1989 Revolution signified a break with a totalitarian communist regime, the widespread street protests of 2015, which led to the fall of the Government, gave a new message: global dissatisfaction towards the whole political class and institutions marked by serious inefficiency and corruption. The Government’s resignation led to an important constitutional crisis: one year before general elections, the country needed a new Government, but there was no clear political majority in Parliament to form one. In these circumstances, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, has tried a new approach, calling on social movements and appointing a non-political "techocratic" government. Time will tell if the decisions taken were right for Romanian democracy.

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