Önder Demir, 12 April 2007
on A Security Policy Risk, by Erich Reiter
Strategically, politically, and economically, Turkey is a country that should be accepted into the EU. We need Turkey as a reliable NATO member, which so far has always fulfilled its obligations. A "no" to Turkey would be a "no" to the eastern world, which cannot be in our interest in the long term. A moderate and economically thriving Turkey with its large, young population would bring the potential for strong growth to the EU. We must therefore think and act with the long term in mind. Turkey's accession to the EU would open for us new paths and perspectives.