Saturday, February 26, 2011

Into the Turkey's Den

President Sarkozy bravely faced down the lion Turkey, but was savaged anyway:

Turkish officials, meanwhile, said that the European Union had been too slow to respond to the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa and that it should respond more rapidly to the needs of people fleeing the conflict, instead of trying to keep them away from European shores

Mr. Sarkozy strongly opposes Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, and his lightning visit to Turkey — intended to discuss Turkish participation in the Group of 20, of which France is the president this year — was loudly criticized by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in advance as insulting.
“We would have liked to welcome him as president of France,” and not as chairman of the Group of 20, Mr. Erdogan told Agence France-Presse. “So I think this is not a visit at the level of friendship between Turkey and France,” he said, adding, “Turkey and Turkish-French ties deserve better than that.” 

And the Turks aren't just talking: they've sent ships to evacuate people from Libya--which makes Sarkozy's tough talk on the subject look cheap.

1 comment:

Won, Philippe et Raphael said...

another miss for Sarko on his foreign policy and France position on Mediterrannee...