No concrete evidence of Turkish delight has reached Canada. But if we were Turks would we not be delighted to see our arch-enemies on their knees, on the verge of bankruptcy, caught cheating at the highest levels, in deep disgrace, groveling, the object of universal charity, receiving rather than bearing gifts? Would we not be delirious with Schadenfreude?
On April 25, the Greek Cypriot paper Phileleftheros wrote:
“Turkey’s growth rate of six percent justifies calling it ‘the China of Europe,’ and allows increased flexibility for the Turkish economy…. The changes to the investment system introduced by Tayyip Erdoğan’s government have brought in more foreign investments, and the pragmatism of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has contributed to overcoming bureaucratic obstacles. In this way Turkey has raised its productivity with foreign capital. At the same time its labour is cheaper than in the economies of Europe.”
Not a word about the Greek plight. But do we not sense the Schadenfreude between the lines? Surely it is a far more powerful emotion than the mild regret that, for the moment, the Greek crisis has pushed the question of Turkish admission to the E.U. on the back-burner.
In any case, the E.U. may not be quite as desirable a club to belong to than it had been before. Turkey may one day discover that it is better off not being “The China of Europe.”