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“The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them.” Sunday Times

I say the world is divided into those who are aware of the importance of a European Union with Turkey within it and those who are going to be aware of that.

Yes we do need a powerful EU for our wounded planet in danger.

2018 is a sensible date. However, earlier would be better.

With Turkey inside, it is 100 % sure that the EU will become politically very powerful. And of course it will become a much stronger cultural, economic and military superpower.

Can we imagine the EU without Turkey?

A good comparison: can we imagine a computer without Intel?

I’ve been repeating that because….it’s true: once merged with Turkey our politically paralyzed EU will become the biggest actor in the world and save it (some people may laugh, but the world is in great danger. More than they could think).

Many EU politicians emphasized the importance of an EU member Turkey and stated that with Turkey within it the EU will be a strong actor in the world.

Back to the recent past (yes, again! And this time two additional people have been added to that Sensibles band!):

– the former commissioner for enlargement Mr Olli Rehn stated: Turkey’s EU membership is vital.
– Another former commissioner for enlargement, Mr Günter Verheugen, said: The EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the EU.
– The English economist Mr Roger Bootle said: Turkey doesn’t need the EU, but the EU needs Turkey.
– Many experts within the EU and the USA and the world are aware that the EU does need Turkey: politically, economically, and of course culturally. The EU also needs Turkey because it is a military superpower: for instance Mr Werner Hoyer said several months ago: Turkey can’t be thought separately of the security structure of Europe.
– The prime minister and minister for foreign affairs of Luxembourg Mr Jean Asselborn said: The EU will be stronger with Turkey’s EU membership.
– Last but not least, the minister for foreign affairs of Finland Mr Alexander Stubb recently said: Arguably, today Turkey is more influential in the world than any of our member states together or separately.

Hence, with Turkey inside, the EU will well and truly be more powerful than ever.

According to ABhaber, on january 19th, 2011, Mr Gerard Schröder said: The EU will not be able to be a global player without Turkey.

According to EurActiv Turkey, on february 14th, the minister for EU affairs of England Mr David Lidington said: The EU will be a global player thanks to Turkey’s EU membership. And on february 16th, Mr Carl Bildt stated: When Turkey becomes a member it will strengthen the EU (he also stated that Turkey works seriously in order to meet the all the conditions of the membership).

According to Cumhuriyet English, Lord Stephen Green – the minister of state for trade and investment of the United Kingdom – said: Turkey’s membership would bring a certain dynamism to the union.

Lastly, Chris Patten (a former EU commissioner for external affairs) recently wrote: As an EU member, Turkey would add a new dimension of massive historic importance.

Here is his full article (his reference to “The Lord of the Rings” and my above-mentioned reference to that masterpiece are a coincidence!).

I quote:

But I always feel like that in Istanbul, a great city where so much world history has been forged. And it’s the city where Europe’s future may be shaped – Istanbul, not Brussels, Paris or Berlin. Let me explain.

I quote:

So what is the point of Europe today? Tell my children that the EU is there to prevent us from fighting one another again, and their reply is blunt: “Of course we are not going to fight.” Europe’s moral purpose today is an existential question that all Europeans must consider.

For me the answer is to be found in Turkey. Europe with Turkey as a member would naturally be a more dynamic economy. Turkey is a regional energy hub. It has clout and respect in its own region with formidable fighting forces.

And I quote that:

That, in turn, would create a new European identity and narrative, a new reason for the EU to exist in this century, a way of rejecting the divisive politics of old. I hope that by the time I take up my pen again, we will be on our way to this destination. If not, many of us will find it increasingly difficult to see Europe as anything more than a glorified customs union with political ambitions far too big for its boots.

The Alliance for peace

No time to waste for an EU member Turkey.

Best regards,

Cem

PS. In my opinion the United States of America don’t want Turkey to be an EU member. Because they do not want a politically strong EU: in fact they do not want an EU that would be their rival. Turkey is already intensely working night and day for stability and peace in the Middle East. Night and day. But some corrupt people within the American administration and their dark lobbies are well and truly disturbed about that.

Turkey has become at last a world power. It is an influential power that does strive for peace. Turkey is not the “powerful” USA, but the USA are not Turkey.

The minister for foreign affairs of Turkey Mr Ahmet Davutoğlu works marvels.

And the Turkish prime minister succeeds in gathering together the best people and experts in Turkey. That’s why Turkey has outstanding results.

Turkey is currently doing what the USA fear of what the EU would be able to do with Turkey within it. But thanks to the strong EU-Turkey cocktail, the job of Turkey will be easier and more efficient. Because united stronger we are. And the current job of Turkey at the Council of Europe is an aperitif that introduces what Turkey will be able to do once an EU member.

The US politicians are only interested by their career. Many of them only want to rule the USA. They do not care of the fate of the world, but they do care of their career and their thirst of power. Anyway they don’t really control anything. A US politician said on a French TV channel: Nothing will ever change in the USA as long as the American electoral system does not change. In other words, nothing will change in the world as long as the EU keeps watching the disastrous world policies of the USA.

Hence, Turkey’s EU membership is really vital for the planet.

The world urgently needs the EU-Turkey fusion.

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  1. Cem, I admire your enthusiasm, but to say “Turkey’s EU membership is really vital for the planet” is a bit overboard. EU is weak not because it lacks Turkey, but due to its horrendous bureaucracy, due the already huge cultural and economic differences between its member states, due to a lack of common European identity, attitude and goals. Furthermore, multiculturalism has utterly failed and the shift is now towards nationalism, as the recently adopted Hungarian constitution has proven. Each country tries to fix only its problems in their own way and there is general climate of mistrust allover the continent.

    EU depends on Russia for energy, on Asia for money and on US for defense. It’s like a team of old successful footballers that want to play one more Champions League game. They think they can do it, but everybody respects them too much to tell them that they shat their pants and entered the wrong field while quarreling. I don’t know why anybody would want to be in this team. I am equally surprised that EU still exists, considering it is leaking more than a hay roof in the wet season.

    Let’s not forget what the initial role of ECSC (pre EU) was. To prevent war in Europe by sharing resources. And so far it was very successful in this respect. But EU it limited by its very conception principle: to prevent. Not to accomplish. EU will never accomplish anything. Most of its members have their own agenda (sometimes antagonistic) and side deals with other powers (US, Russia, China, Israel).

    I see how much development is taking place in the reformed Middle East countries (Qatar, UAE, Oman) and I honestly envy the people working there. Bottom line is: EU is a dying old horse. Don’t bet on it anymore. Some of us inside don’t.

  2. Good evening Ian,

    i quote you: Cem, I admire your enthusiasm, but to say “Turkey’s EU membership is really vital for the planet” is a bit overboard.

    I strongly believe in what I wrote: in fact the world does need an EU with Turkey within it –> http://turkey.blogactiv.eu/2010/10/25/a-message-to-the-eu-you-do-not-deserve-turkey-but-the-world-does-need-an-eu-member-turkey/

    I quote: EU is weak not because it lacks Turkey, but due to its horrendous bureaucracy, due the already huge cultural and economic differences between its member states, due to a lack of common European identity, attitude and goals.

    I absolutely agree with you, save the cultural differences.

    Furthermore, multiculturalism has utterly failed and the shift is now towards nationalism, as the recently adopted Hungarian constitution has proven.

    I believe that multiculturalism has not failed. Angela Merkel is wrong. So is David Cameron. Can we really take into account some failures in our societies and then call into question multiculturalism?

    Each country tries to fix only its problems in their own way and there is general climate of mistrust allover the continent.

    Very well said! (Last revealing example: the issue of the illegals between France and Italy (about Schengen)).

    EU depends on Russia for energy, on Asia for money and on US for defense.

    – And the EU needs Turkey because Turkey has become a crucial energy corridor. Turkey has become a bridge between the gas and oil suppliers (of the Middle East and of the Caucasus) and the consumers of the EU. Regarding energy, as you must know very well, the EU wants to be less dependent towards Russia.

    – The EU needs Turkey because Turkey has a young population and represents an amazing economic market with a great potential. Turkey is also for the EU a kind of super highway that leads to the Caucasian and Asian markets (by the way Ian, does the EU need also the Middle East for money?).

    – Turkey is a great military power that can help the EU build at last its military structure.

    Let’s not forget what the initial role of ECSC (pre EU) was. To prevent war in Europe by sharing resources. And so far it was very successful in this respect. But EU it limited by its very conception principle: to prevent. Not to accomplish.

    Yes, the EU was created to prevent wars. In other words to accomplish….the peace!

    EU will never accomplish anything. Most of its members have their own agenda (sometimes antagonistic) and side deals with other powers (US, Russia, China, Israel).

    It’s true that the EU is a flotsam. But with Turkey within it the EU not only will be much less dependent but also will accomplish the peace in the world.

    I see how much development is taking place in the reformed Middle East countries (Qatar, UAE, Oman) and I honestly envy the people working there. Bottom line is: EU is a dying old horse. Don’t bet on it anymore. Some of us inside don’t.

    Dear Ian, that’s why I really wonder if Turkey will accept to be an EU member.

    Ali Babacan stated a few days ago that Turkey may choose the Norwegian path (I mentioned that path in my first article of September 2009 – article in French).

    Well Turkey is the key for the EU. But as Eric Ellis wrote last year, the Turks might not wait.

    The world economy is shifting to Asia. Thus, without Turkey the EU will be the loser.

    Best regards and good night,

    Cem

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