Â “What’s happening in Turkey at the moment is not in line with our idea of the freedom to demonstrate or freedom of speech.
(Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was shocked at Turkey’s tough response to anti-government protests but she stopped short of demanding that the European Union call off accession talks with the candidate country.
“I’m appalled, like many others,” Merkel said of Turkey’s handling of two weeks of unrest that began over a redevelopment project in an Istanbul park but has grown into broader protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.
“I would like to see those who have criticism, who have a different opinion and a different idea of society, having some space in aÂ TurkeyÂ that moves into the 21st century,” Merkel told German broadcaster RTL.
Asked whether Ankara’s response to the protests was in line with the way an EU accession candidate should act, Merkel said: “What’s happening in Turkey at the moment is not in line with our idea of the freedom to demonstrate or freedom of speech.
“They are terrible images. … I can only hope that the problems will be solved peacefully,” she said in the German TV interview, which was due to be aired later on Monday.
EU politicians are divided on whether interrupting accession talks would help or hamper Turkey’s democratization process.
EU officials sayÂ GermanyÂ is reluctant to open a new area of negotiation with Turkey this month. Berlin denies any direct link with the latest events but the foreign ministry says talks that began in 2005 were going to be a “very, very long process”.
Merkel has backed Turkish accession talks while at the same time expressing skepticism about its future EU membership.
Speaking just before departing for a Group of Eight summit in NorthernÂ Ireland, Merkel reiterated her position that Germany would not arm rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The G8 summit was set for a clash between U.S. President Barack Obama, who is now ready to send weapons to Syrian rebels, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who backs the Syrian government.
“We do not supply weapons ourselves. We do not contribute to that. That’s against our rules,” Merkel said. “RussiaÂ must play a role in the process. Otherwise there will be no peace.”
a.) there can never be peace with Islam
b.) peace at any cost? Where does that lead us?
The following text has been floating around the internet for a while. The source can’t be verified, but if Merkel really said that she is guilty of treason:
Posted byÂ EU TimesÂ on Sep 21st, 2010
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germans have failed to grasp how Muslim immigration has transformed their country and will have to come to terms with more mosques than churches throughout the countryside, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.
“Our country continues to change, and integration is also the task for society to deal with immigrants,” Ms. Merkel told the daily newspaper. “For years we’ve been deceiving ourselves about this. Mosques, for example, are going to be a more prominent part of our cities than they were before.”
Germany, with a population of 4-5million Muslims, has been divided in recent weeks by a debate over remarks by the Bundesbank’s Thilo Sarrazin, who argued Turkish and Arab immigrants were failing to integrate and were swamping Germany with a higher birth rate.
The Chancellor’s remarks represent the first official acknowledgment that Germany, like other European countries, is destined to become a stronghold of Islam.
In France 30% of children age 20 years and below are Muslims. The ratio in Paris and Marseilles has soared to 45%. In southern France there are more Mosques than churches.
The situation within the United Kingdom is not much different. In last 30 years, the Muslim population there has climbed from 82,000 to 2.5 millions. Presently, there are over 1000 mosques throughout Great Britain – – many of which were converted from churches.
In Belgium, 50% newborns are Muslims and reportedly its Islamic population hovers around 25%. A similar statistic holds true for The Netherlands.
It’s the same story in Russia where one in five inhabitants are Muslim.
Muammar Gaddafi recently stated that “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without sword, without gun, without conquest. We don’t need terrorists; we don’t need homicide bombers. The 50 plus million Muslims (in Europe) will turn it into the Muslim Continent within a few decades.”
The statistics support him.