Turkey has plunged into a political crisis after the army threatened to intervene against the Islamic-rooted government and up to a million people staged an anti-government rally in Istanbul. Turkish financial markets tumbled and the European Union and the United States called for a democratic resolution to the crisis. Some European commentators said the incident indicated that Turkey was proving itself unsuitable for accession to the European Union.
Secularists fear that Prime Minister Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul want to erode Turkey’s strict separation of state and religion. Many protestors accused the government of planning to establish an Islamic state and criticized it for failing to consult the opposition over its choice for president. Turkey’s army, which has toppled three governments since 1960, warned it may not allow a candidate with Islamic roots to be president.
Information from Der Spiegel, Germany