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Turkey’s Constitutional Court overturns controversial judicial bill

Today, the Turkish Constitutional Court partly overturned a controversial judicial bill. It thereby also demands a redefinition of the justice minister’s increased competences. The bill on the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) was drafted by the government as a response to fraud and corruption allegations. It sparked weeks of debate over concerns on the independence of the judiciary.

Separatism in eastern Ukraine

On the evening of Sunday 6 April pro-Russian protesters occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine, demanding referendums to be held on joining Russia. Ukraine’s acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk blamed Russia for the seizures, as interim President Olexander Turchunov cancelled his visit to Lithuania.

Armenian Prime Minister resigns, reasons yet unclear

On 3 April the Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian announced that he will resign. Why he took this unexpected decision is not yet clear. Sarkisian was six years in office. The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) said that Sarkisian announced his resignation at a meeting of its governing body chaired by President Serzh Sarkisian (no relation). Under the Armenian constitution, all government ministers must also step down if the prime minister is dismissed or decides to quit.

NATO strengthens defenses against Russia

Yesterday, 1 April, NATO members ordered military commanders to draw up plans for reinforcing NATO’s defenses to shore up confidence among the Eastern European members, including the Baltic States and Poland. Also, all civilian and military cooperation with Russia is suspended. Foreign Ministers of the 28 NATO members gathered in Brussels for the first time since the Russian annexation of Crimea.

AK-party wins Turkish local election

Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development party (AK-party) gained a substantial victory in the Turkish nationwide local elections on Sunday 30 March. Embattled Premier Erdogan has been accused of authoritarianism and corruption after a string of scandals. The local elections have become an unofficial referendum on Erdogan’s government.

Nationalist in Europees jasje wint absolute meerderheid in Servië

De opkomst was laag en de uitslag overdonderend van de Servische verkiezingen. Van de 53% die hun stem uitbrachten koos maar liefst 48,4% voor de centrumrechtse Servische Progressieve Partij (SNS). Hiermee heeft SNS – een afsplitsing van de Servische Radicale Partij van de in Scheveningen vastzittende Vojislav Šešelj – een absolute meerderheid in het parlement: 158 van de 250 zetels. SNS leider en toekomstig premier Aleksandar Vučić heeft zich de laatste twee jaar ontpopt tot een man van het volk, die doet wat hij zegt en de corruptie en georganiseerde misdaad keihard aanpakt.

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