Can someone please help me with my project... The project is about the European Union. Each student gets to be part of the EU. We are going to have a meeting like the EU meeting and discuss on...

Can someone please help me with my project... The project is about the European Union. Each student gets to be part of the EU. We are going to have a meeting like the EU meeting and discuss on different topics. I get to be France so can someone please help me come with a diplomatic statement and support for my country's position for each topic? The topics are Whether or not allowing Turkey to join the EU, Recovery after the Economic Crisis (Integration vs Isolation), and Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia (Aid or Sanctions).

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The integration means that France still believes in the principles of the European Union which it helped to create with Germany, and remains one of the most important of the members.  The whole idea of the EU was to create a union which would give the members more power economically and politically as one voice instead of each voice being alone.  France, though frustrated with some of the recent crises in Europe, needs to be part of the EU to remain a leader and to forestall more crises such as the money crisis in Greece.  Isolation would mean France would work alone without any of the political and economic advantages which the European Union provides.  With the recent rise of the Asian countries in economic power, Europe must compete and the European Union provides the best way to deal with the Asian challenge.  Hopefully, this will help.

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France is one of the founding countries of the European Union and as such, plays an important role.  A diplomatic statement really is a statement depicting the country's attitude towards a topic, and with a bit of research on the EU, you will find reasons for France's position on these three topics.  Taking number one, the topic of Turkey joining the EU, France was part of the initial talks and then blocked any further discussion about three years ago.  Since last fall, France has agreed to discussions of Turkey joining the EU, but still has concerns about Turkey's human rights violations record which is not good, the role the Turkish military plays in the government, and the constant conflict with the Kurdish minority.  France's record is not perfect, but they are quite concerned, and in my opinion, rightly so.  The recovery simply requires France to support integration among the members though it is cautious about the countries which are not members.  France is aware that there is strength in numbers which keeps the focus on integration.  As for Aid vs Sanctions, France is walking a fine line.  Their wish is to help the Ukraine with some aid and diplomatic help while taking care not to step on the Russian Bear's toes.  I believe that France will do a combination of Aid and very careful sanctions as it wants to present a united front on the question.  Just remember in your preparations to make France's positions clear to you first, boil them down to the essential points, and then present the why of France's positions.  History plays a role in any nation's actions, and France has not forgotten the last World War and its aftermath, and what the EU means to France and its economy.  Good luck in your project which sounds like a good way to learn about the European Union.

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gaara1012 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I still don't understand why should I go for the integration but not the isolation?

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