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A two ways insult
by Thanos Kalamidas
2010-03-31 07:48:16
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Probably the wrong person but Angela Merkel said to Recep Tayyip Erdogan exactly what the rest of Europe wants to say but is not ready to say yet. Angela Merkel said to the Turkish Prime Minister that Turkey is not suitable for a full EU membership and should review an offer of a privileged partnership.

From his side the Turkish government reacted dismissing the proposal characterising it as an insult and in some sense it is an insult after all the trouble Erdogan’s government has gone through to change the situation in Turkey. But that rises a question, did Erdogan and his government did all they did and obviously still doing because of the EU membership or to benefit their own country? Was the Turkish society, the Turkish government and in general the Turkish administration so healthy that it didn’t need a change and all the changes happened because the bad Europeans demanded it? If the Turkish people can not understand that then the whole Turkish government’s attitude is an insult to anything democratic.

The Turkish state as it is now has made miracle improvements thanks to Tayyip Erdogan and his government but they are still far from considered a democratic country at least the way the western democracies are and Turkey wants to be one them. Even this Turkish financial miracle is a result of use a work force that literally works for a plate of food. The gap between rich and poor in Turkey is tremendous and there are whole parts of Turkey that education is an unknown word and modern life including basic like electricity is science fiction.

Human rights I presume is something that cannot be translated in Turkish, they don’t exist and ironically even today’s prime minister has been a victim in the past of human rights violation. Respect to minorities simply doesn’t exist, respect to people believes and religion in theory at least it was better during the barbaric Ottoman Empire than it is today. The Kurdish minority lives in hell in every sense and the Cyprus issue has unveiled the most imperialistic side of the Turkish status quo.

The war between Erdogan and the army that controls for decades every single hope and dream of the Turkish people is far from the end, it probably has just began. The army from an institution that could guard political balance and social stability has become the last decades the dirtiest part of the Turkish state and the most unbalanced sector of Turkey. Money laundry, drug connections, murder squads and Byzantine plots is all that identifies the army nowadays. In the meantime of course they play harassing – games with the neighbours just out of their superiority complex, games that could be proven dangerous when one of their neighbours decides to unite the rest and answer the same way.

The Turkish army has violate and rape the Turkish nation for decades and the only thing that still keeps them in power is and was corrupted governments and a corrupted bureaucracy they constantly control through bribes and blackmails. But as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said to the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, times have changed and most dramatically powers have change, interests have changed and Turkey is not the valuable ally it has been during the cold war. Now is a nation that endangers the good window Europe presents, an unstable and sometimes disloyal partner as the latest events with the invasion to Iraq has proven; a shaken market and a state with questionable future for its unity.

The EU membership was and still is the golden chance for the Turkish nation to excel itself and do the necessary steps to transform form a republic that rose from the Ottoman Empire to a modern democratic state. Is ironic to demand from Germany to educate the Turkish immigrant children the Turkish language and culture while it is forbidden in Turkey to teach the Kurdish language; it is ironic to talk about insults to Europe while not recognize a full EU member as equal and base an invasion army with settlers in European soil. It is tragic to have imperialistic agendas over a country that comes out of the ruins of an invasion and nearly a civil war and I’m talking about Iraq but most of all it is ironic to talk about rights in a country where you either obey or you find the highway to the midnight express.

This is what the Turkish people have to do, change their country, make it a modern democratic state and if they can become members of the European Union then even better but this should not be the aim but the extra motivation. And in that sense what the German chancellor said perhaps it came just on time to remind them what they are targeting, how hard work that is, how many more they have top do and how little they have done!

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Jack2010-03-31 13:39:07

Excellent article. I totally agree. Belonging to a Union is be in agreement with that Union and I think that neither Turkish leadership nor the Turk's themselves are in any union from which their actions loudly proclaim. Talking the talk is not enough, but to walk the talk. There is little democratic about this nation, unlike the remaining Union members, who have shown by their "walk" that they are in union with each other. Outstanding article Mr. Kalamidas.

Anastasios2010-03-31 18:45:16
Merkel has stated the obvious. It would be insane to open Europe's doors to that country, given its collective culture, economy, population, history and present-day behavior. I do not doubt that many Turks sincerely wish a European direction for their country, but the obstacles are there and will be there for many years to come. And yes the European vision could work to their long-term advantage regardless of admission.

Emanuel Paparella2010-04-01 06:21:48
There is however another side to the above argument. While it is true that Turkey needs to keep working on democracy and human rights to become a good fit for the EU, one ought not disregard the view that the EU too will only prove that it has rejected once and for all the confining exclusive walls of the nation state, for indeed even a confederacy remains a nation state of sort, albeit a super-state, when it is no longer afraid of embracing real diversity, inclusiveness, and multiculturalism. As it is, opposition to Turkish membership is building in the European Union, while nationalist antagonism to Europe’s prevarications and changes of mind is rising in Turkey. It is indeed intriguing that archconservative nationalists in both the EU and Turkey are the ones who are most vociferous about the undesirability of having Turkey join the union. On the EU’s side Turkey’s Moslem identity is misguidedly seen by these nationalists as a corruption of European cultural identity, while on Turkey’s side Europe’s Christian identity is seen as a Christian Club of sort with intolerant tendencies. Both are mistaken. But the fact remains that if the Union is to act as a catalyst for democratic change in the surrounding regions, and if it is to prove a means of bringing Islam into cohabitation with the Christian West, then it is hard to see among the Moslem nations a better candidate for inclusion than Turkey.

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