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Will Turkey abandon EU membership dreams permanently?

Will Turkey abandon EU membership dreams permanently?
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Turkey can’t abandon the Western alliance, because over the years it has developed an umbilical cord to Western capital and goods markets.

The EU is deeply concerned about the human rights violations that are occurring with increasing frequency in the process of the purge, such as the arrest of journalists and the alleged mistreatment of coup-plotting officers under custody.

Turkey’s post-coup crackdown is slowly reaching every nook and cranny of the society, from soldiers, to academics and journalists to neurosurgeons.

The latest tally indicates that more than 60,000 people have been sacked or suspended, while about 11,000 have been arrested and 19,000 detained for investigation for potential links to the presumed perpetrator of the coup, Fethullah Gulen and his religious order, the Gulenists, or the Hizmet network.

According to an article published on Al Jazeera:

Uncertain times

A danger lurks around the corner. The Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) effort to cleanse the society of Gulenists is causing a deterioration in relations with the United States and the European Union, which might lead to a confidence crisis among investors and creditors.

There is little doubt among Turkish citizens that the Gulenists organised and largely executed the putsch.

Ankara demands his speedy extradition from the US. Yet, the American mind, wherein the church and the state comfortable and peacefully co-exist, refuses to countenance the possibility that a moderate Islamist preacher who has served as a paragon of education and interfaith dialogue most of his life could orchestrate a rebellion against the state, much less erect a parallel, clerical state within the secular one.

It looks like Ankara’s demand for extradition will be stymied or take years to process.

While the AKP government didn’t spell out what its retaliation for the US’ foot-dragging would be, re-evaluating its relationship with NATO or barring coalition jets from the Incirlik airbase is widely discussed in the pro-AKP press.

Turkey can’t abandon the Western alliance, because over the years it has developed an umbilical cord to Western capital and goods markets.

The EU is deeply concerned about the human rights violations that are occurring with increasing frequency in the process of the purge, such as the arrest of journalists and the alleged mistreatment of coup-plotting officers under custody.

The EU authorities also told Ankara in no uncertain terms that the reintroduction of capital punishment of putschists would trigger immediate suspension of accession talks.

The talk in pro-AKP press is to abandon EU membership dreams permanently, and to craft a strategic alliance with Russia, which has already normalised relations after Erdogan’s apology for the downed jet; and is trying to ply Turkey away from the West with lucrative energy deals like the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline project. / Read more at Al Jazeera.

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