Prime Minister Recep Erdogan increasingly seeks to instill spirit which is more Muslim than Turkish. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of an important opposition party sharply condemned the drift toward making religion the center of his nation. “At work is an insidious attack on the rule of law and order in Turkey’s ruling party.” He pointed out that hundreds of journalists, publishers, military officers, members of the academic community and politicians have been either arrested or charged with crimes.
The Turkish economy is proceeding towards creating a modern society. This requires working with people who are not Muslim. It also means if Turkey desires membership in the European Union it must abandon this assault on democratic forces.