Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sarkozy: Turkey and the EU
TNI: Do you think that Turkey, if it meets the conditions set by the EU, has a place in Europe?
NS: Whether Turkey meets the conditions for entry or not does not solve the problem. On this matter, I have always been clear: I do not think Turkey has a right to join the European Union because it is not European. But just because Turkey should not become a member of Europe does not mean that it should be shunned by Europe. Who could seriously argue that the closeness of links between Turkey and Europe, that are the fruit of a long common history and a sincere friendship, should be destroyed if Turkey did not enter the EU? Turkey is a great country that shares a number of our interests and our values. Therefore we must strengthen our ties with the country through a "privileged partnership".
But we should go further and offer to the countries in the Mediterranean the establishment of a "Mediterranean Union", in which Turkey would be a natural pivot. This Union would work closely with the EU. It could organize periodic meetings between its chiefs of states similar to the model of the G8. There could be a Mediterranean Council, like the European Council. The foundations of this area of solidarity and cooperation would be a common immigration policy, commercial and economic development, the promotion of the rule of law, the protection of the environment and the promotion of co-development, with, for example, the creation of a Mediterranean investment bank based on the model of the European version.
The former is basically an UNWELCOME rug that has no chance of getting off the ground in the forseeable future, and the latter is only marginally better in that respect but would create huge coordination issues on the economic side. Both look like obivous non-starters.
One of these days, the Turkish elite is finally going to realize that, no matter what they do, they're not going to get in. When that happens, foreign investgors and the Kurds are going to be the first to know.
Look at the novel "Red" by Orhan Hamuk - a lamentation of the loss of Perso-Islamic culture of Turkey and replacement with precisely nothing.
I also agree that the Med. Council is a pipe dream; what is the point?
It's really too late to change horses on this now, without a real backlash.
Do we want Turkey to slide back to Egypt? That's where the trail ends -
-secularists seize power, face islamic protests, reinstitute mass repression, welcome back to the preconditions for 9/11.
another genocide??)/ Cyprus ( Occupation) /Armenia(Genocide)Iraq ( about to invade).They dare not attack Iran or Russia. The so called ottoman Empire left nothing but destruction and ruin. Do we, the Europeans really want such a country in Europe just because America and their pet puppy Britain wishes it?
And who the hell is Sarkozy? What the hell is France? What has the French ever done in world history with the exception of pouring perfume over their stinky body odor?
People like Sarkozy actually make people like Putin seem nice.
The only argument left is the religion slash culture. That is a very racist and fascist argument, saying something like "Son, you cannot married to her, because she is not a Christian". We all know what this type of attitude leas us to, remember Germany in 1930s and 40s....I wish those who oppose Turkish membership had a logical and sensible argument, but they do not. They can only count on populist opinion polls of their countries' racist constituencies...I have one think to say to EU citizens... Wake up Europe, we live in a world of equality. Practice what you preach!