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  1. Turkey in the EU?
    Over my dead body!

  2. “Turkey in the EU?
    Over my dead body! ”

    Turkey is the only muslim country in the world where homosexuality is legal.

    And the fact that people started protesting this woman is good news.

    As for their membership of the EU – well if Turkey are unsuitable for membership then so is Italy and Lithuania.

  3. The Halcyon 16 Apr 2010, 5:33pm

    Well full support for minority rights in cluding LGB & T is a pre-requisite for EU entry. No exceptions.

  4. Islam is a virus that needs treatment. Turkey along with all other islamic countries are very sick.

  5. Well, what can you expect from the same people that killed millions of Armenians and to this day keep denying it ? Intolerance, of course. I know there are many good and noble Turks somewhere, but they still don’t represent the government of Turkey.

  6. @ The Halcyon:

    They can reform all you want before the accession, they can even rewrite the constitution, but it’s going to take years to change the mentality of people.

    We should first take care of those countries already in the EU if we want to have moral leverage in negotiations with Turkey.

  7. So is Islam! A disease that is!

  8. SimonM: “As for their membership of the EU – well if Turkey are unsuitable for membership then so is Italy and Lithuania.”

    Good question. So why are they?
    You can also add Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Romania to that list.

    Turkey continues to beg to be let in whilst shirking it’s responsibilities. Sooner or later though, they will slide them in via the back door with not so much as a referendum. They are desperate for the cash, so who is going to quarrel over insignificant little details like Human Rights violations, or even the fact that most Europeans don’t want them.

  9. Turkey is not a muslim country like for instance Iran, it’s secular a lot like France. For e.g marriage is civil in Turkey and it’s illegal for it to be religious. It’s been illegal up until 2008 for women to WEAR a headscarf in a hospital, university, court of law or any government building. Homosexuality was decriminalised in the 1800’s whilst the country was still under Ottoman rule. This was done long before most EU countries did it. I think many people judge the Turks as the majority religion is Islam. I would say the vast majority of Turks have a live and let live attitude to Homosexuality. They are for the most part spiritual people but are not fanatically Islamic. They cherish thier secular nation and the freedom it brings. There will unfortunately be stupid people like this particular person who will express disgusting and ignorant opinions, but you could say that of most countries. Turkey is one of the most progressive of the Muslim majority countries on most issues be it women’s rights or homosexuality. It still has a way to go but it will get there.

  10. Turkey ranks 61st on the world’s free press index.

    Italy ranks 68th!

    On the index about women;s freedom Turkey ranks ahead of Italy as well.

    I love Italy and Turkey, but for heavens sake. If the crazy corrupt country of Italy is a suitable EU member, then so is Turkey.

  11. SimonM, I know Italy seems corrupt and crazy at a first glance, but it’s just how they roll. It’s their laid back culture.

    Gaia, Turkey is becoming more and more secular on paper. You only need to look at their politics to know in which direction (namely Islam) the wind is blowing.

  12. Its about time that Homophobia and hatred against gays be listed as a defined and induced mental illness.

  13. SimonM: “If the crazy corrupt country of Italy is a suitable EU member, then so is Turkey.”

    Ah right. Then we will have TWO crazy and corrupt countries.
    Your logic is unfathomable.

  14. Aliye Kavaf, Ayıp!

  15. Jean-Paul Bentham 18 Apr 2010, 6:15am

    Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  16. Firstly, we shouldn’t dismiss the prospect of Turkey joining the European Union. Yes, it is a fairly homophobic country compared to the United Kingdom, but it is not particularly more homophobioc than EU countrie such as Greece, Poland and Lithuania. What is more, if we are going to change views in Turkey, we will be more successsful with them in the EU where we have influence on them.

  17. With her family and women portfolio and her homophobia she sounds like a friend and colleague of David Cameron. And not in a good way.

  18. Turkey’s progress is driven by prospect of joining EU, denying them entry would worsen things for lgbt and human rights and would push Turkey towards islamic extremism. Well, is that what Europe really want?

  19. Every Turkish person has to serve in the army even if they were born in another country.

    Turkey believes in the Turkish empire and it believes it will take over Europe.

    If you think Russia is bad then you haven’t seen anything.

  20. Turkey should not be allowed to join the EU until they end their illegal occupation of North Cyprus (which is not recognised as a state by anyone other than Turkey!)

  21. The Germans have always been the ones blocking Turkey from the EU, and will continue to do so, as it is they who receive the majority of them. They are already overrun, and if Turkey joins the EU, Germany will collapse under the weight.

  22. john sharp 19 Apr 2010, 1:56pm

    religious people are sick
    they believe some unproven gods exists

  23. FeministSmithie 19 Apr 2010, 5:19pm

    Thank you, Gaia! Staff Writer, please correct the error in your article. Turkey is not a Muslim country. Turkey is a secular country!

    @Born, not every Turkish person is required to serve in the military. I believe Israel is the only country that requires women to serve. Please don’t forget that we’re people too.

  24. @SteveMD I fully agree with you on that one.

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