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    French right-wing opposition Les Republicains (LR) party President Nicolas Sarkozy gestures as he delivers a speech during a campaign rally in support of candidate for the upcoming regional elections in the Normandy region, Herve Morin, on November 30, 2015 in Rouen, northwestern France

    Sarkozy: ‘No Place for Turkey in EU, Russia More European’

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    The prospect of Turkey joining the European Union makes no sense, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview with iTele TV channel.

    “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.

    He added, however, that “when we start explaining to our schoolchildren that Turkey is Europe, then we’ll have to add that European borders run across Syria. This just makes no sense.”

    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.

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    • Anton KOMAROV
      Thank you, , that is so logical that one can wonder why it takes an ex french president to state that...
    • jas
      Seeing this from Sarkozy proves to me that these people (western politicians) know their accusations against Russia are lies. They know perfectly well that the sanctions against Russia are wrong and that most of the voters are against confrontation with Russia. These western leaders know they are against the will of the people always all of the time. The only reason Sarkozy is saying this is because he wants to get elected. I should start calling them "leaders" of the anti-West.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      One good thing coming from that guy
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Of course Russia is European. Ok, it's nice of someone like Sarkozy to state the obvious, but like the saying goes, "just because 80 million Frenchmen so it's so, doesn't mean it is". In other words, just because someone states the obvious, doesn't mean they deserve mountains of accolades. Russia is what it is whether some westerner says this or that and proud Russians know this. Russia is a lot of things but one thing is that certainly is true is that Russians have put up with a lot of crap, and for that they are a strong, kind folk. Just don't take my word for it...just look around.
    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      Sarkozy is correct in this respect. Let us take this argument and step further and say that it is high time to bring an end to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and replace it with a common (and strictly defensive) security arrangement for all of Europe to include Russia and all of the countries once part of the former Soviet Union - on an entirely voluntary basis of membership, of course. At the same token, it would be advantageous to expand the EU-EFTA common market (European Economic Area) to include the exact same countries plus those now part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The EU should also be modified to allow for more regional autonomy so that it becomes more like the EFTA - like the EU was before the Euro currency zone was formed. A common currency is not a bad idea, but countries need to have more in common before something like this introduced. Ultimately, the entire world will likely abandon the infamous fiat currencies and adopt a currency or currencies which are backed with gold bullion.
    • michael
      it is interesting the conversation about borders. Is turkey european, asian, a bridge etc? Is Russia european, asian or a bridge etc? I think that the labels are getting in the way - they are being abused for political ends - nothing new in that. But maybe there could be a reconsideration of what a border is...
    • Love for God
      Look who is talking. A War Criminal... And everyone is all ears...
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