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Turkey says EU membership is top priority

By Roula Khalaf and David Gardner

Published: July 8 2010 19:59 | Last updated: July 8 2010 19:59

Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday dismissed concerns that his country was moving away from the west as “nonsense,” insisting that Ankara’s main strategic objective was
to join the European Union.



The comments from Ahmet Davutoglu came as Barack Obama, US president, warned that it was “natural” for Turkey to look for alliances elsewhere if it was not made
to feel part of Europe.

should not be seen as “a question of a country shifting axis or not”. He
added: “Our integration process into the EU is the most strategic
objective of Turkey. Nobody can blame Turkey for the delay in this
process.”

Ankara, he said, was not looking to escalate the crisis with Israel either, but it was demanding accountability for an Israeli assault in international waters that left nine Turks dead.

He made clear relations with Israel would not improve without an independent and international investigation into the raid. Israel has only conceded
an internal inquiry led by an Israeli judge.

“Somebody cannot be the accused, the prosecutor and the judge at the same time,” said Mr Davutoglu.

“The Turkish-Israel relation is at a very critical stage, and what will be happening in the coming weeks and months will be based on the Israel attitude . . . There will be no normalisation;
definitely our relations will be reviewed by us, from all perspectives.”

Concerns over the foreign policy direction of the neo-Islamist government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been raised at home and abroad, as Ankara’s
negotiations with the EU have stalled. The government has built closer
ties with Syria, Iraq and Iran, while relations with Israel have reached
a low point.

The US was particularly frustrated by a deal that Turkey and Brazil negotiated in Tehran last month to exchange nuclear fuel.

Although the agreement was based on proposals that Washington itself had promoted, the Obama administration saw it as an attempt to derail a United Nations resolution that was set to impose new
sanctions on Iran. Turkey and Brazil were the only Security Council
members to vote against the resolution.

Mr Obama hinted in an interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera that European powers’ resistance to Turkey’s EU membership was to blame for the perceived
shift in Ankara’s foreign policy.

Stressing Turkey’s importance as a democracy with an expanding economy, he said it was a “critically important model for other Muslim countries in the region”.

But Mr Davutoglu sought to offer reassurance, saying that Turkey was simply using western values of engagement and soft power to further a goal of
bringing stability to its wider neighbourhood.

He said that Turkey’s foreign policy should be seen as an asset, especially at a time when the risk of renewed conflict in the Middle East was growing.

“Unfortunately, I am very, very concerned about the coming months in our region,” he said, citing the absence of a credible diplomatic process in Iran and
the Arab-Israeli conflict, the fragility of Lebanon’s politics, and the
lack of a new government in Iraq.

“These are all very fragile [situations],” he said. “Now we have to act very responsibly, all together.”

Turkey, he added, had taken steps to address its dispute with Israel, pointing to the talks he held last week with an Israeli cabinet minister in Brussels.

But he described this as a “missed opportunity” because the occurrence of the supposedly secret meeting was immediately leaked to the media by Israel.


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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.

Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.

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The 4 Freedoms

These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms
3. SP Freedom of Movement
The government can import new voters - except where that changes the political demographics (i.e. electoral fraud by means of immigration)
4. SP Freedom from Over-spending
People should not be charged for government systems which they reject, and which give them no benefit. For example, the government cannot pass a debt burden across generations (25 years).
An additional Freedom from Religion is be deducible by equal application of law: "Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight - except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"

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