The referendum in late May in France on the European Constitution saw much talk of the French voting "no" because of not wanting Turkey in the EU. But exit polls following the referendum showed that, in fact, voters were much more worried about issues such as joblessness and social unrest. In the end, Turkey's potential EU membership came in fifth on a laundry list of worries among the French.
And the shocking results of Sunday's elections in Germany showed once and for all that Merkel's CDU Party was not able to bring in votes based on opposition to Turkey's EU membership. Merkel's campaign, which used warnings like "If you give your vote to SPD, there are Turks waiting with packed suitcases in Anatolia waiting to flow into Germany," discovered Sunday that they were not able to scare voters in Germany that easily.