May 31, 2005

TRY PLAN C:

Turkey, other EU rejects have palatable Plan B (JOHN O'SULLIVAN, 5/31/05, Chicago Sun-Times)

Under this particular Plan B, the United States would rescue Turkey and the EU from their joint crises while also advancing U.S. interests in transatlantic integration.

It would work as follows:

First, the EU and the United States (together with its partners in NAFTA) would merge their markets to form TAFTA -- or a transatlantic free trade area.

Second, they would invite all the existing European countries not in the EU, including Turkey, Norway and Switzerland, to join this enlarged TAFTA. (Ukraine, Russia and Latin American countries outside NATFA would be eligible to join once they met criteria similar to those required for EU entry.)

Third, this TAFTA would establish joint procedures for harmonizing existing and new regulations between NAFTA, the EU and non-EU states,.

Fourth, free movement of labor would not be a provision in TAFTA, but there would be preferential immigration rules between members.

Laid out in this way, such a Plan B inevitably sounds utopian. Many of its individual features, however, have been widely discussed for years. Indeed, a full-scale EU-U.S. free trade area almost came about a decade ago.

At the time it was vetoed by the French. But Europeans might now see the value of a program for economic integration that does not involve free immigration -- but that would offer Turkey a solid substitute for EU membership, mollify the Islamic world, and build an long-term economic bridge to Russia, North Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

And in their currently shaken state, even the French might be prepared to accept American leadership out of the crisis -- so, Condi, act quickly.


Why would we want to include the dying secular nations of Western Europe in the Axis of Good?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 31, 2005 10:59 AM
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And in their currently shaken state, even the French might be prepared to accept American leadership out of the crisis -- so, Condi, act quickly.

It is high time to wean ourselves off of the co-dependent relationship between America and Europe that has America always coming to the rescue of failed European fantasies.

Posted by: Ptah at May 31, 2005 12:29 PM

If you were to do any such thing, it should exclude the Axis of Weasels (France, Belgium, Germany, and junior honorary member Spain) as a matter of principle.

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 31, 2005 12:38 PM

Mike, you left out Turkey. I hope not on purpose.

Posted by: Genecis at May 31, 2005 1:59 PM

Good point. Turkey should also be excluded on principle.

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 31, 2005 4:21 PM

Turkey is a linchpin, not least because non-Arab and allied to Israel.

Posted by: oj at May 31, 2005 4:46 PM

Yeah, but Turkey crossed us in '03 and sided with the weasels. Actions have consequences. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Payback's a Hillary Clinton. And so on.

Posted by: Mike Morley at May 31, 2005 9:38 PM

Mike:

No they didn't--they defended Turkey. There'll be no revenge because they're more important than are the hurt feelings of wahoos.

Posted by: oj at May 31, 2005 10:18 PM
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