60 Ideas for Europe

After all that has been said this year on the Turkish application to enter the European Union, either by the ‘pro’ people like the Portuguese Manuel Lobo Antunes – Secretary of State of European Affairs -, the British Geoffrey Hoon – same position for the United Kingdom – or Massimo d’Alema, the Italian Minsitry of Foreign Affairs or by the ‘con’ people mainly the 2007 elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy, I would be tempted to think that the Turkish people are allowed to get a clear position on the issue from the European Institutions.
Of course, Commissioner for Enlargment Olli Rehn has said quite a high number of times that Turkey still have the status of candidate and two new chapters on adhesion have been opened during the last few months, but still the final decision is in the hands of the Member States… and we have to remember that Turkey has been a candidate country since 1987 and that the anger is growing among the Turkish population as regards the EU.

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  1. It would be a good idea to have Turkey inside the European Union, if the turkish people still wish to enter. It would be good to have a state with a majority of muslim population in the E.U. Furthermore,European Union would be well advised to deepen its relations with all the countries around the Mediterrenean and become independant and politically mature in its relation with the United States.

  2. I wonder if the EU is the only safe and good place to life. Even more, I wonder if there is a cientifical research proof of possible survival outside the EU. I wonder why Turkey is not the leader of its region with Siria and other countries that are looking to the future, and not to the past. Better be the head of a lizard than the tail of a dragon.

  3. Leaders of the EU should do everything in their power to ensure Turkey’s accession. So many reasons:
    1) Joining the EU would consolidate democracy and secularism in Turkey. It may not be a perfect democracy now but Spain, Portugal and Greece were fledgling democracies when they joined the EU
    2) It would act as a bridge between the West and the Muslim world and show that the EU is not a ‘Christian club’
    3) EU will need Turkey’s young workforce in the future due to its aging population
    Turkey seems to be moving away from its traditional secularism (recent removal of ban on veils in universities for example). The chance of accession would counteract this trend. Europe would be much better with this large powerful country inside the EU as a democracy than outside the EU and becoming increasingly fundamental.

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