Bonnier AB – [Translated with Google] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan believes that globalization is nothing more than a kind of “modern slavery” and “neo-colonialism”. The IMF and the World Bank would be the originators of these abuses.
On April 6, 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke out clearly against globalization. He spoke of a new world order in which the elements of globalization will not play a role. But according to research by the German business news, Erdoğan has spoken out against globalization for some time.
At the Turkish-African Economic Forum in Istanbul in 2016, according to the Daily Sabah newspaper, he said: “I see modern globalization as a new way of colonialism, modern slavery. Both Turkey and Africa refused to be ‘second class citizens’ (…) Our African friends have progressed to this day thanks to courageous and visionary leaders like Nkrumah, Lumumba, Kenyatta and Mandela. ”
The IMF and the World Bank would pretend to help developing countries. In reality, however, it is a matter of allowing the countries concerned to move within set economic boundaries. “In the areas of infrastructural development and the development of the defense industry, there are limits to the states that they must not violate. If you want to be part of the global system, they are expected to accept this dictation without contradiction, ”Bloomberg’s Turkish-language service quotes the Turkish president.
The founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, is now also critical of globalization. “The globalizers have overdone it. We should have given more weight to the social factors and the environment, ”said Schwab of the Swiss magazine“ Bilanz ”in December 2019.
Globalization had long been morally justified because it produced far more winners than losers. “Today, this argument is no longer convincing for two reasons: First, we have a new social awareness, especially among the younger generation. And secondly, you can no longer pursue a policy that leaves citizens behind, ”said Schwab.
The rapid pace of economic and social change is the main cause of the return of nationalism, said Schwab. Fear, such as the loss of a job, leads to a bunker mentality. The new nationalism is a countermovement to globalization. “The mantra of the large opening was primarily an elitist project,” said Schwab.
The London Times commented on the corona crisis in mid-March 2020: “In fact, there is a danger that this crisis will ring the death knell for globalization by causing not only the collapse of global supply chains, but also that of global cooperation. Because every nation is now trying to take care of itself. That would only increase the disaster. ”
The French newspaper “La Nouvelle République” writes about the economic consequences of the corona crisis: “Financial analysts are already talking about Black Monday, a historic day on the world stock exchanges. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the serious oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, stock indices fell worldwide. The spread of the virus has once again demonstrated that globalization has made the world a village in which everything circulates faster. The crash of the markets confirms their interdependence. All countries, at least almost all of them, are affected. ”
The Bulgarian newspaper “24 Tschassa” deals with the strong globalization on Saturday, in which crises spread faster: “The world is becoming a location where everything is within reach. In this globalized world, something that happens thousands of kilometers away affects everyone else very quickly. This is explained with the “butterfly effect”. There are only a few Bulgarians who can find the Syrian province of Idlib on the map. There was an air raid by government forces on Turkish soldiers, which resulted in refugees who are in Turkey moving towards the Bulgarian border. Another example: there is a new virus in China. How could you prevent its global spread if millions of people travel by plane every day? ”
The Belgian newspaper “De Standaard” comments on Saturday the global efforts to fight the coronavirus in China:
“The fact that we have to watch the situation tens of thousands of kilometers away is one of the consequences of globalization. The megacity Wuhan proves to be an important intersection, which can promote the rapid spread of the virus. The idea of globalization has come under pressure recently. The belief that everyone benefits from collaboration and exchange is no longer a matter of course. But globalization is not only the cause, it is also the cure for this crisis. It may be the first time that at such an early stage resources are being used to prevent a pandemic. The next few hours and days will have to show whether the world is able to nip the threat in the bud. If there is anything good about this challenge, then the insight that we all share this one planet. ”