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I agree with those who find Turkish membership appropriate and even desirable, assuming that all the standard conditions are met or subjected to mutually satisfactory negotiation. As Jerome has pointed out elsewhere, this is not intended to be the overnight acquisition of a large new member state, but rather a gradual reduction of obstacles to accession. I also agree with Colman that the case against Turkey is often framed in prejudicial terms. There will undoubtedly be some problems, but slamming the door in the face of the Turks seems much more likely to cause greater ones. Besides, I feel sure that Mozart would be on the pro-Turkish side.

Hannah K. O'Luthon
by Hannah K OLuthon on Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 08:44:47 AM EST

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