Friday, June 10, 2005

Two politicians for the future

Future Russian president will be Roman Abramovich. He wasn't that stupid to stay in Russia, and has with the soccerclub Chelsea (which he owns) an excellent platform to put 'success' on his businesscard.

Another guy that will become secretary of state in the US is Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International. This magazine will serve as his platform. (By the way I know very few editors with their own website, which already illustrates something.)

However recently Zakaria commented on the European Constitution and the socio-economic problems Europe is having. He makes some suggestions to solve the problems:
Of course, what Europe desperately needs is more of all the trends that are producing populist paranoia. It needs more economic reform to survive in a new era of global competition, more young immigrants to sustain its social market and a more strategic relationship with the Muslim world, which would be dramatically enhanced by Turkish membership in the EU.
(1) economic reform: YES, YES, did I already say YES;
(2) more young immigrants... this is the most difficult one. And this suggestion can only be implemented after economic reform. Why? Because many young immigrants are unemployed in the EU, especially since many immigrants are low educated. (A point system a la Borjas could remedy this, but with attention to cultural esp. religious factors.)
(3) Turkish membership to the EU... It is too much of risk, economically and socio-culturally. By the way the EU will want to see some changes (in relation to the Kurds, or the Armenian genocide) which will be unpopular with the Turkish population. EU membership and so could even worsen relationships with Turkey.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

To point (3): which relationships should worsen? The relationship between Kurds and Turks? .....this is unclear.
Moreover, should we not welcome forced 'changes'(in relation to Kurds and the Armenian genocide and other 'ignored' issues)even when they are unpopular within the population. Unpopularity lies within the nature of 'forced' changes; this does not undermine their necessity (see the Germans and the many unpopular changes in regard to their perception of their own history). If there is one so called 'bonus point' of the EU entry discussion then it will have to be the 'forced' changes in Turkey's dealing with its past
.....( by the way: forced means that it would not happen voluntary)

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