La Turquie dans l’UE
On veut souvent nous faire croire que la place plus récemment pris par la religion musulmane oblitère les racines profondément européennes de la Turquie (remontant à l’Antiquité grecque), ou qu’il convient de distinguer la « Turquie d’Europe » avec Instanboul de la Turquie anatolienne.
Extrait d’une des dernières chroniques de Matthew Parris dans The Times:
I loved Syria – magical, different – but the place and its people seemed mysterious. Crossing into Turkey (all of us felt this) seemed somehow like coming home. There were road signs; traffic lights that drivers obeyed; you could read the writing; places and faces seemed open to us; women walked alone, bare-headed; shops and houses looked quietly middle class. From the train (small green fields, neat stations, stationmasters with caps and whistles) it could honestly have been Hungary. The Spain where my family arrived in 1974 felt more Third World.
Before writing off Turkey’s chances of joining the EU, people struck by what is alien about the country should take stock of what is familiar. Try arriving from the other side. Coming in from Asia, Istanbul feels like Liverpool with mosques.