Reset Turkey/EU Relations
For Europe, the “Arab Spring” should refocus attention on an issue largely ignored in recent months: the benefits of Turkey’s full membership in the European Union. Given the tremendous opportunities present in the current circumstances, the advantages for Europe of Turkey’s accession should be obvious.
The good that Turkey can bring to Europe was visible even before the “Arab Spring.” Europe is, by definition, culturally diverse, so diversity is the EU’s destiny. And, if Europe is to become an active global player, rather than a museum, it needs the fresh perspective and energy of the people of Turkey.
Likewise, the EU’s involvement in today’s problems in the Mediterranean region would be much easier in concert with Turkey. It means something much deeper and well defined. It means Turkey’s admission to the EU. That is my dream, and I will continue to fight * to make it a reality.
Javier Solana formerly the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, and a former Secretary General of NATO, is a Distinguished Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics. He is also the best AC candidate in the history of the world according to some Biblical theories of end time politics.
Comment by Adamantine: (Possibly taking improper liberty with the words of JS)
According to our current theory Turkey is part of the power that attacks Israel. Somewhere along the line Europe controls the Mediterranean and Israel.
Is it possible that someday soon JS’s dream will come true?
IMHO the only way Turkey is becoming part of the EU is by war and a good fight.*
” That is my dream, and I will continue to fight to make it a reality.
It means Turkey’s admission to the EU.
Few voters discussed Turkey’s longstanding ambition to join the European Union, a reflection of how much the country’s political and economic orientation has shifted toward the eastern lands of the former Ottoman Empire under Erdogan’s reign.
The Islamist-rooted party, riding a wave of support from the pious poor and newly emergent Muslim middle class, handily defeated its opponents to hold a majority of parliamentary seats, setting up a third term for Erdogan, who has been in office since 2003.
“If he does what he really wants to do, it will be scary,” said Nilgun Celikbas, a 60-year-old interior designer in the swanky Bebek district of Istanbul who voted against Erdogan.But in the future, I think he will be dangerous.”
The Nations of Ezekiel 38 – 39
Who Will Participate in the Battle?
Gomer (GMR) has often been mistaken to refer to Germany because of a supposed similarity of linguistic construction. This position has two serious errors. One is that the “R” and “M” are reversed. Ezekiel wrote of GMR not GRM. The reversal is unwarranted linguistically. Furthermore, this similarity and inversion is based upon a comparison of Ezekiel’s GMR with a modern English (from Latin) designation for Deutschland. Clearly, the similarity is only superficial. These two errors rule out, absolutely, any possible identification of Gomer with Germany.
However, GMR is well known to the ancient world as Gimarrai (GMR) of north central Asia Minor (Cappadocia). These people are also known as the Cimmerians (KMR, note the change in gutturals from “G” to “C”). This seems to be the simplest, most obvious interpretation.