Turkey is despertately seeking to attain membership in the European Union, but its quest has been hampered by certain clauses in the Turkish constitution which run counter to the ideals of the EU. The Turkish parliament has been grappling with the controversial Article 301 provision which allows individuals to be prosecuted for insulting the Turkish nation. The EU regards the provision as a direct violation of the principle of freedom of speech and will, most probably, reject the Turkish application unless Article 301 is eliminated. The latest discussion in parliament came up with changing the terminology to “Denigration of Turkish Nation.”
Sorry, Turkish officials, the European Union is going to insist on completely eliminating any such wording and allow Turks to denigrate, insult, or say whatever is on their mind. Take it or don’t enter.