JohnRawls wrote:Population means literally jack shit nowadays. China had hundreds of millions and billions of people for a long time but it didn't become relevant in any major sense for modern times until it opened up its economy and started growing economy. Considering Turkish population, it is economically tiny and irrelevant. Especially with the new Lira things happening.
Your nominal GDP just dropped by 30%-50% because of last year meaning that you went to a total GDP less than Poland while having folds more people. Greece also went to having 4x less to having 2x less compared to Turkey.
The currency crisis of emerging countries is temporary. National income increase by record levels in terms of lira. Exchange rate is manipulated and it hides economic realities. Our export grows to unseen levels in Turkey's history.
Beren wrote:And what will you do with so many poor people? Because illegal aliens are poor and it's the poor multiplying that much as well, I guess. Will you blackmail the EU with them as potential refugees perhaps? Because that's all they'll be good for.
We have a deal on refugees. Did you forget it? It has been 5 years since we agreed on that. Therefore, population boom is unavoidable. It is economically good as it creates a one big marketplace. I am for open borders.
wat0n wrote:@Istanbuller is right though, not so much about Turkey being a dictatorship in the '90s but it's been a dictatorship before while being in NATO. And has had military tensions with other members.
It was a dictatorship in 1990s either. Politicians seemed to run the country, but in fact military generals and mobs were in charge of the country. Terror attacks were rampant everywhere.
Erdoğan restored the rule of law and authority of central government. He cleared the country from terrorists.
Scamp wrote:@Istanbuller, just curious, and I mean no disrespect. Does Turkey have toilet paper now? They did not, outside of Incirlik Air Base, years ago.
Now we sell toilet paper to Israel.