Anyone who says Turkey is European country wants EU’s death – Sarkozy
Ankara has no place in the European Union: Both historically and economically speaking, Turkey is less European a country than Russia, ex-president and head of France’s main opposition party Nicolas Sarkozy stated in an exclusive interview with the iTele channel.
“Turkey is in Asia Minor. I’m sorry to say it, Turkey is a great country, a great civilization, but it is a bridge between Asia and Europe,” the head of center-right party The Republicans stated in the interview published on Saturday.
“Turkey has no place in Europe. I have always adhered to this position, it is based on common sense. This doesn’t mean that I have anything against the Turks. We need them, they are our allies in NATO. But if we begin to explain it – that Turkey is in Europe – European school students will have to be told that the European border lies in Syria. Where’s common sense?” Sarkozy asked.
The former French leader said he is against Ankara joining the EU not only because it is too far from Europe by definition, but over the government’s treatment of journalists and Kurds just as well.
“It’s not just that. What’s the idea behind Europe? Europe is a union of European countries. The question is very simple, even in a geographical sense, is Turkey a European country? Turkey has only one shore of the Bosphorus in Europe. Can Turkey be regarded a European country culturally, historically, and economically speaking? If we say that, we want the European Union’s death,” he said.
“From that standpoint, if we talk about Turkey’s accession, let me tell you that in many ways Russia is a much more European country than Turkey.”
— RT (@RT_com) March 9, 2016
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