Sarkozy on Turkey, lying with every breath
When I was looking up quotations by various public figures earlier today on the subject of the admission of Turkey into the EU, I ran into some contradictory statements by President Sarkozy, and asked Tiberge of Galliawatch about it:
LA to Tiberge:
In September 2007 you showed him switching from his previous supposed opposition to Turkey membership, to support or quasi support for membership.Tiberge replies:
I can make perfectly good sense out of it. He is lying—it’s that simple. Now that the EU elections are upon us everybody is taking an anti-Turkey stand, but few are being fooled (at least among the bloggers I read). His Minister of Agriculture Michel Barnier, who is running in Ile-de-France, has recently been exposed as being very pro-Turkey despite his recent comment that he had changed his mind, and was now opposed to membership. Sarkozy, all the while saying he is opposed, always comes up with consolation prizes for Turkey—special status, privileges, and closer than close relations with France, in the event Turkey does not gain accession. So it really doesn’t matter if Turkey is in or out.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 04, 2009 11:06 PM | Send