Tuesday, 7 April 2009

USA: Adopt Turkey and Mexico

Eurocentric of The European Citizen wrote a post called America, the 28th Member State? on President Obama’s support for Turkish membership in the European Union.

Eurocentric reacted to Turkish EU membership being spoken of as a US foreign policy tool and as a “feel good” gesture of reaching out to a country, without taking the obligations of membership into account. American media treatment of the question lacked comprehension of how the European Union works.


I have long ago given up hope with regard to US governments and public opinion.

The only new thing about Obama's invitation was that it was made by him, because all the American administrations I can remember have supported Turkey's entry into the European Union for reasons of US geostrategic interests.

It is hard to find even a flimsy pretext for Turkish entry being in the interest of the European Union.

Having been brought up to think that it is bad form to invite guests to your neighbour's party, I think the only way to make Americans realise the challenges is by reversing the situation:

This was the reason for yesterday’s post: Let the United States adopt Turkey and Mexico, with loud and clear endorsement from Europe.

To continue on this path, the US has clear advantages.

It is hard to enter the European Union. The accession treaty has to be concluded with all the member states (27), so each one has a veto. In addition, each one has to ratify the treaty allowing in a new member. Finally, constitutionally the European Union is not equipped even for its existing membership. It is neither effective enough nor democratic.

Compare this with the United States, which has a democratic Constitution of more than 200 years. Only two requirements regulate the acceptance of new states.

According to Article IV, Section 4, the United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government.

Article IV, Section 3, allows Congress to admit new States into the Union.

Piece of cake, compared to Europe.


In other words, if the United States of America wants to reach out and to serve its geopolitical interests, let it invite Turkey and Mexico as the 51st and 52nd states.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Outreach between religions should resonate well in the United States and Turkey. Both are formally secular countries, but imbued by religion, and as such culturally compatible way beyond the potential of the European Union.


My challenge to readers is to argue for or against the United States adopting Turkey and Mexico as new states.

Ralf Grahn