Following German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's recent visit to Turkey, German newspaper Bild wrote a story titled, "Turks are angry at us."
They are right in this observation. However, it is curious that they realized Turkish people's state of mind only after the famous Turkish hospitality was not shown to Steinmeier.
For a long time now, Turkey has mentally fallen away from the European Union and with good reason. So, what happened to the Turkish people who used to support Turkey's EU membership process? Were their nationalist tendencies evoked suddenly? Or did they all of a sudden come to believe that the EU is a league of Christians? Some orientalist politicians or reviewers might wish to believe that, but of course the answer will not make them happy.
People reacted badly to the EU because the EU came down hard on Turkey after the terrorist attacks and the coup attempt in Turkey, and they did so as if they had been waiting for such an opportunity. So, the public was inclined to think that the EU has imperialist motivations on Turkey, which has been whispered by nationalists and radical groups for years.
If German or French citizens were to come across a similar situation, what would their reactions be?
Suppose that terrorist groups organize attacks in their countries that result in dozens of casualties every day. Or a radical terror cult affiliated with the CIA attempts a coup through its militants that infiltrated the military. Suppose that upon such developments Brussels criticizes not the militants but the state, which only used its right to self-defense and endeavored to enable the safety of its citizens. And suppose that the militants and those abetting terrorism flee to various EU countries and are safeguarded by the presidents of the countries they take shelter in… Then what would they think about the EU?
There is no need to confuse minds or get lost in complicated psychological or social analyses. Everything is so evident even to the eyes of a child.
For the last couple of years, Turks have been subjected to injustice, affront and enmity by EU countries. On top of that, some immature EU authorities threatened to not accept Turkey into the EU if they reacted against the EU.
And now, the self-respecting citizens of Turkey press upon their political representatives to give a lesson to this insolent union and its authorities.
Now the EU should start thinking about what they are going to do about it.
Britain, the strongest EU member both in economic and political terms, left the EU because it saw that the EU has no future. This exit will undoubtedly create a domino effect.
It is curious what they would do if Turkey, which keeps millions of people fleeing from the war in the Middle East at the gates of the EU, only watches its own national interests without paying attention to the EU membership criteria.
If some of you think that Turks cannot afford to give up the EU process despite their anger, they must regard President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's remarks after the latest threat coming from the EU early this week:
"We should show patience until the end of the year. Then we will give the issue to the nation."
Yes, it is on now. The clock is ticking for the EU to come to its senses.
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