EU acting like a grumpy old man instead of trying to be attractive

Published 04.05.2017 01:59

Negotiations and diplomatic relations between Turkey and the EU have been on the rocks for some time.

The EU left Turkey's elected government, which had been conducting negotiations with the union, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish public alone after the July 15 coup attempt. That was the final straw for Turkey.

EU countries ignore agreements and do not extradite coup plotters who murdered hundreds of people during the coup attempt in Turkey and have since taken shelter in EU countries.

To top it all, the union and its institutions openly interfered in Turkey's internal affairs during the April 16 referendum and destroyed the facade of good intentions.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which fails to see the state of emergency in France, reopened a political monitoring process against Turkey on the grounds of the state of emergency in the country, which burned what few bridges were left.

Well, what will happen next?

There are many alternative answers to this problem for Turkey.

First, Turkey has progressed far despite being deprived of many rights such as freedom of movement. So, it will continue on its path in the same way with respect to the Customs Union.

However, Ankara will seek new routes for itself this time as it has largely waived its hope of joining the EU as a result of statements made by the union.

Erdoğan's recent visit to India and upcoming visits to Russia, China and the U.S. in May are indicators of this quest.

Erdoğan's broad perspective of alliance and cooperation is not confined to economic and political spheres alone.

It should not be overlooked that Turkey, a NATO member, has initiated negotiations with Russia to purchase an air defense system from the country after the West displayed hostility toward Turkey and isolated it after the July 15 coup attempt.

It is expected that Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin will make the final decision on the purchase of Russian-made S400 air defense systems in Sochi.

In short, Ankara, which has existed so far without the EU, will continue on its path without neglecting the "eastern market," which constitutes more than half of the world.

Undoubtedly, Turkey's relations with the U.S. will also be more fruitful during President Donald Trump's era than before.

As can be seen, the worry lies with the EU.

This is because the union, which has fully lost its power in world competition and politics after the secession of a giant member like the U.K., is no longer a center of attraction. It is just a useless club that suffocates its members with quotas and financial and political obligations.

They are incapable of reconstructing dilapidated European cities, let alone have "weapons" that can enable them to compete in the new global market.

There is a new political tendency to have bilateral agreements and get rid of the shackles of the EU, as the U.K. did.

In the face of all this, the only solution that the union can think of is to save the day by making concessions to the rising right, populism and radicalism, violating the universal values that keep Europe alive, abandoning its expansion policy and preferring to withdraw into its shell. It is also aggravating its arrogance through statements like "Turkey's EU dream is over for now," as European Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is in charge of EU membership bids, has said.

Despite having a different purpose, Hahn told the truth without realizing it.

Poised to be one of the 15 largest economies in the world by 2030, Turkey has woken up, and it has nothing to do with fairytales and dreams any longer.

If the EU continues its spoiled attitude, it will not be able to even dream of joining with promising, young and dynamic candidate members like Turkey.

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