Europe's current external and internal threats with regards to terrorism and immigration may be better resolved by Turkey's active defense and security role. As far as energy security is concerned, Europe's natural gas needs are more crucial than ever. Since Turkey is an energy corridor between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, it can strengthen the EU's energy security significantly. Turkey is working very hard with its European partners on the Nabucco Project in order to supply secure and reliable energy to Europe.
In summary, Turkey's membership would support the EU's enlargement policy by bringing peace with history, strengthening European Common Foreign and Security Policy and harmonizing various civilizations.
Despite the mutual benefits of Turkey's membership to the EU, political obstacles have been slowing down Turkey's EU membership process. If political obstacles are lifted, Turkey is ready to open 16 more chapters in addition to the 13 chapters which are already opened, and to close 12 more. All in all, on almost every possible account, the EU needs Turkey as much as, or even more than Turkey needs the EU, and both will be better off by Turkish accession.
Considering the current position of Turkey regionally and internationally, it is time for the Phoenician princess to unite Anatolia and Europe.