Fruitless accession talks should cease
Thursday, June 8, 2017
In this concluding article, we aim to take a deeper look at the assumed benefits of resuming accession talks with Turkey or the reasons for which they should cease.
Death penalty will end EU candidacy for Turkey
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
This week on Monday, a high-profile trial against more than 200 members of Turkish military started in Ankara. The defendants were arrested after the failed coup in July 2016 and charges of high treason and conspiracy to assassinate the president were brought against them. Outside the court building, people were asking for the death penalty for those on trial. If capital punishment was to be re-instated, EU accession talks would effectively end for good for Turkey.
Erdogan is Grandstanding to Western Democracy
Friday, May 19, 2017
This week, president Erdogan was welcomed at the White House by President Trump. Amid tensions regarding American support for Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Syria which greatly offends Turkey, the meeting was supposed to be a reiteration of mutual support nonetheless. It turned out to be a power play, a statement of assertiveness on Turkey’s part, both verbally and physically.
Turkey, EU candidate, persecutes religious minorities
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Once a proudly secular country with a majority Muslim population, Turkey is slowly slipping towards fundamentalism. The state of emergency instated post the failed coup in 2016 has just been extended and is giving way to gross violations of fundamental freedoms, freedom of religion among them. Article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union states: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.
On Turkey’s freedom of expression (or lack thereof)
Friday, May 5, 2017
Last year, Turkey imprisoned more journalists than any other country in the world. After the failed coup in July 2016, the state of emergency Erdogan imposed was specifically aimed at squashing dissident voices. The media took the hardest hit: more than 100 journalists arrested, almost 200 news outlets, TV networks, radio stations, newspapers and publications closed down; YouTube, WhatsApp and other social media were temporarily blocked.
Referendum fraught with irregularities
Monday, May 1, 2017
On April 16 the Turks cast the vote that fundamentally changes their country. 51.4% of the voters put a stamp of approval on constitutional changes that turn the country into a presidential republic and expand the role and powers of the president considerably. The changes would go into effect in 2019 and, if elected, would mean Erdogan remains in power until 2029.
Erdogan controls the European Turks via the mosques
Friday, April 14, 2017
The government of Turkey is officially represented in Europe by its embassies, consulates… and Diyanet, the governmental institution for Religious Affairs. This state body oversees all the Turkish mosques in Turkey and abroad. Turkish imams are being appointed by this organisation and Turkish citizens in EU have received campaigning materials for the AK party via this organization. Also for the referendum coming Sunday, Dutch inhabitants with a Turkish passport have received a letter from Erdogan himself.
Erdogan’s intimidation policy in Europe
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Erdogan is trying to eliminate opponents and to spread his message of nationalistic intolerance against all those who are not longing for a big Turkish empire like the Ottoman empire. He does this not just in Turkey but also in Europe.
Turkey fights European allies in Syria
Friday, March 10, 2017
It has been made clear before that Turkey is supporting the Islamic State (IS) during the civil war in Syria. Moreover, the Muslimbrotherhood and Hamas are among Turkey’s ideological partners. This is not only visible in remarks from AK politicians, but also in Turkish actions in the war in Syria. Meanwhile, European countries are closely working together with the Kurdish YPG to defeat IS in Syria.
Turkish referendum campaign in Europe
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
While opposition in Turkey itself is banned, silenced and prohibited, the Turkish government is using the right to campaign in Western Europe. And as always with communication from the AK Party side, the campaign and tone is very aggressive and anti-European.
EU-Turkey deal is not working
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The EU has given Turkey several billions of euro’s in order to get a grip on the situation with immigrants who are coming from the Turkish mainland to the Greek isles. The newest report from Amnesty International on the situation of refugees in Turkey shows again: this deal is not functioning.
Turkey’s friends are EU’s enemies
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Erdogan has friendly ties with groups that are considered terrorists by the EU. This alone should be a reason enough to put an end to the EU-Turkey accession talks. It clearly shows that terrorism has different definitions in the EU and Turkey and this can be a serious problem for the EU.
Erdogan’s thirst for power
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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.
Turkey on the Open Doors list
Friday, January 13, 2017
This week, Open Doors published their ‘World Watch List 2017’. On this list, 50 countries are ranked where Christians are suffering because of their faith. On place number 37, we find back a candidate member of the European Union: Turkey. Last year, Turkey was on number 45 of the list.
Turkish reaction to terrorist attacks
Monday, January 9, 2017
Turkey is facing somehow the same terror as Europe. For example, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was killed in Ankara during a terrorist attack on 19 December 2016. The shooter openly linked his act to the war in Syria and shouted ‘Allāhu akbar’ (god is the greatest). The Islamic State celebrated the death of the Russian ambassador. Just one and a half week later, 39 people were brutally killed in Istanbul. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for this act as well.
Collective and brutal punishment by Turkish authorities
Monday, December 12, 2016
Last week, human rights organisation Amnesty International released a shocking report regarding the situation in the eastern part of Turkey. Since there is no freedom of press in Turkey and foreign journalists are being excluded from the territories in the eastern part of Turkey, where many Kurdish people are living, there is hardly anything we know about the situation there.
An introduction to freedom first.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Turkey is of an enormous importance in this modern world. This is one of the many good reasons to have a good relationship with this country which is connecting the European- and Asian continent to each other.