reply to post by Konstantinos
Any and all members of the EU are equal, they share the same currency, protection and trade laws. Yes there are some economic trouble spots
(Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ireland) but they have every rights as the big economic powerhouses in the EU.
Saying that is as realistic as saying that everyone in the US has the same rights because of the Constitution.
Not every country has it's rights within the EU, and actually, a lot of EU rules and laws crush smaller countries. Portugal is actually one of the
finest examples of how the EU crushed small economies in favor of new entries to the EU and the growth of countries like Germany.
There are a few countries that people aren't considering as being at risk. France, for instance, is very close to the edge of turning bad, and Italy
is even worst.
This Turkey thing is really, really
At first, it looked like Turkey not letting itself being bullied, but now, it's Turkey calling the shots and actually putting itself in a position of
Don't let prejudice told your judgment (this applies to all posters), Turkey is not a weak country, nor a weak power. It's has a strong economy, and
if the EU isn't going to fuel it, they will just turn it to the Middle East. Erdogan is a superstar along the Middle East, and Turkey is in the best
position possible to negotiate with ALL Middle East countries. If a country isn't fully supportive of Turkey, they are at least considering Turkey a
best option in comparison to Western influences.
Turkey is slowly taking away all Western candies in the Middle East, and the EU and the US can't do anything about it, nor should.
That's why this whole discussion is very sensitive, and what will come out of this is concerning.
It's not JUST Turkey slamming the EU. It's Turkey slamming the door on the EU at a time where the EU NEEDS more money flow inside it's banks.
Turkey has an economy of trillions, and the EU would love a piece of that cake directly.
And you have to look at the larger picture. It's not only about the reunification of Cyprus and a biff between the north and the south states.
The Greek Cyprus signed a concession to a US based Oil Company
to exploit oil in the southern coast of Cyprus.
Turkey says that all resources on that area belong to BOTH Cyprus states, not only the Greek one.
And let me just drop the news that Turkey has (today) announced that it will also start their own drilling operations, since nobody gives a F about
what is being said. To add to this "simple" situation, Turkey has (again) said that it will MILITARY ESCORT all Turk Cyprus vessels that will
participate in those drillings operations.
It's starting to get serious. Greek Cyprus gave the idea that it would only start drilling operations next year or so, but recent reports have stated
that they are ALREADY drilling in the area, for exploration objectives.
Again, this might look like a small biff. But if you add this, to the Turkey-Israel situation, plus the Turkey stand on many international situations,
with episodes like the Turkish Cargo plane with aid being shot by rebel Lybian AA...
It's getting nasty, really fast... And honestly, it's not like they are on the loosing side this time.