Turkey reaches out to EU while embracing Islamicization
Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: Not even the Turks seem very upbeat about their government’s application to join the European Union.
Only about 33% of them now think it’s a good idea, down from more than 70% in 2005, when talks began.
From European nations, the silence is deafening. They remain nervous about letting in a Muslim country, with a history of repression of minority groups, most notably Kurds. There are also worries about freedom of the press — more than 70 journalists are in jail, most just for doing their jobs.
Then there’s the spectre of the creeping Islamization under way under the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seen by many as a latter-day sultan. (continue reading...)