Jan 25 2018

“Thank goodness Turkey is not in the EU” – U.K. commentator

Thank goodness Turkey is not a member of the European Union, writes Melanie McDonagh for the Spectator.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s invasion of Syria to attack the biggest ally of the United States in the conflict could not have made things much worse in the country, said MCDonagh, a lead-writer for the Evening Standard and a contributor to the Spectator.

But, she said, it would have been worse “if Turkey, under its Islamist, authoritarian, despotic president, were a member of the EU or if it were on the fast track for membership of the EU.”

Most of the U.K.’s political classes still, on paper, want Turkey to join -- Britain was the chief backer of Turkey while it still had a stake in the institution, McDonagh said.

In 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron had observed that the EU would be weaker not stronger without Turkey.

“Not quite how it looks now, is it?” she said.