In his Oct. 21 Star daily column titled “Let me upset our European friends a bit more!” the chief adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yigit Bulut, argued that day after day Turkey sees a brighter future and that “those European countries which label Turkey as the ‘Sick Man of Europe' are now moving fast towards breathing their last breath.”
Bulut stated that “every single day” he sees denigrating newspaper reports on Turkey from German, British and Austrian dailies and claimed that being targeted by European media proves that Turkey is taking steps forward for what he termed “the Greater Turkey dream.”
He later cited several gas-related points from a book by Edward Lucas of The Economist titled “The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West,” saying that over 50 percent of Europe's gas is imported from outside the EU countries, with Finland and Slovakia's gas import rate being 100 percent and Greece's 84 percent, Germany's over 40 percent and Italy's 32 percent.
Bulut claims that European countries not being independent in the gas issue leaves them unable to take independent action on global issues. According to Bulut Turkey is rapidly getting closer to becoming the “center of its geography” and that it should carry out well analyzed strategies when passing Russian, Azeri and Iranian gas from its land to Europe.
Bulut previously stated in a televised interview that if given the option, most Greeks would want to exit the European Union and join Turkey. “If there were a referendum in Greece today, 51 percent of Greeks would vote to exit the EU and join Turkey,” Bulut said.
He also recently said that Turkey needs to stop aspiring to EU membership and seek to expand its influence in the Middle East and elsewhere, raising questions as to whether Turkey is abandoning its goal of EU membership.
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