Political WorldView Podcast: UK’s Election and Turkey’s Referendum

EA’s Political WorldView podcast is back after an Easter break to catch up with the whirlwind of political change.

This week we cross from one side of Europe to the other. First, it’s a deep dive into the surprise announcement of a UK general election by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, with guest Mark Goodwin joining regulars Adam Quinn, Christalla Yakinthou, and Scott Lucas of the University of Birmingham.

Is there any hope for opposition, be it from an embattled Labour Party, the Scottish Nationalists, or the Liberal Democrats? And what does this mean for Brexit from the European Union?

Then it’s over to Turkey for last week’s referendum that — barely — gave more power to the President. Is “dictatorship” a label too far now for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. Turkey Attacks Christian Town In Syria!
    Urgent Plea for Support
    Will the world be silent again?
    We have been informed by our people in Syria that today (25 April) Turkish warplanes have been attacking the area around Derik. We heard that there are many casualties.
    Turkey also attacked Shengal (Sinjar Mountain) in Iraq the home of the Yazidis
    Derek is a Christian town which is part of The Federation of Northern Syria where Kurds, Arabs and Syriac-Assyrian Christians live and govern together and defend together themselves against ISIS.
    The Christians in Derik have been part of the fierce resistance against ISIS. They now live in freedom thanks to the freedom of religion in The Federation of Northern Syria that is defended by the SDF.
    Our urgent plea to the US, EU and global Christian community is to demand an immediate end to the Turkish attacks on our people. Will the world just sit down and wait until we all are killed and driven away? No country provided our people with arms and they hardly received any political support from any country. Thanks to that Turkey feels that it can do this to us and the Yazidi’s.
    Do our people not deserve peace and security? We do no longer ask for prayers, we ask for real support. If support does not arrive, if these attacks are not stopped no prayer will help us anymore.
    Please contact your MP, Congressman, senator, MEP and Government and support our cry for real help. We urge President Trump and the European Council to end the genocide against our people and the Yazidi’s.
    Contact information USA:
    Robert Ozgun
    Head of Foreign Affairs
    Mobile : +1 201 916 9481
    e-Mail : robertozgun@hotmail.com
    Contact Information Europe:
    Metin Rhawi
    Head of Foreign Affairs
    Mobile : +46 70 956 04 44
    e-Mail : metin.rhawi@esu.cc
    https://www.european-syriac-union.org/news-reader/turkey-attacks-christian-town-in-syria-108.html 4/25/2017

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