So, there was a newsreport on TV earlier tonight that showed an entire mob of Belgians of Turkish descent assembling before the Turkish Embassy in Brussels who wanted to buy of their military service in Turkey for €5000, since Turkey recently voted a law to make this €10 000!
I was under the impression this was only for Turkish immigrants, so I thought -- not that bad of a deal.
This military service apparantly is also mandatory for Belgians of Turkish descent who were born in Belgium, but since Turkey grants them automatic citizenship... they have dual citizenship.
Even more bizarre, some men in front of the Embassy explained that they have dual Belgian-Turkish citizenship but they can't denounce their Turkish citizenship, so they wouldn't fullfill their mandatory Turkish military service to begin with, and thus saving €5000 or €10000, because Turkey doesn't allow it before they did their military service, or of course, payed the €5000 (soon €10 000) fee!!!
I find this utterly outrageous for sure, and I expect swift action to be taken -- coordinated -- by Western European countries (Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark & Austria) since this is just money that basically is shipped to Turkey that could have ended up in our economies via consumption or investments...
This is a Dutch newspaper article I have found on the subject:
PVV Urges to Stop Loans to Turks for Buying-off Military Service
THE HAGUE, 09/11/11 - The Party for Freedom (PVV) wants to get rid of the system whereby Dutch nationals of Turkish origin are able to get a loan from the government to buy out of their national service requirement in Turkey.
Turks who do not live in Turkey must carry out their obligatory national service, generally of 15 months. This applies to al men with dual Dutch and Turkish nationality, even if they were born in the Netherlands. In the past, The Hague has unsuccessfully asked Ankara to give up this policy.
The Turkish Dutch can buy out of the service obligation for 5,000 euros and follow an abbreviated military training course of 21 days. The Dutch defence ministry provides interest-free loans for this. That must stop, in the view of PVV MP Marcel Hernandez.
"Henk and Ingrid (the stereotypical Dutch couple) are still paying for the defence of Turkey," complained Hernandez. He wants the Turkish Dutch to give up their Turkish passports if they want to get out of the national service obligation.
The minister was not immediately leaping to abolish the scheme, but said yesterday that he will leave it up to the Lower House as to whether it wants to abolish the system or not. Hernandez is hoping for the support of Labour (PvdA) and the Christian democrats (CDA).
Again -- I find this truely bizarre and uttertly outrageous.