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The EU to have a dual outlook composed of fully integrated eurozone countries and loosely tied ones as Britain or Turkey, if it would be member

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The vice president of the Brookings Institute and former Turkish economy minister Kemal Derviş

The vice president of the Brookings Institute and former Turkish economy minister Kemal Derviş

The European Union is to evolve into a different structure composed of two distinct membership structures, Kemal Derviş, the vice president of the Brookings Institute and former Turkish economy minister, has said. The union will comprise a group of EU members that are completely integrated within the eurozone and another group that has looser ties with the union but full membership, like the United Kingdom, according to Derviş’s statement.

The latter group will still be full-status members of the Union but won’t have to be completely integrated, involved in the eurozone or give up their national sovereignty, he said during his speech at the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research’s (SETA) Young Scholars on Turkey Conference Feb. 5.

‘Turkey should be in the second group’
The former minister said the EU membership position he envisages for Turkey would be in the second group, as it would be a more reasonable status for the country and would allow the country to preserve its advantages while still benefiting from EU membership.

“Turkey’s inclusion in the eurozone is feasible for neither Turkey nor the EU but Turkey’s British way – not secondary status – full membership in the EU, would be a feasible choice,” Derviş said.

Even the Europeans who support Turkey’s membership are worried to what degree this giant country could integrate, he said, and suggested that a looser kind of membership possibility would also revive the moribund EU membership process for Turkey.

Turkey holds the advantage of having close relationships with Middle Eastern and Islamic countries based on shared history and culture, and its international policies should still be based on that, but not at the expense of EU membership, according to Derviş.

He proposed Turkey become a part of the single European market but stay outside the euro and Schengen zones, which would damage the elasticity of the country, as joining the Schengen area would hamper issuing visas for Middle Eastern countries, a disadvantageous move for Turkey.

Derviş’s statements that Turkey should emulate British EU membership come amid the burning discussion of Britain’s position within the EU after British Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on EU membership. Cameron recently promised to hold a public vote on whether Britain should remain part of the European Union by the end of 2017, if re-elected.


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mara mcglothin

2/11/2013 4:23:27 PM

TEKION Exactly Turkey needs a few more Kemal Devis' about now.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/7/2013 7:17:31 PM

There is a big danger of the two-tier system for the first-tier EU. If the second-tier nations start doing better than the first-tier nations, the first tier EU could collapse. And, there is a very good chance for that. I don't think that the current EU is seeing the future clearly, they are still living in the past.

Tekion Particle

2/7/2013 5:42:08 PM

Faruk Beisser, Kemal Derviş is a well respected economist and the architect of Turkey’s economic recovery and to my knowledge has nothing in common with AKP or any connection with Gulen/Erbakan. He implemented his economic policies before AKP came to power for which the AKP shamelessly is taking credit for. He was also shortlisted for the head of IMF when the French guy's sexual adventure with the hotel maid caused his downfall.

andrea dealmagro

2/7/2013 4:20:32 PM

Embryo of two tier system already exists: Those in € and those out - both groups in EU. Norway, UK, Poland and others do not use €. Problem is that countries out of € zone but in EU can veto measures designed to solve € crisis as UK and I think Czech Republic did last year. Countries out of € zone should be excluded from voting on € matters. First time in history sovereign nations are willing to freely unite. EU deserves support from everyone.

Johanna Dew

2/7/2013 2:47:57 PM

Before Turkey join EU, the guys and gals in Brussels better start to take lessons in fist fighting. Finally some drama in the EU parliament. And a Quran class too, of course :)

Nuri Gotham

2/7/2013 2:43:50 PM

The sign displayed on the Ortakoy office of the Ministery for European Union Affairs says all about the mood of Turkey's EU membership. It says ; " WALKING CAUTIOUSLY TOWARDS THE COMMON FUTURE" with the picture of Mr.Erdogan and the logo of EU behind. It means Turkey is not in rush !


2/7/2013 2:25:25 PM

François Hollande in his latest speech to the European Parliament has rejected the idea of both a Europe à la carte AND that a two-tier Europe explicitly. So everybody can dream on about this two-tier Europe that will not happen, it would fit the UK and nobody else. So it's not going to happen.


2/7/2013 1:24:12 PM

What he says makes sense. Question is, is the much talked about two-tier EU ever going to happen? EU as it stands have advantages and disadvantages for its members. Overall, its advantages outweigh the disadvantages. This is why in my opinion the UK will stay in the EU if a referendum is ever held. I disagree with Dogan's statement that EU has "failed Greece, .. Italy". All of those countries have prospered under EU, despite the current difficulties caused by their Euro (not EU) membership.


2/7/2013 12:44:19 PM

United Kingdom is one of the oldest democracies in the world, and doesn’t like to be run by unelected unaccountable undemocratic commissioners from Brussels. UK will never ally with an organisation which is anti USA.

Vargen Vargen

2/7/2013 12:20:33 PM

Dogan. Why do you live in EU if it is so bad there, and why dont you move to Turkey instead? I can not understand why you torture yourself by living in EU. The only reason I can come up with is that you live from social wellfare checks.
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