Many Europeans -- including some of the commissioners -- are wary of admitting Turkey, an overwhelmingly Muslim country of 71 million people, into the EU fold. Not all 30 European commissioners are expected to endorse the start of talks.

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Should Europe take Turkey in?
Many Europeans -- including some of the commissioners -- are wary of admitting Turkey, an overwhelmingly Muslim country of 71 million people, into the EU fold. Not all 30 European commissioners are expected to endorse the start of talks.


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17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/20/04 - 1:16:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Actually, the northwestern portion of Turkey (the small triangle of land north of the Sea of Marmara) is already part of Europe.
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 10/20/04 - 11:11:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I always thought Turkey was Eurpoean...
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 10/21/04 - 12:32:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Only to eat at Christmas.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/4/04 - 7:56:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm pretty sure they're not currently in the EU because of more than just the fact that it's a mostly Muslim country...
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/14/04 - 2:41:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
what's wrong with thurkey? and the question os badly phrased, europe is a continent, the european union is a horrendously disorgansied and pedantic group of countries
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/14/04 - 3:04:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
drat NO!!
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/3/04 - 10:40:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, Turkey is a country that needs tremendous help, the EU could do a lot of good there.

Turkey being Muslim is not a reason stopping the EU, if anything that is actually helping their cause... what is hurting them is their poverty and human rights, they have to bring the country up to the EU code.

17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/10/04 - 8:41:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
lol i could care less
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/11/04 - 1:38:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Always good to know you care Ang....
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/11/04 - 1:40:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with bogchump.
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/13/04 - 6:33:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
MMmmmm..yeah more feta, dates and olives imported!
17 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/13/04 - 6:42:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Actually, the northwestern portion of Turkey (the small triangle of land north of the Sea of Marmara) is already part of Europe."

Part of the continent perhaps, but not part of the European Union.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 3/19/05 - 12:08:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Definitely not! Turkey has a horrendous record of treating minorities (Kurdish), and the EU membership will just be a affirmation of the indifference of European nations towards it.

Besides, it would merely work as a 'gateway' country for terrorists from the middle east who wish to pull of attacks in western Europe.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/19/05 - 11:00:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with Markb84 on the first part. I don't believe they were genuinly incline to abolish death penalty (mandatory if you want to be part of the EU). And they have a bad track record for human rights.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 11:31:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
No way. Thanks but no thanks.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 11:32:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not sure. There is for and against. Mainly against.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 11:34:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
"I agree with Markb84 on the first part. I don't believe they were genuinly incline to abolish death penalty (mandatory if you want to be part of the EU). And they have a bad track record for human rights."

True as that may be, my understanding of the situation was that the EU was mainly concerned that turkey would be a financial/economic drain.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 11:41:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
"MMmmmm..yeah more feta, dates and olives imported!"

Feta is a pure Greek Cheese.

http://www.american.edu/projects/mandala...
http://greekproducts.com/greekproducts/f...

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 12:03:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm somewhat against it. The current state of democracy and human rights in Turkey is quite poor compared to that of other members of the EU. Furthermore, with a population of almost 69 million, Turkey would become the second biggest member, which would grant it a tremendous amount of power.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 12:17:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well if they meet the requirements set by the EU then why would they be against it?
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 12:20:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think that the Greeks or the Cypriots will allow them to enter. They Greek Cypriots made that clear. They will boycot every time the Turks ask for entry and as long as one country doesn't want them to enter they won't.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/20/05 - 3:21:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not with their human rights records
17 yrs ago - Monday 5/16/05 - 5:23:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
I already thought Turkey was part of Europe. No wonder I failed geography...
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 10:36:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm happy to have Turkey join the EU as soon as its human rights record is up to scratch.
17 yrs ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 11:01:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
'No way. Thanks but no thanks.'
Said like a true Greek, angeleyes.
Back to the question, Turkey should improve their human rights record first but it shouldn't make a difference that its a mainly Muslim country.

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