20041217

EU & Turkey

Last evening the European Union decided to commence accession negotiations with Turkey. Why is completely beyond my comprehension. It seems the EU prefers expansion to dealing with the critical lack of governmental structure. The recent ten new member states are most welcome as were the three before them but being twelve was already hard enough to govern. Surely all expansion should be halted until a clear and workable structure has been agreed upon. Negotiating with twelve members is a lot easier than with the present 25. I wonder if anyone has a clear idea of what they belong to and what future they have tied themselves to.
One glance at the map raises one obvious question: what is going to be the new name for the EU? After all, Turkey is part of Asia. In view of this, Cyprus' membership - at least the Greek half - is silly too. Especially since you don't invite guests who seem to be unable to live in peace with their neighbours. What sacrifice, or humiliation, must Turkey make towards the Greek Cypriote in order to qualify for EU-membership? What about one of the European pillars: free traffic of citizens? Will the Turks be excluded from this? And what next for the EU: Israel, Morocco, the entire rim of the Mediterranean?
The EU deserves to be a success, being confused about its identity isn't going to help and loosing sight of its borders, and size, is going to make it ungovernable. And thus a failure.