Political turmoil within the EU in the shadow of ballot boxes


The European Union, which has a series of elections in its diary in 2017, is sinking into a deep crisis that will have consequences on the economic front as well as the political front.

We should note at this point that the refugee crisis is seen as the social element that created the moral crisis currently afflicting the union.

Matteo Renzi and Manuel Valls, the prime ministers of two key states in the European Union, were prepared to leave their posts on the same day yesterday, provoking a debate over the stability of the European Union.

Following the defeat in the referendum in his country, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned his post.

Additionally, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to declare his candidacy for the pre-elections of his Socialist Party to take place on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29 to compete for the presidential post in May 2017, and announce his resignation.

Soon after the news of Renzi's resignation, the monetary union took a large hit. The euro started the week decreasing in value, reaching its lowest point in 21 months.

The referendum in Italy will not have the same huge impact that the Brexit referendum in Britain had. However it will cause serious chaos in Italy, according to the initial analysis.

One of the early comments on the Italian referendum came from Marine Le Pen of the French far right party National Front, in which she applauded Renzi's defeat.

Austria, for its part, chose a candidate from the Greens Party against a far-right rival as its new president. At this point, we should also remember that the post of the president in Austria is a symbolic one and the policies of the Austrian government are that of a far-right political formation, not a social democrat one, as assumed.

Germany is another key European state that will have elections in 2017.

A fourth-term candidacy for Chancellor Angela Merkel may again provoke political unrest in the country, since her policies have not been completely appreciated by her people of late.

The mixed menu of crises on the Old Continent, in the aftermath of Brexit in Britain and the presidential election results in the United States, may form a new global order, or perhaps disorder.

Perhaps, the perfect thing for Turkey in its relationship with the EU in such circumstances will be to keep a good distance from this shaky ground.


The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president despite the strong media support for his rival Hillary Clinton has caused question marks over the reliability of media reports and polls. European politicians have begun to blame the media and social media for their defeats.

Following Hillary Clinton's uproar against Facebook concerning her failure, Matteo Renzi also blamed social media and the traditional media for his disappointment in the referendum.

Indeed, media has always been as ‘the invisible hand of God' for Western politicians; such that whenever they wish to reach out the audience, they always find themselves at the doors of the Editor-in-chiefs of the prominent media outlets.

And it is also a fact that these Western politicians have never even talked about the media's silence over the global crisis, such as the killings of innocent people in Syria and Iraq, increasing the racist and Islamophobic attacks within their borders or the ongoing wars in the world.

Well, I ask those European politicians, what has changed now? The media is the same as before. Is it possible that you are the ones that have changed?

Let's be honest, you love everything (of course media outlets, too) until it serves your interests. Come on, please confess!

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