The city is a response to human needs. Norman Foster

Parks and Protest


It feels like a political version of the movie “Groundhog Day”: Another country, another occupation, another outpouring of public anger. But what can we expect from the demonstrations in Turkey?


Freedom of Speech in Turkey


Stranglehold on Freedom

With regards to freedom of speech, Turkey and China are almost at eye level. But the AKP’s recent crackdown on protesters is only the most obvious symptom of a creeping concentration of power that has been going on for several years.



David Janssen

From Gezi Park with Love


The struggle continues

Erdogan’s plans to redevelop Gezi Park have been scrapped, but the Turkish turmoil continues. While protesters want to break the chains of oppression, the government prepares for the final showdown. An eyewitness account.

The Future of Turkish Democracy


Beyond the Ballot Box

The future of the Turkish protest movement is unpredictable after the clearing of Taksim Square and Gezi Park– in contrast to the government’s reaction. As long as Erdogan remains in power, we can expect harsh police tactics and a narrow definition of democracy.

The Battle of Gezi Park


It's Not About a Park

On Saturday night, police started to evict protesters from Istanbul’s Gezi Park. But for Erdogan, it’s too little too late. The protests have turned from a fight over urban spaces into a fight against the government.

Turkey's Democratic Resurgence


A European Spirit

In the streets of Istanbul, a new democratic spirit is taking root. But the violent repression of dissent shows that it cannot flourish as long as Erdogan remains in charge.

The Taksim Square Protests


Petri Dishes

Taksim Square has emerged as a diverse and tolerant microcosm of Turkish society: People from all walks of life are envisioning the future of their country’s democracy.

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