During his recent visit to Turkey, President Obama spoke of his strong support of the Turkish bid to enter the European Union and expressed the hope it would soon be a reality. However, his words aroused a storm of protest from German and French politicians who believe the president is interfering in the internal affairs of the European Union. While Obama could say, “Turkey is bound to Europe by more than the bridges over the Bosporus,” many German leaders do not share that same vision. Bernd Posselt, a member of the European Parliament, responded with, “it is a meddling in the internal affairs of Europe” and suggested, “he should accept Turkey as America’s 51st state instead.” Most European leaders accept the US has a voice in NATO issues, but who enters or does not enter the EU is their business.
President Sarkozy made clear that while “I have been working hand-in-hand with President Obama, but when it comes to the European Union, it is up to the member states.. to decide.” Barack, this is not Chicago.