18 October 2004
Kalypso Nicolaidis, a professor at Oxford University and the French National Administration School, predicts that Turkey would have a 'Viagra' effect on Europe in terms of population, economics, and politics upon Europe. Nicolaidis explained that Turkey's young and dynamic population would provide great opportunity to Europe, which is getting older day by day. Nicolaidis emphasized that Turkey's membership would not be the danger to 'strong Europe' as the French imagine.
In a meeting on Turkey held at the French International Research Center attended by Turkish parliamentarians and French social scientists, Nicolaidis, EU advisor to Yorgo Papendreu, likened Turkey to 'Viagra'. Nicolaidis explained that Turkey would bring dynamism in political and economic areas in addition to boosting the population. While the metaphor caused people to laugh at the meeting, the academician of Greek origin said he would write an article with this title. In a statement to Zaman, Nicolaidis said, 'Turkey should focus on the question, "How will we respond to the prejudices of the European public?"
Diasporas Produce Prejudice
At a meeting with French parliamentarians and government members last week in Paris, Aydin Apaydin, the co-chair of the Turkey-European Union (EU) Mixed Parliamentary Commission disclosed that the work of the Armenian Diasporas was behind France's prejudices against Turkey. Apaydin said that a senator had said: "The Armenian Diaspora has nourished the French public for years. There is also a campaign that 'another Diaspora' will come here as refugees. It is not possible for the French people to change their views quickly when they have been nourished with these arguments for years." Apaydin told Zaman that French politicians would bring up the alleged Armenian genocide issue sooner or later.
Zaman, 17 October 2004