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An end to Turkey's self-importance

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Postby repulsewarrior » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:23 am

...ouch, i am under the impression that they have the largest (next to america) contigent of troops there.

...still, they have a large population, and in relative terms, a large standing army. more importantly, their geographic position offers to them many allies, (including russia), and they are no doubt a gateway between asia and europe.
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Re: An end to Turkey's self-importance

Postby AWE » Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:47 pm

Me Ed wrote:This will put a nail in the coffin of those who delude themselves that the EU needs Turkey to bolster its defences.

Cameron and Sarkozy hail UK-France defence treaties

David Cameron has said new treaties on defence and nuclear joint working with France marked a "new chapter" in a long history of defence co-operation.

Cameron and Sarkozy say the moves will save money without undermining national sovereignty

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11670247


I guess having no money and low growth yet trying to project power worldwide will force this to happen. All the more reason for Turkey as the UK/France can't possibly hope to operate well in the eastern Med.
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Postby Simon » Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:19 pm

repulsewarrior wrote:...ouch, i am under the impression that they have the largest (next to america) contigent of troops there.

...still, they have a large population, and in relative terms, a large standing army. more importantly, their geographic position offers to them many allies, (including russia), and they are no doubt a gateway between asia and europe.


No, the US have the largest contingent by a considerable distance, then it's Britain with about 10,000. Turkey do not even come close.
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Postby repulsewarrior » Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:38 pm

...through any good office the International community offers, does Turkey lead as a Peacemaker?
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