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    62% of Turkish students don't believe EU accession

    Hürriyet Haber
    10.10.2005 - 10:57 | Son Güncelleme: 10.10.2005 - 10:57

    A recent survey conducted in Turkey over whether Turkey will be able to integrate into the European Bloc found that 62% of university students asked didn't believe Turkey would join the EU. The survey was conducted in late September with a total of 1,776 students taking part from various state and private universities, including: Gazi, Ankara and Atılım Universities, as well as the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ). Students responded to a 17-question survey that was conducted by the Politics Center conducted to collect information on the perception of Turkey's students regarding EU accession.

    When asked about the time frame of the process, 44 percent of the respondents claimed the candidate country would never become a full member of the EU, 24 percent said Turkey might become a member after 2015, 18 percent said it may become a part of the EU between 2011 and 2015, and 7 percent said Turkey's EU dreams may come true between 2005 and 2010.

    Asked about whether Turkey has an alternative other than the EU, 27 percent of the students cited the Turkic world and 26 percent pointed to the trio of Russia, China and Iran as an alternative. 18 percent said Turkey has no alternatives other than the EU.

    Fifty percent of the respondents said Turkey's geopolitical position would strengthen the 25-nation bloc after the country became a full member. 10 percent said the EU would no longer be perceived as a Christian club after Turkey's integration.

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