Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Turkey’s Growing Assertiveness

Posted by jonathanfryer on Tuesday, 8th June, 2010

One of the most interesting geo-political developments in recent months is Turkey’s increased prominence on the world stage. The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came out strongly against Israel’s Operation Cast Lead 18 months ago — winning plaudits not only from his own population but from the Arab world as well — and he has now condemned the Israeli assault on the Gaza aid convoy as state terrorism. Previously, Turkey had been quite close to Israel, even acting as a peacebroker between Israel and Syria, but bilateral relations have plummeted now. In contrast, Turkey’s ties with Iran have strengthened and Ankara is building itself up as a regional power. This makes it all the more important that the West — to which Turkey is linked through its membership of NATO — nurtures relations with Turkey. That includes eventual Turkish membership of the European Union, when Turkey fulfils certain political as well as economic criteria. In the meantime, Turkey’s own economy is growing at a rate Europeans can only envy. This is a great regional power in the making.


2 Responses to “Turkey’s Growing Assertiveness”

  1. Jimmy said

    Erdogan has an election to win and he is pandering to the Islamic Fundimentalists in Turkey and there is nothing more popular in the Middle-East (or Liberal Democrats) than criticising Israel.

    Before Turkey is admitted to the EU serious questions need to be asked about their treatment of Kurds and other human rights abuses in the country (Amnesty Report for 2009). And while they accuse Israel of genocide they could at least own up to their own genocide of Armenians.

    Meanwhile your claims about economic growth in Turkey is not entirely accurate after a large shinking of their economy in 2009 (real GDP growth) and I don’t think any European economy would wish for 10% inflation this year. But don’t worry about reality, their criticism of Israel makes them look like the best country in the world.

    • Muratto said

      Dear Jimmy,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      Although I agree on your first paragraph, i have some concerns about the rest.
      What do you know about the Kurdish and the Armenian incident of 1915?
      Did you know that more than half of the parliment members are Kurdish origin? did you know that the previous president of republic is Kurdish origin? and did you know that Kurdish in other parts of middle east have no voting right or other similar democratic rights but the problem seems to be in Turkey only?
      For the incident in 1915, both sides lost thousands of people. The Ottoman, not the Turkish Republic, ordered the Armenians relocation as a result of the terrorists acts during the first world war. please check the official reports of the Soviet army. even the first prime minister or Armenia accepted that the armenian people rebelled against the Ottoman army and the neighboring Turkish/Kurdish people.

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