Erdogan – Turkey will say goodbye to EU

Sunday, 03 February 2013
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkey “will say goodbye to the EU”.

While governments of the EU member states fear that  they would have to face dissatisfaction of their voters if they  supported Turkey’s EU accession, Vienna-based daily Die Presse writes  Turkey’s membership could bring economic and geopolitical benefits.

Ankara appears to be frustrated with the lack of  progress on the EU pathway and Erdogan recently said that Turkey “will  say goodbye to the EU”.

Die Presse writes that the entire case has turned  into a moral test of the Austrian daily politics and the local public  that is rather nervous about having Turkey in the EU.

Negotiations between the EU and Turkey officially  started in 2007 but were suspended last year because of Cyprus. Turkey  does not recognize Cyprus, which is an EU member state, and thus  automatically does not recognize the European law, i.e. the so-called  acquis communautaire which practically means it cannot join the EU, Die  Presse writes.

In reality, numerous European governments, including  the Austrian government, are quite happy with the situation. They  believe that if Turkey started to cooperate regarding the Cyprus issue  they would have to deal with their own voters and it would be a battle  they could not win, Austrian media say.

Erdogan said that Turkey would look to the Shanghai  Cooperation Organization if the EU did not want to allow the country to  become a member.

Turkey has a status of “dialogue partner” in the  Russia and China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The organization has managed to maintain its character of a security and geostrategic  cooperation.

According to Austrian media, it is debatable how  Russia and China would react if Turkey, a NATO member, became a  full-fledged member in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Die Presse criticized the EU’s inability to recognize the benefits of the Turkish membership, bearing in mind that the  country had a high economic and geopolitical growth.

According to the daily, the EU could give Turkey a  status of a “privileged partner” but Erdogan stressed last year that it  was out of the question and that Turkey would only accept to be a  full-fledged EU member.

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