On Nov. 5, the Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs, Egemen Bağış, was in Belgium to open a new chapter in EU-Turkey relations after a hiatus of forty months. Bağış made a joke about Turkey’s admission to the EU: “I want to note that Stefan [Fule] said, we need more engagement. Stefan, I want to assure you, we are ready not only to get engaged but also married, which is metaphorically, full membership, thank you!”
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It is clear that Turkey’s accession to the EU and the great “alliance of civilizations” that would emerge from such a union would not be just a casual favour to Turkey. No man is an island.Ceylan Ozbudak
Police checkpoints all over the continent show that racism is alive and well in Europe, wherever the rubber meets the road. For instance, for all of Germany’s celebrated status as a chastened post war model of political correctness, German police employ an unwritten policy of “racial profiling” at roadside checkpoints whereby they subject immigrants to oppressive and discriminatory controls under the pretext of fighting illegal immigration. Africans, especially, are subject to discrimination in Germany, not only from far-right extremists, but across the political spectrum. In the UK, the English Defense League routinely stages protests, which target Muslims with messages of hatred, and a major part of the media is fuelling these sentiments. The scale of threats against Muslims, especially over the Internet, is becoming more and more serious by the day.