A resolution by the Bundestag upsets the relations with Turkey and reopens the E.U.’s strategy games on the migrants’ front. This week, the German parliament has, almost unanimously, approved a text on the Armenian genocide provided by CDU, SPD and Greens. It took a year before being able to put black on white what was stated by Joachim Gauck, the President of the Republic, “the Armenian people’s destiny exemplifies the history of mass murder, the ethnic cleansing, the expulsions and even the genocides which have marked the 20th century in such a terrible way.”
The Turkish “retaliation” has been immediate: Mevlut Cavusoglu, the foreign minister, has recalled to Ankara the ambassador, Husein Avni Karslioglu. And from Kenya, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has immediately warned: “This vote will have a very serious impact on relationships between Turkey and Germany,” and not just because “the war on History” with Berlin risks blowing up the agreement on abolishing the visa for Turkish citizens in the E.U. in exchange for the hot spots in the immigrants’ odyssey.
The text of the resolution is little more than symbolic; nonetheless the vote was attended by religious people and by representatives of the Armenian community who were holding an explicit sign: “Thank You.” For the first time, the Bundesrepublik officially aligns itself with other 29 countries stigmatizing the Armenian genocide as sanctioned since 1985 by the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission and ratified two years later by the European Parliament.