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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:25 PM

Turkey Hints at a Breakup With Europe (waiting to join the EU)

A half century after taking the first steps toward becoming an integral part of Europe, Turkey may be ready to give up.

After heavy hints that Ankara is looking eastwards to a closer alliance with Asia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, said this week that membership in the European Union was not a must for Turkey.

These and similar expressions of frustration have come as Turkey approaches the 50th anniversary of an agreement with what was then the European Economic Community, which was to have led to eventual full membership in the bloc.

As my colleague Andrew Finkel wrote from Istanbul, the prime minister also “threw the diplomatic equivalent of a cream pie” into the debate by suggesting Turkey join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization instead.

Membership of the S.C.O., which groups Russia, China and central Asian states, is not widely viewed as a viable alternative to joining Europe. Andrew wrote that Mr. Erdogan’s proposal prompted Turkish columnists to ask whether he might be bluffing in an attempt to put pressure on the Europeans.

http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/turkey-hints-at-a-breakup-with-europe/

From the article it sounds like the SCO would not be much of an alternative to the EU for Turkey. It is interesting that Turkey is still interested in joining the EU and is miffed about the delay.

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Reply Turkey Hints at a Breakup With Europe (waiting to join the EU) (Original post)
pampango Feb 2013 OP
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eissa Feb 2013 #3
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Response to pampango (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:37 PM

1. They see opportunities in the opening power vacuum they know Europe won't touch.

And look how the SCO got Bush to do its dirty work and now walks with clean hands and full pockets into the Caspian Basin that Cheney told George was ours for the taking.

You think Turkey doesn't want a piece of that action?

Don't be so sure about a bluff.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:39 PM

2. Turkey will never admit the Armenian Genocide

Part of admission conditions for the EU

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:39 PM

3. Makes sense

Not sure why a country that isn't even European continues to grovel to be part of it.

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Response to eissa (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:43 PM

4. Western Turkey is considered to be part of Europe. n/t

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Response to eissa (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 06:52 PM

5. Maybe because

the country used to be European?

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