Last week, Turkey was one of the main agenda topics at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the European Parliament (EP). Subsequently, the EU's foreign ministers and the EU Summit also discussed Turkey. Everyone said something about the recent constitutional amendment referendum in Turkey, which was held in a very democratic and transparent way.
At both PACE and the EP, numerous baseless claims were made on the referendum solely to stand against Turkey. Some of them, who define themselves as democrats, did not feel shame when they disrespected the Turkish nation's decision. Likewise, some deputies representing the far right parties of Europe also referred to democracy while mentioning Turkey, which is truly absurd.
It is doubtful whether these people have the right to speak on behalf of Europe as they are Euro-skeptical. So far they have suggested shooting refugees at the border gates, praised Hitler's fascism at their electoral campaigns, identified democracy as the main source of the problems in Europe, wished to return to the darkness of Mussolini, Franco and Hitler, and have not condemned any xenophobic action in Europe.
Do the supporters of Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Alternative for Germany (AfD), Front National, Party for Freedom (PVV) or the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) really represent the EU's values?
Those going on the rampage are doing so because capital punishment is being talked about in Turkey, although they did not react to the politicians who suggested shooting refugees. Those attempting to lecture the Turkish electorate about its voting tendencies and whine about the so-called absence of democracy in Turkey, did not declare France anti-democratic after a far right candidate in France, who stands against humanitarian values, received almost one-third of the votes.
I am sure that they will not consider France's democracy is in danger even though this candidate will receive a high vote share at the second round of the country's presidential elections.
In Germany's federal election that is to be held in September, a party posing a major threat to democracy might be the third party at the federal parliament. I am personally worried about this possibility. However, I can already see some groups making the assumption that their democracy will overcome the problem.
In most European countries, the far-right and racist parties are on the rise. These parties are gradually increasing their vote share in every election. No one in Europe and the EU discusses that the proponents of such parties have problems regarding democracy, which is interesting.
However, it would be more convincing if they displayed meticulousness on democracy in their own countries before criticizing Turkey. Those having concerns about Turkey should actually be concerned about the future of Europe.
European Muslims, who are constantly targeted by right wing extremists and racists, are anxious about their future. They might be right or wrong. However, they are not seeing enough measures to erase their fear. It would raise their hopes if some of the effort spent on hindering Turkey's EU membership was exerted on protecting Europe against the goals of right wing extremists and racists.
In brief, it would be useful for those cherishing Europe and EU values to be honest with Turkey. Otherwise, they will no longer have any credibility.
I am still optimistic despite it all.
I am expecting some positive results about Turkey from the EU Summit on May 25. This might be the last chance for EU-Turkey relations, and I am sure the leaders are cognizant of their own responsibilities and are aware of that.
As long as the Turkey Report discussions at the EP are abused as a platform to stand against Turkey, Turkey cannot take the EP seriously. If the leaders of the EU Summit honestly answered this question, we could learn that they do not actually take the EP into account, either.
So, the EU Summit on May 25 is crucial.
Turkey has honestly announced that it will give the EU a chance before the summit to determine its EU policy.
Now, it is the EU's turn to be honest. If the EU wants to see itself as a League of Christians, it must openly announce this on May 25. But if they acknowledge the fact that Turkey and the EU have a common future in the interests of the both sides, then Turkey will determinedly act accordingly. We will see.