Middle Eastern Union Ecomomic Community - Dream or Real?


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What if all Middle Eastern countries would unite together in an organization like European Union. Suppose a Union starting from Turkey in the West, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in North, Afghanistan, Pakistan in the East and Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman in South. Very large area including many opportunities. Suppose a semi-trailer loaded with goods is on a high way starting from Oman going to Baku without any customs or fees. And returning back from Baku with loaded goods again to Cairo this time again without any visa and customs.

Turkey, Israel, Iran, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt.....which have enormous natural resources, trading experiences, numerous ports and developed industries. Suppose all these countries came together and formed Middle Eastern Union - lets call it MEU -. As it is now in the EU all countries would be combined to each other in economical terms and maybe also they can form a common domestic and foreign policies. Saudi Arabia investing in Azerbaijan, Turkey exporting directly to Oman with any customs fees and in fastest way. All countries are connected with each other with a developed high way and railway network system. An Afghan student can be graduated from a university in Ankara, Turkey or an Iranian salesman can establish a trading company in Israel.........

I'm sure one day it is going to happen and surely it will benefit all the region. Unfortunately there are too many differences and mountain of obstacles to overcome first. The political systems of many countries are worlds apart, ranging from monarchies, to dictatorships, to democracy, and are in state of anarchy at the moment. Religion is a strong political force there, flamed by hatred between sunnis and shiites. There is also huge disproportion in economic terms. Perhaps too much of a gap for free trade agreements and free flow of workforce to work well.
It was much easier in Europe to create a union, where all the countries in union have similar democratic governance, similar economies based mainly in free market capitalism on production side, similar laws and rights for citizens. Plus religion doesn't interfere in politics or economy.
I don't see at the moment how all of these differences in Middle East could be bridged to agree on character/structure of any union.
Before anything happens there we'll need to see economic progress of poorest countries, liberalization and democratization of political systems, and Muslim religion becoming tolerant and less political.
This sounds as an Islamic Union. It could be possible if Shariah law is installed. But unions are not created in geographic terms, even though geography matters. In the foundation of EU stands the ideals of democracy and freedom that made it possible and Money from rich European countries that made such a project possible and atrctive. The area you are proposing lack any such attractivenes and the money. What one will benefit from being in such Union? Who will be the leader? Who will finance? You see there is a toothlees African Union. What the hell such a union is needed. So the union you are proposing is sensles. A union with Russia if Russians want will make more sense.

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