January 27, 2010
Well I didn’t find any news on euractiv (.fr, .com, .com.fr, and com.tr) regarding the election of the new president of the Council of Europe. It’s very surprising. As there is no article dealing with that subject on Euractiv, here is an article from the Hürriyet daily news (a turkish site in english where I post comments).
Mr Çavuşoğlu has been elected the president of the Council of Europe and that is a historic event (a historic and too important event that had to be covered in the media, and at least on Euractiv).
I guess this is a strong message to the politicians who object to the European Union membership of Turkey. And that is of course a strong support regarding the EU prospect of Turkey.
Some may think that a turkish politician was chosen in order to contribute to the peace between muslims and christians (even though there is no war between them) but I do not think that, I don’t agree with these supporters of Turkey’s European Union membership. They support Turkey’s EU membership because they say that an EU member Turkey will avoid “The clash of civilizations”.
I support the alliance of civilizations launched by Turkey and Spain, but I don’t agree with them. If Turkey has to be an EU member it’s not because of religion but because the EU has always been a long lasting political plan of Turkey: Turkey is a founder member of the Council of Europe, the Turks always wanted to be an EU member for political reasons.
So Turkey will be an EU member because it has always been politically close to the EU, and the EU membership of Turkey is a perfect continuation of Atatürk’s vision.
Moreover, the Chief of General Staff, Ilker Başbuğ, said 10 years ago to his colleagues of the European Union who were invited in Turkey, that the turkish army supports the EU membership of Turkey.
To be close to Europe is a plan which dates back to Atatürk, who said that the goal of Turkey is to reach the countries of Europe by reason of their modernity.
But Turkey doesn’t need to be an EU member in order to be more modern because it will be more modern thanks to the negotiations process with the EU. Whereas the EU membership of Turkey will be a powerful political tool that will help the EU and Turkey to contribute to a better world.
Eventually, in 1963 nobody said that Turkey had to be a member because of religion.
The EU membership of Turkey is deeply rooted to Atatürk’s plan: modernity.