What is the foreign powers’ take on developments in Turkey

Though neither official nor overt, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has long followed a two-faced set of foreign policies where the US and the EU are concerned.
When the AKP makes its oblique public references at rallies to and”foreign powers,and” people know exactly what it is talking about.
The two-facedness of the AKPand’s foreign policies is evident in Ankaraand’s public talk of how the US is a and”friendly, allied countryand” compared with its fierce whispers at home to supporters that and”the US is the andlsquosuperior intelligenceand’ force against which we are strugglingand’.and” Likewise, while Turkey maintains its push for full EU membership, it turns a deaf ear to warnings in the regular EU Progress Reports and criticism from Brussels on topics like democracy and media freedom. Perhaps more damagingly, while ignoring remonstrances from Brussels, the AKP government also assures its supporters at home that it sees the EU as a and”divisiveand” force, even one that and”supports terrorand” it tells its bedrock that this is part of what it is fighting against.
Now, if the US and the EU were really engaged in actions counter to Turkeyand’s interests, there would be little need for the AKP to and”secretlyand” oppose this. What is clear is that Ankaraand’s stance of and”opposition at homeand” to the US and the EU is rooted in its understanding that these assertions against the US and the EU are useful as arguments to wield when it comes to domestic affairs. And in fact, Ankara has everything it needs in the way of both and”domestic and foreign powers to blameand” in the shape of the Fethullah Gandulen movement and the Kurds at home and the US and the EU abroad.
Until today, the EU has bided its time, telling Ankara that itand’s and”watching with concernand” the undemocratic practices in Turkey these days. The statements we hear from Washington are not much different.
Although Washington has in fact been careful not to give the AKP too much material to use in its domestic politicking, the time has come for the US administration to start taking a stronger and clearer stance in the face of the and”single-manand” and and”single-partyand” regime thatand’s been built in Ankara.
In the run-up to the most recent election, the pressure against opposition media in Turkey was ramped up, with arrests and illegal impoundings of media entities like those that are part of Koza ipek Holding. With the election behind us now, the AKP has set its sights on other opposition media groups. In the coming days, Antalya is set to host the G-20 summit. Many now expect that in the days following the summit, the same media group of which Todayand’s Zaman is a part will also be impounded.
It is in light of the above that I have to wonder aloud just how long the US and the EU will be satisfied with simply saying that they are and”watching with worryand” as Ankara turns Turkey into what appears to be a country not much different from any Middle Eastern dictatorship.
All of which is why the stance taken by President Barack Obama at the coming G-20 summit will be crucial. Will Washington maintain the same rhetoric about a and”friendly, allied countryand” that we hear from the pro-government media when discussing the US? Or will it adopt an overt stance that any responsible global power should in the face of anti-democratic practices here in Turkey? We shall see.
While I certainly do not support any interventions by the US in Turkish domestic affairs, I also do not find it right or even ethical for Washington to stand by and simply watch as democracy is sacrificed up to the AKPand’s increasingly authoritarian one-man system. In this sense, the EU is no different to the US in terms of its responsibilities. After all, Turkey is still in pursuit of EU membership. And quite clearly, to attain this, Turkey must have a democracy that meets EU standards.
I wonder what Brusselsand’ take on last weekendand’s signature campaign by notable intellectuals in Turkey calling for the leadership to and”stand up for democracyand” was. The call was summarized by this one concise sentence: and”For the future of our country and our children, let us all stand up and back democracy, the supremacy of the law, human rights, and the freedom of the media.and”

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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