Πέμπτη, 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Turkey Can Improve Democratic Record for EU Bid


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan attend a joint news conference in Ankara, Feb. 25, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Altan Burgucu)

ANKARA Turkey — Turkey’s effort to join the European Union is still far from being realized. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has justifiably expressed his frustration with this, which was set as a state policy since more than a half-century ago. As he is, however, openly lambasting the country’s past at any given opportunity, starting from the military coups to the generals' role in policy-making; from the alleged state restrictions that prevented pious Muslims like him from practicing Islam to the previous governments’ economic failures, the Europeans take even a more critical look at Turkey — coupled with all of the things that Erdogan has been critical about this country’s past as well as the size of its population, belonging to a different culture, tradition and religion.


Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/02/turkey-eu-bid-issues-human-rights-democracy.html#ixzz2MDzETPuC

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