Astonishingly, they have even put forward the idea that Turkey should be allowed to sit in on some EU meetings, even though it is not a member.
The Finnish foreign minister, Alexander Stubbs, though, must be considered a candidate for Dhimmi of the year with his ludicrous remark that Turkey was "one of the top five countries in the world today" in terms of foreign policy.
"Arguably, today Turkey is more influential in the world than any of our member states together or separately," Stubb said. "It has a great influence in the Middle East, in the African Horn in the Persian Gulf, in Iran. It's a truly global player and we need to work together with Turkey right now on foreign and security policy."
So Turkey, an authoritarian Islamist cesspit, whose people live in abject poverty, has more weight in the world than all the countries of the European Union, whose combined economy is the largest in the world, whose exports are the largest in the world by far (even Germany alone is only marginally behind China), whose foreign aid contributions are orders of magnitude higher than any other country or set of countries in the world? How insane is this? If Europe lacks influence, it is because it is led by dimwits like Alexander Stubbs, not because it has any inherent lack of power.