Демократическое везение Турции?

Внешняя потеря благосклонности Соединенных Штатов может оказаться для Турции скрытым благословением. Иракская война и измученная дипломатия, которые привели к этому, возможно, помогут разрешить конфликт Турции между ее "стратегическим союзом" с Америкой и желанием вступить в ЕС.

Выборам, проходившим в ноябре прошлого года, которые привели Партию Правосудия и Развития (AKP) к власти, предшествовал спор между членами правящей в то время коалиции по поводу проведения реформ, необходимых для вступления в ЕС. Некоторые либеральные элементы той "светской" коалиции ушли из правительства и присоединились к исламистам, чтобы протолкнуть реформы через парламент.

После прихода к власти лидеры АКР, бывшие исламисты, объявившие себя "консервативными демократами", энергично занялись с Соединенными Штатами, ЕС и ООН вопросами от Кипра до Ирака, от прав курдского языка до других вопросов по правам человека внутри Турции. Пострадав от деспотичных методов "светского" государства Турции, и признавая, что права человека нужно защищать повсеместно, АКР возникла в качестве заслуживающего доверия собеседника с Западом. Соединенные Штаты, внимание которых было приковано к мнимому призраку "столкновения цивилизаций" между исламом и западом, увидели возможность в современном, ориентированном на Запад лице АКР и убеждали ЕС принять Турцию.

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