The view of Europe from Istanbul has changed somewhat of late.
Up until a couple of years ago, the Turks still had their noses pressed up against the glass, enduring what had become a marathon wait for entry to the European Union.
And whether pro and anti – most felt a sense of growing resentment as the likes of Bulgaria and Romania jumped the queue to full membership. Turkey had, after all, put her name down back in 1987.
These days, fortunes have been somewhat reversed. Turkey enjoys the continent’s highest economic growth rate, and according to one new report, is likely to maintain pole position for some time. And as Turkey’s prospects have improved, the economic advantages of a seat at the table in Brussels have all but evaporated.
The Hurriyet Daily News, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, runs a column by Semih Idiz, in which he calls on his fellow Turks to wise up. Accession to the EU was never really on the cards for this Muslim country anyway, he reckons.
What’s more, that’s no bad thing, judging by the turmoil to Turkey’s west.
The message comes through loud and clear from this columnist: sit back and enjoy the tragedy, you have the best seats in the house.