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Weekly Magazine - 20 April 2017
# 146

Erdogan's pyrrhic victory

Turkey’s strongman just got stronger, but he rules a nation weakened and divided.

The people decide

It’s election season: France is embroiled in as tight a race as ever with people going to the polls on Sunday in an election that could change not only the nature of France but Europe as a whole. British Prime Minister Theresa May went back on her promise that there would be no general election until 2020, calling snap polls for June to strengthen her mandate for the upcoming Brexit negotiations. In the US state of Georgia, a Democrat won the first round in a race that many have painted as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s performance in office so far. Elections in Jakarta, Indonesia, are widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.

Should vital matters of peace and economic prosperity be decided by public referendum?

This week, the Colombian people delivered a shock to their government by voting to reject the peace deal with FARC that stood to end five decades of conflict. In doing so, they made their voices clear on the future of their country, but they may have also jeopardised it by rejecting the deal negotiated by the government. Similarly, in Britain this year, the people were consulted for the first time in over four decades on membership of the Eu [...]
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