9/14/2009

Rehn: EU needs Turkey

Dunya - Turkey's integration process into the European Union is continuing, said the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, adding that the Union needs Turkey. Stressing that Turkey and the EU share major medium- and long-term strategic interests, Rehn said the EU needs Turkey's help to ensure peace and stability in a number of problematic regions, in particular the Caucasus and the Middle East, to ensure energy security, and to fight against terrorism. Rehn also underlined that the EU's enlargement process has boosted its global influence, making it the world's largest economy, a trade heavyweight, a superpower in global markets, and a leader in the fight against climate change.

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