Monday, September 24, 2007

Being brave enough to devise a civil constitution

At this point I would like to refer to something that shows the boundaries of the intention to prepare a civil constitution. Just like the circles that established guardianship over domestic politics, the European Union is also indifferent to the country’s problems. For instance, when the EU authorities refer to religious freedom, they actually make reference to the demands by the Fener Greek Patriarchy and religious freedom of the non-Muslim minority in Turkey. The EU was never interested in the problems of the majority in Turkey as regards the enjoyment of religious freedoms. Therefore the EU cannot be expected to back a provision outlined in the draft bill to allow headscarves in universities. Such a provision will be 100 percent local and domestic.

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