Finnish PM: "turkey and Eu need one another"
Both Turkey and EU need each other, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said over the weekend. Speaking at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Lapland, Finland, with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also in attendance, Stubb said, "Turkey has a vital strategic importance to the EU. If the EU wants to have a dynamic economy, it needs Turkey to achieve this. Turkey also needs the EU. This mutual relationship is also true geographically and culturally." Also speaking at the meeting, Davutoglu said strategic cooperation between Turkey and the EU will give the Union a stronger say in regional and international issues. In related news, in a televised interview over the weekend, Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis said that problems facing the EU such as energy supplies, illegal migration, economic integration, and fighting drug trafficking will make Turkey's eventual full membership in the Union inevitable. The EU can't handle these problems without Turkish support, Bagis said, criticizing those opposing Turkey's EU accession out of the fear that Turkey, as a key country, will have a stronger say in the EU when it becomes a full member.