The Looming End To The Western-Turkish Alliance

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The Looming End To The Western-Turkish Alliance

Post by Irn Bru on Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:04 pm

By Alon Ben-Meir

The growing tension between Turkey and its Western allies, which was further heightened during the Obama administration, is narrowing the space for cooperation between the two sides and in fact is progressively worsening. Erdogan’s hope that he and President Trump would improve their ties as members of NATO has dramatically diminished. Washington and the EU still deeply disagree with Ankara on a host of issues, which are unlikely to be resolved on a mutually gainful basis any time in the foreseeable future.

Turkey’s growing retreat from Western values may have already reached a point of no return. Erdogan has removed Turkey from the Western orbit and set the alliance on a collision course. The falling-out is attributed to the following troubling developments over the past several years.

The most daunting disagreement between the US/EU and Turkey is Erdogan’s systematic destruction of every democratic pillar in his country, including gross human rights violations, closing major media outlets, jailing scores of journalists, and forcefully quelling peaceful demonstrations. In particular, Erdogan exploited the July 2016 attempted military coup to incarcerate tens of thousands of educators, judges, military personnel, lawyers, and anyone else he chose to accuse of plotting against the government. Sadly, the West’s public reaction to Erdogan’s onslaught on human rights was largely underplayed out of concerns that Turkey is still an ally and actively involved in the fight against ISIS.


You can read the rest of his article here...

http://alonben-meir.com/

If Edogan gets his way then Turkey can say bye bye to joining the EU and British and western holiday-makers choosing Turkey as their choice for a holiday.

He has to be stopped, surely?
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Post by Sassy on Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:15 pm

Can he be stopped though, he seems to have a very firm grip on Turkey.
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Post by Irn Bru on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:10 pm

Sassy wrote:Can he be stopped though, he seems to have a very firm grip on Turkey.

There's a constitutionall referendum later this month where Erdogan is seeking additionall powers to do what is oulined in the article. seemingly it's close call but lets hope the electoriate see sense and reject him.

http://www.voanews.com/a/turkey-targets-social-media-before-tight-referendum/3796333.html

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Post by Sassy on Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:41 pm

Up to 100 Dutch citizens 'prevented from leaving Turkey after criticising President Erdogan'

Move comes after dispute between nations over cancelled rallies ahead of referendum


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/dutch-citizens-turkish-descent-not-leave-recep-tayyip-erdogan-turkey-holiday-see-families-president-a7670781.html



Doesn't bode well does it?
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