"Turkey's opposition to the Danish prime minister's bid to become the next NATO chief is bad for Ankara's EU membership aspirations", EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said Saturday. And he continued "It does not look good from a European perspective, because freedom of expression is such a fundamental value, and meanwhile Turkey is aiming to become a member of the European Union," he said. "This will surely raise questions amongst EU member states and citizens on how well Turkey has internalised such European values as freedom of expression."
The fact that Olli Rehn is connecting the selectionprocess of the next NATO secretary General to the EU membership aspirations of Turkey is pure blackmail and totally out of line. If respect for fundamtal rights and freedoms of EU-citizens had been part of the selectionprocess for the next NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen should most certainly not have ever been on the shortlist. He has openly refused in a speech August 27th 2008 to implement EU-jurisprudence on free movement, a fundamental right of every EU-citizen.
As a high ranking US diplomat has said several days ago,
"the balance between freedom of expression and respect for diversity is the value which we want to project into the world".If you look at Anders Fogh Rasmussen's track record, you will quickly come to the understanding that he most certainly is not the man for the job.
Best article"Rasmussen, der Muslim-Schreck" of a European newspaper on this issue by Jörg Lau of Zeitonline. Worsed article "Time for Erdogan to go" on this issue by Marko Attila Hoare.