|Curious Paradox - The Case of Indo-Pak and EU-Turkey...
It is ofeten said (and you may correct me on this) that the best European Union can ever hope to be as a political identitiy is that it would become another India. Its a very fitting anology, if you are open minded about it from a purely political stand-point.
But here is the twist to the tale: India is amongst the poorest nations (as a factor of its population, not absolute wealth) on earth, while European Union is amongst the richest.
A whole fraction of India's former border-line (Pakistan and Bangladesh) population has fled (and some are still trying to flee) from the Indian Union even before it was born. While on the other hand Europe's future border-line population (i.e Turkey) is trying to get into the Union.
Add to the anology the fact that these border-line nations also happen to be pre-dominantly Islamic, which is becomming less of an issue given the large Muslim population already inside India and EU, but still influences the decision making on the whole because of its homogeneity.
My question to you comes from two perspectives:
1. If European economy turns bad and there is say a foreign invasion of Europe, and Turks are initially given a better chance at sruvival on their own -- would the Turks opt to stay with EU or would they turn to their Asian and Middle-Eastern root as Pakistan has done?
2. If Indian economy manages to keep up its boom-growth and build a powerful state would the Pakistanis try to get back into the Indian Union - stressing their commonalities and downplaying past conflict like Turkey is doing today?
Your thoughts are welcome. I am also posting this on the Armed Forces of the World board to get a broader perspective.