the advantages of Turkeys geo-political position
the following is part of an editorial comment in The Turkish Journal

....will an EU without Turkey gain in terms of energy if Turkey says 'no' to the EU? Would it be more powerful in international politics?
Turkey is the country that carries Caucasian oil to the Mediterranean with the recently completed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline (BTC). Preparations for connecting the Central Asian oil pipelines have started. , The Iraqi oil reserves are carried to the Mediterranean through Turkey’s Yumurtalik Port. Russian natural gas is carried to Turkey through the Black Sea and the Balkans. There is also a pipeline to the Mediterranean and the construction of the Russia-Turkey-Mediterranean Line and also work is in hand for a project to construct the Iranian-Turkey-Europe pipeline. The preparations for carrying the Central Asian natural gas to Europe through Turkey is in progress.
In addition to the completed lines, 20 % of the world's oil will be carried through Turkey when the projects will be completed. In other words, Turkey will become one of the world's energy lines, not just of Europe. It is evident that such a strategic country's exclusion from Europe does not benefit the EU at all.

One other argument used in objecting to Turkey's membership is the fear of becoming a neighbour with the Middle East. It is said that if Turkey becomes a member, the EU will be bordering with and become neighbours of Iran, Iraq and Syria. It is nothing more than evidence of the EU's 'political dwarfness' that it hesitates to become a neighbour of the Middle East,… where the USA spends billions of dollars to maintain a presence in the Middle East and builds military bases in the Gulf countries.
Does the EU seek to become a global political power or a power running away from any region it considers 'hard'? If it wants to keep its 'dwarf' position, it does not need Turkey,
However, if it seeks to become a political 'giant' extending from the Balkans to the Caucasus, from the Middle East to Central Asia, it is very hard for it to achieve this without Turkey.
Even the USA is trying not to move without Turkey in these regions. In addition to Turkey's ethnic, religious, cultural, historical and political relations with these regions and the Turkish Islam, Turkey is the greatest and the most dynamic economy of these regions, Turkey's having the biggest military force in these regions make it impossible to exclude Turkey from the equation. One another reason for the inefficiency of the EU policies concerning the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus and its weakness compared to the USA is that the EU is not politically and militarily strong enough to settle in these regions directly. None of the EU members has such close relationships with these regions as Turkey has.
EU's effort not to become a neighbour with the Middle East is totally meaningless, because the Middle East is already too close to the EU. The distance between Libya and Italia, Spain and Morocco is almost within swimming range. It is open to discussion whether Malta and Cyprus are European or Middle Eastern.
Almost any event in the Middle East concerns the European continent. Changes in oil prices, international migration or the Iraqi War may radically affect the domestic politics of the EU countries. Despite this, the EU's impact on Middle East policies is rather limited.
Turkey's accession to the EU will increase the EU impact on the Middle East and Turkey will become an element of increasing stability of the region when the EU approves full membership of one of the most determining countries of the Middle East. The negative effects of the region on the EU will decrease considerably.

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