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Tyrkias statsråd for EU-saker, Egemen Bag?s, brukte en minnemarkering i Auschwitz til å si at dagens Europa er på vei til å anta en rasistisk mentalitet og innføre fascistiske metoder.

Uttalelsene vakte hevede øyenbryn, både i europeiske hovedsteder og i Brussel. Hvis Egemen Bag?s mente å minne Europa om sin dystre fortid, oppnådde han snarere å irritere.

Det var måten Egemen Bag?s uttalte seg på, og stedet, som gjorde uttalelsene smakløse.

«The EU, founded in order to eliminate the threats of that period to peace, is today under the risk of being overtaken by a racist mentality that cannot internalise its own values and emulates the fascist methods of 1930s,» he told an audience inside the former German concentration camp.

«Unfortunately today Turkey and the Turkish people in Europe bear the consequences of being different… Turkish people, implicitly or openly, are being told this: ‘You are different and you have no place among us.'»

«The best response to these people would be to support and adopt the values of the European Union and principles of democracy more. The only remedy for this distorted mentality is Turkey’s accession to the EU.»

Mr Bagis outlined the heroic actions of certain Turkish diplomats who served in central and eastern European countries during the period of National Socialism and «risked their lives in order to protect and save the Jews».

However, he rounded on the current Israeli government, demanding an apology for the recent killing of Turkish citizens aboard a relief ship headed to Palestinians in the Gaza strip.

«This unfair and persistent attitude of the Israeli government is not consistent with the historical perspective,» he said. «May God not let any nation or country suffer such pain.»

Turkey itself has faced repeated criticism over the government’s failure to fully recognise what many historians call the ‘Armenian genocide’ – the killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1917.

Statsråden greide å sammensause fortid og nåtid på en måte som gjorde moralen uspiselig. Egemen Bag?s dukket Europa for å fremheve Tyrkia, det samme Tyrkia som begikk folkemord og nekter å innrømme det. Man skal være ganske arrogant for å si noe slikt i Auschwitz.

Tyrkias utsikter til å bli EU-medlem ble neppe bedre.

Turkey clarifies ‘fascist’ EU claim