Turkey On The Agenda In Germany

As if Turkey’s membership talks weren’t already under enough pressure from the French referendum, today we have the suggestion that a change of government in Germany will only serve to complicate the picture even further.

Turkish newspapers wrote of “bad news for Turkey’s EU entry” and a “political tsunami in Germany”, after the defeat of the ruling Social Democrats in the poll in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The opposition Christian Democrat CDU would campaign against Turkish membership of the EU in the run-up to the federal election in the autumn, Matthias Wissmann, a senior CDU parliamentarian and chairman of the parliament’s Europe committee, told FT Deutschland on Monday.

“We’ll tell the people that the chance that Turkey becomes a full member of the EU is much, much lower under a CDU-led government.” He added: “Of course Germany cannot on its own decide about [Turkish] membership but Germany’s weight within the EU means that a change in the German position should lead to a change in the EU’s position.”

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5 thoughts on “Turkey On The Agenda In Germany

  1. He added: ?Of course Germany cannot on its own decide about [Turkish] membership but Germany?s weight within the EU means that a change in the German position should lead to a change in the EU?s position.?

    Of course Germany can decide on its own to block Turkish membership. All member states agree and if the German government says no,(or is the Brat blocks the accession treaty) that’s it.

  2. “Of course Germany can decide on its own to block Turkish membership”.

    That’s the way it is now, but subsequently it will depend on how the constitution debate evolves, although here I am not optimistic. Of course it’s one thing having the right to a veto, and another thing using it, since otherwise someone else can exercise their veto on something you want etc etc and the whole thing comes to a standstill. (Again, that is what *some* of the ‘no’ voters evidently want). The result of all this is all that ‘horse trading’ that so many evidently dislike.

  3. True enough. Someone else can exercise their veto on something you want, as you say. But in fact there’s no significant civil society support for Turkish membership in any EU member state, so it’s difficult to see Germany being punished for vetoing Turkish entry.

  4. In fact, today there are reports about blocking the entry of Romania and Bulgaria made by an opposition member of the european affairs comitee in the papers.

  5. By now, you have received my many attempts at your letter to the editor regarding my ?Turkey and EU? letter and decided not to publish it for whatever reasons that you may have.

    However, the majority of the Turks, at home and abroad, share my views of EU as a racist entity whose roots of hate can be traced to the historic Ottoman conquests, and that Turkey must separate herself from an unfriendly, cold and outright hostile EU while solidifying its relations with Israel and the USA.

    Trough a referendum, by rejecting the proposed EU constitution, the French and German voters have shut the door on Turkey’s face while leaving Turkey no choice but to treat EU as an hostile entity at it?s borders. Subsequently, in a swift response to this rejection of the proposed new constitution for the EU, Turkey must withdraw its EU membership application and develop its own nuclear arms to survive in a region surrounded by a hostile Christian Europe (which includes a borderline with Turkey?s morbid/mortal enemy Greece), Russia, Armenia, the Kurds and other fellow Muslim countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria, which has undermined Turkey?s operations in the region while enabling Armenian and Kurdish insurgencies from their borders since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
    Turkey must, must start its own nuclear arms program, as they are unwanted in a hostile Europe and surrounded by many enemies in an area of constant unrest and turmoil. This is an issue vital importance and plain survival.

    Lastly, I want to point out the gross hypocrisy which is very typical of EU.

    But before, let me say that just like all other nations around the world and in EU, Turkey too has it?s own domestic problems-mainly with human rights violations. Turkey has been addressing these problems in order to join the EU, yet we all know this is not the real issue here.

    The real issue behind EU?s reluctance in welcoming Turkey to the EU is the racist depiction of the Turks as some subhuman barbarians passed from one generation to the next, and the historical grudge which comes from the fall of Constantinople, Capitol of Christianity ( a gigantic European blunder / failure and consequently an embarrassment to whole Christian world) and the Ottomans? attempts at expansionism while destroying Europe.

    Well, my question is why is today?s modern Turkey is the only nation held responsible for decisions and acts of atrocities committed in the past against Europe?

    Historically, I believe Europe?s worst enemy has been Europe itself. Europe?s history is full of wars and atrocities committed by European countries on fellow European countries, brother Christians slaying brother Christians, and yet this seems not to be a factor among many of the nations already accepted into the EU.

    Why is there such a double standard?

    Who can forget the biggest genocide the world has witnessed, committed by the Germans against defenseless Jewish civilians, and against humanity, captured by the blood curdling films and pictures ? And the deadly German assaults all over Europe, nearly destroying Europe and Russia in the name of a master race?

    How about the German U-boats sinking passenger ships in the Atlantic: The sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania in 1915?
    The ship sank in 18 minutes, with a lost of 1,195 of the 1,959 on board, including 123 Americans. The lost of the Lusitania provoked great outrage in the United States and helped America to join the war. It also marked the end of any delusions that the ?civilized? manners of 19th century warfare could survive into the 20th.

    Does Molotov-Ribbentrop pact ring a bell? Let me remind you. The pact gave Germany permission to invade Poland in exchange for Soviet domination over Finland and the Baltic?s-and denying that Baltic states were occupied; it is also again trying to gloss over the massacre of Polish troops at the Katyn Forest in 1940 and rapes of hundreds of women by soldiers in the territory liberated by the Red Army (from New York Times 5/05).

    So, by EU?s own ethics and standards, Germany, the least likely of all nations to qualify for EU, is now the most influential and outstanding member of the EU. While forgetting her own bloody history, most of Germany is against the Turkish membership, and while France constantly talks about the ?Ottoman destruction? of Europe, they conveniently forget ?Europe?s destruction of Europe.?

    Here is my letter ?Turkey and EU? again:

    After years of trying to win favor with the European Union (EU), Turkey stands at a crossroads. While admission into the Union would benefit both the EU and Turkey, the EU still has not set a real date to begin negotiations on Turkey?s membership application.

    For an organization that requests its members to modify their religious, cultural and historic identities, the European Union itself has a very suspicious civil rights record. The recent French banning of scarves and other religious symbols from schools and businesses is a good example and is contrary to the liberty that French President Chirac said he hopes to preserve. The EU also has not been able to stream the tide of Neo-Nazi groups like the skinheads rampaging throughout Europe. Perhaps the time has come to examine the true mission of the European Union and for Turkey to stop trying to join a conglomerate of hate.

    Turkey must learn from her mistakes, make a move to promote a stronger nation and improve relations with the U.S.A. and Israel. Many of the EU conditions imposed on Turkey are unfair, unreasonable, and undermine the integrity and mission of Turkey; leaving them vulnerable to enemies they have not engaged in war with more than 75 years.

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