2018 Report on Turkey
I have always taken the view that we need to keep Turkey close. Although neither side is under any illusions, the process of EU accession has proved beneficial to both Turkey and the EU. There is a saying that sometimes it’s better to travel than to arrive. This journey has been going on for at least 15 years; some might say over 30 years. Why add injury to insult and suspend it now? And surely it’s not in the interests of the EU to create animosity with its neighbours – Mr Barnier, take note.
Over the years, there has been a range of obstacles to progress with Turkey; some real, some contrived. One consistent element has been Cyprus. The EU talks grandly about principles of democracy, but it is content to ignore the people of a third of the island of Cyprus. Seats allocated to the Republic of Cyprus should be used proportionately to represent the peoples of all parts of the island either through a Turkish Cypriot Member of the Parliament or through observer status, as is the case in the Council of Europe.
Tuesday 12 March, 2019