“Turkey’s indisposition to respect ethnic minority rights in the country, grant civil rights and some form of autonomy to the Kurds, and allow for a dialogue to be opened over the Armenian genocide has prolonged Turkey’s accession into the European Union. Turkey’s constitution, a symbol of Turkey’s “turkishness,” promotes undemocratic, racist, and restrictive language in respects to minorities and their role in society.”

Minority Politico

Turkey’s indisposition to respect ethnic minority rights in the country, grant civil rights and some form of autonomy to the Kurds, and allow for a dialogue to be opened over the Armenian genocide has prolonged Turkey’s accession into the European Union. Turkey’s constitution, a symbol of Turkey’s “turkishness,” promotes undemocratic, racist, and restrictive language in respects to minorities and their role in society. The EU has demanded for an establishment of anti-discriminatory laws and a ratification of Turkey’s constitution in line with EU standards to increase Turkey’s chances for EU accession. Nevertheless Turkey is reluctant to make steadfast changes to their constitution and nationalist ideologies. Accession negotiations between the European Union and Turkey began in 2005. Since then a list of steps necessary to fulfill the requirements of the Copenhagen criteria has been formulated into an accession program package to ensure Turkey’s full compliance and understanding of the EU status…

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