Thursday, 20 July 2017
(Profile photo courtesy of SPD Schleswig-Holstein)
It is an interesting time in Germany. Little-by-little authorities are realizing that Turkey has a problem. German authorities are among the first to act. They currently warn citizens that you could face arrest after traveling there.
Conflict at the Top
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel made unexpected but clear statements. He said “There is a risk for everyone who visits Turkey.” He clarified that anyone could face arrest. No matter your power or where you are from, you could end up in jail there. This also isn’t the first time he spoke out on this matter. He already expressed concerns about the “Crisis in Qatar.”
The German and Turkish Conflict
All this happened because of human rights abuses in Turkey. German legislators took offense to unlawful imprisonment. This lead to heated exchanges between officials. At the time of this writing both sides are angry about the situation.
A Vital Trading Partner
Turkey trades with Germany more than any other partner. Sanctions would cause serious problems in Turkey. An embargo would bring parts of the economy to a grinding halt. This is a serious situation that they must repair immediately.
Morals in Germany
Germany is currently in a heavily liberal era. Human rights are a key component of most liberal agendas. It only makes sense that they would have problems with the Turkish situation. It would be hypocritical of them to ignore the situation. Our group applauds them for responding correctly. We encourage any European members to congratulate your members as well.
A German Warning Against Investment
In another damning statement, they also mentioned that people should not invest there. This is likely to make a bad situation even worse. It could lead to trade embargoes in the future with the EU. If this trend continues it could cause the country to crumble. Many legislators weighed in on this including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Worst-Case Scenario
An embargo would send damage people throughout the country. Many valuable items would raise in price by hundreds of Liras. Those who depend on trading would lose their jobs. An economic collapse is possible in this situation. For Turkey, this would mean the destruction of a homeland. For the rest of the world it means an expansion of the refugee crisis.
What this Means for the Movement
This is not something we would like to see for Turkey. It would show that the current government policies aren’t working. Unfortunately, the cost is too great to see this as a positive thing. Economics do not have emotions. They also do not differentiate between good and bad people. Bad economic conditions lead to the less powerful and rich starving early on.
Our Hope for Turkey
We want an end to these negative policies that endanger the economy. Free imprisoned people so they can go back to their jobs. Let them go so they can build a country without poverty. That is our dream and wish for everyone suffering in Turkey right now. Please join our mission and help us avoid this disaster. Fill out the form below and let us know how you can help.