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Saturday, March 26, 2005

JTW Comment - Obstacles On the Way to the EU

"Obstacles On the Way to the EU
Orhan Kilercioglu

It can be seen that Turkey, which took an important step towards EU membership on Dec. 17, is trying to be cornered by certain forces insisting on demands that Turkey cannot fulfill. The EU has leveled criticism and accused Turkey of slowing down in reform efforts. In response to this criticism Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given the necessary replies. I am not sure if his replies will satisfy the EU, but we have seen that the EU has been changing its attitude towards Turkey recently.

It is natural for Turkey to strive to eradicate its deficiencies on its path to Europe because these reforms are necessary for Turkey, not as a means to join the EU but as a way to improve the country. "

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