Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Turks dislike the EU, the EU debates vodka and the Greeks have gone mad....

According to a survey published in the Turkish Milliyet newspaper on 24 October, 32.2 percent of Turks believe Turkey "must certainly enter the EU," as compared to 57.4 percent figure last year and 67.5 percent in 2004. Turkish passion for the EU is dissolving at the speed of light....

For its part, the EU Commission has more important matters to attend to (obviously)....

And the Greeks have reached the brink of insanity with claims that Greek and Greek Cypriots missing since 1974 ended up as guinea pigs in secret Turkish biochemical experiments between 1984 and 1988. Very credible info,clearly. Possibly the daftest story of the year. Press the news link and scroll down a bit.

7 comments:

Colin said...

It all appears to be folly.

Following Turkey's EU accession, Greek prosecutors would be able to demand the extradition of Turkish citizens based on the EU arrest warrant.

On the other hand, Turkey could demand the extradition of French lawmakers since the French anti-Turkish law (Armenian genocide) appears to be a violation of the EU's antidiscrimination law.

And so forth ...

istanbultory said...

Colin, I met Michael Rubin briefly after a lecture he gave at a university in Istanbul in Feb. 2006. the US State DEpt. would do well to follow his advice on Turkey. And on Iran too. But less so on Iraq. Michael Rubin is Editor
of the Middle East Quarterly which is a mine of invalauable info. about the Middle East. See
http://www.meforum.org/

Serf said...

European intransigence is leading to the result that they want. Turks no longer wishing to join.

I always feel torn over the issue of rising anti EU sentiment in Turkey, given as it usually presents itself as Nationalist or Religious bigotry, rather than a rational rejection of what the EU stands for.

istanbultory said...

Yes, while Turkey's antipathy to the EU project is laudable, the source and expression of the opposition is less so.

Colin said...

a relevant picture

Voyager said...

Maybe we should be reasonable and just let Istanbul join the EU and erect a fence to isolate everything to the east of Istanbul as "Asia" and not eligible for membership ?

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