January 21, 2011
The Commission has been reluctant to comment why poligamy was not mentioned in the 2010 report on Turkey’s EU progress, in spite of the fact that a recent report speaks of nearly 187,000 women in Turkey, a candidate country for EU membership, are in polygamous marriages.
The practice is indeed illegal in Turkey, but it is widespread, as it appears.
But I think that if the Commission is not so critical, it may be because poligamy exists also in Western societies, who tolerate or keep eyes “wide shut” over the phenomenon.
I personally had an Austrian colleague, in a previous job, based in Brussels, who was the polygamous second wife of a gentleman from the horn of Africa. And she was in charge of preaching the gospel of gender equality to people from the Western Balkans.
But who are we to criticise?Georgi Gotev