By Dr Cemil Ertem :-
The anti-Turkey politics in Europe is going beyond the individual and implicit politics of countries like Germany and turning into an institutional and total counter-stance. Not surprisingly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) decision to reopen a political monitoring process against Turkey is an example of this.
We need to ponder on the fact that this institutional counter-stance became more evident after the July 15 coup attempt and PACE made its decision after the April 16 constitutional referendum. In fact, Turkey has left behind the old system, which was not democratic at all and was vulnerable to all kinds of anti-democratic intervention, especially military coups, through the national will. We also need to elaborate on why this step toward a system change has greatly disturbed Germany and some old colonialist European countries. Nowadays, the Turkish public is preoccupied by why Germany is protecting and harboring the big guns of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which killed 249 people in Turkey during the July 15 coup attempt.
On the other hand, PACE’s decision has had no negative impact on Turkey’s daily financial indicators. The fact that the markets do not care about this decision at all indicates that even if Turkey goes on its own path without entering the EU, it will remain an investible country. Also, it shows that the EU is no longer a serious economic and political union in the eyes of global markets.
I had previously written that the current EU has come to an end and it is no longer in a process of enlargement, but a process of disintegration. In fact, the EU leadership based on the European Commission (EC) and the accompanying enlargement have already ended.
“Historically, two leadership models developed within the EU. The EC presents the first model, which emerged at the beginning of the European integration process in the 1950s and largely during Jacques Delors’s presidency in the 1980s. Also in this period, a common market emerged within the EU and the process of transition to a single currency began. The second leadership model is the French-German leadership, which was built on France’s political and German’s economic leadership. Today, neither models apply and the EU is administrated by a single state: Germany. We can confirm this determination as follows: The EU’s economic capital is Frankfurt where the European Central Bank (ECB) is located, and its political capital is the French city of Strasbourg, which is located on the German-French border. However, this dual leadership started being dissolved when Germany unified with East Germany in the early 1990s, and was actually dissolved with the emergence of the euro as a common currency at the beginning of the 21st century. Germany seized both economic and political leadership. In fact, civil wars in Eastern Europe in the 1990s and the disintegration of Yugoslavia signified the de facto fragmentation of the EU and the end of EU integration and the accompanying expansion.”
Germany’s policy of shrinkage through fragmentation wasn’t fully understood by the southern EU countries over the past decade in which the EU’s crisis persisted.
Already, small countries that joined the EU following the disintegration of Yugoslavia started being renewed as the direct satellites of Germany. Meanwhile, big countries like Italy, Spain and France, which constitute the backbone of the EU, started determining their politics on the basis of the economic crisis. Central right and central left politics in these countries focused on standing against the rising extremist movement but they could not develop a new and inclusive European policy. The French presidential elections are the most evident and concrete examples of this. Most probably, Emmanuel Macron, who resigned from the ruling Socialist Party and who has quite a complicated political identity, will be the next French president. This is because the central left-ring ruling Socialist Party fails to fathom this new German-based Reich policy and cannot develop a new integration policy for Europe against it. The same goes for Italy and Spain as well.
Thus, this German-centered “centralization” policy rapidly spread the whole institutional structure of the EU became an official EU policy. This policy of first fragmenting and then centralizing was nourished by a racist and fascist mass base in central and northern European countries, especially in Germany. This extreme right-wing political orientation gained strength sometimes from Islamophobia, sometimes from migrants and sometimes from the neo-Nazi orientation, which has been created by anti-Turkey and anti-Turkish states.
I must note that this new fascistic climate in Europe feeds and harbors FETÖ, which is under the influence of the neo-con gang that attempted to stage a coup in Turkey and wants to discipline the world in the U.S. through occupation.
Let us hope that the EU’s defeat by this Germany-centered post-Nazi policy is a temporary state. If this understanding, which tore down Europe and led to a world war in the 20th century, continues at this speed, the EU will disappear. Turkey will resist this political orientation and insist on advocating a new enlargement and integration perspective for the EU.
A new union is needed!
(The writer is senior columnist in Turkey – Courtesy: Daily Sabah)