Turkey

At first let me remind that Turkey’s path is the EU. Everybody ought to understand that. Günter Verheugen said one day: “The EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the EU”. And he said that too: “The political events in the world will prove Europe how we need so much Turkey “. And Olli Rehn said: “Turkey’s EU membership is vital”.

Turkey is close to the EU, and its goal is to be a member of the EU.

a modern Turkey
Atatürk's objective: a modern Turkey

Being close to Europe dates back to Atatürk. But Turkey is also close to Russia, Iran or Syria. Turkey will be a member of the EU most probably between 2016-2020. However, being a candidate country to the EU and improving the relations with its neighbours are not contradictory. And there’s nothing wrong with that, isn’t there?

Turkey is working very hard for peace in the Caucasus, in the Middle East, and in the Balkans. Well it seems that the United States of America and Israel do want to provoke a war with Iran, and what amazes me is that the EU remain silent to that possible plan. But Turkey does not want war at its borders anymore (nor anywhere on our planet).

Let’s remember that Turkey chose to deepen its economic and political relations not only with Iran but also with its other neighbours such as Russia, Iraq, Armenia, Syria or Greece. Nevertheless, there are many lobbies and people who make some propaganda for Israel by saying that Turkey is shifting to the east in order to isolate Turkey. That is a big lie from them since they only aim at making people forget what Israel has been doing to the Palestinians. Turkey repeated many times that it is not shifting from the west but that it is only improving its relations with Iran, as with every country. Anyway it’s Israel that isolates itself from the Middle East and from public opinion throughout the world.

Turkey emphasized that it only protested against what Israel did at Gaza. Turkey also stressed that owing to the anti-peace behaviour of Israel, Israel is the enemy of the peace in the Middle East. But some people are uspet and not happy to hear that truth, because they are so used to supporting the horrible propaganda of Israel. That declaration of Turkey is not an anti-Israel declaration but only the truth. Turkey is a strong and independent country, and that’s why it is able to protest against Israel. But the EU and the United States of America prefer remaining silent. They don’t wish to face with the horrible actions of Israel at Gaza. The awful truth is that eventually they have unfortunately no will to protest against Israel.

Turkey has the duty to have good relations with its neighbours and that’s what the EU did repeat to Turkey last year anyway. Turkey decided to build closer relations with Iran in order to maintain stability. But today the EU wants Turkey to be distant from Iran! What does the EU really want? Turkey’s goal is to spread the peace everywhere (and especially in its area) thanks to political and economic relations, but also thanks to culture.

Regarding Greece and Turkey: I do dream of a high speed train line between Athens and Istanbul.

In the EU we have the Eurostar (France-England) and the Thalys (France, Belgium, Holland, Germany).

Why not the “Aegean Star” for Turkey and Greece?

That line would deeply symbolize the peace between Greece and Turkey for ever.

Let’s imagine ourselves going to Istanbul through the Aegean sea on the “Aegean Star”! That would be great!

Last but not least, that would create a virtuous circle: loads of positive events would be provoked. Peace would be spread both in a regional and international perspective.

Well Iran is an important country for Turkey because Iran sells gas to Turkey, whereas Russia is an important country for the EU because Russia sells gas to the EU too.

But it goes without saying that Turkey is not responsible for the lack of democracy in Iran as the EU is not responsible for the lack of democracy in Russia.

Thus the lack of democracy in Iran doesn’t prevent Turkey from being provided with iranian gas, as the lack of democracy in Russia doesn’t prevent the EU from being provided with russian gas.

The United States of America make everything in their power to act against Iran but they don’t do anything regarding Israel and what it has been doing to the Palestinians. The United States of America have apparently loads of energy regarding Iran but have no will or energy regarding Israel and the Palestinians. They propose sanctions against Iran but they don’t propose sanctions against Israel.

That must be the power of love!

To put it in a nutshell, Turkey said that it does not want nuclear weapons in its region, but it also underlined that it does not want any war. Turkey also stated that Israel’s policy is a threat to the peace. And that is harmful to Turkey’s goal.

However, Turkey keeps on acting strongly for peace about Iran and the Middle East.

Will the United states of America and Israel tolerate the peace?

The EU hasn’t proved that it can reshape the world, though it is able to do so. But the EU is still weak and not efficient at all, therefore it enables the USA and Israel to spread the disaster on our planet.

After careful consideration, I do believe that Turkey must be a member of the EU, because that is vital both for the EU and the whole world. With Turkey at its side, the EU will have a passport that will enable it to deeply influence and change the world.

On the one hand, let’s realize what Turkey has been doing alone for several years. In fact, Turkey is an alternative to the quite bad United States of America, and an alternative to the paralysed EU.
Turkey’s foreign policy is “O problem with our neighbours”, that’s why a lot of agreements were signed with Russia, Iran, Iraq, Greece or Syria. So peace is on the horizon.

On the other hand, let’s imagine what Turkey can do with the EU once a member of the EU. Thanks to Turkey, the EU will not be a spectator of the world anymore. When Turkey is a member of the EU, the EU will at last become a powerful player of our planet.

But some irresponsible politicians like Mr Sarkozy and Ms Merkel prefer objecting subjectively to Turkey’s EU membership. They seem willing to content themselves with a weak EU, moreover they are guided by their blind hatred of Turkey (their cypriot game is their greatest example). The worst is that they have no global view of the world. But let me say that they are only details, since they will not be at the head of France and Germany when Turkey will be able to be a member of the EU (by the way, Mr Sarkozy and Ms Merkel have energy to work against Turkey’s EU membership but they have no will to protest against Israel and its policy towards the Palestinians). What makes me angry is that they succeeded in slowing down the membership process of Turkey. Günter Verheugen and Olli Rehn must be very angry at them too. And Robert Schuman and Jean Monnet would be ashamed of that insane situation.

There are numerous problems on our planet which must be resolved quickly. So the world does need a powerful EU as soon as possible in order to get rid of the inefficient policy of the USA. To reach that objective the EU needs an EU member Turkey.

Thence everybody ought to work together so that Turkey becomes a member of the EU as soon as possible. The shortest path is the one that we choose together. The EU and Turkey must unite because that union is the union of reason.

Eventually, the official Turkey-EU alliance is the key to the planetary issues.

Regards,

Cem

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  1. “being a candidate country to the EU and improving the relations with its neighbours are not contradictory. And there’s nothing wrong with that, isn’t there?”

    It depends, some of their actions have gone against EU membership rules.

    During the 2004 EU expansion Russia protested against Poland and Lithuania having tighter border control. That Russians would be required to obtain a visa in order to travel across EU territory to reach Kaliningrad. In the end Moscow had no choice but to accept the EU’s terms.

    You posted an interesting story a few weeks back. Regarding Turkey loosening their border restrictions with neighboring countries. Considering they are pushing for Visa restrictions to be lifted against them, they are going against the EU on this one.

    In that respect it is a contradictory move by Turkey.

  2. By writing that Turkey is improving its relations with its neighbours I not only meant the visas policy but also the economic relations.

    I’m sorry Joe but I’m not sure if I understood you. Well if a syrian citizen wants to go to Turkey he will not need any visa indeed, but what is the problem with the EU? This syrian citizen will not be able to go to the EU without any visa, will he?

    Last but not least, the EU is so biased with Turkey that Turkey has no confidence in this union anymore, in fact Turkey is not sure to be an EU member. Thus Turkey’s decision regarding the visas should not be surprising. I do understand Turkey well.

    Eventually, Stefan Füle said a few weeks ago that in the future Turkey will have to change its visas policy.

    Regards,

    Cem

  3. I agree that the EU needs Turkey, but, Turkey also needs to recognise that there are issues within its control to fix that would smooth its path to entry. Cyprus being one, greater autonomy for the Kurds being another.

    I fully support Turkey’s entry. Although most of Europe is Christian by tradition it is now secular – just as Turkey is secular. The EU needs strong relationships with the Muslim world – Turkey can give us that.

    The objections of the French I think have more to do with the impact it would have on their influence in the Muslim world. France currently has a 10% Muslim population and strong ties to the Islamic world. In many ways it plays the role of the voice of the EU in these regions. Were Turkey to join the EU, France’s role here would be less important. Personally, I think this more than anything else is at the core of current French opposition.

  4. Good morning Brian,

    “I agree that the EU needs Turkey, but, Turkey also needs to recognise that there are issues within its control to fix that would smooth its path to entry. Cyprus being one, greater autonomy for the Kurds being another”.

    Of course that Turkey has still a lot to do in order to become an EU member, and the negotiations with the EU commission helps Turkey to be more modern.

    I dealt with the cypriot issue in several of my articles, and another article regarding Cyprus is ready but I want it to be published next week.

    I dealt with the kurdish issue and the terrorism of the PKK in several articles too, but I have another article which deals fully with these issues and the dangerous idea of an autonomy, and that article will be published tomorrow afternoon. I would be glad Brian if you posted a comment about it.

    “I fully support Turkey’s entry. Although most of Europe is Christian by tradition it is now secular – just as Turkey is secular. The EU needs strong relationships with the Muslim world – Turkey can give us that.”

    I am very pleased to read your support. In fact, as far as I’m concerned, the french media are rather used to introducing only the negative side and the anti-Turkey politicians to the french citizens. As if there was no politician supporting Turkey’s EU membership. As if France was representing the EU.

    Since I’m a kid, I haven’t often watched anything positive about Turkey on the french TV channels. There is indeed an unbelievable brain-washing about Turkey. And I feel frustrated. Thus, when I read or hear any support it really soothes me.

    The EU is secular, but several countries of the EU are less secular than Turkey (but I know that Turkey is not perfect). For instance Greece, where the religious leaders influence the greek politicians. That’s worriying.

    Furthermore, let’s remind that the christian democrats wanted the constitution of the EU to include this: “The roots of the EU is Christendom”. That was an anti-secular move. But they failed. However, I don’t know why. I will investigate to understand why they failed.

    I agree that the EU membership of Turkey will enable the world to destroy the plans of the galvanized people who want a “clash of the civilizations” to happen.

    The religious advantage of Turkey’s EU membership is obvious. But I want to underline that Turkey will be a member of the EU above all because Turkey always wanted to be politically close to Europe and to the EU.

    And that serious adventure began when Turkey became a founder member of the Council of Europe 60 years ago.

    And in 1963, the EEC/EU and Turkey agreed that one day Turkey would be a member of the EEC/EU. But at that time there was no reference to religion!

    Well the media began to wash our brain regarding religion especially after the terrorist attacks of 2001 at New York.

    The media are powerful but they misuse their power. They make a mixture of Islam and terrorism. Do they misuse their power intentionally? And who does control the media?

    “The objections of the French I think have more to do with the impact it would have on their influence in the Muslim world. France currently has a 10% Muslim population and strong ties to the Islamic world. In many ways it plays the role of the voice of the EU in these regions. Were Turkey to join the EU, France’s role here would be less important. Personally, I think this more than anything else is at the core of current French opposition.”

    Let’s remember that Jacques Chirac strongly supported the opening of the negotiations with Turkey. He was under the pressure of numerous politicians and powerful lobbies. But he courageously withstanded.

    Brian I expect you to comment my next article tomorrow!

    Best regards,

    Cem

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