Opinion – Full EU membership is Turkey’s most crucial strategic target: Deputy PM – ECONOMICS – Hurriyet Daily News

English: Turkey & EU

English: Turkey & EU (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here an insightful article in Turkey‘s Hurriyet Daily News. It cites Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mehmet Şimşek saying that the full membership process to the European Union was Turkey’s most crucial strategic target; this was whilst speaking at the High-Level EU-Turkey Economic Dialogue meeting in Istanbul on April 25.

Source: Full EU membership is Turkey’s most crucial strategic target: Deputy PM – ECONOMICS

The article concludes reporting EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement, Johannes Hahn promising that Turkey would attract more foreign investment by taking steps on the road to democratization and freedoms. Hahn added  that Turkey’s membership process to the EU showed momentum after the summit on March 18.

Elsewhere in the news, Hurriyet is reporting that Turkey is close to finalization of normalization of relations with Israel.

It would appear that Erdogan’s government has again shifted its strategic focus northwards to Europe.

Personally, I struggle with the evidence and rather than promises of full EU membership would have preferred publication of a detailed road map.

In order to gain concessions on refugees, Angela Merkel has committed Europe to Turkey’s EU membership. Turkey will likely press increasingly for more and quicker concessions. Meanwhile, Merkel and the European negotiating team seem to be showing weakness.

Let me ask an open question:

If the EU is truly democratic, surely it would be timely for an EU-wide referendum on extending the EU membership?




One response

  1. The EU is very far from being democratic, which is why the far reaching TTIP talks with America are being conducted in secret, although we learn from President Obama that he thinks initial agreement will be reached by the time he is ready to leave office for good (January 2017).

    Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia and Albania are not the sort of countries most of us would want to be allowed into the EU not least because they are relatively poor and will require further transfer payments from rich countries like Germany and nett contributors like the UK.

    We are not being told about the terms of entry of these new proposed EU members nor the numbers that are expected under free movement provisions to come to the UK and Germany by 2021 (The proposed date for Turkish and possibly these other memberships).

    These details remain firmly in the head of Chancellor Merkel of Germany and presumably the European Commission but will no doubt be discussed more widely but again in secret at Bilderberg 2016 which this year will be held in Dresden, Germany.

    The policy with enlargement is to negotiate in secret and then announce the result as a fait accomplit which is then sold to the people of Europe as a thoroughly good thing.

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