Here we go again. Few spats and a couple of phone calls later, we are back at square one on the Erdoğan-Macron front. Or even worse perhaps this time around. Remarks by Erdoğan in which he questioned the mental sanity of his counterpart signal his desire to divert attention from domestic troubles.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has condemned racism in Europe after Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and insistently naming him “terrorist.” The ruling AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik also slammed Wilders, calling him “immoral, antihuman and fascist.”
Like France, Turkey too is a secular republic. Secularism is one of constitutional principles that even to propose changing is banned. Yet, judging the paths taken by the two presidents Mr. Erdoğan and Mr. Macron they are going at almost diametrically opposite directions.
According to Turkey's presidential spokesperson Kalın “We were told other people’s tales under the guise of modernization. Now, it’s time to write of our own tale.” Just to avoid any sensationalism, let’s put it on the record that Mr. Kalın is no lunatic. That’s why his expression of his teenage dreams of accomplishing a full back-somersault must be taken for what it’s worth.
This step involving the Hagia Sophia has totally destroyed the deception that Turkey has preserved its multi-religious, multicultural and multi-identity features as a country. Since we have passed the expiry date of lies, what is next now? Is there another topic of victimization left?