SHAFAQNA – An EU member aspirant Turkey has become a European political liability now that the inner nature of its brutal regime has come up to the surface, unveiling very undemocratic tendencies.
As Turkish President Recep Erdogan has worked to tighten his grip over Turkey, his human rights track record has become abysmal – a bleeding wound onto the Western world, as Western capitals have attempted to redact the brutality of Ankara’s policies vis a vis its people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussed freedom of the press on Sunday, following the seizure of Turkey’s largest newspaper by authorities, a German government spokeswoman said.
“You can assume that this topic was on the agenda during the most recent talks between the chancellor and the Turkish prime minister,” Christiane Wirtz told a government news conference on Monday, adding that they held talks on Sunday.
“Press freedom has very great significance to the German government,” she added.
Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday to disperse protesters outside the country’s biggest newspaper after authorities seized control of it in a crackdown on a religious group whose leader the government accuses of treason.
It is unlikely however the German Chancellor will have any real impact onto President Erdogan – especially since Ankara has given in to political blackmail to coerce and co-opt European capitals into acquiescence.
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna