Having made an election propaganda by publishing a Turkish booklet as well as a Kurdish booklet and prepared a web site for himself, brought Fischer's Social Democrat Party to presidency for the first time after 31 years.
Fischer said that the membership of Turkey would bring a peaceful and strong security area to the EU. Stating that the EU was not a Christian organization, the new president gave support to the EU membership of Turkey as follows: The EU took a clear decision. Copenhagen criteria shall be fulfilled for the commencement of negotiations with Turkey. The issue is not whether Turkey is European but whether she complies with the criteria.