Turkey’s EU Ambitions ‘Complicated’ by Armenian Genocide

EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn


BRUSSELS (Reuters)—Turkey’s backlash against European countries that call Ottoman Turks’ 1915 massacre of Armenians genocide will complicate Ankara’s ambitions to join the European Union, the commissioner in charge of EU enlargement told a newspaper on Thursday.

Turkey denies that the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians and the exile of the rest of the population from their historic homelands in what is now eastern Turkey, at the height of World War One, constitutes genocide and relations with Armenia are still blighted by the dispute.

Turkey has also rebuked EU members including Germany and Austria whose parliaments used the word in resolutions marking the 100th anniversary of the event this month.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn told Austrian newspaper Der Standard that Ankara’s “very harsh” reaction should be seen in the context of elections coming up in June.

“This may be quite popular in parts of the country and among certain parts of the population. But what worries me are the long-term consequences,” he was quoted as saying in an interview.

“The seeds of an anti-European and anti-Western stance are thus sown, which from today’s perspective makes a future (EU) entry very difficult.”

The European Parliament this month also backed a motion that called the massacre genocide, days after Pope Francis provoked fury in Turkey by using the same term.

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  1. April 24 @ 24/7/365 said:

    By preventing Turkey’s membership, the Franco-German alliance is aiming to curtail the American-UK influence on the EU. As long as this struggle persists, Turkey can forget about its fantastic aspirations.

  2. SoaringEagle said:

    The backward Turkish mentality is not and will never be compatible with Christian Europe.

  3. Vindicated Man said:

    Turkey in the European Union? LOL Good luck, European Union.

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    Turkey needs a brave and inteligent leader, unfortunatly Erdogan is not the president that Turkey and Armenians deserve, en contrary he’s as stubborn as a mule, and as as idiot as a human being can be.

  5. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    TURKEY DENIES EVERY ARMENIAN TRACE

    Turkey is a devel’s place…
    Savage place by destroying thousand churches
    Throwing innocents in vallies, rivers, lakes…

    Turkey denies every kind of rapes…
    Never seen, anywhere else.

    Turkey denies using Kazookhs
    After beheading heads…
    Praising them like their flags…
    Walking showing the world their ugly crimes…

    Turkey denies nuding
    Armenian females of every age …
    With their babies
    in cold, windy days…ready to rape
    without shame… with laughs…without confess…

    Turkey denies crucifying under aged…
    By many ways…even inducing
    Woods in female’s secret organs…
    No one can believe such inhumane hands…
    To commit such unethical crimes…

    Turkey denies slashing pregnant wombs
    To guess the unknown sex…

    Turkey denies… wipping old men
    Who walked through the desert bare…
    Wipping them merciless…till last breath…

    Turkey denies collection humans
    In caves and burning them…

    Turkey denies …shooting thirsty humans
    Arrived to touch water in the desert shades…

    Turkey denies burning children
    Throwing them in front of mothers in hays…
    Repeating … “come and catch your lions…!”

    Turkey denies collecting villagers pushing
    Them in praying homes…
    and burning them like in ovens …

    Turkey denies
    And why the savages deny…?

    Even if God arrives
    They will continue to lie..deny…

    Deny… Deny… Deny …
    Is their sacredness…

    They are sitting in Armenian homes …
    Enjoying their planted fruits and
    knowing very well…they are never able
    building such homes with carved stones…
    Still they deny …That they build all…how and which year …?

    Turkey Denies cutting the tongues
    Who spoke Armenian Alphabets …

    Turkey denies Changing Armenian names
    to Turkish which is never Turkish-ian
    but Arabian before Allah-ian faiths…

    Turkey denies forcing Armenians to change their faiths
    to become faithless like thems…

    Turkey Denies …
    Denies…
    Denies…

    Do this race belongs to this planet…
    or they arrived from somewhere else
    to convince the world’s populace
    that they never committed slayings in any case
    Calling themselves the Muhamadian race…
    Without knowing its rules and grace…

    Sylva~MD~Poetry
    Written Instantly
    May1, 2015

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