May 17, 2011
I’m more convinced than ever about the official EU-Turkey fusion. Yes, more than ever.
The EU is very ill and needs a political change. See the EU below!
That picture explains the European situation. Excellent criticism, isn’t it?
Chris Patten too thinks what that caricature expresses very well. According to him, the issue of the EU is an identity issue and Turkey’s EU membership is the solution. I quote him:
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.
He believes that the EU and the world need an EU with Turkey officially inside:
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.
With Turkey the EU will dramatically change: it will be politically more harmonious (more united) and more dynamic on the world stage. It will economically become stronger. Last but not least, the EU will also be culturally richer.
An EU strengthened with Anatolia will be synonymous with a true global player, hence the USA will have to change their foreign policies because that European player will be their most serious rival.
The world is ill. The EU is ill and needs sensible leaders. The medecine to that illness is Turkey’s EU membership.
Some shadowy lobbies don’t want to see Turkey within the EU. Let’s thwart their plans.
PS. To all those within the EU who only think about money: Turkey will certainly take advantage of the EU funds, but I want to underline once more that Turkey will be a huge contributor to the EU budget. The EU commission ought to investigate about that subject and introduce its results.
PPS. The picture above is really very laughing but at the same time very realistic: unfortunately the EU is almost collapsing – both economically and politically. The EU has to change. Hopefully it will get well. As an EU citizen I am anxious but I have hope. I really consider myself as an EU citizen. The EU adventure has always been exciting to me. Especially since 1997.
I’m sure that as Turkey will provide an inestimable contribution, the EU will revive and refresh, and will be at last the EU that the world is so desperately waiting for.cem