Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) say they wish to push for a new constitutional system, arguing that the current document has, according to one presidential aide, “lost its essence and become full of details”.

Yet while constitutions tend to use broad strokes to outline how a government should operate, in a pluralistic society they also require the detail that only a codified bill of rights can provide. Read more