#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 29 – Ankara has voiced concern over the rise of xenophobic, anti-immigration, Euroskeptic and extremist parties, noting that Turkey has long been worried about increasing support for such policies across the continent.(Hurriyet Agency)
Pre-emptive policies should be designed through correct interpretations of the election results by EU institutions, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement released late May 28, while particularly noting “reactionary” votes in EU countries that are still suffering from economic crises.
“It is important for the new EU leadership that will emerge in the post-election period to make the EU an influential and prestigious player again in the political and economic fields … This is indispensable for the future of both the European project and Turkey-EU relations,” the ministry added.
In the European parliamentary poll held on May 25, Euroskeptic parties made big gains across the continent, while anti-establishment parties also gained support.
The Foreign Ministry expressed pleasure that Turkish-origin parliamentarians in a number of countries were among those elected to the European Parliament in the latest elections. It said that such figures both contributed to politics in the EU-member countries where they live and serve as a “bridge of friendship” between Turkey and the countries where they are citizens.
(Islam Online) “We must learn to work together effectively on the both grass roots and leadership levels,” Imam Ahmed Miktar, president of the Association of the Imams of France and a member of the Gathering of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders, told Reuters on Tuesday, May 27.
“Muslims and Jews Our communities can no longer afford the luxury of standing apart.”
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(Zaman) – Ahmet Faruk Ünsal, head of the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples (MAZLUM-DER), said the incident is a reflection of rising fear of Muslims and of different cultures in Europe. “Even a country like Norway was impacted by this threat,” he said, “what we see is that there is growing tilt to the far-right rhetoric in Europe, the French President Nicola Sarkozy’s xenophobic remarks being a case in point.”
Hurriyet Daily – Reuters – Islam Online