A mass demonstration was held in Anakara on Sunday by tens of thousands of Turkish nationalists, who claim that Europe is a "Christian club" and say that Turkey is being singled out for its Muslim status. The demonstrators took to the streets of the country's capital yesterday to protest the ruling party's campaign of seeking European membership. The group blame Europe for being disloyal to Turkey and accuse the bloc of bringing instability to the country.
Addressing the crowds and sending a message to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, head of the Nationalist Action Party Devlet Bahceli said, "The concessions that you have made to the EU are dragging Turkey toward darkness."
"Don't allow them [the EU] to impose more heavy conditions on us…Reject those [membership] talks," Mr Bahceli said.
Although most Turks will agree that the economy is booming and reforms have been good for the development of the country, there are feelings running high of nationalism in the country as the European's list of demands seem to be endless. The EU have demanded Turkey grant greater rights to Kurds, acknowledge the 1915 Armenian genocide and make more concessions on Cyprus.
Polls show that Turks are more interested in the process of reforms rather than actually joining the bloc.
Turkey has gone through a process of reforms over human rights and the rule of law in the run up to beginning the long road to Europe.