Europe Should Return to What it’s Good at, Growth Through Expansion – Egemen Bağış

21 September 2013

Seventy years ago the European Union was a dream. It has been realized, although it seemed impossible. 

Seventy years ago the European Union was a dream. It has been realized, although it seemed impossible.  It has given  the people of Europe, who had been fighting with one another for centuries, an opportunity to live and work together in peace. This opinion was voiced by Egemen Bağış, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey while taking part in the panel discussion, Europe: Destination Unknow,  at the 10th Annual Meeting of Yalta European Strategy, at the historic Livadia Palace on Saturday.

“The French, the Germans, the English and Spanish – they were always in conflictwith each other, fighting with each other. And now they can live together. The European Union is the largest project of its kind in the history of humanity,” he said.    

Now the European Union has achieved this, the Turkish Minister believes it should  begin a new chapter of integration.  “Europe should get back to doing what it does best - promoting the idea of growth through expansion. It is necessary that Europe forget its prejudices and accept new, dynamically developing countries – such as Ukraine, and Turkey. They should become fully-fledged members of this global project,” Egemen Bağış said.

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