"Leftover Turkey and Fresh Putin
The sweet afterglow of last week's Turkey coverage lingers on a bit in German papers on Monday, though much of the passion has been sapped. What will the consequences of the decision be, is it a sign of a brand new Europe and did people party in Turkey after the news or not? Meanwhile, many papers opine on the Yukos auction and Vladimir Putin's Germany visit.
Friday's decision to give a starting date of October 2005 for Turkey's negotiations to become a full-fledged member of the European Union ended a week of heated and sometimes shrill debate in the editorial pages of Germany's newspapers. Now that the decision has been made, some editorialists are looking beyond the internal questions that surrounded the decision -- such as whether the EU could handle more expansion -- and at the strategic implications it might also entail"
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