The coexistence of the current EU crisis and the refugee crisis, which is considered to be one of the greatest social pains in the history of humanity, is a development that will change the EU's economic and political tendencies. Although the refugee crisis left its mark on this week's Turkey-EU summit, the summit can never be regarded as Turkey's bargain over refugees. Turkey does not regard the refugee crisis as a problem that can be resolved with financial assistance. So, it is not the right approach for the EU to urge Turkey to host refugees by providing financial aid for the country. It would be a historic mistake to view and discuss the problem in this way. The historic problem is about the political, economic and social restructuring in the Middle East and Europe. The matter of concern for European countries, particularly Germany, is not the money that they will spend on refugees who reach Europe through illegal means, but the possibility that the social structure of a rapidly disintegrating Middle East will change the EU at a pace that is not desired by EU leaders.
Local elections that were held in some states in Germany last week pointed to the impending danger for the EU, which questions the legitimacy of representative democracy and vote-based elections, as it's the system's basic mechanism. Voter turnout in the Hesse state last week remained under 50 percent and the center parties of Western democracy almost disappeared. Social-democratic ideology, which is one of the main pillars of Western democracy, majorly arises from Germany where the Social Democratic Party (SDP) embraces the legacy of this ideological tradition. The SDP can no longer produce political and economic projects for Europe as it holds on to a 20th century reality, which has no grounds in today's world. On the other hand, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which is an antithesis of the SDP, is going through the same exhaustion as social democrats. This situation has resuscitated neo-fascist and racist movements in Europe, with the racist Alternative for Germany (AfD) winning last week's elections.
Certainly, both the CDU and the SDP are responsible for the development of neo-Nazi fascist politics in Germany, as these center political movements do not consider the EU a union in the strictest sense. Today, leftist and social democrats in Germany do not act very differently from how they did during the World War I. While Rosa Luxemburg was being killed by German militarists in 1919, she exclaimed that the German left served imperialist war in the nation-state swamped with the demagogy of "homeland defense." The SDP, which seems to have never changed since 1919, upheld German national union, instead of international union in Europe. These policies consumed social democracy and highlighted national socialist movements. Interestingly enough, the Greens, which is the crutch of the SDP and the CDU, is also rapidly dissolving in this process. In other words, all the political balances in Europe are moving away from the center, indicating that the current Europe has come to an end.
The regression in the Greens movement means that democratization, which Europe achieved in the 1990s, and large segments' participation in politics with various demands have ended - which is an issue worth stressing. Consequently, it is a democracy crisis for Europe to be besieged by the permanent rule of the center right and the rising threats of racist parties within the framework of an increasingly bureaucratic and formal democracy. Furthermore, this predicament is the most important development that will intensify the current economic crisis. As the EU has become reactionary and withdrawn into its shell due to the "threat" of globalization, it has suspended expansion. This means not only the prolonging of the crisis, but also endless regional wars in Turkey, the Middle East, the Caucasus and North Africa. One of the most tragic results of this is the refugee crisis. So, the EU should stop offering money to Turkey to be spent on refugees and adopt a new expansion perspective.
A new Europe also means a new EU perspective that has to be based on a new EU expansion. The dissolution of the Middle East highlights a dynamic that starts from Turkey. When the U.K.'s upcoming referendum on whether to remain an EU member is added to this equitation, the issue becomes even more complicated, not to mention the global impacts of the crisis, the Chinese question the U.S.'s uncertainty and upcoming U.S. presidential elections. This being the case, can we reduce the EU issue to a financial bargain over refugees for both Turkey and the world? Turkey is aware of the historical deadlock as the EU, particularly Germany, is. So, Turkey is not responsible for the EU's refugee perspective and will not be a collaborator of such an approach. Turkey sees that the refugee crisis, the EU crisis and civil wars in the Middle East will end with an egalitarian and fair expansion perspective. Turkey will not accept 20th century conditions in the EU membership process and will not negotiate in any issues, including the refugee crisis, under these conditions.