"Dyer: A place for Turkey in the European Union
By Gwynne Dyer
There is a kind of halo effect around the European Union. Even though the EU doesn't actively push its values on its neighbors, the mere fact that a majority of Europeans already lives in this zone where democracy works and civil and human rights are genuinely respected is transforming expectations and behavior in the rest of Europe. Take Turkey, for example.
The 70 million Turks have practically turned themselves inside out in their effort to meet the standards on democracy, human rights, and legal and fiscal propriety demanded of countries seeking to open membership negotiations. Turkey has changed more in the past three years than in the previous 30, and almost entirely for the better."
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