Britain and Europe need Turkey - Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, writing in British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, has argued that urban myths are poisoning the relationship between Europe and Turkey, and that Europe should be more sensitive to Turkey’s concerns.

“Without Turkey, Europe will be left exposed and vulnerable,” he wrote.

“The idea that Turkey will be a burden to the EU is therefore incorrect.”

Turkey is part of the solution to tackling extremism and moves away from democracy within Europe, Çavuşoğlu said.

“It should be appropriate to prepare our populations for the positive eventuality of Turkish membership rather than caving in to extremists that threaten to redefine the political centre in too many European countries,” he said.

“A visa liberalisation regime is the first step forwards to take.”

The state of emergency and mass purges of civil servants would end “as soon as there is no longer a need for it,” Çavuşoğlu said, “and no one will be happier for it to be over than our own government.”