Blocking Turkey

Religion is the main reason the EU is keeping Turkey out

It appears that the strongest supporters of Samuel Huntington’s thesis about the clash of civilisations are Europe’s leading lights.

(Former German Chancellor Helmut) Kohl asserted that the EU was “an association of nations with a Christian heritage” and that Turkey, a nation with “an Islamic heritage”, had no place in it.

Slightly later I heard a similar argument from Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the former French president, after a session of the European constitution committee in London. “Turkey belongs to a different civilisation,” Giscard asserted. “As a Muslim society, Turkey will not be at home in Europe.” [Gulf Daily]

Huntington’s theories have been long controversial and considered politically incorrect in civilised circles. But d’Estaing is in charge of a team drafting a new constitution for the EU so his opinion must count for something.

By excluding Turkey, the EU is taking a weasel way to secularism. The convenience of not having to deal with the complexities of a Muslim-majority state within the Union is too attractive to the EU’s leaders, even if they are absolved of being closet religious bigots. In this context, Europe’s concern for the Palestinians or the Kashmiris is an exercise in assuaging its own conscience on the cheap.

Whether the EU eventually admits Turkey or not is a matter for the Europeans and the Turks. However, until such time that it does, the EU’s lofty pronouncements on secularism and treatment of religious minorities in countries such as India must be taken with a huge barrel of salt.

2 thoughts on “Blocking Turkey”

  1. Its not for nothing that the EU fears a new turkish invasion. With a 62 million population, Turkey’d become the largest EU state after Germany. Imaging the voting power it would have, despite its low per capita – the lowest in Europe.
    And its a fact of life that the EU can do without more muslims right now (Who couldn’t?). It may be politically incorrect to call a spade a spade but the fact is muslims from the near east are blatantly abusing Europe’s generous welfare policies and may someday reach critical mass enough to subvert the very character of the continent. As always, the US remains the free world’s greatest beacon of hope, well after the cold war ended.

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