Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Turkey gets stuffed




The EU foreign ministers have unanimously decided to freeze Turkey's EU accession negotiations in eight chapters in agreement with the European Commission’s recommendation. The future now looks increasingly bleak for Turkey’s EU bid.

Addressing members of his ruling party on Tuesday in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the way the European Union is treating EU hopeful Turkey was “unfair.”
Turkish Justice Minister and government spokesman Cemil Cicek told reporters in Ankara that the European Union’s aim was the continuation of Turkey’s modernization project and that patience was required throughout the process.EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn, who seemed pleased with the council’s decision, expressed that Turkey’s EU membership will show that Islam, the second biggest religion in Europe, is in harmony with European values such as democracy and human rights. An approach not likely to "win hearts and minds" in rural Austria or the Greek islands.

Turks increasingly view the EU with a large dose of suspicion and contempt (like many Europeans do). They are, however, much impressed by Emily Blair’s firm defence of Turkish interests in the EU accession process...while loathing him passionately for his disastrous adventure in Iraq with George W.

Interestingly, Nobel Prize winning author, Orhan Pamuk is mulling an entry into politics, or so the rumour mill goes. Good luck to him, politics in Turkey is a particularly brutal contact sport.

While perhaps more strangely, some Social Democrats and (former?) Islamists are apparently thinking about forming some kind of Centre-Left party with a "Muslim identity".....
Perhaps Blair will sign up for it- The Third Way meets the Green Way. Whatever next?

6 comments:

Colin said...

Thank you, Istanbultory, for this intersting article and for informing us about the plans for a Centre-Left party with a "Muslim identity"......

Naturally, any ideology of robbery such as socialism may be proposed for the entire globe (e.g. all workers, poor etc.) or restricted to a certain group (e.g. ethnicity, nation, religion asf.).

The results of different combinations are known as statism, socialism (aka communism, social democratism, welfarism), racism, nationalism, national socialism (aka fascism), christian socialism ...

Since socialism and Islamism are the two most prevalent movements of the Western and the Islamic world, a combination thereof is likely to become a new religion. But why are socialists and Islamists forming alliances?

Because each movement hasn't been successful on their own and in pursuit of their dream is willing to combine their efforts believing that together they are stronger and hoping to have a better chance of grabing power and the booty.

It seems that this might happen in Eurabia leading to its economic decline and making China and India once again the leading civilizations of the world. A place they rightly held for many centuries.

Voyager said...

Without the Eu to protect them perhaps Turkey will be more circumspect in antagonising the Russians with these forays into Central Asia.

It is clear that most of Christendom would prefer the Turks to return to their position c.1070 AD but the Russians are getting very touchy about the Caspian Sea and oil pipelines so if Shell has been forced to buckle under Russian intimidation, maybe Turkey will see just how displeased the SVR can be if they continue fishing with Iran in Central Asia

Anonymous said...

Let's hope Pamuk isn't considering a foray into politics. Just because you can make your voice heard, it doesn't mean you cut the mustard for public office.

The real news is that Hakan Sükür, no less, is thinking of entering politics. Good lord...

Voyager said...

“unfair.”


what a splendid word in international negotiations.......so they do comnduct themselvs like children who have been denied another bottle-feed

Voyager said...

Since socialism and Islamism are the two most prevalent movements of the Western and the Islamic world, a combination thereof is likely to become a new religion

I thought it was called Baathism

Anonymous said...

As much as I loathe it. To see the Left's twisting on anti-imperialism and islam I would suggest you read the post on Lenin's tomb.