Political crisis brews in Turkey with ruling party facing ban

Turkey's Islamic-rooted government was elected last year with a huge majority, continues to bask in popular support, has raised living standards across the nation of 70 million - and will probably fall within a month. The strange state of affairs is not due to any internal revolt or opposition threat, but to a case in Turkey's Constitutional Court that seeks to ban the ruling party on charges of undermining secularism. With the court stacked with members of the secular elite, Turkey faces the likelihood of seeing its democratically elected government booted out by forces seeking to preserve the nation's democratic values. The consequences for Turkey's EU bid - and for stability in this strategically located country - could be grave.