Turkish Finance Minister: Europe lacks strategic vision

Simsek has said that Turkey was important for Europe, but Europe lacked strategic vision and leadership in looking at Turkey from a different perspective.

Turkish Finance Minister: Europe lacks strategic vision

Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek has said that Turkey was important for Europe, but Europe lacked strategic vision and leadership in looking at Turkey from a different perspective.

Appearing in a television program on BBC, Simsek said Turkey was eager to be a full member of the EU for its political, economic and social transformation. Turkey made a remarkable progress in basic rights and freedoms as well as democracy and the country wanted to maintain its transformation, he said.

Simsek said that they were ready to open 35 chapters within the scope of negotiations between Turkey and EU, but EU seemed not ready.

Replying to a question, Simsek said Turkey could only accept full membership, not something else.

Simsek said an analysis by the U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs said Turkey would become the 3rd largest economy in Europe behind Britain and Russia in 2050.

"Turkey is a dynamic country and important for Europe. If Europe wants to be a leading union in the areas of economy, politics and military, it will need Turkey," he said.


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