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Turkey abolished the death penalty and reformed the penal code after it became an EU candidate in 1999. But with skepticism growing among EU members such as France and Austria about the validity of Turkey’s bid, critics argue that too many obstacles are being placed in the way. The EU will demand concrete proof that Turkey has wiped out human rights problems, improved the plight of women and guaranteed freedom of expression before negotiations begin in earnest. Economic Revival n 41 n ECONOMIC REVIVAL Turkey has achieved a spectacular turnaround since an economic crisis, stretching over three decades, took the country to the edge of collapse in 2001.
Introduction A year after the earthquake, Demirel’s attempt to change the constitution and retain his presidency failed. Turkey’s senior judge, Ahmet Necdet Sezer, a man who was known for his commitment to fighting corruption and free government, replaced him. Sezer became the first president in modern Turkish history who was neither an active politician nor a military commander. 40 n Government He became a member of parliament in 2003 and Gül stepped down, allowing Erdoan to become Prime Minister.
Her tenure was also beset with escalating violence from Kurdish separatists. 38 n History active in 1984, demanding a Kurdish state and political and economic rights. Ocalan’s army consisted of hundreds of militants who launched attacks on army posts along Turkey’s borders. The government tried to root out PKK members by paying Kurdish guards within villages. If the villages refused to cooperate, people would be forcibly evacuated and their homes burned. On the other hand, aiding the Turkish government would lead to reprisals from the PKK.
Adventure Guide Turkey by Samantha Lafferty