some of the impacts of the one child policy. Leaving aside the social and human effects, in purely economic terms the policy gave China a demographic dividend that has now gone into reverse. I don't properly understand why China didn't go the whole way and simply abolish all state imposed limits on family size. Given the impact the policy has had, it seemed appropriate to formally record its end.
The photo shows Mehmed VI, the last Ottoman Emperor, going into exile. The events that followed the end of the First World War saw massive change in the area that had been part of the Ottoman Empire, including the establishment of the modern Turkish state under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
It seems appropriate to mention all this now because of the unexpectedly strong showing of the AKP party in Sunday's Turkish elections. According to Turkey's Anadolu news agency, the division of seats in the 550-seat parliament is likely to be as follows:
- AKP (Islamist-rooted) - 316
- CHP (centre-left secularist) - 134
- HDP (pro-Kurdish) - 59
- MHP (far-right nationalist) - 41
Interesting simple analysis of the Turkish election results.