The belligerent Turkish caliph, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is saber-rattling fresh off his power grab in Sunday’s rigged election. The “vote” gave Erdogan the authority to scrap the country’s century-old parliamentary system and replace it with a “presidential model.” Turkey today is light years away from the liberal democracy Ataturk created, and more like the kind of one-man autocracy commonly found in Islamic states in the Middle East. In retrospect, the Ataturk period appears more like a hudna (truce, cease-fire or retreat in in order to regroup, rearm and stage an attack on the territory previously left behind). The hijrah, or immigration jihad, is critical to the caliph’s plan.
Opponents have warned the new system will send Turkey lurching towards dictatorship as it would concentrate unchecked power in the hands of Mr Erdoğan, who has jailed opponents and cracked down on dissent since a failed coup against him last year. Opposition parties vowed to bring court cases against members of the electoral board that declared the vote legitimate, and to block legislation in parliament.
He will jail or “disappear” the opposition.
And now he threatens Europe. Reverting back to a century-old Islamic state, Erdoğan is abandoning Turkey’s aspiration of EU membership. As he has promised to reinstate the death penalty — prohibited for European Union members — and mocked his opponents’ intent to appeal the result.
“Don’t beat the air,” he said. “It is too late now.”
Turkey has been trying to join the EU and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, for 30 years. The European Council recognized Turkey as a candidate for full membership in 1999 and negotiations were opened in 2005, but have since been suspended over concerns of authoritarianism in Turkey.
Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004, and the EU has warned that its reinstatement would constitute the end of Turkey’s accession bid. (Newsweek)
Modern Turkey is dead.
EU leaders ‘TERRIFIED Turkey could TURN ITS BACK on controversial migrant deal
by Vincent Wood, Express, April 18, 2017:
Europe is preparing for another migrant crisis over fears Turkey’s newly empowered President Erdogan will turn his back on the nation’s long-awaited EU membership.
Officials across the continent are expecting Erdogan to square up to Brussels, reinstating the death penalty and demanding visa-free travel within the EU’s Schengen area.
The increasingly authoritarian Turkish president, who narrowly won a referendum granting him more control over key areas of the government, made an agreement with the EU to home some three million migrants during the height of the migrant crisis.
But Erdogan’s willingness to square up to the bloc’s “red line” opposition to capital punishment has led to fears they may allow their migrant population to move into Europe.
It follows last week’s stern warning from Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who claimed Turkey would throw away the EU’s migrant deal if free movement was not granted.
The Italian leader of the socialists in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella said MEP’s were concerned about building closer ties with the Islamic republic ahead of a vote on visa-free travel next week.
He said: “We’ve always been very reluctant to ensure a visa-free regime to Turkey as, in our opinion, Ankara does not match the democratic criteria.
“Now after the referendum our concerns are even bigger.”
Meanwhile the Greek military is preparing to act on emergency plans in the event of another migrant crisis.
A senior Greek official told The Times: “There was a lot of steamy, bellicose rhetoric made by Erdogan ahead of the referendum.
“If he continues with belligerent policies then Greece will be the first to face the fallout.
“The fear is real but the question is whether Erdogan will risk turning into a regional pariah.”
Omer Celik, Turkey’s minister for EU affairs, claimed Ankara will push ahead with their visa-free travel plan and tell the EU to drop calls for reform to their hardline anti-terror legislation – or face the consequences.