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    Will Syrians Help Erdogan Consolidate Power?

    The huddled masses are on board. After quelling an attempted military coup, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed a three-month “state of emergency” and vowed to restructure the military. But he might retreat from a pre-coup package of constitutional changes that would boost his power. It’s happening against a backdrop of an open borders policy that has allowed millions of Syrian refugees to deluge the country. But these fellow Muslims have integrated far better than they have in Europe, and Erdogan may enlist them as citizens — loyal to the leader who sheltered them.

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