Tuesday, October 04, 2005

EU and Turkey: - As important as the fall of the Berlin Wall

"As important as the fall of the Berlin Wall?" Well, maybe, but not necessarily in a positive way, which our clueless fomer FM and PM doesn't understand. Notice how he doesn't say a word about the fact that this is strongly against the wishes of a majority of the people in nearly all EU countries. Let's not talk about democracy on a day like this, let's just celebrate, eh?

EU and Turkey: - As important as the fall of the Berlin Wall

EU's decision to begin negotiations with Turkey is as important as the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is the opinion of Norway's former foreign minister, Thorbjoern Jagland. Participating in NRK's political debate program RedaksjonEn, the leader of Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee, and coming Preident of Parliament, Jagland said EU's decision on Monday evening was historic. - It will turn out to be just as important to Europe as the fall of the Berlin Wall 16 years ago, Jagland said. In his opinion, the EU will through this decision be able to build a bridge to its closest neighbour, the Orient. He pointed to the fact that Turkey is unique among most other mUslim nations in that it is a secular state, where the constitution clearly separates state and religion.

Oslo city council forbids niqab during school hours


Students at Oslo schools will not be allowed to wear the Muslim headdress niqab in the classroom. This has been decided by the Oslo City Council. The Council has the Government's full support on this issue, the newspaper Dagsavisen writes. -It is a minimum requirement that the students do not cover part of their face. In a class situation teachers must have the poissibility to see the student's face in order to ensure proper communication, says city councillor for education, Torger Oedegaard to the newspaper. The Councillor raised the issue after it became known that two Muslim students with Somali background were using a so-called niqab, where only the eyes are visible, during school hours. Oedegaard underlines that the ban will only be enforced in the classroom. - How one is dressed in the school yard or privately, is not the teacher's concern, he says.

3 Comments:

At October 05, 2005 12:00 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

Surely he means, EU's decision to begin negotiations with Turkey is as important as the fall of Vienna.

DP111

 
At October 05, 2005 12:08 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

PS: I realise that Vienna did not fall. However, if Turkey gets into the EU, it will be as if Vienna had finally fallen.

 
At October 05, 2005 1:19 PM, Blogger PD111 said...

Ankara needs cultural revolution to join EU, says Chirac

http://www.guardian.co.uk/eu/story/0,7369,1584959,00.html

Indeed.

DP111

 

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