"EU enlargement chief says change of mindset needed in TurkeyDocument Actions 08/03/2005
The European Union's Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said at the end of a visit here Tuesday a change of mindset was needed by Turkey for it to embrace democratic reform and become part of the EU. 'In the reform process the critical thing will be the change of mentalities which will entrench and anchor the legal and political reforms in Turkey,' Rehn told a press conference shortly before flying out of Ataturk airport. Turkey, keen to join the EU, is under pressure to prove that the democratic reforms it has adopted in a bid to align with EU norms are properly implemented on the ground. Rehn was in Turkey for discussions to prepare the start of accession talks with Ankara in October. But his visit was overshadowed by a police crackdown on a women's rally in Istanbul, which drew sharp protests from Brussels. "
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