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A local COVID-19 political lexicon

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What was that slogan from the pre-COVID19 times: “Think global, act local” or so I suppose. The “acting global” bit should be a hard nut to crack for the self-isolated diplomats based in Ankara. I wonder how they, especially the representatives of the democratic countries, try to make sense and report the emphasis on “state-nation unity” in the fight against… – a virus. Or, for that matter, how they come to grips with the meaning of the religious chants blaring out of mosques every evening after dark. So on, and so forth.

These official guests of ours would probably also find themselves scratching their heads when the government forbids the citizens to show solidarity with their own municipalities as they would again probably do to figure out the interior minister’s accusation that the local governments try actually to become that: “Governments within the government.” But wait a minute: We don’t have a government per se anymore. Since we acceded to the new presidential regime, we just have appointed officials forming a cabinet.

Then again, when........

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