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Monday, March 29, 2010

Turkey Knocks: Will EU Let It Enter?

"Turkey Knocks: Will EU Let It Enter?

Turkey's desire to join the European Union has the virtue of being consistent. It was in 1987 that the country first applied to accede to the EU, and it has been knocking on the door ever since.

The fault lines that have become apparent, both within the euro zone and the broader EU grouping, have done nothing to quell Turkey's enthusiasm for joining the club. The chance to export some more of its jobless may be one of the attractions: Last year, the country's unemployment rate rose to 14%, up three percentage points on the previous year, against an EU average of 9.5%. Yet it isn't clear that the work would be there for Turks keen to take advantage of the freedom of movement that EU membership confers."

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