CHP Deputy Umut Oran: A Common Future: Turkey and the European Union

Umut Oran, CHP deputy wrote an article about Turkey’s accession to the EU for Turkish Policy Quarterly. In his article he paints a worrisome picture about Turkey’s trajectory. He refers to the “autocratic pressure” of the AKP government on the media, unions, and civil society, and points out the Prime Minister’s expressed objective to ‘raise a religious youth.’ Oran argues that the political system needs to be revamped and reiterates concerns on judiciary independence and individual freedoms. The risk, he argues, is that “the government becomes increasingly oppressive in response to the pressure from changing demographics and changes both at home and in the region.”

Excerpt of the article:

“Turkey’s challenges require a strong and bold leadership that can think smart and act strategically without losing sight of universal values. The Turkish society deserves freedom, democracy and justice and a country where everybody can speak their mind without any fear, where people can demand their rights in front of an effective court, where people are equal regardless of their gender, ethnic or sexual identity. Turkey can only achieve these goals by taking responsibility; blaming others will not solve problems.”

Full Article:

Umut Oran: A common future: Turkey and European Union

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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