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People voted for a new constitution in Turkey last week. As a result, the president of the country gains much more power. The president’s opponents are saying that the election was fake.

The President of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has wanted a presidential system for his country for a long time. In the new presidential system, the president can decide many things by himself. The parliament in Turkey will become much weaker than before.

The vote was very close. Nearly half of the citizens voted no. Many people worry that Erdogan has become too powerful. They fear that Erdogan will become a dictator. A dictator is a leader of a country who has control over everything.

The opposition in Turkey also says that the election was fake. They claim many ballots were not in order. International observers also say that there were problems with the election.

 

 

Do you think your country is a true democracy?

 

 

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Brexit Process Begins

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It’s official. Soon, Great Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. Many people call Great Britain’s exit from the EU “Brexit.” It’s the first time for a country to leave the EU.

The country’s withdrawal will not take place immediately. Leaders from the UK and the EU still have a lot to discuss. They must decide on many rules for the exit. It will take two years to complete.

There are many controversial issues. For example, it’s not clear how much money Great Britain still owes to the EU. Politicians in the UK will have to rewrite many laws. People from other EU countries will no longer be able to live and work there without visas. New trade deals will have to be drawn up. And many people are now wondering if Scotland and Northern Ireland will try to leave the U.K.

Many EU politicians find it unfortunate that Britain does not want to stay. Some have even said that it’s a big mistake. President Donald Tusk of the European Union gave a speech to the press about the withdrawal. He called it a sad day and ended his speech by saying, “We already miss you.”

 
 

Was Brexit a good idea?
 
 

 
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Trump’s and Merkel’s Awkward Meeting

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On March 17 the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, met U.S. president, Donald Trump for the first time. Trump has been president of the USA since January 20th. The two talked about many things, for example about NATO. Trump wants Germany to pay more money for NATO. They also talked about fighting Islamic terrorism and the trade deficit.

During the election campaign last year Trump criticized Merkel several times. Specifically, he criticized her refugee policy. At the meeting in the White House, Merkel said it was better to talk with each other than about each other.

In one of the more awkward moments of the meeting, Trump appeared to refuse to shake hands with the German Chancellor. He did, however, shake hands with her when she arrived at the White House earlier.

 

What do you think about Trump's presidency so far?

 
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National Security Advisor Resigns

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An important politician has resigned in the United States. His name is Michael Flynn. Flynn was President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. The National Security Advisor is one of the most important foreign policy positions in the US.

Why was Flynn asked to resign? Before he became an advisor, he telephoned the Ambassador of Russia and later lied about that conversation. Flynn negotiated with the Russian ambassador on the phone, but at that time, Trump was not yet president, and Michael Flynn was not yet a member of the government. There is a law in the USA that says only the government is allowed to negotiate with other countries. That is why Michael Flynn had to resign.

President Trump is now looking for a replacement. Already, Trump’s first choice for a replacement has turned down the offer. His name was Robert Harward, a retired US Navy vice admiral.

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UPDATE: President Trump has chosen Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a military strategist, as his new national security advisor. (Monday, February 20, 2017)

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Will the United States Build a Wall?

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Donald Trump, the president of the USA, wants to build a wall. He wants to build this wall on the border with Mexico. His plan is causing much anger in Mexico and the U.S.

Currently, there is only a fence on some parts of the border between the two countries. The Rio Grande River makes up about half of the border.

The wall is supposed to stop immigrants. Many people come to the U.S. without permission from Mexico. Trump wants to prevent this.

Many questions about the proposed wall are still unanswered. For example, who will pay for its construction? Trump says Mexico will pay. The President of Mexico completely rejects this idea.

The wall will be 3,100 kilometers long. That is longer than the Danube, the longest river in western Europe.

There is much criticism about Trump’s plans. Many claim that the wall will put people at risk and tear families apart.

What do you think about the wall?

 
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