Mad chicken syndrome

Those who rule Turkey can be compared to mad chickens that despite waiting for a long time for their chicks to hatch ruin everything shortly before the end of the incubation period. All the hard labor is being wasted and hopes broken.

Instead of products, we get nothing in the end. The EU membership process, which Turkish authorities have cared about for many years to ensure that Turkey would become a European-style democracy, is one of these ruined eggs.

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Those who rule Turkey can be compared to mad chickens that despite waiting for a long time for their chicks to hatch ruin everything shortly before the end of the incubation period. All the hard labor is being wasted and hopes broken.

Instead of products, we get nothing in the end.

The EU membership process, which Turkish authorities have cared about for many years to ensure that Turkey would become a European-style democracy, is one of these ruined eggs.

This was one of the most exciting items on the government’s agenda a few years ago and it engaged in efforts to make progress in European capitals. A number of packages were drafted to raise our standards to the European level.

Even a specific ministry was set up to supervise the process. There was always a possibility that Turkey would not be admitted as full member, but Turkey did not pay attention to this.

As a result, Turkey met the Copenhagen Criteria and membership negotiations began.

Turkey had become a rising star in the world thanks to its democratic initiatives and as a result attracted a huge amount of foreign investment.

Civilian-military relations were normalized. It was time to discuss taboos in a free environment.

Torture was ended. We included European standards in different fields of our lives.

Even though we were not admitted as a member, we still gained a number of benefits in the process.

Abdullah Guumll, one of those who made efforts as foreign minister to ensure Turkey’s membership, made the following important statement during his presidency: Let us not pay attention to what is being said in Europe.

Even if they block the negotiation chapters, we should still do our homework because we are doing these reforms to raise the standards of our people, not for Europe.

Unfortunately, instead of sticking to this approach, the EU membership process was abandoned.

Negotiations were frozen. The Copenhagen Criteria were replaced by laws that were to turn the country into a police and intelligence state.

We moved away from Europe in the fields of law and media freedom The Justice and Development Party (AKP) administration and Recep Tayyip ErdoIan ruined everything they worked for before.

Turkey also lost an opportunity in its fight against military guardianship, which remained a huge obstacle to attaining democratic standards and caused a lot of problems by wasting the time and energy of the country for a long time.

The AKP was a target of the military guardianship in a number of instances including the party dissolution case, a midnight military memorandum, Internet motions, the Balyoz and Ergenekon cases and attacks against the Turkish Council of State. Confronting the military guardianship by reliance on legal measures as part of the EU membership and democratization process would also be helpful for civilians and the military establishment.

ErdoIan, who presented himself as a figure fighting against military guardianship and as an ardent supporter of the coup cases in the beginning, changed his mind after the De 17 and 25, 2013 corruption investigations and now presents these cases as plots against the military.

Even though mistakes were committed in the prosecutions, the errors could have been fixed in subsequent legal stages. However, by his statements and attitude, ErdoIan diluted the entire process.

We have come to a point that the chairwoman of the parliamentary Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission, Nimet BaI, drew attention to in a Zaman interview: Those who planned coups never expressed regret. In this new era, it is not those who plotted coups but those who exposed their plans, including Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Ccedilongar and Mehmet Baransu, that are being accused.

The historic opportunity was missed.

I am afraid that now the Kurdish issue may also be ruined.

The AKP administration took some risks in this process. The possibility that the war claiming thousands of lives would come to an end raised hopes.

Despite some objections and concerns over the methodology, settlement of this grave problem would have been a huge success. In addition to the issues related to democratization, ErdoIan’s statement that there is no such thing as a Kurdish issue and his criticisms over the government’s decision to set up a surveillance committee, reveal that there is now a risk of ruining everything that has been done to settle the Kurdish question.

Resolving serious issues requires seriousness and sincerity. We only ruin the eggs if we give up on our views on a daily basis.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN