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There is an awful lot of anti-Turkish rhetoric floating around Europe right now, but a lot of it boils down to unsupported assertions that they're "different" and "not (Western) like us" or simply (and at least, most honestly "don't share our Christian heritage". Parse it how you will, it still boils down to racist bullshit.

Also, I can't think of another Islamic country where you're likely to meet so many Israeli vacationers.

Should Turkey be admitted to the EU? That depends, but not, IMO, on what the critics are claiming. In the next 15 years Turkey not only needs to meet the formal eligibility requirements (adoption of the aquis communautaire, democracy and human rights standards, particulary with respect to Kurds, and to a lesser extent, Alevites, and so forth), but also resolve the enormous disparities between urban and rural Turkey.

The other question of course is whether the EU will be able to accommodate further members - be they Turkey, Ukraine or whatever - and still function effectively.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Tue Jul 5th, 2005 at 05:15:39 AM EST
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