The Economist worries today that more than a fifth of plant species are threatened with extinction but is unconcerned that mass migration threatens to overwhelm homogeneous European national cultures and means the end of ethnic states.
And the end of Christian Europe.
I like Turks very much- every single one I have ever known - but Turkey is a Muslim country, 97% of which is in Asia, it has another religion, another tradition and it is not European.
Negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU opened in 2005, when talks began on the 35 so-called chapters Turkey needed to meet to become a member. Only one has been closed – and it may be several decades before Turkey completes the accession negotiations. But one day, decades from now, if the EU still exists (who knows?), Turkey probably will join and this is a very strong argument for the UK to leave the EU.
But British and European conservative politicians think otherwise, including Lord (Chris) Patten who said in 2011 that admitting Turkey would give the Europe a new reason to exist.
As an EU member, Turkey would add a new dimension of massive historic importance. Europeans would show that we could embrace an Islamic democracy and build a strong bridge between Europe and Western Asia.That, in turn, would create a new European identity and narrative, a new reason for the EU to exist in this century, a way of rejecting the divisive politics of old.Admitting Turkey into the EU has been a British policy objective under all three parties since the 1990s. Politicians who favour this are now arguing for the UK to remain in the EU. They are not trustworthy.