Saturday, 11 December 2010

Pope Wanted Turkey Kept Out of EU

An interesting Wikileaks revelation is reported in the Guardian today: the Pope wanted Turkey kept out of the EU.

In 2004 Cardinal Ratzinger, the future pope, spoke out against letting a Muslim state join, although at the time the Vatican was formally neutral on the question.


Later when Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican officially cooled on the question of Turkish membership, but still did not oppose it outright, insisting only that the Copenhagen criteria, including freedom of worship, be fulfilled.

But he did not expect the demands on religious freedom to be fulfilled: "One great fear is that Turkey could enter the EU without having made the necessary advances in religious freedom. [Parolin] insisted that EU members – and the US – continue to press the [Turkish government] on these issues … He said that short of 'open persecution', it couldn't get much worse for the Christian community in Turkey."


It's a pity that the Pope isn't willing to be more candid publicly about his feelings on Turkey. In particular, his views might carry some weight in Poland which, faithful American lackey that it is, has been one of the most fervent proponents of Turkish accession.

No doubt recalling the reaction to his speech in Regensburg deters him from speaking more openly. There the Pope simply quoted a 13th century text, which said:

Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.


Muslims across the world showed their quality by rampaging, burning, defiling and killing in response. In fact, our Turkish friends, the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) no less, petitioned to have the Pope indicted and arrested on his upcoming visit to Turkey. The grounds cited, apparently without irony, were that by delivering his speech he had infringed "freedom of thought".



The cables yet again show the Americans lobbying for Turkish accession to the EU, even at the Vatican, despite the revelations in other cables that they, too, feared about the growing strength of Islamic consciousness within Turkey. Apparently inflicting this problem on the Europeans is just fine by them.

The cables reveal the American government lobbying within Rome and Ankara for Turkish EU membership. "We hope a senior department official can visit the Holy See and encourage them to do more to push a positive message on Turkey and integration," concluded the 2006 cable.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Turkish Interference in German Politics



Regular readers will no doubt recall a blog post earlier in the year concerning a report in Der Spiegel that the Turkish government was calling on the Turkish diaspora to use its influence to promote the interests of Turkey.

German television recently broadcast a news report about it, featuring some quite dramatic video footage. It shows Erdogan looking almost Hitlerian as he declaims against a map of the world containing a massive Turkey, bloated in red :"We are now the world power Turkey! Other countries don't set the agenda for Turkey. We set the agenda for them!"

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Who Lost Turkey?

Excellent analysis of Turkey's descent into Islamic darkness from the Jerusalem post. Of course Israel feels the pangs of regret more keenly than anyone else since they had nurtured fond hopes of having Turkey as an ally. Israel even traded military secrets and technology with the Turks and now regrets it, having concluded that the Turks have now shared those secrets with Israel's enemies, like Syria.

You have to hand it to Turkey’s Islamist leaders. They sure know how to get their way. In the seven years since they first took power, the Islamist AKP party has successfully transformed Turkey from a staunch ally of the US and Israel and a member of NATO into a staunch ally of Iran and a member of NATO.

And that’s not all. Turkey’s Islamist leaders have used the Western language of democracy and freedom not only to abandon the West. They have used that language to destroy the foundations of Turkey’s Western-style secular democracy and transform the governing system of NATO’s sole Muslim member into a hybrid of Putinist autocracy and Iranian theocracy.

On September 12, the AKP took an enormous step toward consolidating its achievements and expanding its power. The Islamist regime won a national plebiscite on constitutional amendments that remove the remaining obstacles to its absolute power.

As a National Review reader noted, the vote was a mockery of democracy. It was held at the end of Ramadan during which the AKP provided 30 consecutive free post- Ramadan fast dinners to voters in key voting districts.

SINCE TAKING office, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party have used both lawful and unlawful means to intimidate, repress and silence all significant organs of secularist opposition to their rolling Islamic revolution. The media, civil service, police and business community have all been co-opted and intimidated into submission.

According to the Kemalist constitution, the military was the constitutional protector of secular Turkey. It was constitutionally bound to combat all threats to Turkey’s secular regime – including threats posed by political parties and political leaders. Over the past seven years, the AKP has done everything it could to demoralize and criminalize the military’s leadership and eviscerate the military’s constitutional powers and organizational independence. Most recently, President Abdullah Gul began intervening in promotions of generals to block all non-Islamists from acquiring command positions.

The constitutional amendments just passed further emasculate the military, placing it under the jurisdiction of AKP-controlled civilian courts.

In 1980, in accordance with its constitutional responsibility, the military ousted a precursor of the AKP from power in what the West incorrectly characterized as a coup. The new constitutional amendments make the military commanders who ousted the Islamists vulnerable to criminal prosecution for their actions. No doubt, in the near future these generals will be brought into court in shackles and charged with subverting the will of the people.

The message to any general with any thought of removing Erdogan and his colleagues will be crystal clear.

Aside from the chastened military, the only remaining outpost of secular power in Turkey has been the judiciary. In the past, the judiciary has overturned many of the government’s actions that it ruled were unconstitutional and illegal. The new constitutional amendments will work to end judicial independence by giving the government control over judicial appointments. The AKP’s justice minister will also have increased power to open investigations against judges and prosecutors.


You can read the rest of the article here.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

European Foreign Ministers Prostrate Themselves in Front of Turkey

Turkey has failed to meet the basic criteria even of the few accession chapters that have been opened to it. So what do our foreign ministers do? Terminate its accession process completely because of unsatisfactory progress? No. William Hague calls for it to be speeded up. Westerwelle says we should look to deepen our relationship with Turkey outside of the accession framework.

Astonishingly, they have even put forward the idea that Turkey should be allowed to sit in on some EU meetings, even though it is not a member.

The Finnish foreign minister, Alexander Stubbs, though, must be considered a candidate for Dhimmi of the year with his ludicrous remark that Turkey was "one of the top five countries in the world today" in terms of foreign policy.

"Arguably, today Turkey is more influential in the world than any of our member states together or separately," Stubb said. "It has a great influence in the Middle East, in the African Horn in the Persian Gulf, in Iran. It's a truly global player and we need to work together with Turkey right now on foreign and security policy."


So Turkey, an authoritarian Islamist cesspit, whose people live in abject poverty, has more weight in the world than all the countries of the European Union, whose combined economy is the largest in the world, whose exports are the largest in the world by far (even Germany alone is only marginally behind China), whose foreign aid contributions are orders of magnitude higher than any other country or set of countries in the world? How insane is this? If Europe lacks influence, it is because it is led by dimwits like Alexander Stubbs, not because it has any inherent lack of power.

Monday, 6 September 2010

France Says Turkey not Safe Destination for Refugees

The French government has officially declared that Turkey is not a safe country for refugees. But its EU application is still progressing. Hello?

It's a little-known fact but EU countries still receive thousands of asylum applications each year from Turks saying they have been mistreated. How is it possible that a country that is still a routine source of asylum applications is even being considered for EU membership? Good question.

Naturally, this new French ruling will make it even more difficult to send any of them home. How wonderful.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Cheerleaders Excluded from Basketball World Championship Games in Turkey




The Basketball World Championships are currently taking place in Turkey. Traditionally, entertainment is provided at the games by troupes of cheerleaders. But in Muslim Turkey that doesn't go down so well. At some games, the cheerleaders have been asked to wear less scanty clothing; at others, they have been asked to absent themselves completely. The latter have included all games attended by senior politicians from the ruling AKP political party.

The presence of cheerleaders at the tournament has caused something of a problem for Turkey, a secular nation which is overwhelmingly Muslim.
Dancers were missing altogether from Turkey's two most recent matches in Ankara. At other matches, officials turned their back in order to avoid viewing the scantily clad cheerleaders and their energetic routines.


Is this a country that belongs in the European Union? No.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Thilo Sarrazin and Germany's Unloved Turks



Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has provoked an extraordinary furore in Germany with his still-not-yet-published book "Deutschland schafft sich ab" (Germany is unmaking itself). In particular, Sarrazin has drawn attention to the corrosive effect Muslim immigrants (and in Germany that means mostly Turkish immigrants) are having on Germany. One of his key claims is that Turkish immigrants "are making Germany dumber".

Naturally, Sarrazin has been denounced by the bien-pensant media-political elite for daring to say this, and there are now processes underway to remove him from his position at the Bundesbank and from the SPD political party, of which he is a member.

But there is solid scientific evidence reported in respectable mainstream publications to substantiate Sarrazin's point of view. For example, this article (in German) in the widely-respected German newspaper Die Welt reports the results of scientific research which concluded that, on average, Turkish immigrants to Germany had IQ scores 10-15 points below the German average.

The researchers attributed the poor educational performance of Berlin's schoolchildren as a whole to the increasingly high number of Turks living in the area, who were dragging down the achievement averages. They noted that, by contrast, the educational performance of children from a non-immigrant background was higher than ever.

Germany has experienced Turkish immigration on a larger scale than any other European country. Its experience offers us a foretaste of what is to come for the rest of Europe if Turkey gets into the EU.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Turkish Organisation Interferes in European Democratic Process

A Turkish organisation based in Germany has issued a statement demanding that Geert Wilders not be involved in forming any coalition government in the Netherlands.

On its website the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD) declares that it "focuses on the problems of Turks in Europe". It clearly defines a Turk in racial terms rather than according traditional concepts of nationality.

How extraordinary that such an explicitly racialist organisation should demand that a democratically-elected politician be excluded from government because of his "intolerance".

Gaddafi Predicts Turkish Accession to EU Will Convert Europe to Islam

Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has called for Europe to convert to Islam, saying it is "the last religion", and predicting that the conversion process will begin once Turkey joins the European Union.

Speaking before an invited audience of 500 female models, Gaddafi said that "Islam should become the religion of all of Europe...Islam is the last religion and if we are to have a single faith then it has to be in Mohammed".

In other remarks made during his visit to Italy, he demanded €5 billion in "protection money" each year for keeping the African hordes out of Europe. If he didn't get it, he said, Europe might "turn black" and "become another Africa".

"Tomorrow Europe might no longer be European and even black as there are millions who want to come in," he said.

"We don't know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions".


Gaddafi made similar remarks a few years ago:

"We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe - without swords, without guns, without conquests. The fifty million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.

"Allah mobilizes the Muslim nation of Turkey, and adds it to the European Union."

[…]

"That's another 50 million Muslims. There will be 100 million Muslims in Europe. Albania, which is a Muslim country, has already entered the E.U."

[…]

"Bosnia, which is a Muslim country, has already entered the E.U. Fifty percent of its citizens are Muslims."

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Turkish Police Officers Brought in to Try and Restore Order In Turkish-Colonised Parts of Germany



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Astonishing news from Germany. Turkish police officers from Turkey are being brought in to try and re-establish order in the Turkish-colonised parts of Germany where crime is now rampant and representatives of the German state, including police, are greeted with hostility and violence.

Local resident of old German city Cologne, Krystal Tank feels like a stranger in her own country. Every day she enjoys the summer parks and life in the Cologne suburb when off work, but she feels totally outnumbered.

“It all happened very silently,” she recalls. “The German population moved away, their children were taken out of the schools, and suddenly there were only Turks here,” Krystal Tank told RT.


Recall that German chancellor Angela Merkel already agreed to set up Turkish language schools for pupils of Turkish descent within Germany and to let teachers from Turkey come to teach at them.

Erdogan, shockingly, insists that Turks living abroad, including Germany, owe a duty of loyalty to him as Turkey's leader. Earlier this year, diaspora Turks from all over Europe who had achieved positions of influence within the countries they had settled in were summoned to Ankara to be given instructions by Erdogan about how they should advance the Turkish agenda.

It seems the German government is now accepting the validity of the Turkish government's extraordinary extra-territorial claims. Imperialistic Turkish colonies are now being established on German soil.

Is this the future of Europe if our political elite get their wish and Turkey joins the European Union? Turkish children being educated in Turkish by teachers from Turkey in colonised districts policed by police officers from Turkey, all paid for by the European dhimmi taxpayers of course?

Has there ever in history been such a clear case of civilisational suicide?

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Daniel Hannan





Daniel Hannan is a founder member of the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association. The charter of this organisation commits its members to lobby for Turkey's accession to the EU.

When I challenged him on his blog about the hypocrisy of his campaigning to get Britain out of the EU and Turkey into it, he responded with a quasi-theological evasion: he said he wanted Turkey to be offered EU membership but didn't necessarily want them to accept the offer and hoped they would decline it! Of course this is absurd. Hannan knows full well that the Turks will accept EU membership - with eager and grasping hands - if we are foolish enough to offer it to them.

Many people who feel left out of the political mainstream are attracted to Daniel Hannan because he dares to articulate a few unconventional points of view, particularly in relation to the European Union and Britain's membership of it. They fail to see, however, that on issues such as immigration, islamification and Turkey's prospective membership of the EU, Hannan is a fully-paid up member of the establishment he affects to rebel against.

Hannan blogs regularly on the Telegraph website. He covers a wide range of subjects but, curiously, tends to avoid the topic of Islam and the effect it is having on British life. Perhaps this is because the few blog posts he has made on the subject have tended to provoke an overwhelmingly hostile response from his otherwise sympathetic readership.

His blog post endorsing David Cameron's support for Turkey's entry to the EU attracted a staggering 600+ responses, almost all of them fiercely hostile. In this blog post, Hannan calls for British madrassahs to be established. Hannan also wrote a comment piece for the Telegraph, defending Britain's Muslims against charges of disloyalty.
Did you know, for example, that death by stoning is not mentioned anywhere in the Koran? Its scriptural sanction comes from the Old Testament. But, read any internet discussion, and you will find two sets of people claiming that stoning forms part of Islamic jurisdiction anyway: Islamic fundamentalists, and anti-Islamists.

This is the kind of tripe that we commonly hear from Muslim apologists.

He goes on "I have yet to meet a Muslim constituent who wants such punishments in Britain."

No, but polls show a majority of them do want Sharia, and that 36% of the 16-24 Muslim age group believe that Muslims who abandon their faith should be executed.

Hannan continues:
Few Muslims, however, share their obsession with conflicts that are as remote from their ancestral countries as from Britain. My fellow Euro MP, Syed Kamall, is a good Muslim: he keeps the fast, tries to pray five times a day and does his best to bring his sons up with a full understanding of his faith.

But he becomes impatient when people try to drag him into arguments about Palestine, Kashmir or Iraq. "I was elected to represent London," he says. "The future of Iraq is for Iraqi politicians to decide."

This is a clear falsehood. Muslims do get agitated about foreign conflicts involving other Muslims. Indeed, most of the problems we have with Muslims derive from the simple fact that they identify more strongly with foreign Muslims than they do with their own countrymen.

In an interview posted on the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association website, Hannan admits "I have been a Turcophile since my teens". Later he says that his fascination with Turkey began when he studied the Gallipoli campaign:
I studied the period at Oxford, and visited the Straits (and
the rest of the country) when I graduated. I now have many friends there.

When asked what he thought Turkey could do to speed up the accession process, Hannan replies:
Turkey has already done everything it has been asked, but see how it has been treated in return.

So Turkey has done everything asked of it even though it has successfully closed almost none of the accession chapters that have been opened?

It is clear that Hannan is a committed pro-Turkey propagandist and no rational argument is going to sway him from his commitment.

One of Hannan's stock phrases is that "referendums are always and everywhere a good thing". I have asked him repeatedly on his blog whether he would be in favour of referendums being held in the countries of the EU on whether Turkey should be admitted as a member. He has repeatedly declined to answer.

Hannan worked as a leader writer for the Daily Telegraph. It may have been his influence that caused the Daily Telegraph to adopt the pro-Turkey editorial position that it currently favours, one that goes against the overwhelming sentiment of its readership, as expressed in the comments to its editorials on the subject.

Hannan also previously worked as a speechwriter for William Hague, the current Foreign Secretary. Hague, too, now favours Turkey's admission to the EU. Did Hannan play a role in influencing him to support that position?

If so, Hannan's influence has been extraordinarily destructive. He and Boris Johnson have been described as the two most influential Conservatives who do not owe their positions or platforms to David Cameron. Tragically, both are passionate supporters of the Turkish cause, both founder members of the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association, one of them of Turkish descent and the other with many friends in Turkey and an irrational sentimental attachment to it.

The great issue of our times is the islamification of the countries of the West - the stealth jihad being pursued through demographics rather than bombs. Within that broader conflict, no single issue is more important than the question of whether Turkey joins the EU. If Turkey's 80 million Muslims gain entry to the EU, the differential birth-rates mean that Europe will inevitably be transformed into Eurabia, and all of Europe's power, wealth and sophistication will be harnessed to the greater goals of the jihad.

However appealing Hannan's affable demeanour or maverick positions on other issues may be, on the great issue of our times he is resolutely on the wrong side. He is a traitor to European civilisation, just like all the others.

UPDATE: See this post on Daniel Hannan's shameful denial of the Armenian Genocide.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Erdogan Acts Like a Third World Despot

Turkey is currently in the throes of political campaigning as the referendum on a new constitution approaches. Erdogan, the Turkish president, is campaigning frantically for a Yes vote and acting like a third world despot in the process.

Recently, he publicly threatened TUSIAD, the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association, with "elimination" unless it took a public stance on the upcoming referendum. "Declare your stance. If it is no, say 'no.' If it is yes, say 'yes' [...] He who is neutral will be eliminated," said Erdogan during a television debate.

To its credit, TUSIAD resisted the pressure, stating:
"The warning was an unfortunate act and will certainly not serve the cause of strengthening the role of civil society in modern societies."

Erdogan's AKP party also made insinuations about Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition party, claiming that because he had an Armenian mother and a Kurdish father his ethnic origins were not "legitimate".

The conduct we have seen from Erdogan and his party during the referendum campaign is well outwith the norms of civilised countries, thus making it clear once again that Turkey has no place in the European Union.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Turkey Still Trading Oil With Iran Despite US and European Sanctions

Both the US and European Union recently imposed stringent sanctions targeting Iran's trade in energy products. Turkey, however, has declared that it will continue the energy trade with Iran regardless. Turkey has thus allied itself with China and Russia, who likewise are continuing to supply Iran with refined fuel and energy-related engineering products.

This should, perhaps, come as no surprise as Turkish President Erdogan once said of Iranian president Ahmadinijad "There is no doubt he is our friend." On Turkey's relationship with Iran he once said, "As a friend so far we have very good relations and have had no difficulty at all."

Bizarrely, however, most members of the Western political elite continue to insist that Turkey is a western-oriented nation whose politics and worldview are line with those of Europe and America. Why do they continue to maintain this falsehood despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary? It remains a mystery.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Turkey Using Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

The respected German newsmagazine Der Spiegel has obtained horrific photos of mutilated corpses and body parts, said to be those of Kurdish PKK fighters involved in an uprising against the Turkish government. Der Spiegel submitted these photos to independent experts who agree that they appear to indicate the use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. This represents a gross violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which Turkey is a signatory.

If you can read German, the original article is here. Haaretz has an English-language recapitulation of it here.

So we now have Turkey doing exactly what Saddam was so heavily criticised for, using chemical weapons against minority groups, yet Turkey's EU application is still on track. Can you imagine Saddam Hussein's Iraq being admitted to the EU? That is the madness we are now forced to contemplate.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Turkish Government Interference in Non-Muslim Religious Affairs

Did you know that the Turkish government assumes the prerogative of interfering in the religious affairs of its Jewish, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic faith communities? That it assumes the right to stipulate the conditions under which elections for the leadership of those faith communities can be held? It even specifies the title that the spiritual leaders of those churches are allowed to use and insists that they be Turkish citizens and demands that the choice of leader is "trustworthy in the eyes of the Turkish government".

There is no lawful basis for the government to act in this way. It is just a "Turkish tradition"; and the practitioners of these minority faiths simply comply with the tradition out of fear of more state-sanctioned persecution of minority faiths. And what do the governments of the West have to say about this, those governments that are happy to publicly chide Switzerland for its referendum-approved plan to slightly limit the choice of architectural features on certain religious buildings? Absolutely nothing.

Are these civilised standards? Is this the way that a "modern, European" nation acts? No it not.

This article, entitled "TURKEY: Why state interference in the election of Chief Rabbi, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Patriarchs?" from Forum18 provides the best account I have read yet of Turkish government interference in religious affairs.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Too Many People Are Saying Turkey's Accession to the EU Cannot Happen

I often see people saying that we needn't worry about Turkey's possible accession to the EU. They usually cite two or three of the reasons why it would be a terrible idea and then conclude that something so manifestly insane could never happen. Here is an example of it here in Geoffrey Wheatcroft's article in the New Republic.

But this idea that it could never happen is dangerously naive. It overestimates the rationality of our political class. It overestimates their respect for the electorate. And it underestimates their subservience to Washington. Remember that much of the pressure for this is coming from the Americans.

It is simply irresponsible to say that an idea supported almost unanimously by the political class (at least in the UK), by the journalistic elite, by almost all of the governments of Europe, an idea that has been pursued doggedly for decades, cannot happen. These people are going to make it happen unless we, the people of Europe, stop them.

In Britain, there is no dissent from within the political mainstream about Turkish accession. You would need to vote UKIP or BNP to register a protest against it and, as I found out during the recent general election, many constituencies don't even have a UKIP or BNP candidate.

Many people are taking comfort in the false notion that France or Germany will always be there to block it. Not so. Both Sarkozy and Merkel came to power promising to stop Turkey's accession to the EU. Yet Turkey's accession to the EU is still on track and has even made progress during their time in power. Perhaps they have slowed it down, but they haven't stopped it. And both of the left-wing opposition parties in Germany and France support Turkish accession. Sarkozy and Merkel might well lose their next elections, to be replaced by pro-Turkey, pro-Muslim, pro-third world socialists.

And who will be left then to block it? Cyprus and Austria. Both small countries. Both capable of being pressured, morally and financially. Are they going to have the fortitude to hold out on their own while being browbeaten by all the other large countries of Europe? I, for one, am not confident of that.

No. If you think that the idea of Turkey joining the EU is completely insane, then you need to start doing something about it. Write to your political representatives. Make your views known. Make sure the supporters of this mad project pay a price for it. Publicise their views so other people can react to them too. Unless enough people get actively involved in opposing this insanity, it is going to come about.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Staggering hypocrisy from Douglas "the friend of Turkey" Carswell

There is a story in the Daily Mail today about the diminishing number of people identifying themselves as "white British" in NHS maternity wards. In the heavily Muslim-colonised Bradford, only 34% do so, while in parts of London, the proportion of white British is barely over 10%.

Most interestingly for our purposes, however, the article quotes Conservative MP Douglas Carswell bemoaning this fact:

'I think we have to face reality and that is if you continue to have mass immigration it's going to have a very significant impact on the demography of our country - and it's going to have a significant impact perhaps on the sort of country that we are.'

This is the most extraordinary hypocrisy from Carswell. Along with his mate Daniel Hannan, he is a founder member of the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association whose charter commits it to lobbying for Turkey's entry to the EU.

If Turkey gets into the EU, Carswell, where do you think a large percentage of its 80 million swart-skinned Muslims are going to end up? Do you think it's possible that they, too, could have a "significant impact on the demography of our country", Carswell? Do you think that they, too, could have a "significant impact perhaps on the sort of country that we are"?

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon to form Free Trade Zone

The Syrian Economic and Trade Ministry has announced that Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are to form a free trade zone.

Have the Eurocrats taken note of this? Or the visa-free travel arrangements that Turkey has already established with other Middle Eastern countries? Did the Turks consult with the EU before doing this?

Extending free trade and free movement privileges to Turkey now means de facto extending them to virtually the entire Middle East.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Boris the Turk


This is the first in a new series of profiles of some of the main conspirators plotting to destroy European civilisation by admitting Turkey to the European Union.

Boris Johnson, as he styles himself, is the mayor of London. His grandfather was one Ali Kemal Bey, a Turk. So Boris' real name is Boris Kemal. Although Boris Kemal likes to adopt a caricature English toff persona, he is actually an American. Born in New York in 1964, until very recently he had American nationality.

Boris Kemal is a founder member of the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association and regularly uses his column in the Daily Telegraph to support the Turkish cause.

When Boris Kemal won the mayoral election in London, the headlines in the Turkish press read as follows:

London’s new boss is Turkish Johnson
Ali Kemal’s Grandchild’s Victory in London
Turkish Johnson unseated Ken

Boris Kemal's father, Stanley Johnson (really Stanley Kemal) said the following in an interview, shedding an interesting light on the pro-Turkish sympathies that must have been inculcated into Boris during his childhood years:

"I stayed in regular touch with my Turkish family over the years."

"I regret very much the length of time that it has taken to conclude the arrangements for Turkey’s accession to the EU which were outlined in principle as long ago as the sixties. I am gratified to learn that my cousin Selim is now responsible for this important dossier in his current role in the Turkish foreign ministry as deputy secretary for economic affairs. Britain, of course, has long been a strong advocate of Turkey’s accession to the EU, so Selim will probably not need to send any urgent text messages to Boris’s mobile phone, asking for help!"

Despite Andrew Gilligan's exposure of the East London Mosque as a front for the extremist IFE, Boris Kemal has, perhaps unsurprisingly, always had good relations with it. Boris has even visited the mosque personally (see picture).

Some quotes from Boris Kemal (aka Boris Johnson):

"My great-grandfather knew the Koran by heart and I am proud of my Islamic ancestry."

"Islam is a religion of peace and has made huge contributions to the development of our society."

In the video below, Boris the Turk boasts of being of "Muslim extraction".

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Finally, an Article in the British Press Opposing Turkey's EU Entry

It finally happened! Just as I was getting ready to write a blog post on the curious fact that I had never seen a single article in the mainstream British press opposing Turkey's entry to the EU, one actually appears. Hail Peter Hitchens of the Daily Mail!

And it's an excellent article too, making some great points. Hitchens notes that while women in Iran wear the veil because they are forced to, the women in Turkey do it because they want to.

And when Hitchens talks to a wide range of Turkish intellectuals, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, what seems common to them all is their absolute contempt for Europe. Why are our politicians proposing to let these savages into the European Union when they feel nothing but contempt for us?

Saturday, 31 July 2010

The Conservative Friends Of Turkey Association

Many Conservative voters were shocked and disappointed by Cameron's embarrassingly un-nuanced support for Turkish accession to the EU. They should know that Cameron is not the only one within the Conservative party working to further the Turkish cause.

In fact there is a powerful cabal of pro-Turkey propagandists within the ranks of the Conservative party: the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association. Among the objectives the association lists on its website are:

"Lobby in favour of Turkish membership of the EU with a stress on Turkey’s role in the bloc, the region and its strong ties to Western institutions"

A list of their founder members is published on their website.

Here is the list:

Richard Bacon MP
Tony Baldry MP
Nick de Bois MP
Graham Brady MP
David Burrowes MP
Alistair Burt MP
Douglas Carswell MP
Stephen Crabb MP
Michael Fabricant MP
Dominic Grieve QC MP
Robert Halfon MP
Greg Hands MP
Daniel Hannan MEP
Mark Harper MP
Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Daniel Kawczynski MP
Edward Leigh MP
Peter Luff MP
David Mundell MP
Geoffrey Van Orden MBE MEP
Andrew Rosindell MP
Lord Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh
Lord Taylor of Holbeach
Charles Walker MP
Robert Walter MP

Emel Akan
Karen Allen
Richard Balfe
John Bowis OBE, former MEP
Shenaz Bunglawala
Dr Onur L Cetin
Cllr Dogan Delman
Nural Ezel
Cllr Salih Gaygusuz
Paul Goodman, former MP
Cllr Ertan Hurer
Dr Riza Kadilar
Ishak Kalkavan
Fuad Kavur
Robert Key, former MP
Cllr Dr Alan Mendoza
Huseyin Ozer
Richard Spring, former MP
Sir Nicholas Winterton, former MP
Eral Yilmaz


Of course these are only the founder members. The association does not publish its full membership list. For all we know, David Cameron and William Hague may be among the list of non-founder members.


The best known names on the founders' list are Daniel Hannan, Douglas Carswell and Dominic Grieve. Hannan and Carswell are both among the most prominent of Euro-sceptics. How bizarre it is then that both choose to dedicate so much time and energy to lobbying for Turkey's entry to the EU.

Hannan and Carswell both regularly use their blogs to punt for the Turkish cause. But they always craft their pro-Turkish propaganda to make it seem casual, as if the thought had just occurred to them or they hadn't dwelt on it too deeply. In reality, both are obsessive propagandists, dedicated to their cause. They act like paid lobbyists, disdainful of any opposition or attempt at reasoned discussion.

I have personally posted reasonable and moderate replies to some of Carswell's pro-Turkey blog posts on his site. He refused to allow them to appear. He uses pre-emptive moderation on his blog site and, because it is his own, no one can challenge him.

Hannan, on the other hand, blogs on the Telegraph and his capacity to censor the discussion there is limited. So his only recourse is to completely ignore the opposing arguments of his readership. This he did the other day when his pro-Turkey blog post generated more than 600 hostile comments. The great Hannan, a Eurocrat elitist who likes to pose as a champion of the people against the Eurocrat elite, didn't deign to reply to his readers. Instead, he sailed blithely on to the next topic, hoping his readers would soon forget about the great betrayal of European civilisation he is planning to enact. They won't.

Some extra info on British Foreign Secretary William Hague's ties to the Conservative Friends of Turkey Association. Thanks to Telegraph commenter "drc" who provided it:

Hague isn't listed as a founding member, but: http://www.cfot.org.uk/resources/CFT_official_launch-28Oct08.pdf "Shadow Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague MP: “The Conservative Party is energetically in favour of Turkey’s accession to the European Union” "

"Rt Hon William Hague MP, keynote speaker at the official launch reception of the Conservative Friends of Turkey (CFT), emphasised the constructive role Turkey plays in the international community and the Conservative Party's longstanding support for Turkey's accession to the European Union."

"Shadow Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague MP was the guest of honour at the cocktail reception hosted by the Conservative Friends of Turkey in Whitehall to celebrate its official launch on 28 October. Following a welcoming address from CFT co-founders Cllr Ertan Hurer and Dr. Onur Çetin, the launch kicked off with speeches from Hague, Vice Chairman of the Party Richard Spring MP, Shadow Minister for Europe Mark Francois MP and Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action Baroness Sayeeda Warsi."

"Shadow Foreign Secretary Hague said Turkey’s accession to the EU would prove that the bloc was based on shared values rather than narrow geographical and religious boundaries. He drew attention to Turkey’s importance as an effective interlocutor in the international arena and reiterated Conservative Party’s support for Turkey’s EU membership."

Another Devastating Critique of David Cameron's Appeasement of Turkey

You can read a powerful critique of David Cameron's Turkey speech here.

"Cameron's speech reminds one of English socialists visiting the Soviet Union and heaping praise on Stalin and the wonderful revolution, before going off to collect their blood money. And now Cameron has done them one better, demanding that a radical Islamist regime share open borders with the EU."

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Reaction to Cameron's Folly From Around the World

Critical reaction pours in from around the world in reaction to David Cameron's folly in Turkey.

The best critique is from Barry Rubin : Cameron goes full retard

Never go full retard, David. You come away empty-handed.

"Suppose you are the British prime minister going to Turkey, or to just about any country. What should you say? The theme should be: We can cooperate and do mutually beneficial things. Here’s what I can do for you; here’s what I’d like you to do for me. And here’s what you must not do in order to reap the benefits of my friendship and favor.

Obviously, you need to dress that up in appropriate language. But everything should be conditional. The message to be delivered is that it is in your interest to respect my interests.

Cameron did the precise and exact opposite. His message was: The UK needs Turkey. Turkey is wonderful. Its behavior has been perfect. We are desperate for your help."

Cameron is a salesman, not a statesman. A salesman tells his hosts what they want to hear; a statesman tells them what they need to hear. Cameron is a salesman.

From Deutsche Welle, France and Germany alienated.

According to this article (in French) in Le Figaro, however, the European Commission is delighted by Cameron's stance.

The Wall Street Journal declares that Cameron has joined the Gaza flotilla. [requires subscription]

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

David Cameron Comes Out of the Closet

So David "Brokeback" Cameron has come out of the closet and declared his support for Turkey's EU membership. Of course this is no great surprise. I made it clear on this blog that all of Britain's establishment parties were supportive of Turkey's EU membership. I even personally emailed David Cameron last year and got a reply confirming it.

It's painful to see the shocked reactions of commenters on the Telegraph who are surprised by Cameron's position, however. These people assumed that a Conservative Prime Minister would see reason on the issue and show some concern about the islamification of Europe. How wrong they were. Cameron rolls out the same cheap rhetoric about "islamophobia" and how the jihadis have "misinterpreted" Islam. Actually, no, David. They're the ones who've interpreted it correctly.

The only consolation from the whole sorry episode is that it has pierced the illusions of many former Conservative voters and convinced them that the solution must come from outside the political mainstream.

Pro-Turkey shill and Conservative Friends of Turkey Association founder member, Daniel Hannan, unsurprisingly endorsed Cameron's stance on his blog and was promptly handed the mother of all bitchslappings by his readership. Of the more than 400 replies to his post, only about 4 or 5 were supportive.

The same pattern repeats itself in every pro-Turkey article we see in the British press (and there are only ever pro-Turkey articles): almost unanimous opposition in the comments from ordinary readers. This is true in right-wing periodicals such as the Telegraph or left-wing periodicals such as the Guardian. Yet the elite presses on with their crazed plans, contemptuous of the people they nominally represent.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Turkey Planning New Free Trade Zone in the Middle East

The Turkish government has announced that it is planning to institute a new free trade zone in the Middle East comprising Turkey itself, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Turkey has also established visa-free travel arrangements with quite a few of its fellow Middle Eastern nations.

I wonder whether the Eurocrats have taken any of this on board. The free travel of workers and goods is the cornerstone of the EU. For trade purposes, Turkey is already treated as if it was a member of the EU and it is pushing for visa-free travel. Of course, if it succeeds in becoming a member, it will have complete freedom of movement and travel. But Turkey's free trade and visa-free movement arrangements with other Middle Eastern nations will effectively mean that these privileges will have been extended to them, too, all without European citizens or even politicians having been consulted on the matter.

And these countries have notoriously porous borders with their fellow Muslim nations. So, effectively, Europe will have been integrated de facto with the entire Muslim Middle East. The Muslim dream of Eurabia will become a big step closer to reality.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Turkish Connection to Russian Bombing

The Telegraph today reports on a Turkish connection to the recent horrific bombing in Russia.

It seems the "Black Widow" terrorists were trained in Turkey:

Investigators said the late terrorist, whose real name was Alexander Tikhomirov, had recruited 30 potential female suicide bombers in Chechnya and Ingushetia and dispatched them to Turkey to be taught the precepts of radical Islam in an unnamed Madrasah.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Turkish PM Demands Turkish Colonies in Europe

Yes, this is the effect of what Erdogan has said. He has demanded that Turkish-language schools be set up in Germany, has offered to send Turkish teachers to staff them, has demanded that ethnic Turks living in Germany be allowed to hold dual Turkish-German citizenship and has proclaimed that he is the Prime Minister of Germany's ethnic Turks.

Is this not utterly astonishing? This is like the European powers demanding special extra-territorial rights in China in the 19th century. Except in this case, it's the primitive, undeveloped nation making the demands. And what is the response of Europe's elite. Polite demurral. This outrageous provocation ought to have resulted in the instant termination of Turkey's EU membership application. Instead, it trundles along, steadily progressing.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Bombshell: We Need to Inoculate European Culture with Turkish Culture

"We need to inoculate European culture with Turkish culture."

Those are the chilling words of a Turkish government official speaking at a jamboree recently hosted in Istanbul. The all-expenses paid invitees were Europeans of Turkish descent who hold influential positions within Europe. The Turkish government apparently expects these people to act as its agents of influence "inoculating European culture with Turkish culture."

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan spoke at the event and repeated his infamous declaration that "Assimilation is a crime against humanity." He urged his "people" to take citizenship in the European countries they had infiltrated, however. Not to integrate, of course. Just so they could acquire voting rights which they could then use to further Turkish interests.

This is like the conspiratorial Protocols of the Elders of Zion fantasy about the Jews, except this time it's the Turks and it's real.

To their credit, a few German politicians of Turkish descent declined the invitations or expressed unease about them. Der Spiegel published an article about the incident (in English) which you can read here.

Turkey Threatens to Expel Armenians

In response to recent initiatives in the Swedish and American parliaments to recognise the Turkish genocide - both notably opposed by the Swedish and American governments who would much rather do without these irritating outbreaks of democracy - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has threatened to expel the country's 100,000 Armenians who do not have Turkish citizenship.

He is effectively promising a second Armenian Genocide in a fit of pique about people talking about the first. The Times has denounced his actions in an editorial here.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Turks Pass Laws to Preserve Their Racial Purity

There is no other reasonable interpretation of this latest Turkish government initiative to ban trips abroad for the purpose of receiving artificial insemination medical treatment. Of course the Turks claim it's all about children's inheritance rights.

In truth, it was almost certainly provoked by the decision of the Turkish actress, Guner Ozkul, to bear a child following artificial insemination at a clinic in Denmark. Turkish nationalists must have been furious at the thought of white, European genes gestating in her womb.

People in the west tend to underestimate the savagery and strength of Turkish nationalism. It seems so obvious to us that Turkey is a pitiful third world wasteland that the idea of someone being hysterically proud of it just seems a little far-fetched. But not to the Turks. They are madly proud of the wasteland they have made.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

British artist fined for Insulting Turkish PM


Only banana republics fine people for insulting their dignitaries.
The artist, who lived in Turkey, was prosecuted for producing this picture.

The Policies of Britain's Political Parties on Turkish EU Accession

This week a debate-cum-discussion took place at Chatham House, featuring those in charge of foreign policy in each of Britain's three major political parties. If you're so inclined, you can read the full transcript of the debate, or even watch video of it here.

The topic of Turkey's potential EU accession came up. So let's see what passes for vigorous debate in Britain's pseudo-democracy.

First up was David Milliband, potentially the next Labour leader and Britain's current foreign secretary.

"On, I think, Turkey, I'm glad you called it; you said it should be in the list of rising powers. I think it is remarkable that in this country we have three political parties supporting the position of Turkish entry into the European Union. I think it's a very, very significant, I think it's the only country in Europe that's got that degree of consistency. I wouldn't want to be held to it, but I
think it's very, very important. There is a massive debate going on within Turkey, as well as within the EU, and it think they're two sides of the same coin, really. I am very, very clear that for reasons of energy, never mind for bridge-building with the Islamic world, the relationship of the EU to Turkey is of major geo-strategic importance over the next 20 years, and it's absolutely
clear that if we turn the European Union to effectively a sort of Christian club, where you can't come in because you're a country of 80 million Muslims, that is a terrible message to send, but in substantive terms, we're absolutely shooting ourselves in the foot on the energy front."

On to William Hague, the Conservative shadow foreign secretary:

"...I won't labour the point about Turkey. There is cross-party agreement I think for us to turn Turkey away from the EU would be catastrophic strategic error for European nations, but we are in agreement about that..."

Last and least was Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat shadow foreign secretary:

"On Turkey I think there's agreement. I'd just go further. The significance or strategic significance of Turkey, given that it borders Syria, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Georgia, I think, I'm not sure if my map’s right. But it's a huge player there."
[Note: in case you think I'm making this up as a joke, I'm not.]

He goes on:
"But on that basis in terms of energy issues facing the EU, in terms of drug trafficking, a whole range of issues, Turkey is absolutely critical to. And I think we've got to talk to our other European partners, who are worried possibly in times of recession, about the issues of mobility of labour across the EU. Let's, we've got to face up to these issues. Truth is the European Union will
be stronger with Turkey there. Our economies will be more prosperous."

How will our economies be more prosperous? What the hell does he mean? Does this fool even know that Turkey already has full free trade with the EU as if it was already a member state? There is no conceivable way that Turkey's admission to the EU could make the EU more prosperous.

Davey continues:
"We've got to have a more grown up debate about immigration within the European Union, because it's a real strength, and Britain I think could be a real strong voice in that area."

Immigration is a real strength? This guy is still living in the multicultural Marxist dreamworld of 30 years ago. It is frightening how out of touch these "elite" politicos are with ordinary people.

According to a recent survey, 69% of the British population think immigration has had a detrimental effect on society. 54 per cent said immigration would be the main issue in the upcoming election or the one that would decide the way they voted.

But that doesn't matter in the Soviet Republic of Britain does it? There is overwhelming public opposition to immigration, especially the immigration of Muslims. But there is cross-party consensus in favour of it. There is overwhelming public opposition to the admission of Turkey into the EU. But there is cross-party consensus in favour of it. In Britain democracy is like a wrestling match, a contrived combat spectacle among people who pretend to be fierce rivals but, in reality, go out to the pub together after the lights are off and the punters are gone.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Turkey's Republic of Fear

Excellent article in the Wall Street Journal on the unheralded triumph of Islamic extremism in Turkey:

"Last week's arrests in Turkey of dozens of high-ranking military officers mark the country's latest step toward authoritarianism. Neither Europe nor the United States can afford to ignore Turkey's transformation.

Since coming to power in 2002, the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and ultra-conservative Fethullah Gulen Movement have gained significant leverage over the police and media. Emulating Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the AKP has made selective use of the legal code to effectively silence the country's two largest independent media groups.

Dogan, which owns about half of the media outlets in the country, faces a record $3.5 billion fine on delayed tax payments. Liberal media mogul Mehmet Emin Karamehmet has been sentenced to 12 years in jail on charges related to dealings at his bank for which he was earlier acquitted. Editors now think twice before running stories critical of the government..."

Read the full article here.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Turks Forced to Confront Their Own Savagery

The resolution of the American Foreign Affairs Committee, calling for President Obama to recognise the Armenian Genocide for what it was, and to call it by its name, forces Turks to confront their own savage past. Decades of denial have made what ought to have been a rather unremarkable resolution - like one calling for Obama to recognise that the sky was blue - into a potential watershed event.

The vote now goes to the whole house where its fate is uncertain. Obama had promised to recognise the Armenian genocide when he was still a candidate, but broke that promise along with most of his others and now opposes recognition. Turkey has recalled its ambassador and issued its standard "We have nothing to apologise for" statement in response.

Similar resolutions have been presented for years and always rejected. The Turks have made extraordinary efforts to block American recognition of the Armenian genocide, including engaging in bribery and blackmail of leading American politicians, if Sibel Edmonds is to be believed.

By some accounts, though, the Armenian lobby is the second most powerful in the United States, but it has been hitherto unable to prevail on this issue.

Most likely that was because Turkey had the support of the most powerful lobby of all: the Israeli one. It may be that Israel's support for Turkey has now diminished or disappeared because of Turkey's recent anti-Israeli antics. If so, that is certainly to be welcomed.

Perhaps Americans and Israelis will now consider whether it is in their long-term strategic interests to have Europe's power, resources and sophistication harnessed to the cause of Islam, and alter their lobbying on Turkey's EU membership accordingly.

It truly is an extraordinary spectacle to see any nation, especially one that is held up as a shining example of modernity and moderation, go into such a preposterous sulk when forced to confront truths that are acknowledged by all objective historians. How can anyone in their right mind believe that Turkey - this third-world basket-case nation - is fit to be a member of the European Union?

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Turkish Generals Behind Bombing of British and Jewish Targets

For years we've been told about how proudly secular Turkey is. It wasn't like those other wicked Middle Easterners at all. No way. And most virtuous of all was the powerful Turkish military, bastion of secularism against the Islamists.

Except it turns out to be not quite true. It seems our secular Turkish generals were behind the 2003 attack in Istanbul on the British consulate, the HSBC bank and synagogues. Furthermore, according to this article in the Telegraph, they did it in cahoots with Al Qaeda.

Not that I necessarily believe the bit about Al Qaeda, but since the Telegraph is reporting it, you wonder how it can be reconciled with the newspaper's embarrassingly staunch support for Turkey's EU membership. In addition to hosting the blog of MEP and Conservative Friends of Turkey Association member, Daniel Hannan, whose relentless support for Turkey's membership of the EU is matched only by his relentless opposition to Britain's membership of it, the Telegraph periodically weighs in with editorials supporting the Turkish bid. The fact that these editorials invariably encounter overwhelming opposition from the newspaper's readers, as judged by the comments that follow them, appears to no whit deter these editorial desperadoes.

Note that this supportive editorial appeared after the first wave of generals' plot revelations.

It takes the classic "Teetering on the Brink" approach to supporting Turkey. According to this view, Turkey is seen as teetering on the brink between mad islamists and enlightened secularists and European Union membership would be the stabilising force that ensures the secularists prevail. The alternative view, that allowing in any country so demonstrably unstable runs the risk of importing chaos into the European Union, is never given an airing.

The genius of the "Teetering on the Brink" argument is that any evidence of Turkey's unfitness to be an EU member is, paradoxically, held up as evidence of why it needs to be admitted even more urgently. Islamists suppressing the free press? "Omigod, we need to let the Turks in right away to help the secularists out!"

No doubt, this new revelation, that Turkey's "secular" generals conspired to murder a British diplomat and his wife, will be interpreted as evidence that we need to just throw the rule book away for Turkey and let it in right away even though it doesn't meet any civilised standards.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Turkish Generals Plotted War on Europe

Three Turkish generals have just been arrested for plotting to start a war with Greece. They planned to accomplish this by conducting a series of "false flag" operations, blowing up mosques and museums in Turkey and making it look like Greece was responsible. Their plan also called for Turkish aircraft to conduct "aggressive manoeuvres" over the Aegean to provoke Greece into firing upon them. Once a chaotic atmosphere had been suitably stirred up, the generals would then depose the elected government and assume power.

Given this grotesque tale of primitivism, how is it possible that this preposterous third-world country's application to join the EU is still on track?

Thursday, 4 February 2010

A Prime Example of Turkish Culture

In 2010, Istanbul is the European Capital of Culture. The Guardian today reports a prime example of Turkish culture:
a 16-year-old girl killed by being buried alive by her own family for "talking to boys".

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Turkey is the Leading Human Rights Violator

This is the official judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in its report on the year 2009.

In total, the court issued 341 rulings against Turkey, far higher than any other state. This represented almost one fifth of the court's unfavourable judgements in total.

Moreover, the human rights situation in Turkey seems to be deteriorating. The number of complaints against it to the ECHR has risen from 2828 in 2007 to 4474 in 2009.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

David Cameron on Islam


I couldn't resist another one:

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

David Cameron's Position on Turkey


This genius website allows you to create your own David Cameron/Conservatives poster.

My own effort is posted below.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

OSCE Denounces Turkey for Its Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

According to the OSCE's media monitor, Turkey is failing to honour its commitment to support freedom of expression. More than 3,700 websites are currently blocked in the country for "arbitrary and political" reasons. In addition, journalists are at constant risk of being subject to arbitrary criminal penalties.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Bulgaria May Block Turkey's EU Bid

Bulgaria is demanding $20 billion compensation from Turkey for the homes of the Bulgarians forced out of Turkey in the early 20th century and promising to block Turkey's EU application until the money is paid.

Nice one, Bulgaria. But I'd like to ask how are the Bulgarians arriving at this figure? Are they using the estimated present value of what those homes would be? Because that isn't the correct approach. The correct approach would be to estimate their present value then apply market interest rates appropriate to a very high-risk loan to the entire sum for the period since the Bulgarians were forced out. This might raise the compensation value to closer to $50 billion.