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Who failed Turkey: Erdoğan or the West?

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    dubteedub
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    Eh, I don't really buy the premise of this article. To claim that the EU could have done a better job if keeping a lid on the authoritarian tendencies of Turkey if they had granted membership to...

    Eh, I don't really buy the premise of this article. To claim that the EU could have done a better job if keeping a lid on the authoritarian tendencies of Turkey if they had granted membership to the country doesn't really make sense to me.

    Turkey has had a long history of human rights abuses, refuses to recognize the Armenian genocide, have had historic issues with government censorship, and other issues that prevented the country from gaining membership. If the EU had given those things a pass, who is to say they would not have felt emboldened and vindicated in that behavior?

    The author at one point in this piece is arguing that the EU should have been nicer to Erdogan when he arrested over 100,000 of his citizens. That just screams of appeasement politics to me.

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    1. BuckeyeSundae
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      Eh, at the same time, the EU were quick to let Greece in, even though they had an ongoing territorial dispute with Turkey (not to mention their now famously destabilizing financial regime), and...

      Eh, at the same time, the EU were quick to let Greece in, even though they had an ongoing territorial dispute with Turkey (not to mention their now famously destabilizing financial regime), and Greece turned around and used that territorial dispute as a major reason to block Turkey's application for membership. There is blame the EU should shoulder when it comes to Turkey's current position in the world, and the way it handled Greece is part of that story.

      5 votes