«There is a dark irony surrounding these events, because this government has done more than any other to bring Turkey to the edge of EU membership. It forced the military to relinquish privileged positions within government. It applied pressure to persuade the Turkish Cypriots and the military to accept a compromised Cyprus reunification plan.
The state broadcaster TRT was even made to broadcast Kurdish language programming.
[...] 'The problem is,' said Soli Ozel, Professor of International Relations at Istanbul's Bilgi University, 'that it gives ammunition to those [in the EU] who say "Turkey is not like us".'»
--"Outcry as Turks plan law to ban adultery": A country shocked by the alleged honour killing of a young mother is torn by its Islamic traditions
"Not like us?" What, not like Malta ? Or Poland, a country whose tradition of democracy is right up there with the Philippines' ?