Interviewer: We were there just recently. I was very impressed by the industrialization of Turkey.
Interviewer: I mean tourism of course is a major, major factor of GDP. Cars are being built. And also militarily, isn’t Turkey one of the largest forces in NATO?
Interviewee: Yes it is, very definitely.
Interviewer: I though just agriculture is changed somewhat in the decades?
Interviewee: In fact, this is one of the issues with the Turkey and EU membership as I referred to earlier in terms of population, but it’s also true for all these other factors. Turkey is big.
Interviewer: It certainly is, and influential.
Interviewee: And influential. It’s influential in a neighbourhood where the EU is not always sure it wants to be influential. But, it’s also this issue of you suddenly have a country that has a bigger population than Germany. It has a military that is big, receives a good proportion of GDP, much more than any other NATO country. The Turks are not reluctant to send that military on missions when they believed that it’s a justified mission.