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10/20/2004

Fischer on the Admittance of Turkey into the EU

It's hard to overstate the symbolic importance of Turkey's admission to the EU, but Fischer may have done it:

"To modernise an Islamic country based on the shared values of Europe would be almost a D-Day for Europe in the war against terror," he said.

"It would be the greatest positive challenge for these totalitarian and terrorist ideas."
His comments are probably directed toward the French, who are hesitant. Greece and GBR have been similarly supportive of Turkey's admittance, though with slightly less grandiose analogies.

German use of D-Day analogies is rather peculiar.

Update, 10/21/04, 12:10 PM EST: Fischer's use of the analogy is perhaps explained by this. Salon has a more comprehensive look at Fischer's geopolitical worldview.

 

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