Turkey

When Cyprus is reunified (or even if it will not), I do hope that Greece and Turkey will cooperate more and share closer ties than they do now.

These two countries should give a peace lesson to the European Union.

The EU has not done anything to help the Turks and the Greeks to be closer until now, I mean the EU didn’t help them for peace. Of course the guilties are in part the nationalists in Turkey and Greece, but these two countries should not refrain from reproaching the EU for not having helped them to improve their ties.

France and Germany were ennemies for centuries but they succeeded in uniting and creating the EEC/EU (if France and Germany had decided to hold a referendum after world war II, would the Germans and the French had voted ‘Yes’ for being a part of the EEC/EU? So this is an example for France and Austria which want to hold a referendum regarding Turkey’s EU membership at the end of the negotiations talks), so Greece and Turkey can certainly evolve in the same way. But there are some polticians in the EU who are not keen on a peace process between these two aegean sea countries, that is insane from them, and these politicians still haven’t understood why the EU was created.

Turkey and Greece can work more on loads of aeras such as economy, culture, …. And why not a high speed train line between Ankara/Istanbul-Athens? I really believe it will happen one day.

Regarding music, Greece and Turkey have already been close, but it is not spoken in France or in the EU!

Sertab Erener sang a song with the greek singer Mando a long time ago. A song named “Aşk” and “Φως” (“Love” and “Light”).

Mando and Sertab Erener
Mando and Sertab Erener
Mando
Mando
Sertab Erener
Sertab Erener
Sertab
Sertab

More recently, Sezen Aksu sang the song “Gidiyorum bu şehirden” (“I’m leaving this town”) with Haris Alexiou, which is in her record ‘Deliveren’ released in 2000.

Haris Alexiou
Haris Alexiou
Sezen Aksu
Sezen Aksu
Sezen Aksu\'s \'Deliveren\' record
Sezen Aksu's 'Deliveren' record

And I’m sure there are several other examples, but it’s far from being enough.

Turkey and Greece still have much to do, and especially in the field of culture.

I really hope they will stop losing time and start building stronger relations in order to create a better atmosphere for peace.

Last but not least, the Greeks and the Turks have many common points, so it would be really ridiculous and surprising if they didn’t succeed.

As someone told me one day: “Let’s stop the past, let’s work in the present for the future of tomorrow.”

Atatürk
Atatürk
Our future
Our future

“Peace at home, peace in the world”

Here is my former blog on Le Monde

Regards,

Cem

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