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Attempted military coup in Turkey and implications for EU-Turkey relations
Turkey witnessed a night of violence as a coup d’etat against the Turkish government was attempted by elements of the Turkish military. The speed and execution of the attempted coup showed good organisation and efficiency, however countercoup forces prevailed after dozens of people died in clashes. Fissures within the Turkish military have long been present, dividing the nationalists, secularists, Islamists and the Kurds (STRATFOR, 2016). While followers of the Gulen movement are the most suspect, regardless of which faction is responsible for the coup, implications for the EU- Turkey relations could be serious.
18th July 2016
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