Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 26
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Recently, Europe, in its political relations with Azerbaijan, has been proceeding from the "at least bite, if you can't eat" principle.
Today was not an exception.
During the presentation of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Parliament's President Martin Schulz once again made "claims" and "protests" against Azerbaijan.
Fortunately, the prize laureate is not chosen by Mr. Schulz, because if one takes a look at the nominees for this award and its winner, it will be clear that common sense has been victorious in the European Parliament.
The award was presented to a Congolese gynecologist, Denis Mukwege, who founded a hospital specializing in medical and psychological aid to the women, who were raped by rebel forces and the military.
Among the nominees there also were the protest movement 'Euromaidan' and head of an Azerbaijani NGO, Leyla Yunusova, who is accused of high treason.
It is commendable that the prize was awarded for creative activities, construction of hospital, and care for people, but not for betraying motherland, not for attempting to destroy it and create chaos.
As for Mr. Schulz, he, too, can be understood somehow.
Today, maybe only lazy people don't scold Azerbaijan, and apparently Mr. Schulz also doesn't want to remain on the sidelines.
The "attacks" on Azerbaijan are a kind of western fashion, and the head of the European Parliament clearly doesn't want to stay away from it.
Although in principle, the condemnation of violent actions by the US authorities in the crackdown on protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has been the latest tendency.
It would be interesting to know whether the European Parliament's head will condemn the US authorities, who use tear gas, water cannons and other means to disperse protesters.
Will he make an angry statement on the arrest of dozens of protesters?
Apparently, no. Apparently, the fashion for the European Parliament has a selective nature.
Elchin Mehdiyev is Trend Agency staff writer