FM: Turkey’s EU entry to change civilizational premises

Ahmet Davutoğlu

October 28, 2010, Thursday/ 17:17:00
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, largely responsible for engineering Turkish foreign policy, has told the Turkish Review that the European Union, which will interact with ancient civilizations through Turkey’s entry into the bloc, will begin to question its civilization premises as a result of this interaction.

“Europe will experience what Turkey is passing through today in an extensive manner. Turkey will be an inoculation to Europe and I believe a very fertile intellectual atmosphere will be born. Of course, the civilizational premises will be opened to questioning. My personal prediction is that new Christian movements with stronger monotheistic tendencies will flourish,” Davutoğlu said in an interview with the Turkish Review, a bimonthly journal whose first issue was released this week.

Davutoğlu gave an exclusive interview to the journal’s editor-in-chief, Kerim Balcı, who is also a columnist for Today’s Zaman. Elaborating on his statements, Davutoğlu used the example of some European countries being against the building of minarets.

“Today, certain European countries are resisting minarets.

Why? The reason is the strong and rigid Western self-perception. But a city with different cultural artifacts in its silhouette produces more and more pluralistic citizens,” he said. The foreign minister also acknowledged that Turkey’s entry into the EU will have a transformative effect on Turkey as well and will not be one-sided. He said more Eastern Europeans as well as Brazilians and Portuguese will come to Turkey, bringing their needs with them. “This will change us also. We will probably have to flex our mono-cultural nation-state-based understanding of Islam, and Europe will have to flex its mono-cultural Christian cities understanding. This is not an easy process, but it is inescapable,” Davutoğlu said.

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