Sunday 4 December 2016

EU cannot allow Turkey to join the union

Published 01/12/2015 | 02:30

‘Turkey has adopted an increasingly Islamist worldview under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan'
‘Turkey has adopted an increasingly Islamist worldview under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan'

Even the most vociferous voices who condemn the increasingly stringent internal security measures of western European states towards native-born Islamic extremists, must now surely realise that the potential entry to the desperately fragile EU of nearly 80 million Turkish Muslims is a price Europe cannot pay.

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And this is if Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, could be taken seriously in his claim that Turkey is combating the so-called Islamic State (Isil).

Surely this is clear in Turkey's demand for cash, visas and renewed talks on joining the EU in return for helping stem the flow of migrants to Europe (Irish Independent, November 30). If this cannot be seen for the cynical manipulation of European fears, then blackmail must have a new dictionary definition.

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