Erdogan urges EU to “write a new history for itself”

Erdogan believes that the European Union, which has been “influenced by the short-term policy” of the member countries, needs to focus on common goals. The situation in Ukraine is a tragedy and at the same time a warning for the EU, he said alt=”Erdogan invited the European Union to 'write a new history for itself'” />

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In recent years, the European Union has moved away from its fundamental principles and “was influenced by a short-term policy”; countries— members of the association, according to a statement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, timed to coincide with Europe Day.

Europe Day is celebrated on May 9, this date was chosen to commemorate the Schuman Declaration, which is considered one of the founding documents of the European Union. On May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed to European countries to unite the metallurgical, iron ore and coal mining industries. The result was the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the forerunner of the EU.

According to Erdogan, the ideas at the heart of the Schuman Declaration allowed the countries of Europe to “put aside their differences and animosities.” and unite, but now the EU has moved away from its stated goals. The Turkish President believes that the EU needs to “write a new history for itself” against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

Situation in Ukraine— it is a tragedy that is unfolding “in the center of Europe before the eyes of the whole world”, which is also a warning to the EU, Erdogan said. The aftermath of the fighting on Ukrainian soil has confirmed that Turkey “is of strategic importance to the EU”, in particular in the areas of energy, security, supply chains and migration, he said.

“What is needed now is solidarity, cooperation <…> as in the times when the foundations of European integration were being laid,— added the Turkish president.

Turkey has been celebrating Europe Day since 1999, when the country received the status of a candidate for EU membership. Negotiations on Turkey's accession to the association began in 2005.

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In May 2021, MEPs said that relations between Ankara and Brussels had reached a “historic low” as Turkey “is increasingly distancing itself from the values ​​and standards of the EU.” The deputies proposed to consider the possibility of suspending negotiations on the country's accession to the European Union. The Turkish Foreign Ministry considered the resolution of the European Parliament biased and indicated that the document “has no legal force.”

The day before, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Europe “is facing shadows past that we thought we had long since left behind. She stressed that Brussels supports Kyiv and expressed confidence that the EU will cope with the challenge.

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