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    London Times: Turkey deserves full membership

    Hürriyet Haber
    01.10.2005 - 09:43 | Son Güncelleme:

    This week the Times of London devoted its lead editorial to Turkey’s European Union membership bid. In the editorial entitled “Eastern Promise: There must be no alternative to talks on full Turkish EU membership,” the paper argued the following: “The European politicians are now talking of ‘privileged partnership’ as a substitute for full EU membership. The phrase may sound emollient, but it signifies a dishonorable reneging on past promises and a humiliating rejection of Turkish aspirations for the past 42 years.

    What politicians in Strasbourg, Paris and Berlin are hoping is that a piqued Turkey will itself flounce out of the talks. For what they fear has, at heart, little to do with agricultural costs, Turkey’s human rights record or the tortuous Cyprus negotiations. It is, more crudely, the atavistic clash of civilizations — the contention that a Europe based on Christian values and culture has no place in its midst for a Muslim nation.”

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