Reassessing EU-Turkey relations


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

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EP starts debating: To Suspend or not all pre-accession funds…


 

Official suspension means the end of 600 million euros per year!

After a referendum granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers earlier this month, the European Parliament voices growing concern about the country’s bid to join the EU.

Since a controversial referendum earlier this month granted Turkey’s leader unprecedented powers, Ankara’s bid to join the EU has come under fire. The path Erdogan has chosen to close the door on partnership with the European Union. Turkey is going in the wrong direction. Anyone with their eyes open should be able to see that. Austria has called to scrap Turkey’s candidacy altogether. Others want to suspend the talks indefinitely, saying the country may still remain a candidate, even if its current government defies European values.

The European Union does not want to close the door on the Turkish people. At the same time cannot look the other way when they proceed on a course which is in the opposite direction of the process of European construction. There are millions of people in Turkey that do share the same European values, millions that do want the EU to remain the anchor for reforms in their country. And therefore don’t agree that in this Parliament who wants to scrap Turkey once and for all as an EU candidate country.

Some fear an abrupt end to the decade-long courtship may upset the latest deal with Ankara on refugees. Europe’s leaders are likely to make a decision this summer.

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee is set to start debating the traditional annual resolution on Turkey’s progress on 2 May. The draft resolution for 2016, prepared by rapporteur Kati Piri (S&D, NL), also calls on the EU “to suspend the accession talks with Turkey if the constitutional package is implemented unchanged”.

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Fate of EU – Turkey relations …


A new relationship is needed with Turkey !

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Batı Cephesi’nde (AB-Türkiye) Yeni Bir Şey yok!


Seç Beğen Al!

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The end of the era of Abdullah Gül to the CoE…


 

…and beginning of collapse of the President Erdogan

As far as future events are concerned, we have to say one thing very clearly. The introduction of the death penalty in Turkey would be the crossing of a red line. A country with an active death penalty cannot be part of the family in this Chamber and many people cannot imagine a country whose legislation includes an active death penalty being part of that family.

As far as future events are concerned, we have to say one thing very clearly. The introduction of the death penalty in Turkey would be the crossing of a red line. That leaves us no option but to act. Either we stand up for the values of the Assembly, or we “know our place” under the command of President Erdoğan.

The Turkish authorities are managing the post-coup period through brutal and disproportionate measures far removed from the values and norms of the Council of Europe.

Turkey is not looking after its own best interests. The new system of government in Turkey is unwise. Having a system in which the judiciary is not independent does not guarantee a good constitution. The issue of monitoring is, frankly, irrelevant.

What is important is that the Turkish State and the Turkish political classes take a clear and cool look at what sort of Turkey they want.

Eminent Turkish authorities says; the Venice Commission did not issue a legal opinion – it was a political opinion. We should reject that idea, because it was an opinion given by high constitutional jurists, and our Assembly’s task is to protect the Venice Commission. If we doubt the opinions of the Venice Commission, we might as well just quit.

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Avrupa ile ilişkilerde «Yol Kazası» :Türkiye yeniden mercek altında…


 

AKPM, 13 yıllık aradan sonra Türkiye ’deki demokrasi ve özgürlüklerin denetlenmesini kararlaştırdı!

The CoE Assembly (PACE) has voted to re-open the monitoring procedure against #Turkey, closed in 2004: 113 for, 45 against, 12 abstaining.

Turkish democracy placed on damaging watchlist by EU monitors.

Turkey’s chances of joining the EU were seriously jeopardised on Tuesday as the statutory organ of the Council of Europe degraded the country’s state of democracy, placing it under observation – a major criticism of the regression seen in Turkey’s democratic practices during the last few years.

Placing Turkey under monitoring means Europe considers Turkey to be non-compliant with the Copenhagen criteria, the rules on governance, economic standards and human rights that determine if a country is eligible to join the EU.

Ankara condemned the vote as politically motivated. [Full article]

Deciding to re-open the monitoring procedure on Turkey, a staunch defender of contemporary European ideals and values and a founding member of the Council of Europe, under the guidance of malicious circles at the PACE is a disgrace to this organ, which claims to be the cradle of democracy.

Such a decision leaves no choice to Turkey but to reconsider its relations with PACE. (MFA of Turkey)

[Full PACE Debate on Turkey]

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Türkiye Nereye?!


 

Quo Vadis Türkiye?!

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☪ Atatürk devrinde tahılla beslenen; incir, üzüm satarak geçinen Türkiye, ufku ve vizyonu itibariyle bugünkünden çok daha ilerideydi.

☪ Atatürk döneminde Avrupa’da demokrasi falan yoktur.

☪ Kanuni’yi sevmek için Atatürk’e düşman olmaya gerek yok.

☪ Okumadan yapılan siyaset tehlikelidir, belediyeciliğe benzemez. Teferruatın bilinmesi gerekir.

☪ Toplumun geri kalmışı, insanlarını yeteneğine göre değerlendiremeyen toplum demektir.

☪ İhtilâlle demokrasi öğrenmek marifet değildir.

☪ Bakana hırsız diyemiyorsan demokrasi yoktur.

☪ Bir toplum, iyi tarih yazıyorsa rafine bir toplum olur.

☪ En utanılacak yönümüz tarih yaptığımız halde tarih öğrenmemek, tarih yazmamak konusundaki cahilce ısrarlarımız.

☪ Besleyemeyeceği nüfusu üretmek çok ağır bedeli olan toplumsal bir hatadır. Zira, eğitilemeyen ve beslenemeyen göçmen kalabalıklar eninde sonunda marjinal cemaatlere dönüşürler.

☪ Şarktaki gibi her sokağın ötesinde bir başka cemaat, her kapının arkasında başka dil, her semtte ayrı bir din gibi şeyler görünmez. Muhtelif kavimlerin birlikte yaşama meselesi Akdeniz Ortadoğu toplumlarına hastır. Hindistan alt kıtasına hastır.

☪ Birbirlerini tanımayan, birbirlerinden şüphe eden kitlelerin bulunduğu yerde ne sulhüsalah yani barış, ne de onurlu bir eşitlik olur..

☪ İslam aleminde Türkler için bir model yoktur; çünkü biz modern bir dünyada muasır bir medeniyeti hem benimsemek, hem de onunla kavga ederek tarihimizi ve kimliğimizi korumak zorunda olan bir milletiz.

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