The EU without Turkey

Without Turkey, Europe just doesn’t look right and in the long run it probably won’t work. The idea of Turkey as an active player in the life of Europe is a relatively new one for people in Europe. Because Turkey industrialized much later than most of the countries on the north side of the Mediterranean, it was for many years just a bystander. But historically Turkey has often been a vigorous participant in the life of the continent, especially at the height of the Renaissance. In the sixteenth century there was a sort of diplomatic “axis” in European politics between Francois I of France and Süleyman the Magnificent. Even today, the influence of Turkey on daily life in many countries is much more pervasive than most people usually realize. Turkis