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‘Turkey has the potential to be a political, economic partner for the EU,’ Van Orden (L) tells Daily News reporter, İpek Yezdani. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

‘Turkey has the potential to be a political, economic partner for the EU,’ Van Orden (L) tells Daily News reporter, İpek Yezdani. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

İpek Yezdani İpek Yezdani ipek.yezdani@hurriyet.com.tr

A “looser” economic policy in the European Union could make the process of Turkey’s accession to the bloc easier but is unlikely, member of the European Parliament (EP) and vice chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) Geoffrey Van Orden said on a visit to Turkey.

“A looser EU that focuses on an economic market with overlapping sectors of cooperation would help Turkey’s accession process, rather than a tighter economic integration of the EU countries. However this is not what the EU wants,” van Orden said. Van Orden was visiting Turkey to attend two different conferences on Turkey’s EU accession process organized by Kadir Has University and the Economic Development Foundation (İKV).

“Cyprus wants a win-win situation”

“Many EU member states have been using more than they should. Austerity is a distasteful medicine. Economic growth would help to overcome the hardship. … Turkey has the potential to be a political, economic and energy partner for the EU,” Van Orden said. Because of the enormous democratic deficit in the EU, the way institutions work does not reflect the will of the EU’s citizens, he said. Member of the European Parliament from Greek Cyprus Eleni Theocharous said Turkey holds the key to its accession to the EU. “It is Turkey’s decision to de-block the accession procedure. If Turkey comes to a fair solution, Cyprus will fully support Turkey’s membership. Turkey has rejected communicating with the EU during Cyprus’ [EU term] presidency and will thus loose precious time. Turkey needs to sign the additional protocol. We want to have a win-win the situation. Currently, the situation is in a deadlock.” Because of the current financial crisis in Europe, Euroscepticism seems to be increasing within the EU, she added.


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mara mcglothin

5/14/2012 3:56:09 PM

JRC Didn't you know that Turkey is not "leading in Europe" because of the repression by the "Evil" war mongering West aka America? DOGAN Greece is destroyed NOT because of the EU but because the Greek people would prefer to stay at home and have no desire to actually work for a living. How many vacation days do they have anyway?

Chris Green

5/14/2012 3:40:59 PM

The only benefit the EU holds for Turkey is in fact mutual, for it involves trade. Trade is the only imperative as there is nothing to gain from ceding sovereignty to the Franco-Prussian axis. Ceasing the accession talks also crushes the Greco veto!

Emre Iseri

5/14/2012 2:36:32 PM

To Eleni : It is the Greek Cypriot , but not the Turkish side , said no to the Annan resolution plan. Therefore , howcome one argues that It is soley Turkey’s decision to de-block the accession procedure by not producing a fair solution ???


5/14/2012 1:54:42 PM

dogan, I'm confused. If Anatolian people have all the traits you describe why is Turkey still a poor country, why is it not a leading state in Europe? A few years of growth doesn't mean Turkey is yet in the same league as most of Europe.


5/14/2012 1:43:43 PM

doggin, I think you're right! You people should walk away from the EU, you don't need to learn human rights, freedom of speech, industry development, education, health care, high tech etc? Do you think you should have student exchanges with Iran or Libya instead?

V Tiger

5/14/2012 1:10:07 PM

Why Turkey wants so much to join the sinking ship of EU when it claims that it has such a strong economy?

dogan kemal ileri

5/14/2012 1:52:03 AM

The peoples of Anatolia are tough,intelligent,creative and hard working and can achieve just about anything they focus on so we don't need to submit and loose our independence and sovereignty to faceless unelected bureaucrats from Brussels in the name of the EU.We must retain our ability to run our own economy,use our own currency,set our own interest rates for the benefit of our own people not for those of the EU.The Franco-German axis has just about destroyed Greece,so thanx but no thanx EU.
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