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Formula from Derviş for EU membership

16-09-2013 - Hurriyet Daily News

Par Gila Benmayor

 "(...) The “Institut du Bosphore” that the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) has set up in Paris with lobbying in mind at the EU, has organized a meeting in Istanbul, creating an opportunity to look into the dusted matter. 

In the meeting themed, “Europe-France-Turkey: Time to Make Choices,” several scenarios regarding Turkey’s EU membership were discussed.

The reason France is one of the main actors of the theme of the meeting is because it has allowed a new chapter to be opened in Turkey-EU accession talks since 2010.

After France’s European Affairs Minister Thierry Repentin’s keynote speech, I think the real message of the meeting was given by Kemal Derviş, the co-chair of the institute’s scientific committee.

Derviş who is also Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution is a person who believes in the European Union and a strong Europe.

As he has strongly emphasized, if we do not want to see a world ruled by G2, in other words by the United States and China, then a strong Europe is for the advantage of everyone.

Derviş, as many European intellectuals have been reiterating for years, said Europe will be stronger by including Turkey.

He has this formula for our EU membership:

“Such a road can be followed for the EU-Turkey relations to acquire a new dynamic: Turkey, despite becoming a member, can stay out of the Eurozone. Just like the United Kingdom. Turkey would also not be included in the Schengen zone. However, Turkish businesspeople and Turkish investors should have the right of working and free circulation within the EU.”

According to Kemal Derviş, if this formula is accepted by the sides, then it would be easier to build confidence between the two sides.

Naturally, relations will strengthen.

Minister of Development Cevdet Yılmaz, who also delivered a keynote speech together with the French Minister Repentin at the meeting of Institut du Bosphore, according to some French politicians who attended the meeting, came down quite harshly on Europe.

Hence, the question in my mind is this: Is Ankara ready to open a blank page with Derviş’s formula? Or not?"

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