Should Turkey join the EU?
Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is in Brussels urging the European Union to begin talks on Turkey's bid to join the bloc.
A report by the EU Commission due on 6 October will say whether Brussels believes talks on Turkish accession should go ahead.
The Turkish parliament is meanwhile embroiled in a row over a legal reform package which includes a controversial clause to criminalise adultery. But it is to reconvene on Sunday and Mr Erdogan has vowed to get the reforms adopted.
Do you think Turkey should join the EU? Can Turkey act as a diplomatic bridge between Europe and the Middle East? Send us your views.
The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:
The crucial word is "eventually". If
Turkey became a full member next week, of course it would fatally destabilise the EU. But
a more realistic date for Turkish entry is somewhere around 2020. Give them a chance - 16
years is plenty of time for both Turkey and Europe to adapt, and if anything does go
horribly wrong, we can still say no later.
Turkey must join the EU, because alienating Turkey
will push this important ally into the hands of a Muslim alliance within the Middle East,
this alliance once created, will be more powerful than any European one.
Turkey should join the EU, because the EU cannot
afford to lose such a geo-politically important country, which is a balance point between
the East and the West. If Turkey leans East, it would create dramatically imbalancing
effects that would bring the world to something close to a 3rd world war. If it leans the
west, it would certainly bring stability to the chaotic regions, especially those that are
in the Middle East and the Caucuses.
The Erdogan government has based almost its entire
programme of government on securing the opening of negotiations for entry. It has taken
significant risks in a number of areas, most prominently in reducing the role of the
military in Turkish politics. If the EU does not reward these strides by beginning the
(lengthy) process of accession negotiations, the likelihood that this moderate
administration will continue to hold power will be massively reduced. Turkey may not be a
perfect partner, but it's in the power of the EU to help mould a more modern Turkish state
in the next two decades. To miss this opportunity risks losing influence forever over an
important strategic ally.
After spending time in Eastern Turkey, It's difficult
to imagine ?anlyurfa, for instance, as a part of Europe. But even the least Westernized
corner of Turkey has a history that is entwined through and through with Europe. Rome and
Byzantium brought in the farthest corners of Anatolia for economic and security purposes.
It is not difficult to imagine Europe bringing Turkey into the Union based on the same
We are not yet ready to start talks with the EU. This
generation of leaders has to retire before honest efforts are made to conform to EU
standards. It will take about twenty years for the current military heads and many in the
civilian government to get out of the leadership mechanism that drives Turkey. Only then
we will be seen by Europe as a true European partner who will abide to the rules and
support Europe in disputes with the USA. Right now the effort for joining is seen as an
American/British ploy to insert a "one of ours" player in the Union.
The argument by some that Turkey should join the EU
because it would be a 'bridge' between Europe and the Islamic world is bogus. Turkey
doesn't have good stable relations with any of it's neighbours. Therefore, I cannot see
how they can be that diplomatic 'bridge'. The main determining factors should be economic
and social. Turkey would be an economic drain to the rest of Europe, and socially it is
unstable. It has too many problems with minorities, borders, etc. Does Europe really want
to get dragged in to this mess?
No. Turkey is not basically a European country,
either geographically or culturally or historically. The EU already has enough countries
to absorb. Adding Turkey would require enormous effort and expense and create a
fundamental shift in the nature of the EU. A free trade pact and close relations is a
better option. Turkey could then lead a regional "union" of more similar lands.
As a Frenchman who grew up in Istanbul, I believe
Turkey should join the EU within the next 10 years. It is a country full of resources,
hard working people, tolerant of every religion and making tremendous efforts to bring
their country up to European standards. In Istanbul, people of every possible religion do
business together without any reservations whatsoever, it is a great example of harmony in
diversity and I am convinced Turkey is a key country for the economic growth of the
European Union. Evidently, the Turkish Penal Code needs to be entirely revised, that is
the only condition that should be imposed for full membership and I am hoping that the
Turkish Government will take the appropriate steps to expedite the matter. Once that has
been achieved, Turkey should be granted full membership without further delay. Olivier
Damiron Montreal, Canada
On any topic, one should look at the facts from a
wider perspective with a dialectic, analytical mind rather than with prejudices and
assumptions. Turkey has characteristically eastern and western values in harmony that are
unique and deeply rooted in her ancient history - which is considered to be the cradle of
civilisations. Europe has a lot to learn from Turkey.
I don't understand the objections posted by many of
the Europeans here, especially the concern about "mass Turkish immigration".
Europe's population is dwindling. You're going to have to bring folks in from somewhere.
Will allowing Turkey to join the EU encourage some migration westward? More than likely.
But, wouldn't you rather have immigration from a country whose policies you at least have
some chance of affecting? I should think so. Turkey can be an excellent labor resource for
the EU. Both parties can only benefit. Let the negotiations begin.
Should Turkey be accepted into the European Union, it
would contribute significantly to the EU's future (currently non-existent) common foreign
policy, particularly in the Middle East.
I see that the biggest fear of EU citizens is some
form of mass migration from Turkey to the EU once the country is a member. However that is
a groundless view. It is predicted that only 3 million Turks will migrate to EU in a
period of 10 years after 2015. On the other hand I'm concerned that housing prices in
Turkey will skyrocket because of a reverse migration of rich EU retirees who will buy
properties around the Turkish coastal areas just like happened in Spain or Portugal.
If the West Europeans are so sceptical about the
possibility of Turkey joining the EU, how will they react several years from now, when
several republics of the former Yugoslavia that have a significant Muslim population will
be ready to join the EU?
If Turkey is not European, based on geography, then
neither is Cyprus, which just joined the EU. I wish people would be honest and not refer
to geography as this simply does not apply. Just say it - Turks are not Christians! For 40
years the EU told Turkey it could join if it met the political, economic and human rights
criteria. Saying no to Turkey now will not only alienate the 20 million Muslims within
current EU borders, it will also make the world question the EU's values and its position
Yes, as long as it meets the requirements. It will
also give a clear signal to other countries - Islamic or otherwise - that by improving
democracy and opposing terrorism, we can all work for a more prosperous and peaceful
I do not get the mindset behind the opinion of
"Let's not let Turkey, because they are Islamic and we are Christians". This
opinion is purely fanatic and as dangerous as Islamic fanaticism. First of all, Turkey, by
law is secular. So it is not Islamic. And facts would show that in fact Turkey has a
better record of modernising than most EU member countries. As mentioned earlier, a clear
example is the fact that women of Turkey were voting while French women were just sitting
at home. There sure is a way long list of improvements; but one should not forget that,
even it is agreed that Turkey will join EU; it will take at least 10 years for that to
happen. 10 years can change an already steadily improving country A lot! (This year's
expected growth rate is 7.9% for Turkey. Way above the average of EU.) One should get the
facts right... decisions like this should be based on systematic thinking, not fanaticism.
Turkey may be a diplomatic bridge between Europe and
the Middle East. And hence Turkey should join the EU. If she is not given chance to enter
into EU, the Muslim countries may think of it as discrimination.
Since 1920s, Turkey is more secular than many
European countries, and it is not fragile, with the support of the majority of its
citizens. I think the concerns about cultural differences are also mostly exaggerations.
Turkey's population of 70 million is growing over 3%
per year while Europe's population is ageing and stabilising. In less than ten years
Turkey would be the most populous state in the union, making catastrophic drains on all
areas of the budget. Turkey's borders leak like a sieve, from Syria through Iraq to Iran,
the flood gates once opened can never be closed. After Turkey's membership would come
Iran, they are not Arabs; same applies to Iraq and Syria. A line has to be drawn.
Turkey shouldn't join the EU! They have a
completely different history and culture, this country is on another continent and the EU
cannot afford several million new immigrants within a few years. If they join, the
situation in Europe would worsen drastically. Turkey should stay independent and try to
play a key role within the Muslim world!
What will happen if we allow non-European countries
to join? Will Israel be next? Will any country who applies, no matter where, be allowed?
If Turkey is allowed the rest would apply and on that precedent be allowed. Only countries
within Europe as we know and understand by the name Europe should be allowed to join
The UK and France are afraid of another big country
joining because they feel their power in decision making would be reduced. The fact is
that a part of Turkey is on European continent, and thus Turkey has every right to join
Grave human rights violations (torture,
extra-judicial detentions, "disappearances"), ethnic cleansing (against Kurds
and Armenians), religious oppression, confrontations on all borders, heavy militarization,
poverty and a massive government debt. My answer would have to be: Yes, the EU should let
Turkey in (that is, of course, if EU is looking for some serious trouble).
Turkish people are more Asian than European. Asia has
manners, culture, friendship, hospitality, history things like that. European countries
are based on money, no more. If the EU wants to learn some manners, they should accept
Those who argue that today the differences between
Turkey and Europe are too great to overcome have a point, but please let's consider the
alternative: Do we really want to exclude Turkey because its citizens are Muslims? Or
because Ankara is on Asian soil? What then? Do we want Turkey to form a block with failed
states like Syria, or fanatics like Iran? Reflect on this: Turkey is poor, but so were
Portugal or Slovenia when they joined. Turkey is religious, but so was Ireland when it
joined. Turkey has a bad record on human rights, but it is reforming hard, and after all,
what was Spain's record under Franco, just years before it joined the EU? In all these
cases, access to the EU has brought increased prosperity, political stability, and the
rule of law. If Turkey is willing to accept EU values, let's welcome them amongst us. That
will do more to promote democracy in the Middle East than a hundred wars.
History of military rule will always render Turkey as
politically unpredictable. Their return to democracy has not stopped its expansionist
ideals with constant daily confrontation in the Aegean which goes unnoticed by the world
media and not to mention Cyprus, who they have occupied illegally for 30 years. Accession
for Turkey has to be carefully considered.
Turkey has not much in common with the European
cultures. Therefore they have nothing to do the EU!
Turkey should and will join the EU. With its
saturated market and declining population, Europe needs Turkey for economic growth and the
stability of its social security and pension systems. Of the younger and more dynamic
nations surrounding the EU, Turkey is Europe's best bet to survive.
Turkey is more than a bridge between the East and the
West! The EU would be all the wealthier and colourful for letting Turkey while at the same
time affirming its maturation beyond the mind set of the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to
the Ottoman Turks!
Europe needs a Muslim country to better world
relations, its as simple as that, we have to make it work and get rid of racism of all
Turkey should not join EU.
EU should never ever allow Turkey to join the bloc. I
would only like them to join if they can accept that adultery is not a crime. Again, they
should not allow the headscarf in the office.
Cyprus's whole territory is in Asia, and its
European, so geographical arguments against Turkey's entry is groundless. Culturally, it
may be Muslim, but it is a fiercely secular country, where women had the right to vote 20
years earlier than France did. Concerning human rights, this needs to be improved and it
is evident that it is being improved. I doubt Romania or Bulgaria has better human right
records compared to Turkey, yet the eventual entry of these two countries is not a source
of contention. The arguments against Turkey's entry put forward by many Europeans is
nothing but blatant Orientalism and prejudice against Turkey. Turks should be proud of
what they had achieved so far.
As a Turkish person, educated in Turkey and brought
up there, I believe I mix well with Europeans here in the UK. But I still believe Turkey
doesn't belong to Europe. Turkey doesn't belong to Middle East either. It is a unique
country that should stand on its own feet.
This will be the end of the EU as we know it,
because the cost of Turkish EU membership will be astronomical. Turkey is a very big and
very poor country. It is also going to get a lot bigger and I can't see how it is going to
get much richer (even the EU Billions that will be transferred in the coming decades won't
help: see what has happened in Germany!). We don't even know the true cost of the recent
expansion and yet here we are about to give the green flag for the next enlargement. It's
all rather mad and smells of "global politics" at the cost of common sense.
George Bush is in favour of Turkish membership by the way!
I think Turkey is a European country. The differences
between Turkey and EU countries are not any bigger than the differences between EU
countries themselves. (Ex. Spain to Sweden or Latvia to Malta) As long as each European
country gets together under one (EU) constitution and pledges for the same ambitions which
are to provide wealth, justice and security to every EU citizen, any European country
should be able join the bloc.
It will be fun to watch the EU trying to find an
excuse to reject the membership of Turkey, a country that has fulfilled all the political
criteria for membership, according to the EU's enlargement commissioner himself. Turkey
has already passed the test of civilization, now it is the Europeans who are being tested.
Let us see the outcome.
I think we have to be realistic - if Turkey does join
there will have to be a change in the rules about free movement of people in the EU. To
allow mass Turkish immigration would be to hand Europe to the far-right on a plate.
The arguments surrounding Turkish membership are
often too simplistic. Membership of the Union is not the same as joining a club, to be
offered to countries for good behaviour or strategic gain. Nor should membership be
refused based on outmoded ideas about geography, religion, or size. We should rather
consider Turkey as a country that wants to contribute to building the European Union and
evaluate it fairly on its capacity to do so.
I definitely do not agree that Turkey should enter
the EU. Cultural differences are just way to diverse.
Whether Turkey is mainly in Asia or not, it is a good
thing that Turkey even wants to join the EU. Once Turkey is in the EU it is much easier to
exert pressure on the government to improve its human rights record and become more
moderate. It would also be an example to the world that Moslem and Christian countries can
work together towards peace and prosperity. If Turkey is rejected, it gives the opposite
Absolutely not. Nobody, no matter how misguided,
deserves Brussels. We must take to the streets to preserve our Turkish friends from the
folly of signing up to the EU!
Yes. If Greece can become EU member so can Turkey.
To Hamid U Shah, Brampton, Canada: Greece, my friend,
has been part of the EU since before you even were born! Greece is in Europe and has given
much to Europe (see civilization, sciences, art) - things that Turkey will never have.
To those who say that Turkey is not European because
it is Islamic, I would invite them to count the Muslim population of Europe and the
mosques and I would add that 'Europe' is a concept not a geography. Also I consider it
immoral to encourage a secular democracy and its eager population to think that it could
join and then bring up specious arguments which have not been enforced in other member
Now that the European Union has itself conceded
that Turkey has satisfied all the conditions for membership talks, it has no choice but to
open negotiations with Turkey. To exclude Turkey on account of it's size, culture and
geography would be a travesty.
I have read some upsetting views, on why Turkey
should, not join the EU. Turkey has a lot of going for it, and hard working population.
They do share their history with Europe, and have has much right has Greece to join.
Turkey, should be allowed to join, and become part of the EU, (they are already in NATO,
there was not a problem when they joined that happy group) I am for anything that can make
other people's lives better, not just wealthy western Europeans.
No, I think she should not. We have our unique
culture that can be compared to that of Europe and also other cultures. We are still
friendly and intimate towards people, which is very rare at our age. I am afraid if we
join in, we could melt in Europe, and lose our uniqueness.
At a time were extremists all over the world and from
"both side" try to divide humanity between good and evil, the entry of a secular
and Muslim country in the EU is the best of all responses. Europe has much more to suggest
for the future than just a narrow rich private club.
Everyone knows that with the economic benefits of
joining the EU comes the obligation to fall in line with the EU's opinion on various
social issues. So the EU is certainly justified in its expectations of Turkey and Turkey
has no reason to pretend it is being treated unfairly. However, the message this sends to
the Middle East is: "You are only accepted as equals if you become more like us
culturally." The EU can't expect Turkey to act as a bridge to Arab/Muslim states
after being asked to abandon that culture. Either Turkey can be a bridge to countries with
similar cultures or it can change its culture to fit in with the EU. It can't do both.
Due to the geography of Turkey, it would be a bad
idea for it to be allowed to join the EU. Europe's borders are porous enough as it is. The
country is, in the main Asian and Muslim, therefore it has very little in common with the
rest of Europe.
I don't see any reason why Turkey shouldn't be
given the opportunity to join the EU. The EU is a trading bloc and is supposed to be
inclusive of cultural and religious differences. The boundaries of the EU should not be
constrained to traditional geopolitical 'European' boundaries. What if Russia or Ukraine
wanted to join the EU? Would their geographic or historical situation be seen as a
hindrance to EU accession? If Turkey can reform enough to satisfy the requirements then it
should allowed to join.
Why bother discussing it when the decision will be
taken by the faceless EU bureaucrats. The bigger the EU gets, the less relevance it has to
the man or woman on the street: hence the incredibly low turnout to EU elections.
If we don't let Turkey join, the country may slide
towards fundamentalism or nationalism (or both); i.e. we'll have a large unpredictable
entity next to us. From that perspective, it's better to have them on board, even though
the choice then follows from negative rather than from positive considerations. To me it
is still rather unclear what purely positive contributions Turkish membership could
provide (apart from powerful armed forces). And I do think very good reasons are needed,
given the country is almost entirely in Asia.
Except for a small percentage of its land mass Turkey
is not a European country. In terms if her cultural background, Turkey is definitely not
European. So Turkey has no place in the EU. If we admit Turkey which country would be next
on the list?
The EU's slow and steady pressure towards its
neighbours, including Turkey, is a joy to watch in comparison to the US juggernaut. Turkey
should join the EU for the benefit of both.
Yes, with restrictions
I think it would be a catastrophic mistake to allow
Turkey to join the EU. The EU countries have neither culture or religion in common with
Islamic Turkey. Turkey is a country of some eighty million people. It has high
unemployment and relatively poor compared to the rest of the EU countries. It will be an
enormous drain on the UE funds to bring Turkey up to the level of the poorest country at
present already in the EU. Turkey is trying to project itself as a modern tolerant,
secular society. I feel that this is just a mask that will soon come off once inside the
EU. If Turkey wants to join a club then they should think about setting up a common market
with other Islamic countries like Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Libya and the Gulf States. They
will be much more comfortable in a community that shares their own religion and culture
than we would be making special provisions in the EU to accommodate them.
No, No and No!
I will be watching this closely. Due to it's human
right problems, I don't see how they could let Turkey in the EU.
I am surprised by a great deal of misinformation about Turkey's European credentials. Turkey has always identified itself with Europe and the West. First of all, Turkey was a European power in the past and ruled extensive parts of Europe for centuries. During this period cultural exchange and integration took place and Turkish art and customs were introduced into Europe including Turkish baths, coffee, Turkish carpets to mention just a few. It is not a coincidence that the Ottoman Empire was referred to as ¿the sick man of Europe¿ during its decline. Anatolia is the birth place of civilizations which influenced European civilization.
As regards geography, a significant part of Turkey is in Europe, this part is larger than may European states and Istanbul alone with a population of some 12 million is one of Europe's largest cities. The fact that Cyprus, which is a geographical extension of the Anatolian mainland and situated at the most easterly part of Turkey, is considered as part of Europe makes the geographical arguments untenable. Since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey 80 years ago as a secular state, Turkey has always identified itself with the west in general and Europe in particular. Apart from being a member of the Council of Europe, it is a member of all European institutions and European as far as Eurovision, football, posts, communications etc. are concerned. It is the only candidate state which has a customs union with the European Union. Its trade and industry is integrated with Europe and Turkish industrial products from automobiles to electronics from textiles to ceramics are widely marketed in European countries.
For over half a century Turkey has been a member of NATO and as the only Moslem member this has never caused a problem and it has never been objected to. She has proved to be one of the most loyal allies of the west from participating in Korea to all Nato peace keeping operations in Europe. It is objected that the boundaries of Europe would reach Arab countries and the Middle East. In fact this would provide a useful buffer zone. No one had objected when during the cold war Turkey was the only NATO member with a boundary with USSR. The Turkish armed forces have always been and continue to be the largest after the United States and this can only contribute to the security and defense of Europe. From the economic point of view only the negative aspects of the Turkish economy are mentioned. In fact she is the 16th/ 17th largest economy in the world. Merely looking at the final pages of the Economist magazine will show that its growth is far higher the any other European country (approximately 8%) and its industrial output has consistently grown in recent years and most recently by over 15%. Millions of Europeans take their holidays in Turkey and enjoy being there.
Granted there is room for improvement as in any other
country. No country is perfect in all respects. The Turkish people are aware of this and
every effort is being made to achieve improvements in areas where there are failings. In
any event there will be a transitional period before full membership. In spite of all the
above, to deny Turkey¿s European credentials can only arise from ignorance or prejudice.
It is important that Turkey is not distracted from her European vision. This vision not
something new. It is a vision that goes back decades and its association with the European
Union began at the same time as Greece in 1963. It was thanks to Turkey¿s action against
the Greek Junta in Cyprus in 1974 that the Junta collapsed and Greece resumed democracy
thereby accelerating its European Union membership.
Why not? The EU seemingly is on the road to letting
everyone in, if and when they become politically correct enough.
Any state that uses Islamic Republic in its name and
has a flag with the crescent moon is by definition undemocratic and oppressive. Regardless
of how you look at it, non-Muslims are discriminated against in Islamic republics. The
very definition of Islam is submission, i.e., submission to Islam and the Koran. Muslims
reject all other religions as written in the Koran. This is incompatible with EU values.
Islam is an ideology of hate much like Nazism. Does Europe really want to bring this
cancer into its heartland? Europe, wake up! Mein Kampf and the Koran are one in the same.
In all honesty I cannot see Turkey joining Europe,
no matter how hard Turks try. Turkey is centuries behind in development and has an
uncontrollable population explosion (it is not growth, it is an explosion). The human
rights record of Turkey is dismal, from negation of the Armenian genocide to killing and
suppressing the liberties of Kurdish people. Admitting such a state in the EU would be
disastrous and detrimental for the union. Let Turkey form an Asian union together with
Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Syria, or whomever their choice is to join, but keep
Europe for Europeans.
I moved to Turkey a year ago and although they show
modern tendencies in the tourist towns, they are very much a strong minded, independent
and different people to Europeans away from these areas. It seems that America wants
Turkey in the EU for Middle East ops and leverage. Turkey borders some very volatile
countries and if in the EU, would allow easier access to England for Iraqis and Iranians
which can lead to any number of security and terrorist problems. Gaining false paperwork
in Turkey is not hard for those with the ingenuity and will to do so. Also, the Turks and
Kurds are not a race to be told what to do or be governed from the EU, they would resist
heavily. They have religious principles that date back hundreds of years and are totally
different from Christians. Turkey should be left to be a neutral Muslim country that would
act as a buffer to the Middle East. Also, the Turks and Kurds do not particularly like
each other and the Iraqi Kurds are just as different. Turks see Europeans as very rich
people and want to desperately move to European countries where they think they will
become rich, I know this as I work in Marmaris which has a high tourist trade and I speak
to both locals and workers from Siirt (far east Turkey), they just see the EU as a great
money machine for them.
If Europe is a Christian club so be it. No amount of
political correctness can alter the fact that Turkey does not belong in the EEC. Look at
the increasing Muslim population in France and the subsequent rise in anti-Semitism.
How can Turkey be admitted in the EU if they are
militarily occupying half of Cyprus (and not complying to UN resolution that they should
withdraw from the island) and for the last 30 years are violating the human rights of
Greek-Cypriot refugees to go back to reclaim their land. In addition may i remind everyone
here that mass illegal immigration of Turkish population in Cyprus after the invasion of
1974 is a war crime aiming to change the demographics of a little island. Why is Turkey
exempt from such human rights violations in Cyprus not to mention human rights and freedom
of speech violations within their own country as well. How can the EU turn a blind eye to
such huge violations contrary to EU values?
Turkey still hasn't accepted that it perpetrated
the first genocide of the 20th century against the Armenians. If Germany had a similar
attitude to its history, we would be a lot more unaccepting of it. So Turkey has to first
confront its history critically, before it can plan to join the EU
Turkey has everything to gain from the EU and should
accept change, however, the mere fact that she considers going eastwards if her membership
is denied should serve as a warning to where her conscience and loyalties lie! Does the EU
need another member state whose loyalties are not clearly defined?
Religion has nothing to Turkey's possible place in
the EU. What we should all be looking for more closely is their huge human rights
violations both with their own country and most importantly in Cyprus. Has the world
forgotten that half of Cyprus is militarily occupied since the 1974 Turkish invasion?
Violation of Cypriot refugees to go back and reclaim their land, mass migration from
Turkey to the occupied half of the island and huge manipulation of the media and freedom
of speech is the problem. Simplifying the issue as difference of culture or religion makes
people turn a blind eye to a whole lot of serious violations that are contrary to EU
values. It's not about Islam, there are plenty of millions of Muslims in the EU and they
don't face any kind of discrimination. The problem is human rights and the use of the
military to occupy an EU island for 30 years.
Turkey has a problem. The military guarantees it
constitution. If the current elected government of Turkey does something to upset that
balance the military will intervene via a coup. It has done it before. I wonder what
European reaction will be when the Islamist government of today's Turkey does something
which forces the military to intervene. Europe with 20+ democratic states and 1 military
dictatorship does not sound like a great idea.
Turkey is in Asia. Why don't you let China join too
while you're at it.
It is time for EU to prove their claims of being a
democratic and open union. Not allowing Turkey to join the EU on the basis of religion
contradicts their claim that is there is freedom of religion in their societies. If Turkey
was barred from joining the EU then it will be explicitly clear that EU is mere Christian
club rather than a democratic and religion tolerant club of civilized nations.
No way should Turkey be even considered, they are not
geologically in Europe, their traditions are Eastern, Muslim and liable to cause friction
as we know that they are unable to change their ways of life to fall in line with a modern
Europe. Their wish to join is purely financial. Keep them out for ever
UID 2231948) Turkey should not be allowed to join the
European Union until it improves its human rights record, finds a resolution to the
Kurdish question and ends its illegal occupation of Northern Cyprus as well as allowing
Cypriot refugees the right to return to the northern part of the island.
I believe European Union members will gain a lot by
accepting Turkey into the EU. Turkey is not a radical country, it has been a secular
republic since the 1920's. Unfortunately, it is evident that quite a few Europeans are
biased against Turkey because of religious and cultural reasons, but let's not forget the
state Greece, Portugal and Spain were in. Turkey has been participating in pan-European
events for decades, such as Eurovision, sports, etc. The Ottoman Empire included some of
the EU member-states and this is a secular country which is in Europe, unlike Cyprus.
Finally, with EU population ageing, especially in Germany and Italy, Turkish young
population can be a nice benefit, unless we'd prefer Chinese to immigrate instead of the
It is not anti-Muslim to exclude Turkey from Europe -
Albania and Bosnia are both majority Muslim countries and are unquestionably part of the
European family. However, unlike these countries, Turkey still occupies bits of Europe -
Thrace and Cyprus -and until it adopts a "European" mind frame it should be
As the EU gets more members and they become more
interdependent it will become even more important that it succeeds. If the EU should fail
and the economies of its members suffer it would be unlikely that the US would forgive
their debt. Turkey should consider this and the EU should be prepared to not let it
happen. I don't see any other concerns since they are a democracy with a diverse Muslim
and Christian population. They are more tolerant with Christians then the French are with