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Erdogan on Brussels-Shanghai Pendulum

Cengiz Çandar writes that it is fine for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pursue membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, but not at the expense of EU membership.
A soldier stands in front of a curtain ahead of a welcoming ceremony for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 8, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR339LB
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What would the Turkish premier say if someone was to ask him this question: “Part of your ancestors came here 1,000 years ago from the environs of Shanghai, and then hit the road to Europe. We have been moving forward ever since. So, what are you suggesting now? That we turn our back on Europe, take the road to Shanghai and return to where we came from?”

Shall we take as an answer the following remarks he made in Prague on February 4: “Any deviation from the goal of EU membership is absolutely out of the question for our government. We are not looking for alternatives on this issue. But we are unhappy. I am bringing up the issue of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Some become annoyed. And why are you annoyed? Is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization an alternative to the EU? Those are two separate, unrelated structures.”

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