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Sarkozy Says 'No' to Turks in EU, Russians More European Than Turkey (Video)


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In an interview with the French iTele TV channel former French president Nicolas Sarkozy blasted the concept of Turkey one day joining the EU or being a part of Europe:

Turkey has no place in Europe. I have always adhered to this position, it is based on common sense. This doesn't mean that I have anything against the Turks. We need them, they are our allies in NATO. But if we begin to explain it – that Turkey is in Europe – European school students will have to be told that the European border lies in Syria. Where's common sense?

It's not just that. What's the idea behind Europe? Europe is a union of European countries. The question is very simple, even in a geographical sense, is Turkey a European country? Turkey has only one shore of the Bosphorus in Europe. Can Turkey be regarded a European country culturally, historically, and economically speaking? If we say that, we want the European Union's death.

Sarkozy also declared that if the two countries are compared, Russia is more of a European country than Turkey:

From that standpoint, if we talk about Turkey's accession, let me tell you that in many ways Russia is a much more European country than Turkey.

Sarkozy is expected to run again for the presidency in 2017. He faces stiff competition for the conservative vote from Marine Le Pen, whose anti-immigration and anti-EU party Front National has been leading in polls. 


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