“Turkey is in Asia Minor. It’s a great country, a great civilization, but it is also a bridge between Asia and Europe. There is no place for it, this is something I have always said and it makes a lot of sense. Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against Turks, we need them, they are our NATO allies,” Nicolas Sarkozy said.
The EU is a union of European states. Even geographically Turkey is only partly in Europe, Sarkozy pointed out.
“I don’t think that historically, culturally and economically Turkey can be considered a 100-percent European country,” he added.
He also said that anyone who says that Turkey is a European country wants the end of the EU.
“Speaking of Turkey joining the European Union, let me tell you that Russia is way more European than Turkey,” Nicolas Sarkozy noted.