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  1. Another in a succession of intriguing recent political events that has the potential to shape contemporary world history, was yesterday's constitutional referendum in Turkey. After last July's failed coup and subsequent declaration of an indefinite state of emergency that's been extended for a further 3 months, Turks yesterday went to the polls to vote, in essence, on the granting of presidential powers to the current incumbent of the Turkish presidency, Tayyip Erdogan, as well as other potential future leaders. Erdogan won which means he can potentially rule until 2029 providing he wins the necessary elections. Opinions? Is Turkey on the road to a dictatorship? What does this mean for European relations and ties between Turkey and the Middle East? Was the supposed coup a modern Kristallnacht designed to lend Erdogan a pretence under which he could strengthen his grip on Turkey? Or is he a patriot for putting his country's interests before any other foreign considerations, and democracy has had its day?