An article by Haroon Siddiqui published on the Canadian daily Canada Star writes that a miracle of democracy occurred in Turkey, but the West has some difficulties to understand this.
â€œThe election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoganâ€™s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Sunday to a record third straight majority represents a miracle but only one of many in todayâ€™s Turkey. He is now the countryâ€™s most successful democratic leader ever.
In leading Turkey away from its authoritarian and military-dominated past, he has made it the model for democracy-hungry Arabs, to whom he has lent strong support, including taking in 4,000 Syrians fleeing Bashar al-Assadâ€™s butchery.
Another miracle is Turkeyâ€™s economy. At 9 per cent, its growth is second only to Chinaâ€™s and higher than Indiaâ€™s. Its $1 trillion economy is now not too far behind Canadaâ€™s.
The third miracle is Turkeyâ€™s emergence as a strong regional power. Its relations with the United States and Israel may be more strained since Erdoganâ€™s election in 2002, but Erdoganâ€™s independent foreign policy of â€˜zero problems with neighborsâ€™ has normalized relations and increased trade with neighbors in the Balkans, the Middle East and the Black Sea basin.
The fourth miracle - still in the making - is that instead of Europe resisting Turkeyâ€™s entry into the European Union, it is Turkey that may no longer want the membership,â€ Siddiqui writes.
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