EU’s Turkey coverage: cowardly appeasement, dirty discounts and sheer falsehoods

One more European Council meeting has absent by, with the EU as disoriented as at any time vis-à-vis Turkey, and Turkey as assertive and arrogant as ever vis-à-vis Europe.

The EU has extended categorized Turkey as a “third country” with which it employs transactionalism as its modus operandi. Likewise, it has long categorized Turkey as a nation, which should remain at any price inside of NATO’s sphere of impact.

This new paradigm that steers relations in the submit-candidacy era, is clearly devoid of a value-primarily based and guidelines-dependent conversation.

Irrespective of this truth, the EU continues to shell out lip provider to rules, as in the circumstance of Ankara’s disputes with neighbouring member states Cyprus and Greece. It also continues to pay out lip service to shattered values, in other text enormous human rights’ violations and the dissolution of the rule of regulation in Turkey.

But the lip provider is normally outmoded by a feeling of “self-service”, ranging from the NATO membership very important, the 2016 “Refugee Deal”, the economic stakes of EU corporations in Turkey, thanks to the anxiety of an implosion which would direct to colossal disruptions in the region at substantial.

The magic recipe, combining the lip service and the self-support, is appeasement, wishy-washy deals, packed in formulation, which are repeated once yet again in the council conclusions of June 25th.

Or for that issue, in the conclusions – detailed in 79 factors – of the modern NATO Summit, which took place on June 14th.

It was appalling to recognize that many points of the conclusions were in contradiction with the behaviour of Ankara, be it respect for the rule of legislation, relations with other NATO customers or actions in opposition to the alliance’s military services and political integrity, as viewed in its ongoing flirtations with Moscow.

Allow us go as a result of some of the news previous the European Council meeting:

Turkey’s Constitutional Court docket accepted an indictment to shut down the second main opposition get together of Turkey, professional-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Get together (HDP), which was backed by the votes of about 6 million citizens of Turkey in the last parliamentary elections in 2018.

The indictment needs a 5-yr long political ban of 451 active politicians of the HDP.

Ankara also declared the Aegean as “a zone for military services education, just after diplomatic initiatives to persuade Greece to reverse training course failed”. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is trumpeting now a so-termed two-point out answer in the ethnically divided island of Cyprus, and is making ready for the opening ceremony of a military services airbase in the Turkish occupied north of the island on July 20, the anniversary of the 1974 Turkish armed forces operation. Meanwhile, will work to re-create the forbidden zone of occupied Varosha on the island carry on unabated.

Ankara recently turned down a single of the essential conclusions of the Second Berlin Conference on Libya on June 23rd, which had identified as for the rapid withdrawal of “all overseas forces”.

All-around the same time the President of the European Fee Ursula van der Leyen tweeted:

“Good conversation with President, prior to the EUCO on Thursday. We talked about the state of EU-Turkey relations, COVID19, Trade and the Customs Union, the problem in the jap Mediterranean, migration and developments in Afghanistan.”

She was referring to the previously mentioned-outlined European Council.

So, the president of the European Fee talked with Turkey’s “dictator,” explained as this sort of by the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, referring to Erdoğan’s defiance on nearly anything and everything that have to do with European values, ideas, norms and requirements.

Flawlessly in line with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, who is German herself, and her consultant in Ankara, Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, parrot the posture of Germany, a place that has slowly and gradually become the trademark of EU-Turkey relations.

This position is effective to appease and avoid angering the dictator, fake that his tactical moves in Aegean and the jap Mediterranean are ample sufficient to interact with his routine, disregard his other external abuses in Iraq, Libya and Syria, pay out lip-company to regime’s domestic abuses, keep the region within just NATO at any price, commerce as much as feasible and, give the fake perception that Turkey is nevertheless an EU spouse, worthy of engaging with on concerns like the revision of Customs Union and even worth planning for membership.

A “masterpiece” in the same line has just lately been penned to explain this plan by the Point out Secretary of the German Federal International Office environment, Miguel Berger, in which he very obviously describes EU’s yardsticks to engage with Ankara regime: The armed service de-escalation in the Aegean and the jap Mediterranean and the continued policing of Turkey’s borders to hold the refugees in the state.

The relaxation, particularly the huge human rights’ abuses and the dissolution of the rule of regulation are pushed aside. The author overtly “regrets of owning been obliged” – in Germany’s capacity of chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – “to contact on Ankara to respect the rulings of the European Court docket of Human Legal rights.”

This a person is definitely a will have to-browse piece!

Alas for Miguel Berger, even though Berlin is gratifying Ankara for behaving on the seas,  it indirectly encouraging its “best pal” stance to sustain its bellicose actions by delivering sophisticated armament to Ankara. Without a doubt when Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos questioned his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to suspend the arrangement for 6 form-214 submarines constructed by Thyssen, his ask for was flatly rejected. 

Permit us go by way of some extra concrete examples of EU’s dystopic words and erratic deeds regarding Turkey:

In Ankara, the delegation of the EU, headed by Meyer-Landrut, previously a major aide to Merkel, now seconded to EU Exterior Providers by the German Federal Foreign Business office, saved repeating that “Ankara is even now a prospect nation.” Consequently, Berlin’s CDU/CSU governmental action strategy for September elections has at the time again been affirmed:

“Turkey’s entire membership to the EU cannot be realized with us. Rather, we motivation a very near partnership agreement”.

Meyer-Landrut’s workplace in Ankara is indeed concerned in a series of absurd initiatives with the Turkish forms, this kind of as the marketing of an different dispute resolution in Turkey released on June 10. The task aims to help the successful implementation of alternative “dispute resolution” methods in get to lower the substantial backlog in the Turkish judiciary, when in actuality the total judicial method is subordinated to the strongman! 

A different dystopic endeavour, amongst lots of other individuals, was the “Technical Support Venture for Expanding Ethical Consciousness amid Elected and Non-Elected Nearby Federal government Officers,” whilst the regime is the sole appointer of all civil servants, on the foundation of not merit but sheer loyalty!

And when the nation is shaken each and every working day by waves of revelations and allegations of corruption, embezzlement, illicit financing or misappropriation by public officials.

At the closing ceremony of this ridiculous venture, Meyer-Landrut cynically uttered the adhering to:

“We connect wonderful value to this challenge, as we imagine in the vital purpose the Council of Ethics plays in embedding ethics and combating corruption in the community administrations”.

Just one definite result of the EU’s undertaking, as a issue of point, is the overall deficiency of ethics, incorporating insult to injuries!

Ultimately, listed here are three very problematic sentences from the conclusions next the European Council conference of June 25.

“The European Council condemns and rejects any attempt by third countries to instrumentalise migrants for political uses,” it suggests in the 13th paragraph.

This is a immediate reference to Ankara’s use and abuse of refugees devoid of mentioning it. Nevertheless, this paragraph didn’t reduce the EU to go ahead with supplemental money to Ankara (circa 3.5 billion euros). 

In paragraph 24: “The European Council calls for development on the inclusive and Libyan-owned political dialogue and for the withdrawal with no hold off of all foreign forces and mercenaries.”

It is by now very effectively recognised that, the primary stumbling block prior to the withdrawal of international forces and mercenaries is Ankara’s refusal to withdraw its forces.

On paragraph 16: “…it can take observe of the get started of perform at technical degree to a mandate for the modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union and recalls the will need to deal with latest troubles in the implementation of the Customs Union, ensuring its helpful application to all Member States”.

This is the most mocking selection. Even if by wonder the modernisation is completed at the close, Ankara’s software of the Customs Union to the Republic of Cyprus – which Turkey does not recognise – remains out of concern. 

When it comes to Turkey, as very well as other autocracies, the EU “self-importantly” vacillates among a cowardly appeasement, filthy bargains, sheer falsehoods and utter cynicism.

This is a fairly indigestive result offered what Josep Borrell, the male in demand of the so-known as “EU’s international policy”, utilized to say:

“EU need to establish appetite for power”!


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