Saturday, 12 March 2011

Review of the EU Parliament Debate on Turkish Accession to the EU



As previously reported, the EU Parliament this week hosted a debate on Turkey's accession process to the European Union. Although billed as a "progress" report, more than one speaker wrly noted that no progress had been made and it would have been more accurate to describe it as a "situation" report.

The entire debate is available for download as a video file here. (WARNING: the file is 1.2 Gb).

It was striking how many of the EU parliamentarians deplored the lack of free speech in Turkey and spoke about how essential it was to the functioning of a healthy democracy. These same people would, no doubt, be the first in line to call for the prosecution of anyone who warned about the evil nature of Islam and the potentially pernicious effects of its spread throughout Europe. Other prominent themes included the Cyprus issue and the maltreatment of Christians and other religious minorities in Turkey.

It has to be said that the British MEPs were guilty of far greater dhimmitude than any other national contingent. Michael Cashman, Graham Watson and Geoffrey Van Orden particularly undistinguished themselves. I intend to make separate posts featuring some of the speeches made in the debate and discussing the backgrounds of some of the speakers. Like most EU citizens, I am forced to watch helplessly as a utopian political elite determinedly pursues this enormously destructive course of action. We can only hope that by exposing the individual involvement of these MEPs, their constituents will be able to expose them to unpleasant electoral consequences.

Some of the most sceptical (and therefore best) speeches came from the nationalist and anti-Islamic parties which are thankfully now prospering around Europe. However, I felt the only speaker who told the blunt, unvarnished truth was the Dutch MEP Barry Madlener of Geert Wilders' PVV. This is the speech featured above. (Don't worry. Like most of the speeches, it lasted barely longer than a minute.)

Sadly there was little or no full-frontal critique of the whole idea of admitting Turkey to the European Union, although a few mentioned the "privileged partnership" idea. Similarly, there was almost no mention of Islam, the corrosive effect of the Muslim presence in Europe already or how it is likely to be exacerbated by Turkish accession.

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