ELIMED webinar series (4) – Value-based opposition against authoritarianism

Moderated by Ekrem Güzeldere of ELIAMEP, the fourth episode of ELIAMEP-Medyascope Media Series focused on “Value-based Opposition Against Authoritarianism” with Sezin Öney, Osman Sert and Özgür Mumcu Aybars as guests. 

The forth of seven-episode ELIMED webinar series, which is a media and information project presented by Center for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS) and supported by Mercator Foundation and German Federal Foreign Ministry, took place on 28 June.  

Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere who is a research fellow at Athens-based think tank ELIAMEP started the discussion by reminding the electoral loss of Hungary’s opposition and gave the stage to Sezin Öney. 

Having lived in Hungary for a long time, journalist and political scientist Sezin Öney claimed that the opposition’s joint candidate Peter Marki-Zay lost the general elections because his campaign, contrary to his campaign in the local elections, didn’t present notably different values than Orban’s. 

Research Director of the Ankara Institute Osman Sert argues that the Turkish opposition’s common ground of “reinforced parliamentary system” plays the key role bringing the ideologically different opposition parties together. He also defines this system as a mini constitution, noting that the draft document prepared by the “Table of Six” promises pluralism and democratic expansion. 

Özge Mumcu Aybars, who is a journalist and one of the founding members of the Uğur Mumcu Investigative Journalism Foundation, also underlined the role of reinforceded parliamentary system and the civil rights and freedoms it promotes.  

The third episode of ELIMED webinar series had focused on “The Role of Women in Turkey’s Public Life.”

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