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Avvenire - Italy | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Geonocide denial blocks Turkey's path to EU

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has accused the pope of "contributing to the growing racism in Europe" after Francis described the massacre of Armenians a century ago as genocide. Unfortunately, coming to terms with the past remains an alien concept in Turkey, which is thus blocking its own path towards Europe, the Catholic daily Avvenire counters: "The accusation of racism, a political manoeuvre of the basest sort, can't disguise the inability of Turkey's ruling class to deal with the past. ... If it goes on like this Turkey will languish forever on Europe's doorstep without ever getting past the door. Contrary to Germany, which was willing to submit to a painful and courageous confrontation with its past, Turkey seems to have decided to continue on the path of 'damnatio memoriae', deleting the past. Regrettable for an officially democratic nation which, however, succumbed to the temptation of authoritarian ways years ago, making the neologism 'democracyship' so painfully apt."

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