On the northern shores of the Mediterranean region, the economic crisis prompted certain modifications in European relations. In Greece, there was talk of exiting from the euro zone, and Cyprus and Spain began to consider a European model in which the Mediterranean no longer delineates the natural southernmost boundary of a continent defined by its economic power. But for those who have experienced Europe‘s economic boundaries from the outside in the past decades, rapid economic developments could also bring Europe unexpectedly closer. If Turkey were an EU country, the Bosporus would no longer demarcate Europe‘s self-conceived southeastern boundary; instead, the frontier would shift eastward to Turkey‘s boundaries with Iran, Syria and Armenia.