Erdoğan calls on states to help with refugee crisis – POLITICS – Hurriyet Daily News

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan an...

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet cites  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from an op-ed penned for The Guardian. The bottom line is that Turkey is calling on the world to create a fair mechanism to share the refugee burden.

Source: Erdoğan calls on states to help with refugee crisis – POLITICS

On the surface of it, this article is reasonable. However, it does not reflect the political and social context. For example, densely populated countries, like the UK, should not be expected to share the same burden as more sparsely populated countries, like the US, Canada and Australia. Another political aspect is Angela Merkel throwing billions of Euros of EU money at the crisis, in an attempt to stem the tide of migration to Europe, especially Germany – Germany has bullied the rest of the EU into submission on refugees but the people are pushing back everywhere, most notably in Germany. Finally, many will be wary of Turkey’s president writing op-eds in liberal Western newspapers because it is uncertain whether foreign leaders would be granted the same freedoms in Turkey.

Thoughts?

CHP prepares report on ‘social deterioration’ in Turkey – POLITICS – Hurriyet Daily News

This is a must-read article by Hurriyet Daily News, a leading Turkish newspaper. The article reports that a report prepared by the main opposition CHP deputy chair Lale Karabıyık about “social deterioration” in Turkey during the 13-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has alleged increasing rates of homicide, sexual abuse, drug addiction and sexual assault incidents.

Source: CHP prepares report on ‘social deterioration’ in Turkey – POLITICS

This is deeply worrying for people in Turkey.

However, the article should also be deeply worrying for people in Europe, especially in Germany, with Angela Merkel increasingly trying to win favor with Erdogan, the leader of the Justice and Development Party.

Thoughts?