The system, known as the Monitoring Process, was put into practice in the early 1990s. This mechanism examines the member states of the Council of Europe in terms of "democracy" and "human rights," but the ultimate goal of this system is to discipline Central and Eastern European countries with democratic and human rights standards set by Western Europe. In this mechanism, Turkey was first introduced to the audit process in 1996 and the situation lasted until 2004. After 2004, Turkey was excluded from the monitoring process and the steps taken at the point of "democracy" and "human rights" have been exemplified by the same structure in the world.
It is interesting that Turkey's political audit process has returned to the agenda, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) gave two years to Turkey, which was an exemplary country until 2013.We call this interesting because the year 2013 marks the beginning of the first step in clearing away members of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which has been deployed to the capillaries of Turkey by the West for many years. Because President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the prime minister back then, declared that free-of-charge state-supported courses would replace private courses offered by FETÖ, the biggest recruiting ground for these terrorists. After this step, members of the terrorist group tried to overthrow the legitimate government with the Dec. 17 and Dec. 25 conspiracies. After they failed, other conspiracy plans known to the public were put into effect one by one.
The main reason behind giving two years to Turkey in 2013 is the belief in the West that these terrorists, who have waged war on their own state, will succeed. The West was able to manipulate Turkey for many years and always obtained the results they wanted with this terrorist cult, which had sneaked into the military and civil bureaucracy of Turkey. But this time things did not go as they wanted and expected. Erdoğan, a local and national leader, ruined all their expectations. The decision taken a few days ago to politically audit Turkey is the result of this process.
There are two points in this decision. The first point is that the steps taken after the coup attempt were to punish members of the terrorist group that bombed Parliament, killed hundreds of citizens and injured thousands of citizens, and to clear terrorist group members and sympathizers from the state. The second is the new system change adopted on April 16 in the referendum. With these two points, PACE voted 45 to 113 to put Turkey back into the process of re-inspection.
The absurdity is that those who would like to discuss whether to continue membership negotiations and most probably would like to suspend membership negotiations with Turkey, granted Georgia a visa exemption for the Schengen region. Another country that is also in the process of political audit is Ukraine, which is used as a shield against Russia. It is a country that is divided by a civil war caused by the West. In addition to these two countries, several countries have been included in the scope of the audit together with Turkey.
So, what is expected of Turkey?
1- Slow down steps taken against terrorists after the July 15 coup attempt and if possible stop the purge.
2- End the state of emergency declared by a country that survived a coup attempt and lost hundreds of people.
3- Reinstate terrorists that have been fired from the civil service.
4- Release the arrested deputies that had had relations with terrorist groups and acted as a spokesman to the terrorist groups.
5- Release the imprisoned journalists that spied on Turkey under the orders of Western intelligence organizations to manipulate society.
If Turkey takes these five steps by 2018, PACE will re-examine (!) the situation in Turkey.
Ladies and gentlemen, Turkey is no longer the old Turkey. There is a new Turkey now. The Turkey that pushed around is old, very old. You can't manipulate Turkey using traitors that infiltrated the military and civil bureaucracy. There is a Turkey that meets the Maastricht criteria while almost none of you can fulfil them yourselves. There is a new Turkey that trusts its economy enough to open all market transactions on the Monday after a coup attempt on the Friday. There is a new Turkey that never compromises on its understanding of a rule of law, justice and human rights when it is exposed to the worst terrorist attacks. Finally, there is a new Turkey, which has a democratic leader who offers every decision for the approval of its people via referendum or election.
Turkey has changed so much. You will either catch up with the new Turkey or you will leave this place.
* Dean of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, head of Political Science and International Relations at Dumlupınar University