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EU the third actor against NATO's trident

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 13, 2017 at 06:32

I miss the EU as the third actor in Turkey's relationship with the West. The EU has made many half-hearted offers to Turkey over the years. Each time the EU withdrew with a subtext saying "we have never actually wanted you". As a consequence the EU antagonised Turkey against the entire West. I mean Turkish people regardless of their government.

I think the EU acts in competition to NATO in order to re-arrange Europe's security policies. NATO's trident policy used to be "US in, Germany down, Russia out". The EU turns this on its head.

As I look back at what is called the "refugee crisis" I still wonder why this was handled as a EU-matter in the first place. Refugees entering the non-EU country Turkey did not warrant a EU response. This required a NATO response. To me this is all about securing a NATO border in a non-EU country or on international waters. From a practical standpoint given the high number of people trying to enter NATO-terrority a military defensive operation as the only measure on the appropriate scale.

My very own government cut shabby deals with Erdo─čan only to see its citizens arrested inside Turkey.
Obviously noone on the European continent can stand up against Germany as the most powerful country.

This requires a US response through NATO. It is time to tell the EU through Germany that Angela Merkel is not to make decisions on a strategic level with respect to NATO. Likewise NATO should instruct Turkey not to enter strategic cooperations with Russia, Iran, China. The combined message is this: if Turkey becomes a trustworthy NATO ally again it will never be bullied by EU governments.

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