From John Ward at The Slog: Turks to get same rights in Europe’s economy as EU residents.
The Slog has obtained sight of an official Brussels Commission document which, while not confidential, has not as far as I can tell been the subject of MSM coverage, or indeed any vote at all among MEPs. Although dated March 30th 2012 as a ‘proposal for a decision’, I can reveal that the decision has been approved and is already going ahead. It is to grant Turkish citizens the same residency and labour rights in Europe as existing EU citizens.
And it won’t stop there either. Evidently there are plans to implement similar schemes for Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Israel. And thus we see the EUnion blithely forging ahead, without regard for the realities of the economic strains within the EUnion, or the diplomatic and political strains within and between these proposed candidates.
Why this idea is beyond insanity is neatly summed up by Mr Ward: Turkey is an economic basket case about to implode, while openly threatening fellow EUnion-member Cyprus with annexation. Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia have been or are in the grips of the ‘Arab spring’, with islamists growing in power. Israel, together with the former three aren’t even in Europe, while the first three are openly hostile to the mere existence of number four.
What, apart from blind and deranged ambition, could possibly be the rationale for getting into this hornets nest? We should leave while we still can!