Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Erdogan’s thirst for power


The past few years, Turkeys president Erdogan has taken many actions to increase his power. If you thought that Erdogan had reached the limits in gaining power for himself, you will be stunned to see what happened last weekend in Turkey.

The majority of the parliament in Ankara voted for a new draft of the constitution which contains much more power for the president. The new plans to change the constitution, called ‘reforms’, would significantly increase the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.[1] According to the new constitution, Erdogan could remain the ruler of Turkey until 2029. We could say he is effectively Turkish’ most powerful man since 2003 when he became prime-minister. These kinds of steps go against all democratic values Europe shares and Turkey was trying to implement.

What Erdogan is going to do with this power is rather clear: Islamic Turkish empire. He once expressed this ideology saying: ‘The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.’[2]

It seems that European ‘leaders’ are not interested in paying attention to the domestic policy of Turkey, as long as they can reach agreements with some of Turkey’s government representatives. They might think that agreements written on paper are the only issue in cooperation, but it would be more realistic and wise if the European leaders would look at the long-term effects, rather than focusing on just the short term ‘solutions’. Going further on the path of EU-membership negotiations would not make the situation in Turkey, nor in the EU any better. Therefore, it’s time to stop them immediately.