Aug 09 2018

EU-Turkish cooperation against Trump “essential” – Turkish pro-govt columnist

U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies are damaging the European economy, and should cooperate with Turkey, “one of the countries standing up against the ill-judged policies of the U.S.,” to ensure a “bright future” in spite of the United States, columnist Ozan Ceyhun wrote for the Turkish pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah.

“Each passing day, the interests of the U.S. and the rest of the world are starkly clashing. European countries have so far only issued press statements to criticize the harm done by the U.S. It is not known whether they can take further steps in this regard in the future, but U.S. sanctions are threatening the stability of all of Europe,” said Ceyhun.

The columnist referred to U.S. sanctions on Iran, which he said hurt European businesses, and to the threat of sanctions and trade wars with Russia and China.

“As long as the boycott policies, sanctions and threats of the U.S. continue harming the EU's commercial relations with important countries like Russia, China and Iran, the unemployment rates in Europe will undoubtedly climb,” said Ceyhun.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s economy has taken a beating due to its falling out with the United States, which responded to the imprisonment in the country of U.S. citizens by placing sanctions on two Turkish ministers in July, sparking a nosedive in the lira.

“It is time to end the policies based on the restrictions of the U.S. To this end, the EU needs new allies. Russia and China are no longer enemies as Trump suggests,” said Ceyhun, going on to praise China for its adaptation to capitalism and “consistency.”

If Europe ramps up collaboration with these countries and resuscitates Turkey’s accession bid to the European Union, it will enjoy a sunnier outlook than by following the United States, the columnist said.