Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Van Rompuy Nomination

Might his position on Turkey have won Mr. Van Rompuy his new job?

“Turkey is not a part of Europe and will never be part of Europe,” Mr Van Rompuy said during a meeting held at the Belgian parliament in December 2004.

“An expansion of the EU to include Turkey cannot be considered as just another expansion, as in the past. The universal values which are in force in Europe, and which are also fundamental values of Christianity, will lose vigour with the entry of a large Islamic country such as Turkey.”

Mr Van Rompuy’s speech puts him squarely on the side of Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, and Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, both of whom are willing to offer Turkey a “privileged partnership” but want to keep the country out of the EU.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

His position on Turkey is just the icing on the cake. He's a nobody, which is what Merkel and Sarkozy wanted.

DavidinParis said...

At first I thought this was an EU rejection of Thanksgiving as a holiday that appears not only to be celebrated by expats in Europe, but by many who have spent several years in the USA...but now I see it is the same old same old posturing as usual.