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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

No Surrender

With the love of the EU waning in Turkey, the foreign minister is forced to resort to ever more pathetic attempts to protect his position:

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul spoke out against criticisms that "Turkey surrendered to the European Union," and said Turkey has in fact become "an exemplary country that provides stability to its neighbourhood.
Now forget whether you agree with his second statement or not, what exactly is the link? Is there an argument in there somewhere? Not that there is an argument to back up his statement any way. At EU summits, as we have found out to our cost, the only flag you are allowed to wave is a white one.


Matthew Sinclair said...

That's not fair at all. He's arguing that the policies put in place in order for Turkey to prepare for EU membership were good regardless of whether the country becomes an EU member or not; that they had made it a stable and decent country and an example to its neighbours. If the policies put in place were a good idea regardless of EU membership implications this implies that there was no surrender but simply an additional push in the right direction from the EU.

Serf said...

The problem is Matthew, some of them are and some of them are not. Many of them, the government, rightly or wrongly didn't actually want to do. So for a member of that government to make such claims is hypocritical.

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