AP Kararı’na Türkiye’den Tepkiler…


Reactions to the EP Resolution from the Turkish Side!

☪ AB’nin herhangi bir kurumu tarafından yayımlanan bir raporun güvenilir olması, içinde bizim faydalanabileceğimiz unsurlar olması gerekir. Eleştiriden çekinmeyiz. Hatta bu eleştiriden nasıl faydalanırız diye bakarız. Fakat maalesef bu karar böyle bir içerikten tamamen uzak.

☪ Bir iş birliği raporu değil. Eleştiri hayatın icabıdır. Raporun eleştirilerle birlikte ilerlemeye, beraberce iş yapmaya olanak sağlayan birtakım hükümler içermesi, birtakım imkanlar yaratmasını beklerdik. Bu bir sabotaj raporu, ilişkileri sabote etmeye dönük bir rapordur.

☪ Kararın, AB Komiseri’nin ülkemizi ziyaret ettiği ve her iki tarafın da ilişkileri geliştirmek için çaba sarfettiği bir döneme denk gelmesi ayrıca talihsizdir.

☪ Asılsız iddialara ve iftiralara dayanan bir karar söz konusu. Bu karar tarafımızdan yok hükmünde sayılmaktadır.

☪ AP’nin de eleştirdiği, yani demokrasi, insan hakları, temel özgürlükler ve hukukun üstünlüğü alanlarında Türkiye’nin ilerlemesini sağlamak, Avrupa değerlerine bağlı kalmasını temin etmek için en etkili araç ve yöntem üyelik süreci ve müzakerelerdir. Yeni fasılların açılmasıdır. Etkin ve inandırıcı bir müzakere süreci Türkiye’nin AB’ye her alanda yakınlaşmasını sağlamanın en etkili yoludur.

☪ It did not represent a binding decision and further highlighted that suspending negotiations would result in tremendous damage to Turkey-EU relations.

☪ In order to full advance in issues criticised by the EP such as democracy, human rights, fundamental freedoms and rule of law and for Turkey to progress and to be fully in line with European values, the most effective method would be to open new Chapters within the framework of the accession negotiations. An effective and credible negotiation process is the most efficient way in enabling the necessary rapprochement between Turkey and the EU.

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From EP to Erdoğan: You cannot sit and wait while situation in Turkey is deteriorating!


MEPs vote on plans to suspend accession talks with Turkey should controversial changes to its constitution go ahead.

☪ ⚠ ⛔ The Parliament speaks with one, clear and loud voice in condemning the Turkish government’s serious decline in democratic standards, and continues to support the Turkish population – millions of whom would like to continue to see the EU as an anchor for reforms in their country.

☪ ⚠ ⛔ Taking note of the outcome of Turkey’s recent referendum and the expansion of presidential powers, the resolution calls on the EU Commission and the EU national governments “to formally suspend the accession negotiations with Turkey without delay if the constitutional reform package is implemented unchanged.

☪ ⚠ ⛔ The resolution also recognises the importance of good EU-Turkey relations and maintaining a constructive and open dialogue, which is key to addressing common challenges, such as migration, security or terrorism. MEPs support upgrading the EU-Turkey Customs Union, asking for human rights and fundamental freedoms to be a part of a new agreement.

☪ ⚠ ⛔ The Parliament is planning to send an ad-hoc delegation to Ankara in the autumn with the aim of renewing parliamentary dialogue.

☪ ⚠ ⛔ The resolution was approved by 477 votes to 64, with 97 abstentions.


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Avrupa Parlamentosu’ndan Türkiye’ye…

Koşulları yerine getirmeden ilişkilerde ilerleme bekleme!


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Bye Bye «Old» Turkey…


Hello and Welcome to the Erdogan’s Charismatic Authority Rule!

☪ Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally secured the “iron throne” he sought for more than a decade. However, the way he achieved his final victory, and the political environment over which he will rule as the “one man” for the foreseeable future. Turkish President’s grip on power will become increasingly shaky.

☪ Turkish politics has become somewhat of a mix between a twist-rich drama and an action-packed thriller, attracting the full attention of global audiences. With the referendum of the April 16, Turkish politics, which would make HBO’s popular series Game of Thrones look like The Smurfs or Teletubbies, now entered a new phase: Erdoganocracy, or, rule by Erdogan. The referendum effectively ended the “old” Turkey’s parliamentarian regime, instead establishing a presidential system where the president faces little, if any, checks and balances on his power.

☪ His pragmatism knows no bounds: He would make Sun Tzu smile, and fill Machiavelli with jealousy. However, the house of cards he has built is a very fragile one. Erdogan’s final victory, in this sense, may eventually defeat him. So, what happens to Turkey if that day comes? Nothing is for certain but one fact: With the referendum, Erdogan finally broke the “old” Turkey, and it is never coming back.


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Reassessing EU-Turkey relations

It’s time to take a new direction and new beginnings?!


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Journalists are under threat in Europe!


Unwarranted interference, fear and self-censorship in Europe (2017)

☃ Freedom of expression is one of the basic conditions for the progress of society. Without safeguards for the safety of journalists there can be no free media.

☃ Different forms of violence against journalists have increased significantly over the last decade: from physical attacks, to intimidation and harassment, targeted surveillance and cyberbullying, we now see a range of tactics deployed to silence critical voices and free speech. Together with impunity for the perpetrators of unwarranted interference on journalists, these are among the most serious challenges facing media freedom today. Self-censorship is hardly surprising in such circumstances.

☃ This study, conducted among almost 1 000 journalists and other news providers in the 47 Council of Europe member states and Belarus, sheds new light on how these issues impact on journalists’ behaviour. The results of the study provide quantitative evidence on such unwarranted interference, fear and how this relates to consequent self-censorship. These striking results confirm the urgent need for member states to fully implement Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)4 on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors, and represent an essential and reliable tool for strategic planning in this field to guarantee freedom of expression.

☃ Journalists could provide information about a maximum of three countries. 78% of participating journalists provided information about their work reporting from the European Union and non-EU Western European countries; 24% from Eastern European countries; 23% from South-East European countries; 6% from South Caucasus countries; and 13% from Turkey.

En Europe, les journalistes sont exposés à la violence, aux intimidations et à l’autocensure


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Referendum in Turkey: European & International Reactions…


Türkiye’deki Referandum: Tepkiler!

☔ The EU institutions awaiting the assessment of the OSCE/ODIHR International Observation Mission, also with regard to alleged irregularities.

☔ This is yet another decisive step away from Europe. Erdoğan has closed his doors to the EU with this referendum. The EU accession talks should be suspended.

☔ Erdoğan is increasingly turning Turkey into a personal authoritarian regime. This is a sad day for all democrats in Turkey. In an unfair election environment a very narrow majority has endorsed a constitutional change that will give president Erdoğan unchecked powers. With such a constitution, Turkey cannot join the EU.

☔ Erdoğan’s strategy was to insult journalists, Kurds, the opposition, dissenters and even EU countries and to declare them enemies. This made him look like a strong man and close ranks behind him. This referendum took place under unfair conditions: the governing AKP abused the state of emergency to block, threaten and ban opponents.

☔ The result is a devastating blow to democracy in Turkey. The EU must now make clear that it stands on the side of those who, despite intimidation and prosecution, have stood up for democracy.

☔ Despite this result, now is not the time to turn our back on Turkey. We must continue a critical dialogue if we are to hope to influence developments in the country for the better.


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