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Turkey’s challenge to Old Europe

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Here I persent some ideas taken from FT article. For the full article click on the link below.
Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul was in London this week. He picked up the prestigious Chatham House prize from the Queen and had talks with David Cameron. In between, he gave a couple of speeches about Islam, democracy and the world order and dropped in at the Financial Times.
Along the way Mr Gul posed a question that should make some Europeans feel uncomfortable. He asked them to think hard about what they really wanted from Turkey. Were they pleased to see it emerging as a strong, democratic and economically advanced nation with rising influence in its region?

….after decades exhorting Turkey to embrace democratic norms and market capitalism, its neighbours are at best ambivalent about its progress. A rising Turkey, they are discovering, has its own point of view….

…The Islamist AKP government has lately turned eastwards, fixing some troubled relationships with near neighbours and claiming a role as a powerful regional actor. It has fallen out with Israel and voted against United Nations sanctions on Iran. Ahmet Davutoglu, its hyperactive foreign minister, sometimes sounds a little too keen for western tastes on a new Ottoman Caliphate….

….Supporters of Turkish accession should not be under any illusions. For all the progress it has made since negotiations started in 2005, Turkey is far from ready for early membership. The Turkish economy is growing fast but remains undeveloped. The country has a long way to go to lock in the democratic freedoms rightly demanded by the EU of all prospective members.

….Logic says that Europe has everything to gain and nothing to lose from Turkey’s embrace of modernity. It sits at the crossroads of the continent and one of the world’s most vital but volatile regions. It is a bulwark of western security and an essential transit route for energy supplies. It sets a powerful democratic example to the rest of the Muslim world. A vibrant economy and swelling middle class present new trade and investment opportunities. It has a unique influence in the Middle East. And it wants to be part of the west…

…Even as it knocks harder on the EU’s door, a rising Turkey inevitably will assert itself. It no longer sees why it should accept the role of supplicant or cipher for the US or Europe. It considers it has the right to its perspectives…

…There you have Europe’s grand delusion. It thinks that if it closes its eyes the future can be wished away. But the world will not stop turning at its behest. Locking out Turkey will not forestall its rise but serve only to push it away. The choice for Europe is simple: it can share power or it can watch it slipping away…

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7c57faa8-edd2-11df-9612-00144feab49a.html#axzz153CTU6fW

 

By Philip Stephens

Published: November 11 2010 22:32 | Last updated: November 11 2010 22:32

 

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