A report from Turkey

05/06/2013 § 3 Comments

I know there are hundreds of things to worry about, dozens of issues to focus on. Today, let me mention Turkey. Turkey has gotten a raw deal from the EU. It was a secular democracy with a population that is majority Muslim, working towards making itself a model of a modern nation-state. Europe decided that Turkey was too different, and has consistently dragged its feet on allowing Turkey into the EU.

The events of the last few days and weeks are partly the result of this treatment. Denied the opportunities that Poles and Czechs and Romanians have received, some people in Turkey have looked for another way. That way puts Islam at the centre of the country’s identity.

Now, in the streets, Turks are fighting about what their country will be.

A Turkish colleague has been using social media to release updates. I used an online translator to put it in English. The result was oddly poetic. In particular, the first line of this excerpt made me think of ‘I sing the body electric’ from Whitman’s Leaves of Grass from my own country’s literary history.

An update from Turkey

They sing a number of forms of detention.
Detainees in police stations were there,
Who do not know how many people are looking for where-does not,
Crime, police, information processing.
There, families have applied to the losses.
We do not know what is the situation where the person is being held.
Ankara Bar Association volunteer of the attorneys
Start working with heart and soul.

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§ 3 Responses to A report from Turkey

  • I don’t follow how letting Turkey into the EU would make things better. In fact, in letting Turkish skilled workers easily leave Turkey couldn’t you make the argument that the reasonable performance of the Turkish economy over the past while could plummet?

    • Bill says:

      Regardless of what it would have done for the economy as a whole, workers in Turkey can certainly expect that their opportunities have been reduced and be annoyed. Also, it would be interesting to know whether the skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled workers would have come out better off. I expect one could look at Poland for some suggestion. From a trade theory perspective, the unskilled workers would have the most to gain from open borders.

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