Monday, April 18, 2016
Atatürk’s vision, Turkey’s decision
Turkey’s President Erdoğan must see hypocrisy when Europe is at the table. Europe is begging Turkey for help with the migration crisis, speaking of values, but outsourcing its conscience to Turkey.
Many European politicians openly chastise President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his increasingly autocratic power play. Frankly, Erdoğan doesn’t really care. International pressure means little to him when he remains so popular at home, and some analysts observe this had led to a centralising doctrine twinned with a heavy handed use of the law against opponents, especially journalists.
It is Erdoğan’s dislike for a free press which undermines Turkey’s rule of law approach in the eyes of the European Union, and yet, the European Commission’s First Vice President Frans Timmermans is accused of failing to speak up against Erdoğan’s oppression of journalists and interference in the judicial system.