January 26, 2011
I started a discussion here, and I want to introduce as a new article my answer to our friends who posted a comment. I also added several lines.
Well, when a new country becomes an EU member, the EU long-term budget had long before to foresee some funds for that country. That was and still is the case for every EU member.
(Since 1981, Greece received 100 billion euros from the EU budget. So did Spain. But today, Greece knocks at the EU door because it doctored its statistics in order to fool the EU. A Turkish economist said that Greece is in a deep crisis because its economy can stand only thanks to financial support. That’s why Greece will be in a new crisis within 10 years.).
Thus, we will know if Turkey will become an EU member towards 2014-2020 only by waiting for the 2014-2020 EU budget.
But I am sure that Mr Sarkozy and Ms Merkel try to sabotage the EU membership of Turkey by trying to reduce that crucial budget. Twisted, isn’t it?
Mr Cameron went to Turkey last july and said that he will be a strong supporter of Turkey’s EU bid within the EU.
That made me happy.
I understand very well that he wants his country to contribute less to the EU budget. He’s absolutely right. But through that “alliance” with Mr Sarkozy and Ms Merkel, will he be able to stand to his commitment of last july?
Doesn’t Mr Cameron know that Turkey will not wait longer at the EU door?
In my opinion, if Turkey doesn’t become an EU member towards 2014-2020, I am not sure that it will wait another 7 years.
I really don’t care of the EU funds (Turkey will certainly receive some EU funds, but it will also have to contribute greatly to the EU budget once it becomes a member. Why? Owing to its strong economy and its sound oil and gas reserves in the Black sea).
By the way, Turkey is already spending huge amounts of money in order to become an EU member: Turkey has to spend at least 60 billion euros regarding the Environment chapter!!
And Turkey is developping itself (with its money) at a very fast pace:
for instance it built many new universities, schools and hospitals in its east. Many.
For instance it built thousands of kilometres of new highways throughout beautiful Anatolia.
And Turkey already built two highspeed train lines: Ankara-Eskişehir and, as far as I remember, Ankara-Konya (Spain succeeded in selling its highspeed trains. Everybody understands why France was not chosen).
And most of every town of Turkey will be connected through dozens of new highspeed train lines: Istanbul-Ankara, Istanbul-Antalya, Ankara-Samsun, …..
That’s great. I am very happy. The landscapes will be fantastic!!
Can you imagine the Edirne-Kars journey aboard a highspeed train? The extreme west of Turkey connected to the extreme east!
For instance two new big airports are being built in eastern Turkey.
The second longer bridge of the world will connect Istanbul to Izmir (3 kilometres).
Several new metro lines were built in Istanbul.
A third airport will be built in Istanbul.
A new football stadium, the TT Arena, was built (that will help Turkey to organize the world cup or the European championship).
Turkey invested 300 millions euros in order to organize the 25th World Winter University Games. Not in Istanbul or in the capital Ankara, but in the east: in Erzurum. These games will start tomorrow.
A symbolic masterpiece: Marmaray, which will connect the European shore of Istanbul to its Anatolian shore. Maramaray is a train tunnel underneath the Bosphorus. The travel will last 4 minutes (more grandiose than the Eurostar?).
All these great projects were and are paid by the Turkish citizens, not the EU.
Thus, Turkey doesn’t need the EU funds in order to develop itself.
Whereas Greece always needed colossal funds to modernize itself (and no one is disturbed about that, but people prefer pointing one’s finger at Turkey. But let’s be clear: it is not Turkey that started an economic crisis in the EU, it is Greece, which did doctor its statistics). And at the same time, Greece disgracefully and selfishly vetoed Turkey’s EU membership candidacy until 1999 (now it’s the Greek Cypriots who are vetoing its EU membership. “What a wonderful world”!).
When Greece became an EEC/EU member, it was very poor and a military coup was very recent. Though that was not a problem for the EEC and Mr Valéry G. D., the French president of the time who really hates Turkey. The EU door was wide open to Greece by Mr D’Estaing. Today it is wide closed to Turkey by Mr Sarkozy. Very interesting. There seems to be some anti-Turkish Olympic Games in France and in the EU!
When Italy became an EEC/EU member (or a founding member), in spite of its Mezzogiorno, poor too, that was a problem for no one.
Poland became a member, and it takes advantage of the EU funds, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem neither.
Even France takes advantage of the EU budget.
Well, when Turkey is a member of the European Union, it will have to wait several years in order to be included in the Schengen zone. That was underlined before the decision to open the negotiations was taken in 2004.
But Günter Verheugen said that to believe that millions of Turks of eastern Turkey will come in the EU makes no sense. Anyway, in the short run, the EU will need 2,5 million of foreign labour force. And according to an Italian and to a Greek politicians, in the long run (2030), the EU will need 100 million of foreign workforce! So some people should stop claiming that the Turks will invade the EU, because anyway, the EU will ask Turkey (a candidate country to the EU since 1999) to provide it with workers.
Lastly, regarding the OIC, I don’t know why Turkey decided to be a member. Perhaps that it wants to influence the countries of Muslim religion. Otherwise, why would Turkey have decided to become a member of such an organization? Turkey’s goal has always been the EU membership (since 1959).
Turkey is an independent secular country. And it always will be. Always.
I also want to suggest some previous articles. I hope that you will read some of them (thanks in advance for your kind patience):
1/ The Cypriot issue:
2/ Another article that deals with the Cypriot issue:
3/ Why Turkey must be an EU member:
4/ Atatürk and the positive Turkish nationalism:
5/ Ankara – Athens and Brussels:
Eventually, here is an article in which you can find a part about Mr Cameron and his visit to Turkey of last july:
PS. The minister for foreign affairs of Turkey Mr Davutoğlu said: “We have never refered to any neo-Ottoman policy.”
In fact, Turkey is improving its ties with its neighbours. It is improving them with Syria, Jordan, Iran, Iraq. But also with Greece, Georgia, Russia and Armenia.
Thus, Turkey doesn’t improve its relations with the countries of the Middle East because they are of Muslim religion, but quite simply because these countries are the neighbours of Turkey.
Turkey’s foreign policy is based on “Zero problem with the neighbours”.
However, Turkey also improves its ties with the whole world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada…..
For instance many contracts were and will be signed with Venezuela, Canada, Jordan, Russia, Lebanon, the UK, China, ….
Those who believe that Turkey has a neo-Ottoman agenda do not understand Turkey and ought to read something else than Le Nouvel Observateur. Or they ought to stop reading some journalists from Le Monde or from Le Figaro who don’t succeed in scanning the Turkish horizon. These journalists are making a propaganda for some shadowy lobbies who aim at making a brainwashing regarding Turkey. Because Turkey’s pro-peace job in the Middle East is a problem for these lobbies. Most of the French media and the French citizens are unfortunately the hostages of these lobbies. That’s why there are so many prejudices towards Turkey.
Anyway, the EU commission repeated a few times that Turkey’s foreign policy is in line with its EU membership.
Last but not least, France improves its ties with Africa. And as the Turkish president Mr Gül said, the UK has close relations with the Commonwealth.
But does anyone call that a neo-colonialism policy?
Turkey has only these goals: to be a more harmonious and more modern country. And to spread stability and peace in the Caucasus, the Middle East and the Balkans.
The exceptional Mr Davutoğlu implements Atatürk’s “Peace at home, peace in the world”.
He is succeeding in making this world a better place to live.cem