29 December 2013, 09:48

European Union voices concern over graft scandal in Turkey

European Union voices concern over graft scandal in Turkey

The scandal that forced the dismissal of ten ministers of the Turkish government has expanded beyond the country's borders. On Friday, EU diplomats demanded that the scandal be handled in "a transparent and impartial manner".

The European Union has a bad habit of interfering in internal affairs of other countries, especially when there is an opportunity to overthrow a government disliked by the European leaders. However, the existence of such interference doesn't mean that the accusations of governmental corruption are baseless. Most likely, European diplomats are trying to exploit a real problem in order to advance their own agenda.

The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused foreign powers of initiating a coup against him. He described the graft scandal as a "smear campaign" that was launched in order to bring down the government. After dismissing the country's top prosecutor Muammer Akkas, the Prime Minister issued a stern warning for foreign diplomats who are coordinating the actions against his government. Erdogan threatened to deport several foreign diplomats if they don't cease "provocative actions".

While investors are pulling their money from Turkish stocks and bonds, the Prime Minister is sure that the government and the Turkish economy will be able to withstand the pressure. "The target of the attack is Turkey whose economy is growing... and whose weight in the world increases. We will come out of this process stronger as people as a nation. You can be sure that we will proceed with hope towards a 2023 by having removed many obstructions, many threats, and without meaningless resistance", he told the press on Friday.

Unlike the recent "Gezi revolution", the current protests are better organized and have a clear political agenda, based on social issues that concern a growing number of Turks. Erdogan will have a hard time surviving this crisis. He has already been forced to dismiss ten ministers and fill his government with old-time loyalists who are not likely to betray him but don't have a high support rating. It is safe to assume that the EU will try to pressure Erdogan into resigning but so far he has proven to be a very stubborn opponent. The crisis is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon and it will extend into the new year.

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