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Friday, June 30, 2006

Enlargement fatigue but only for Turkey

"Enlargement fatigue but only for Turkey


Showing off to their public, the French government seeks to impose EU’s ‘absorption capacity’ as a new condition for further EU enlargements.

By Umut Uras

It is a regular method for EU member state governments to blame their own failures on the European Union (EU). Actually it has become a regular tool for governments to use the EU as a scapegoat.
For example, a government could secretly lobby for a positive decision in the Council of Ministers through alternative methods, whereas it could vote against it just to satisfy public opinion. Or similarly, when a decision is certain according to qualified majority voting, again it can vote against it only to satisfy public opinion and increase its reputation. France's stance towards Turkey's membership is a good example."

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