Samstag, 22. Juni 2013

Turkey as Europe's Emerging Market

Turkey is THE emerging market at Europe's gate to Asia. Even though Turkey is not the only emerging market in Europe, keeping in mind the emerging markets within the EU such as Poland (with its 38.383 million people according to the CIA factbook), Turkey with its 80.694 million people (according to the CIA factbook) is definitely the biggest market per capita. That makes Turkey Europe's largest emerging market. The recent uprising in the Turkish society (May-June 2013), lead by many Turks who not only want to have economic development but also personal freedoms and a democratic society to live in, I see systemically interlinked with Brazil, with its 201.009 million people (according to the CIA factbook) another important emerging market.

Many Brazilians who go on the streets in these days (June 2013) demand also more than their government is willing or is able to give them. Many Brazilians live still under miserable circumstances and they were disenfriendchised in being able to be part of the economic growth of an emerging Brazilian market in the last years. In addition to that emerging markets (usually referred to as the BRICS states) also suffer from the economical slow-down of Europe, the USA and Japan as buyers of products and resources from the emerging markets, not to forget the influence of a recent cooling-off economy in China with less and less appetite for the products, commodities and resources other (emerging) markets have to offer.

If you face the interrelations of group dynamics and systems thinking you become aware pretty quickly that a medially and economically interconnected world is not only keeping challenges in one region but information and mass-phenomena are spreading very quickly through - for instance - social media.

Through my relatives from Rio de Janeiro I became aware of a very popular prime-time daily soap broadcasted in Brazil called "Salve Jorge". The plot of this soap opera is about human trafficking of Brazilians in Turkey (Istanbul and Cappadocia). When you keep this in mind it is just a small step to the conclusion that from a systemic and group-dynamic standpoint the uprising of many citizens in Turkey have provoked respectively favored the uprising of large parts of Brazil's population demanding similar from its government: a better life respectively better conditions they live under. There is just a little more than 2 weeks between the two uprising movements ignited in these two very different but as emerging markets in cerntain aspects very similar countries.

So that raises another question: Will we see in the coming weeks and months similar developments in terms of people going onto the streets demanding more freedoms in the biggest of all emerging markets China? And what is about Russia, India, South Africa etc. which also must feel the "Wind of Change" (as the Scorpions song put it) coming from an economical slow-down in many parts of the world and with that a rising unwillingness of many people in the emerging markets to bear their oppressive regimes which do not distribute the wealth of the last 10 years or more to its people.

© by Dr. Dr. Immanuel Fruhmann
Global Philosopher