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Redur Khalil
We hope that this military mobilization is not meant to provoke our forces or for another purpose linked to entering Syrian territories. We don't want any military confrontation between us, since our priority is to fight Daesh in Raqqa and Tabqa.feedback
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Apr 29 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Turkey. 423 people are quoted and you can read 814 citations of them about Turkey. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Angela Merkel, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “The YPG, and you know who's supporting them, is attacking us with mortars. But we will make those places their grave, there is no stopping. Let us, huge America, all these coalition powers and Turkey, let us join hands and turn Raqqa to Daesh's grave.”.
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All quotes about Turkey

Johannes Hahn - European Union

Business as usual is not an option. Let's keep a cool head and devise a package that enables us to work with Turkey.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In Turkey, there was an attempted coup with a goal of toppling the government and destroying the state. We are trying to cleanse members of FETO inside the armed forces, inside the judiciary and inside the police. We are going to keep up the fight in terms of democracy, fundamental rights and liberties, but at the same time we are going to keep up the fight against PKK, FETO and other terrorist organisations such as Daesh (Islamic State).feedback

Angela Merkel

We will follow very closely how Turkey deals with the reports. There is no question that the developments of the past weeks have strongly strained German-Turkish and European-Turkish relations.feedback

Mark Toner

We recognise their concerns about the PKK, but these kinds of actions frankly harm the coalition's efforts to go after Isis and frankly harm our partners on the ground who are conducting that fight.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In Europe, things have become very serious in terms of the extent of Islamophobia. The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey isn't closing its doors on anybody. If they're not acting sincerely we have to find a way out. Why should we wait any longer? We're talking about 54 years. I'm very curious as to how the EU is going to act. There is not a single thing that we are not ready to do, the minute they ask for it. Whatever they wish, we do. But still they are keeping us at the door. Assad is not the address for a prospective solution in Syria.feedback

Simon Quijano-Evans - Commerzbank

Emerging markets have performed better than anyone could possibly have imagined but given that May is always a challenging month, possibly just for psychological reasons, we will see some caution going into next week. The main thing in Turkey is politics should stay out of monetary policy. Political comments on policy have been backstage recently, that's one reason why lira has rallied from lows and if this continues to be the case the central bank can continue to deal with inflation.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

He has attacked his people with tanks, with cannons, with barrel bombs, with chemical weapons, with fighter jets. Do you think he could be the vehicle for a solution?feedback

Jason Chaffetz

I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law. It does not appear to us that [permission] was ever sought. As a former military officer you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else, and it appears as if he did take that money. It was inappropriate and there are repercussions for the violation of law.feedback

Andy Keogh

Football is a physical game. You don't win games by not being physical. It's no different here to the way they play elsewhere in the world.feedback

Hugh Williamson - Human Rights Watch

Instead of building on the cross-party unity opposed to the coup to strengthen democracy, Turkey's government has opted for a ruthless crackdown on critics and opponents.feedback

Suleyman Soylu

1,009 secret imams have been detained so far in 72 provinces, and the operation is ongoing. This is an important step for the Republic of Turkey.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

One or two countries cannot keep the EU alive. You need a country like Turkey, a different country symbolizing a different faith, this would make them very strong. But the EU member states don't seem to realize this fact. They are finding it very difficult to absorb a Muslim country like Turkey. The Turkish military's operation is absolutely not against Peshmerga forces.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

With the latest developments, some are talking back and forth, saying the European Union will stop negotiations with Turkey and so on. If this understanding, if this mentality is real, then, of course, what will we do? We will revise the situation.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In Europe, things have become very serious in terms of the extent of Islamophobia. The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey is not closing its doors on anybody. If they are not acting sincerely we have to find a way out. Why should we wait any longer? We are talking about 54 years. The UK asked her people and they voted for Brexit ... They have peace of mind, they are walking towards a new future, and the same thing was conducted by Norway ... and the same thing can be applied for Turkey too. I am very curious as to how the EU is going to act vis-a-vis this last (PACE) resolution.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There is not a single thing that we are not ready to do, the minute they ask for it. Whatever they wish, we do. But still they are keeping us at the door. But the EU member states don't seem to realize this fact. They are finding it very difficult to absorb a Muslim country like Turkey.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

If that money was received by General Flynn, and we believe that it was, that money needs to be recovered. That final determination again will have to come from the Department of the Army, as well as the Department of Defense, but as a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey, or anybody else. And it appears as if he did take that money, it was inappropriate, and there are repercussions for the violation of law. Personally I see no information or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law.feedback

Mark Toner

These air strikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish Peshmerga. We're cognizant of that and we're also cognizant of the threat that the PKK poses to Turkey. But again, the point … is that Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against the terrorists that threaten us all. And that obviously means ISIS.feedback

Jason Chaffetz

As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey, or anybody else, and it appears as if he did take that money. It was inappropriate. And there are repercussions for the violation of law. I see no information or no data to support the notion that general Flynn complied with the law. He was supposed to seek permission and receive permission from both the secretary of state and the secretary of the Army prior to traveling to Russia to not only accept that payment but to engage in that activity. I see no evidence that he actually did that.feedback

Khaled Abboud

The sanctions are new attempts by the U.S. administration to put pressure on the Syrian state.feedback

Ahmad Jamal

Any operation that is carried out by the Turkish government without any co-ordination with the Iraqi government is totally rejected.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We do not glorify war. ANZAC Day is not the anniversary of a great victory, but it commemorates the triumph of the human spirit.feedback

Koray Caliskan

The fact that eight of the 11 judges on the board were appointed during a crackdown on the judiciary, and amid such an environment of fear, raises questions about their neutrality and their willingness to vote against the government.feedback

Mehmet Tiryaki

The saddest thing about all this is that the Y.S.K. used to be the most trusted institution in Turkey. But this decision shakes that trust.feedback

Recep Ozer

What is fundamental here: The counting was not over, and the Y.S.K. members didn't know about any result from any ballot box.feedback

Mark Toner

We are very concerned, deeply concerned, that Turkey conducted airstrikes earlier today in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq without proper co-ordination with either the United States or the broader global coalition to defeat ISIS. These airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish peshmerga.feedback

Bill Dodwell

If the original bill was the weight of a family sized turkey, the act which gains royal assent later this week will be more of a 'turkey crown for one' portion. However, going through 140 pages of legislation in barely two hours is still less than ideal. Hopefully this will be the last time there is a need for such a compacted process.feedback

Jean Fawcett - Abercrombie & Kent

Decreased demand for certain countries in Europe has meant dramatic growth for others. Interest in France is slightly lower, but Spain and Portugal are booming, as are Scandinavia and Germany. Turkey is down, but Greece has roared back.feedback

Gok Sel Gumusdag

For me, the board members and our coach, having the spirit of being a 'college team' is more important than any sporting success. The unpleasant dispute between some of our players and our press members has deeply distressed me.feedback

Osman Baydemir

We have 65 pages of violations reported today. Nobody said anything and I was left alone, so I didn't have the courage to say something. I didn't have a smartphone to record it either.feedback

Necmi Acar

They [asked] me 'what are you doing here? We don't want you here. … When I introduced myself as a lawyer and said I would take them to court, they let me pass.feedback

Erik Meyersson

Given the numerous authoritarian mechanisms in play during this referendum, I find it hard to imagine a scenario where the constitutional amendments would have passed without them.feedback

Marianne Mikko

At the moment we can't see another way that we could have dialogue between European institutions and Turkey.feedback

Necmi Acar

The people told me that once I left, the Muhtar and security forces would enter the voting areas again, and I don't doubt they did.feedback

François Fillon

My foreign policy priority will be the destruction of ISIL because it is threatening us directly. This will only be possible the day when all big powers really act together. The more the USA, Europe, Russia, Iran, Turkey and the Golf States are divided, the longer victory against Islamic totalitarianism will be delayed.feedback

Martin Sweatman

If you consider that, according to astronomers, this giant comet probably arrived in the inner solar system some 20 to 30 thousand years ago, and it would have been a very visible and dominant feature of the night sky, it is hard to see how ancient people could have ignored this given the likely consequences.feedback

Martin Sweatman

I think this research, along with the recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent virtually seal the case in favour of (a Younger Dryas comet impact). Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change. It appears Göbekli Tepe was, among other things, an observatory for monitoring the night sky. One of its pillars seems to have served as a memorial to this devastating event – probably the worst day in history since the end of the ice age.feedback

Rudolph Giuliani

That receptiveness is hardly surprising when one considers that none of the transactions in which Mr. Zarrab is alleged to have participated involved weapons or nuclear technology, or any other contraband, but rather involved consumer goods, and that Turkey is situated in a part of the world strategically critical to the United States.feedback

Daniel Moreno

Of the big countries, that's the one that has more risk attached to it politically, even more so than Turkey. In Turkey there is certainty, in South Africa there isn't. They need a very stable government with a very clear policy and they don't have that. As long as we have a country that is driven by internal politics at the ANC, I don't see how it can get any better.feedback

Asil Sland

People say that its impossible to live in this country. Actors are saying this, artists and everyday people. We say: if we also leave this country, then there will be no one left, to make it a better place. Thats why, stay here and make it more livable. We can achieve that with music or with art.feedback

Engin Önder

During the Gezi Park protests, media, due to their ecopolitics, they didn´t cover anything. And that was the thing that brought cameras back for us. We took to the streets, because media wasn´t covering what we wanted to see. So we said we can actually create what we want to consume.feedback

Paul Rousselier

The presidential costume is a bit big for him. There's North Korea, Turkey, the thwarted (terror) attack – all things that could tip the vote.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You want to keep a NATO ally, a partner in the strategic fight against ISIS. You also have a national interest in democracy in Turkey. . . . Sometimes foreign policy requires making difficult choices and balancing interests that are in tension.feedback

Bulent Tezcan

This is a serious legitimacy crisis. We will employ all legal ways available. This is not only a problem about the No votes but an injustice against all citizens who cast their votes. Because, the Yes votes also became controversial through this decision.feedback

Binali Yildirim

It is completely unacceptable to call people to the streets through various communication tools and not to recognise the results.feedback

Bulent Tezcan

This is a serious legitimacy crisis. We will employ all legal ways available. We will evaluate tomorrow whether we will take the decision to the Constitutional Court or to the European Court of Human Rights.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A win is a win. I come from a football background. It doesn't matter if you win 1-0 or 5-0. The ultimate goal is to win the game. I am a mortal really, I could die at any time.feedback

Selin Sayek Böke

We don't recognise the referendum result. There should be no doubt that we will exercise all our democratic rights against it. Those steps include both withdrawing from Parliament and continuing to work.feedback

Stephanie Lindeck - Julius Baer Group

In the long run we doubt that the associated stability will be enough to calm investors' concerns over what is pretty much a totalitarian state. Furthermore, Turkey remains highly vulnerable to interest-rate hikes, a strong USD and the rise in oil prices. We therefore reiterate our out-right negative stance on bonds, equities and the lira going forward. With the 'Yes' in the constitutional referendum Turkey stepped back decades in time. The associated stability is a false friend, which will eventually turn away foreign investment and leave Turkey weaker than before.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

We have not been alone in blasting President Trump for calling to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a “victory” in an election rife with “irregularities, ” according to international monitors. David L. Phillips of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University describes “massive electoral fraud”.feedback

Abdulhakim Elwaer - Islamic Development Bank

The larger picture is IDB's cooperation with Turkey, this is only one engagement. We want to help develop Turkey as a global Islamic financial centre.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Our concern is not what George or Hans or Helga says. Our concern is what Hatice, Ayse, Fatma, Ahmet, Mehmet, Hasan, Huseyin says. What Allah says. That's why our parliament will make this decision.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We are shoulder-to-shoulder against fascism. This country held the most democratic polls that have never been seen in any other country in the West. What George, Hans or Helga say does not interest us.feedback

Ed Royce

Turkey's creeping authoritarianism continues. All who value democracy, pluralism and Turkey's key role in the region should be concerned about the elimination of important checks and balances in the Turkish system. I am especially troubled by initial reports of irregularities and an 'unlevel playing field' from independent election observers, and I will review the full body of facts when they are released in the days ahead.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Look, the Middle East is a pretty rough neighborhood, and sometimes you have to get together to help them beat the bullies, like Syria. And that was something that certainly needed to be talked about. I think the president's number-one job is to keep Americans safe. That is his priority. That has been the focal point during the campaign as well as since he took office. And if he needs to work with countries like Turkey and others to do that, I think that's his priority, and that's what his focus is.feedback

Tamara Cofman Wittes

The United States gets hung up on process. There's a very strong tendency in U.S. foreign policy to acknowledge and to congratulate for holding elections, even when those elections take place in a pretty unfair context. This is Donald Trump! He is a deeply short-term, deeply transactional thinker when it comes to international relationships. His concern in Turkey right now is its role in Syria and its role in the ISIS campaign. The referendum is nothing more than a distracting delay.feedback

Margaritis Schinas - European Commission

We call on the Turkish authorities to consider the next steps very carefully, and to seek the broadest possible national consensus in the follow-up to the national referendum. We also call on all actors to show restraint and on the authorities to launch transparent investigations into these alleged irregularities found by the observers. We encourage Turkey to move closer to the European Union again and not to move even further and faster away from us. On the death penalty ... not only is this a red line. It is the reddest of all red lines. We have an unequivocal rejection of the death penalty.feedback

Amanda Paul

It was not a very realistic prospect. We have seen already the narrative from President Erdogan who said he does not care anyway what the EU or anybody else says. If they were to bring back the death penalty it would be very difficult for the EU not to suspend the accession process. But I mean, that said, we have to remember that this process is basically ... dead almost since the day it was launched back in 2005.feedback

Tony Carroll

We had 10 English internationals, three Irish, Turkey, Algeria, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago. We are a community club, everyone knows about Senrab, they know where we train. It is one of those clubs that is infectious, with the history and standing that we have in the football world.feedback

Asli Aydintasbas

Asli Aydintasbas is a journalist and columnist for the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet and a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

A reasonable debate can be had about how much we can attempt to pressure allies on human rights abuses - and how publicly we should do so. We noted yesterday that the balancing act with a NATO ally such as Turkey in a difficult part of the world can be quite nettlesome. It is obvious - to everyone but President Trump - that at the very least we shouldn’t be rewarding or praising behavior that is contrary to our values and which in the long run will make those countries less stable.feedback

Cem Oezdemir

The election result also shows that we have a long way to go in terms of integration. We must fully accept the values and constitution of our country if we want to be here in the long run.feedback

Gerda Hasselfeldt

If the results are to be trusted, a large majority of the Turks who enjoy all democratic rights here either did not vote at all or agreed to concemn their countrymen to live in an authoritarian state.feedback

Alice Weidel

Erdogan's fifth column should go back where they clearly like it best and where they belong: Turkey.feedback

Andrej Hunko

It seems credible that 2.5 million were manipulated, but we are not 100 percent sure. We were hindered by police forces in a way that I have never experienced in any observation mission. Yesterday was not a free or a fair election. It was not fair generally and it was not free in part of the country, the southeast. If you have thousands in prison and they cannot vote, you cannot talk about free elections.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Calls for a negative open come after a mixed return by Asian investors following the long Easter weekend, at odds with last night's positive close on Wall Street. Geopolitical concerns may be off the boil and safe haven assets off their best, but they continue to simmer be it from a nuclear standpoint on the North Korean peninsula or politically in France and Turkey and across the Atlantic with the US Treasury secretary suggesting Healthcare bill problems will delay tax cuts.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have put up a fight against the powerful nations of the world. The crusader mentality attacked us abroad... We did not succumb. As a nation, we stood strong. Either they will hold their promises to Turkey or they'll have to bear the consequences.feedback

Sebastian Kurz

We can›t just go back to the daily routine after the Turkey referendum. We finally need some honesty in the relationship between the EU and Turkey.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

I think it's actually the 'best' outcome. If Erdogan had lost, this would have unleashed a period of instability as he would have gone for a rerun of the vote as many analysts predicted he would, and if he had won with a wide margin, he would 'gone off the charts,' becoming completely authoritarian. Now, his wings have been clipped and he has been humbled. This is the crisis of Turkey now: Erdogan has become the most powerful Turk, but while half of the country adores him, the other half loathes him.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

A vote to grant new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked fresh arguments in a divided Turkey on Monday, as opposition parties called for the annulment of the referendum results and Erdogan insisted the debate over the outcome should stop.feedback

Chris Cummins - Euronews

So, we now have a situation with more powers heading to the office of president, but what about the opposition in Turkey, what's its future?feedback

Chris Cummins - Euronews

So what is Erdogan's grand plan for Turkey? How does he perceive himself?feedback

Ece Temelkuran

As we all know such regimes as Erdogan's run on hostility and feelings of hatred. Nationalist sentiments have been stirred so much so that I think all the people who have voted 'NO' are now deeply intimidated and they are concerned about their lives, not lifestyles, but lives and I'm probably not exaggerating this. Clearly his personal goal is to exist, because this referendum was a life and death matter for him. If he did lose it could have been, you know, he could have ended up in international courts and so on and so forth. So his personal goal is to keep his rule in tact.feedback

Chris Cummins - Euronews

How about Turkey's international relations, is this the death knell for Ankara's EU aspirations?feedback

Ece Temelkuran

Turkish media have been completely silenced or seized by government forces, therefore the only thing we depend on for truth is international media. This is serious, millions of people in Turkey are feeling homeless in their own country, so we are losing our country. This is more than a debate about post-truth, or reality or fact-checking or something else, this is real-time happening, it's a disaster happening real-time. So I think journalists should be aware of their ultimate duty of telling the truth, the entire truth.feedback

Ece Temelkuran

Turkey is becoming more and more Middle Eastern, which half of the country openly resisted yesterday and they risked their lives by doing so.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

This is what I have been saying all the time in the rallies. God willing this issue will come to parliament. When it is passed by parliament, I'll approve it, because we don't have the power to forgive the killers of our martyred soldiers.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

The result shows that Turkish society is deeply divided. It will largely depend on whether President Erdogan does everything possible to go after his opponents… We in Europe have to think about what possibilities we have to exert influence so that the country remains democratic.feedback

Cezar Florin Preda

The 16th April constitutional referendum took place on an unlevel playing field and the two side of the campaign did not have equal opportunities. Voters were not provided with impartial information about key aspect of the reform.feedback

Kenan Kolat

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will continue to take drastic measures and try to get everything he wants done. But then he will get resistance, and that resistance will also be on the streets. Therefore we need to use every democratic opportunity to oppose all this.feedback

Tana de Zulueta

The referendum took place in a political environment in which fundamental freedoms essential to a genuinely democratic process were curtailed under the state of emergency. Our monitoring showed the 'Yes' campaign dominated the media coverage and this, along with restrictions on the media, the arrests of journalists and the closure of media outlets, reduced voters' access to a plurality of views. The (Supreme Electoral Board) issued instructions late in the day that significantly changed the ballot validity criteria, undermining an important safeguard and contradicting the law.feedback

Yakup Yeldiz

You can see on social media the shenanigans and the vote stealing that went on. The High Electoral Board has acted like this is a coup.feedback

Yakup Yeldiz

When people on the Right are angry they reach for weapons. When people on the Left are angry they reach for pots and pans.feedback

Bulent Tezcan

There is only one way to end the discussions about the vote's legitimacy and to put the people at ease, and that is for the Supreme Electoral Board to cancel the vote. This is not a text of social consensus but one of social division. There is a serious and solid problem of legitimacy that will forever be debated.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

The Supreme Electoral Board changed rules mid-game, after the ballot envelopes were opened, in a way contrary to laws. There is no question of changing the rules in the middle of the game.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Surrendering the Republic of Turkey to one person is a heavy sin. It's very heavy. Can there be a state without rights and justice?feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

April 16 is the victory of all who said 'yes' or 'no,' of the whole 80 million, of the whole of Turkey. There are those who are belittling the result. They shouldn't try, it will be in vain. It's too late now.feedback

Binali Yildirim

There is no loser in this referendum, but only one winner: Turkey and its noble Turkish people.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Given the suppression of the 'no' campaign, the fact that much of the [pro-Kurdish] Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) leadership is in jail, and that the government's effective control of the media ensured a massive imbalance in campaign coverage, the 'no' campaign did very well. For Erdogan, a narrow win is still a win. He is unlikely to either slow his consolidation of power or reach out in meaningful ways to the opposition. He promised a 'yes' vote would result in more stability and a return of economic growth. I suspect that neither of these things is true.feedback

Seckin Ozdemir

Inflation was at 70 to 80 percent before him. It's as low as 9 percent nowadays.feedback

Yusuf Parlayan

We are voting 'yes' because the European Union is saying 'no.feedback

Seckin Ozdemir

People's purchasing power has increased. Health care was really bad, but now it has gotten a lot better.feedback

Francois Hollande

It's up to the Turks and them alone to decide on how they organise their political institutions, but the published results show that Turkish society is divided about the planned deep reforms.feedback

Mehmet Simsek

Yesterday the president made it very clear that elections will be held in November 2019. It is very clear. We have work to do. In economic terms this is huge ... you have got five years to execute your programme. Stability on its own is necessary but not sufficient. It has to be complemented with reforms.feedback

Ismail Calisan

I don't see the country is going down a good path. Tayyip Erdogan may have done more good than the other big players (of Turkish politics) ... but I think of Tayyip Erdogan as just the best of the worst.feedback

Bulent Tezcan

The High Electoral Board has changed the rules after the voting started. There is a clear clause in electoral law saying unstamped ballots will be invalid and the High Electoral Board issued its notice in compliance with this law.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It's too late now. April 16 is the victory of all who said yes or no, of the whole 80 million, of the whole of Turkey of 780,000 square kilometers. There are those who are belittling the result. They shouldn't try. It will be in vain. It's too late now.feedback

Gonul Tol

Today's result means he lost ground among his own constituency and could not mobilise the nationalists as much as he wanted to. All this requires a different tone for the upcoming presidential elections in 2019. He has to appeal to the centre, take major steps to address the downward turn in Turkish economy. In this context, a return to the negotiations with the Kurds has a better chance than it would have if he won a landslide victory, especially given that he fared better than expected among the Kurdish electorate.feedback

Ragip Soylu

I think the international media have focused more on Erdogan's personality and less on social polarisation, and what Turkish people have gone through for the last four years. Considering all of these problems, crises and hardships, the majority of the voters chose stability, and a system that provides more control and powers to Turkish government that can be influential to prevent further setbacks. The new system also creates a stronger presidency that can swiftly act against the crisis.feedback

Ziya Meral

Both the close margins and disputed votes will taint Erdogan's sense of victory and ease of handling the process to follow. This strengthens the Turkish opposition but also would mean international actors will be more vocal about asking for some of the proposed changes not to go ahead. That can be seen in the Council of Europe's statement already asking for the independence of the judiciary to be respected. The next phase will be socially and politically intense, with protests and harsh political polemics.feedback

Binali Yildirim

We are all equal citizens of the Republic of Turkey. Both the ones who said 'no' and the ones who said 'yes' are one and are equally valuable. There are no losers of this referendum. Turkey won, the beloved people won. A new page has opened in our democratic history with this vote. Be sure that we will use this result for our people's welfare and peace in the best way.feedback

Binali Yildirim

Whatever the result is, we will hold it in high esteem. The decision of our nation is the most beautiful decision.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Who are you? First know your place. You cannot meddle in what happens. We need to make a decision that is beyond the ordinary. I believe in my nation's democratic common sense.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We have held referendums before. But this referendum is now about a new administrative system for the Republic of Turkey, it's a choice for change and transformation. We need to make a decision that is beyond the ordinary. I believe in my nation's democratic common sense.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Tomorrow is very important, you must absolutely go to the polls. Don't forget that the vote is our honour.feedback

Mehmet Gacgili

We collapsed the Sultan's system and we changed to a republic and now we want to go back?feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

This is not about right or left... this is a national issue... We will make our choices with our children and future in mind.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

April 16 will be a turning point for Turkey's political history... Every vote you cast tomorrow will be a cornerstone of our revival. There are only hours left now. Call all your friends, family members, acquaintances, and head to the polls.feedback

Ahmet Sayar

I hope the result will be the best for our country because this referendum will determine the future of our children.feedback

Howard Eissenstat

His populism is effective in large part because it is heartfelt. Erdogan's genius as a politician, his flair for rhetoric, his capacity to mobilize his base, and his sense of himself as a 'man of history' have all served to put him at the center of Turkish politics for more than a decade.feedback

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

People often ask me if, as the first woman on the Supreme Court, I had any special preferences for my robe. But honestly, I took whatever was available and put it on.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

He says he'll decide everything. One person will determine national security policies according to the constitutional changes. Why one person? What if he makes a mistake, what if he is deceived, what if he is bought?feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

Stable governments have been able to handle crises more effectively, implement structural reforms in due time and render the investment climate more favorable by increasing predictability.feedback

Metin Feyzioglu - Amnesty International

It's a presidential system, but not like in the U.S. – not a democratic presidential system.feedback

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli

On the other hand, if his charm offensive is not reciprocated, then he might start initiating a Plan B, which involves tightening his grip on Turkish society.feedback

Merve Kavakci

If it is going to give him more power, and if it is what the Turkish people want, so be it.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The EU has lost all credibility. We don't defend democracy, human rights and freedoms because they want us to, we do that because our citizens deserve it. As we get closer to democracy, they are moving away from it.feedback

Ergin Kulunk

Within the past 15 years he has achieved everything once considered impossible, unthinkable for Turks, be it bridges, undersea tunnels, roads, airports. The biggest quality of the Chief [Erdogan] is that he touches people. I saw him at a recent gathering literally shaking almost 1,000 hands. He's not doing that for politics. It comes from the heart.feedback

Fatih Yagmur

I wouldn't be embarrassed to work as a cleaner. It is the Turkish state that put us in this situation. They should be embarrassed.feedback

Fatih Yagmur

To start a new life from scratch is frightening. An ex-anchorman is now a worker in a European factory and another one is a cleaner.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

We are voting for Turkey's fate today. We hope the results will be good and together we can have the opportunity to discuss Turkey's other fundamental problems.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

We will put 80 million people on to a bus... we don't know where it is headed. We are putting 80 million on a bus with no brakes.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

These may not be centralized efforts coming from A.K.P. leaders but may come from more low-level people who act in such ways that they think they're mirroring the great leader.feedback

Henri Barkey

It's partly: You're arresting our people, we can do the same to you.feedback

Erdem Tasdelen

We have been treated well by the Germans, but now I must think of my daughter and son. There is discrimination against Muslim communities here, and the only person sticking up for us is Erdogan.feedback

Aysegul Parlak

They feel threatened by his potential and power, and they cannot handle the idea of a Muslim country progressing to their level. When I tell people I'm from Turkey, all they do is vent about Erdogan and talk about his authoritarian ways. They should look in the mirror. If they faced as many internal and external threats as he does, they would also be firm.feedback

Aysegul Parlak

There is a lot of hypocrisy, and the Turkish community here is becoming very resentful.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Sunday will be a turning point in the fight against terrorist organizations. We will finish what we started on July 15 this April 16. The presidential system we are bringing with this constitutional change is necessary for the development, growth and stability of our nation.feedback

Ahmet Kasim Han

The 18 articles foresee a very loose separation of powers. It's going to be a very close call, and both 'yes' and 'no' are equally probable as outcomes.feedback

Murat Gezici

When we put them equally in the 'Yes' and 'No' camps, we see 'Yes' ahead at 51.3 percent. But as part of our margin of error, if we group the undecided voters with those who choose to abstain, we see the 'No' vote leading.feedback

Abdullah Demirbas

In 2002, A.K.P. promised a change in Turkey. They said they're bringing democracy not only for themselves, but for all the other aggrieved groups in Turkey, which gave hope to the masses: Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, democrats, liberals, intellectuals, writers, socialists – all the victims of the old regime.feedback

Henri Barkey

It eviscerates the power of both the legislative and judicial branches of the government in favor of the executive, which will be concentrated in the hands of one person.feedback

Ayse Sozen Usluer

It became clear to us that a presidential system whereby the president is elected by popular vote forces groups to compromise with one another and nominate a candidate whom the public at large could support to win more than 50 percent of the vote.feedback

Elmira Bayrasli

Erdogan has also abandoned the ambitious foreign policy that boosted Turkey's economy and helped increase the country's role in international affairs, replacing it with a crude nationalism.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

If he loses the referendum, Mr. Erdogan is likely to call for early elections. He will continue his divisive politics to shore up support for the AKP. This will entrench Turkey in a permanent state of crisis, accompanied by a deepening social schism and further terror attacks. If he wins the referendum, Mr. Erdogan will try to force the country to fold under his powerful persona, becoming completely authoritarian.feedback

Etyen Mahcupyan

The (proposed) model will cause great harm in the medium term to conservatives and Turkey. Every AKP member must vigorously stand up for the protection of the party and for its capacity and potential to govern.feedback

Murat Polat

I am not bothered to vote, as I do not believe that this election would make any difference. If I believed that this was a fair election, though, I would vote 'no.' I think it is too late to get on board the democracy train again.feedback

Hakan Gokce

Living in Belgium, I now feel uncomfortable when I say I am a Turk. Most people immediately think I am pro-Erdogan, and I get the feeling that they look down on me. I never felt like this before in this country where I was born. Still proud to be Turkish and Belgian.feedback

Engin Baldwin

I'm proud of being a Turk, but have found myself being hesitant to tell my nationality to strangers in ad hoc circumstances, as it often results with them sharing their condolences and looking at me in pity. From taxi drives to food stalls, the response to 'I'm from Turkey' is something along the lines of 'So sorry for what's happening. Things will be better, keep up the hope,' etc.feedback

Akin Caldiran

I am not going to vote, as I believe it is not going to make a difference. The government is using all its power in favor of it and it is not going to be a fair election and it never was.feedback

Sami Akin

It is 'no.' Why? Because 'yes' will make Turkey not a free republic but Erdogan's playground. In the free world, they call this a dictator. l am an 82-year-old Turk, left Turkey in 1960 and I am an American, but they are my people. I cry for them, and wish them a free country. The founder of Turkey, Ataturk, would never say yes to this.feedback

Abdullah Kucukkaya

After those events I was traveling on a train and talking to this nice couple – about life, politics, et cetera, et cetera – and as soon as I told them I am Turkish, they stopped talking to me.feedback

Nurten Kayacan

He's trying to destroy the republic and the legacy of Ataturk. If the 'Yes' vote wins, we're headed to chaos. He will be the president of only half of the country.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

So, what do those who are against constitutional changes say? If they say that Turkey is better governed this way without a presidential system it means that they defend coups, coalitions, crises and periods of chaos.feedback

Ahmet Kasim Han

No' would actually mean more of the same, under the current circumstances, which is to say that from what we have seen we can assume comfortably that the president today, will continue to run the country in the way that he has done since he has been elected president.feedback

Ismail Ok

I'm quite sure, among my colleagues, there are people who want to vote 'No,' but they can't say this out loud. All around the world, this has only one name: It's called a dictatorial regime. A one-man rule regime.feedback

Osman Baydemir

In one month, if you happen to have an interview with the spokesperson of HDP, I'm not sure if it's going to be me. I am a deputy today, but tomorrow I might be arrested. In my opinion, AKP will lose eventually. Erdogan is repeating the practices of dictators from world history. Pinochet lost eventually. Franco as well. Hitler also lost. But until these figures lost, they made their societies lose, made their societies suffer under their rule.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

If you talk to [Turks] and ask them to compare Turkey before Erdogan and Turkey under Erdogan, you'll get two answers: Either they'll tell you it was hell and he made it heaven, or they'll tell you it was heaven and he made it hell.feedback

Soner Cagaptay

The Netherlands is Turkey's number one source of direct investment. It's also, sadly, the country with which Turkey has had the longest, permanent relations among European nations. … The fact that [Turkish-Dutch] relations have had their first crisis under Erdogan suggest to me that foreign policy now serves Erdogan's electoral gains and nothing is sacred.feedback

Murat Sevinc

Almost all of the TVs and newspapers in Turkey are broadcasting the same thing. The people are learning as much as [the government] wants them to.feedback

Huseyin Camak

Our supporters are being detained for hanging posters of Ataturk.feedback

Ismail Ok

I see this decision to dismiss me as an honor badge. Most of our supporters are against the constitutional amendments. They are voting 'No' and I am their representative.feedback

Brett Wilson

If the political parties of the Kurdish wing are in a sense robbed of their actual powers would that result in increased desperation on the part of radicals? Would mainstream Kurdish voters feel they have to go towards different parties? There's a real uncertainty among a lot of groups about whether they should approve this referendum. I think that's also evident in the fact the government is using very aggressive language, trying to threaten and shame people, even from their own constituents, to vote yes and make voting no a non-option.feedback

Esra Özyürek

The people who can powerfully say no [in the referendum] are already in prison. The leaders of the [opposition] HDP [left-wing political party] and a good number of MPs, democratically-elected mayors, party representatives, more than hundred journalists and academics. At the moment Turkey has the best-educated prison population in the world.feedback

Esra Özyürek

He will be head of state, head of government and have full power over the judiciary. He will have the power to issue decrees, which is huge, because it pretty much makes parliament ineffective. Right after the coup attempt President Erdogan said this was a God-sent opportunity. We can now do things we could not do earlier. He used the coup attempt as a pretext to further limit democracies and tighten his iron fist on all opposition, it's a major break from democracy.feedback

Brett Wilson

The strange thing about it is that the current situation is that the president is basically doing whatever he wants despite the fact that theoretically there is a system in place to control him. In some ways it's a formality but in other ways it's eliminating those potential checks on presidential power. It's short-sighted to restructure things in a way that will definitely make Turkey less democratic and they will have to live with the results of that for a long time because it's very hard to change the constitution.feedback

Fadi Hakura - Chatham House

This vote represents a radical transformation that consolidates the power to a centrally executive president rather than a parliamentary system… that's why it matters. If it's a Yes vote, it will codify the vast influence in Turkish politics and Erdogan's already vast influence in policy making. If No, it will shake and undermine the prestige and dent the aura of invincibility that has so far defined his tenure in politics. I think Erdogan will score a narrow victory, similar to Brexit.feedback

James Sawyer - Eurasia Group

A yes vote could be a way to gradually and eventually de-escalate some of the geo-political tensions Turkey faces currently. The big takeaway is that there is this sense now that it's the optimal condition for a referendum for a new political system. If it is a No vote then things will become more difficult, the ways to achieve executive powers later will likely become more divisive. I expect that the consequences from this vote will be felt in the medium or long term, nothing is going to change the very next day.feedback

Fadi Hakura - Chatham House

Around 85 percent of Turkey's revenues go to central government… so just imagine the centralized power of a President in this case.feedback

Orhan Gazi Ertekin

If you purge 30 to 40 percent of the judiciary, in a sense you purge it all. There's no tradition left and no knowledge left.feedback

Orhan Gazi Ertekin

The perception among Turks is that Erdogan rules everything, but that's not the case. As long as he depends on these alliances, a new betrayal may be on the horizon, too.feedback

Aynur Barkin

I could pay attention to each of them one by one. But their new teacher can't do that.feedback

Mustafa Karadag

This has allowed access to the judicial and prosecutorial professions to those who receive lower marks but who have a closer relationship to the government, or who are able to procure references from them.feedback

Kerem Altinparmak

If our professors are not reinstated, this program will end. These are the last students we will see in this program.feedback

Megan Gisclon

It seems for now that the Eurasianists will hold on to their influence and ranks, but for how long remains a question.feedback

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

The A.K.P.'s own cadres are filling the void. They want to establish a bureaucratic structure that accepts whatever the politicians say.feedback

Muhittin Dalgic

Unfortunately escapes are happening from here. But as a state, we try to prevent this with our security forces and coast guards every time. Every day we try to collect them before they are on the sea and we collect them from the sea.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There is an amazing explosion of votes abroad. Around 1.42 million votes have been cast.feedback

Mustafa Celik

The parliamentarians of all four parties represented in the Turkish parliament will carry out checks so there are no doubts that everything will be handled correctly.feedback

Murat Emir

We were prevented from distributing leaflets in most places. Members of our youth and women branches were detained. Our banners and posters were cut into pieces.feedback

Marc Pierini

We are not there anymore today so if the 'yes' prevails it will be even less. I believe that we will simply go back or be satisfied with a much simpler relationship: the modernisation of the Customs Union, and after that, probably anti-terrorist cooperation, cooperation on Syria, the continuation of the refugee agreement and that kind of thing.feedback

Marc Pierini

It is a bridge that was destroyed, but destroyed on a personal level, that is, between the Turkish president and his counterparts in the European Council. I don't think the economic, financial, investment, technological, education relationship with Turkey will suffer, unless Turkey chooses to cut itself completely from Europe.feedback

Marc Pierini

Since the extensive purge that followed the coup d'état, the rule of law in Turkey has collapsed in such a way that the political criteria are not fulfilled, so the candidacy floats in dead waters. And If we have an autocratic regime without counter-powers that is legally in place, the candidacy is dead for good. What is clear with the current situation is that European standards, especially political ones, are in contradiction with the Turkish president's conception of power, and he says so every day.feedback

Marc Pierini

And therefore either it is declared formally dead or we keep the membership negotiations in principle, while waiting for better days.feedback

Marc Pierini

But Turkey is not doing that, it carefully states that the economic relationship must continue. We're not reaching a point of no return, but an important crossroads, that is to say, does Turkey's political project, aligning itself with European standards, still make sense for the Turkish government? In my view, not at all.feedback

Marc Pierini

The challenge for the European Union is, first and foremost, before and after the referendum, that Turkey is a destabilised country today, destabilized by a coup, a failed coup d'état, but we have seen that the purge has been extraordinarily wide, so we are no longer in the European standard.feedback

Suleyman Soylu

At the moment, it seems there is no outside interference, and the explosion came from the vehicle under repair. One person is trapped under the wreckage.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If one man is all-powerful, will terror be eliminated? Will unemployment (now 12 percent) fall?feedback

Dogu Ergil

While Turkish ministers are barred from speaking in Europe, there are many people who are barred from speaking freely against the Yes vote in Turkey.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

You have seen what happened in Europe. Why did they go berserk? They saw what this (constitutional) system will bring Turkey. Turkey is leaping, growing. This makes them go crazy. This is an artificially created conflict in order to boost anti-Westernism in Turkey, which would be translated into Yes votes. The best answer will be given to them by our brothers through the polls.feedback

Mustafa Meray

The rows with Germany and the Netherlands made nationalist feelings rise in Turkey.feedback

Salih Baydur

Erdogan used the crisis (with Germany and Netherlands) to provoke voters, but people in Diyarbakir knew it was artificial. Even the most uneducated person in Diyarbakir knows the crisis was a game.feedback

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

I am not satisfied with the way things are going at Schalke right now. I have an expiring contract, so this is my last year here. My next move will be a gut decision. I really like playing football, but I have four kids and there are so many fun things to do. I am still motivated and I know I can still deliver at the highest level. We will see what happens, what kind of offers come in and then I will make a decision. There is a good chance I will continue to live in Netherlands. I am not moving to some club in the desert, China or Turkey.feedback