Europe, and the world, needs a stable and democratic Turkey

Irish Independent 3 June 2013

Turkey is an EU applicant country, it is a major US and NATO ally and it is a bulwark against the other political unrest in the region. If its stability and prosperity unravelled, we would be landed with more trouble. Unfortunately, the language of the imperious Prime Minister Erdogan doesn’t yet suggest any sense of a willingness to listen to the frustrations of his people. In which case, yet further trouble lies ahead.