September 11, 2009
Regarding ‘Leaders urged to unblock Turkey’s EU bid‘:
This is a long overdue need for us in the European Union to have Turkey as a member, as it would signal that the EU is more than a Club of European nations with vested interests to hold their aloofness apart from a deserving partner.
We need Turkey as much as they need us for their strident resistance to all things extreme. As a nation, they are and always have been a premier voice of moderation in a world that is becoming polarised between the hypocritical West and the Muslim and other religious sectarianists.
Whilst we must admit that not everything in Turkey is perfect, the same can equally be said for the rest of the EU. Having allowed some of the Balkan states to join [which were at war with each other less than 15 years ago] and now also the potential for other states to join, there can be little excuse here.
Yes, there are disputes around the Aegean and around the territories claimed by our partners in Greece, and there are remnants of historical horror surrounding various genocides, some of which are historic and some of which are not so and more recent.
Let it be said that whilst this was a serious issue in Turkey’s history, it is of far less significance than some of those perpetrated by the ”Western Powers” at the time and subsequently by others during the ”Russian-Soviet Period” in the decades that followed.
We cannot live by the past and must live for the future. We can forgive and we must forgive those actions that have caused such grief. But how long must this be allowed to stifle the benefits of embracing the Turkish nation in the EU?
Turkey needs to develop, and we can and we must assist. Trade is but one area of this issue, but lest we forget, political stability is also of great benefit.
For the future of the European Union, the call for action by Mr. Ahtisaari and others has to be commended for bringing forth the issue again. The European Union needs to think further than its own internal machinations, for without Turkey it is lost. The economic benefits and bastion against the extremists will remain uncontrolled without Turkey becoming a member, and I for one agree with this issue.
We must move forwards and pre-empt the potential for another organisation and Union of Countries that would arise should Turkey not be included.
Carol HornerAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor