Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Der Spiegel interviews the Prime Minister of Turkey

In an interview with der Spiegel, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discusses Iran's nuclear program, Turkey's geopolitical role, its ties with the European Union and his difficult relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Erdogan: One could set 2014 or 2015 as a date for our accession to the EU. But above all I am calling on the EU to be honest: If the EU doesn't want us, they should say it now and clearly. If we are not wanted, then both sides don't need to waste their time with negotiations. Is Europe a home for an alliance of civilizations or is it a Christian club? If the former is true, then Turkey should be part of it.

It makes interesting reading and leaves me hoping that Europe will wake up to the big picture of world politics before they completely alienate this powerful country.

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