The inability of Turkish governments to resolve differences with its Kurdish minority have caused the European Union to cite this issue as a stumbling block to entry into the EU. The constant attacks on Kurdish opposition officials and other voices of opposition has raised concerns among European leaders. A Western diplomat noted: “this year, the EU has used more specific language with freedom of expression over the Kurdish issue, as we have witnessed permanent harassment of Kurdish mayors in the southeastern region, despite the fact that they have been expressing non-violent opinions.” Instead of working with Kurdish leaders who support non-violent changes, the Turkish government all too frequently has relied on force and oppression against opponents.
Turkish laws make illegal allow prosecution of Kurds who express public opinions that criticize Turkish government views on the Kurdish question. Turkey has to learn the value of the free market place of ideas.