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Monday, June 12, 2006

I Could Have Told You So

A piece of surprising news (for all of us that live on Mars).

Cyprus was threatening to use its right of veto over each stage in the accession process to prevent the Turks completing the first step in its EU marathon smoothly.
Thus is the intellectual bankruptcy of the EU's expansion process shown up for what it is.

Threatened with a Greek Veto, the EU allowed Cyprus into the fold without solving the issues surrounding the split of the island and Turkish occupation of the North. Once in, The Cypriots have predictably been loathe to compromise on anything, whilst out in the cold Turkey is much warmer towards proposed solutions.

We know that the EU has far more power to influence those countries wishing to be members than those already inside (excluding areas covered by QMV of course). So they should have pushed Cyprus and Turkey to the negotiating table before either of them were admitted. It was a chance spurned. Now the Cypriots are effectively taking control of the EU expansion process.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The EU is a rickety coalition being held together by the allure and magnetism of money,subsidies,loans,grants and more money. The aim of the EU is a riddle. What is its aim ? To unite Eurpe and Europeans in an economic bloc ? To jumble every European nation into a corral and purport it to be a Union ? Expansion of the EU beyond the borders of the EU is a prescription for the END of the EU as it originally conceived. Expansion of the EU to absorb non European countries ( Turkey its only the start; others will eventually gatecrash the "party", like North African countries and others lurking in the background) reduces the European element into becoming a mere component in an economic alliance with an unworkable framework and policies.

The EU should primarily and exclusively serve European interests. Otherwise they should change their name from EU to something else which is more reflective and representative of its ethos, its spirit and its goals; which at the moment and its present course bears close resemblance to a melting pot laboratory and experimental breeding farm of the European genus with the incursion and invasion of millions of non-europeans.

The waters must run their course. Cyprus and Turkey problems can only be resolved by the withdrawal of Turkish forces from the island. Is Cyprus in the EU and part of Europe ? Then it behoves to the EU to take uncomprising stance to influence Turkish withdrawal from the island.

Serf said...

I think you missed the point.

By allowing Cyprus into the EU before the problems were solved, we have put them in a poisition to dictate terms to Turkey.

I fail to see how that can be positive. With Turkish troops on the ground and Cyprus playing silly buggers in the EU, the problem will never be solved.

Giles said...


The EU should primarily and exclusively serve European interests. Otherwise they should change their name from EU to something else which is more reflective and representative of its ethos, its spirit and its goals...


May I be first to vote for "the Borg"?