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Erdogan Spins European Criticism Into Election Gold

Apr 18, 2017 | 00:39 GMT
The West's disapproval helped the Turkish president tap a nationalist vein and carry his constitutional victory.

Turkish supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gather at the Presidential Palace in Ankara following the victory of a constitutional reform package that will greatly expand the president's powers.

(ELIF SOGUT/Getty Images)

For as much as Europe wants to admonish the Turks and believe that it can somehow enlighten Turkey to uphold the ideals of Locke and Rousseau as it conducts its version of democracy, those lessons are going to go only so far when Erdogan can capitalize on the fact that his country occupies highly strategic real estate in Eurasia....

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