Turkey, member of European Union? - Page 7




 
--
Boots
 
December 7th, 2005  
Ted
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by oRTouCH
They dont want Turks in EU because there are a lot of Muslims in Turkey and Europeans still have the brain of the Crusade times..
Oh please..... do you really think that I wake up in the morning and want to walk to the Promised land so I can slaughter some of the Infidels? Biologically speaking our brains are made up of the same substance as those of our ancestors. But know that it just sound a bit "odd" !
Besides if we thought that, we wouldn't have gotten them to come and work in our Christian home!!

I just think that Turkey misses the common history shared, which acts as a fundament to build a complete Europe on. Culturally speaking there aren't so many totally different things.... So in my opinion; the fact that Turkey lays in Asia and the lack of common history (think of the Rennaissance, The Enlightenment, Napoleantic Rule, Roman Law and many other things) are reasons to say no to Turkey EU membership.
Besides there are so many uni- and multi-lateral trade agreements possible that Turkey will still benefit greatly from the EU. Many other convenants can be signed and Turkey will have many opportunities and economic advantages.... But making them part of Europe?! What is your reason to want to be part of Europe?
January 25th, 2006  
oRTouCH
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by phoenix80
LMAO! Not really!

They don't want turkey in becuz it has a long road ahead to become a full democracy and become a civilized nation-state!
How can you say that Turkey is not a full democratic country....Be sure that Turkey is the most democratic Muslim country...And also we are more democratic than some of the EU's member countries..
January 25th, 2006  
Ted
 
 
I reckon that Turkey will become an EU member, but what are your reasons to want to join Ortouch?
--
Boots
January 26th, 2006  
oRTouCH
 
 
Turkey's economy will grow by 10 percent next year - more than any of the economies of the current European Union. Half of Turkey's trade is already with the EU, and it is already a major market for British and EU exporters.
The political case for Turkish accession is even more powerful. It would show how diversity of culture and religion is compatible with a unity of purpose. A stable, prosperous Turkey, a secular nation with a majority Muslim population, anchored in the European Union, would be a powerful symbol.
Why now? Because it's time. The prospect of EU membership, particularly over the last three years, has driven an impressive process of change in Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP government has pursued a thoroughgoing and courageous program of reform, including the abolition of the death penalty and measures to combat torture.
And also Turkey can be a control point of EU for Middle East. You know there has always been problems on that region...

Are these reasons enough?
January 26th, 2006  
MightyMacbeth
 
 
I am mixed up.. isnt Turkey a European country?

I mean, on maps, some say its in Europe and others in Asia..

It should be just like Russia, half in Asia and half in Europe dont you think?? Its kind of big and wide.. and has some Europe there.. I mean certainly if you replace Norway and place it in the location of Turkey it would still be Europe right?
I dont know about the culture and stuff, but basically talking about the location
January 26th, 2006  
oRTouCH
 
 
In fact Turkey is a European country but some of the Europeans doesnt want to accept it because our many cities are in Asia...

Because of this some says that Turkey is not a European country. But the whole Cyprus(I mean the Souther Cyprus) is in Asia isnt it?
January 26th, 2006  
CABAL
 
 
The EU is in the process of including the less-developed and poorer Eastern European nations that are undergoing dramatic economic changes. But to accept Turkey in the EU is debatable mainly because of geographical aspects.
January 26th, 2006  
MightyMacbeth
 
 
but if Cyprus is in Europe, then Turkey is..

Besides, it mostly is in Europe, at least it doesnt have the same climate etc.etc as the middle east very much really.. and I am sure that Turkey has a better economy than most east European countries..
January 26th, 2006  
Ted
 
 
I find your explanation very interesting oRtouCH, because your insights are from a Turkish point of view. I hadn't heard these before.

And MM most of Turkey lays geographically in Asia minor. Only the piece north of the Bosphorus is considered Europe. But Cypres is not considered Asia, at least not as far as I know.

But what interests me most is the lack of a common history, as I stated earlier in this thread. What is your view about that oRtouCH?
January 27th, 2006  
Damien435
 
 


I have colored in the part of Turkey that physically lies in Europe. Note the "physically" as Europe is not a physical continent but a political one. There are six physical continents in the world and seven political. (Eurasia is one physical continent, two politically.)

So, to try and block Turkey from joining the EU using the basis that an overwhelming majority of the country does not physically lie in a political continent just does not work.

I think the EU would be stupid not to let Turkey join, throughout their history Turkey has whipped the Europeans like a little school boy and the EU would be very wise to get this... adversary who always cleans their clocks on their side.