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Monday, August 29, 2005

ekathimerini.com | EU feuds over Turkey

"EU feuds over Turkey

By Costas Iordanidis

The government has been thrown somewhat off balance by the stance adopted by two key European Union member states, France and Germany, in relation to the scheduled launch of Turkey’s accession talks with the European Union in October.

This follows Friday’s declarations by both French President Jacques Chirac and Germany’s opposition Christian Democratic leader Angela Merkel — expected to be elected chancellor in next month’s general elections — concerning Ankara’s persistent refusal to recognize Cyprus.

Turkey’s stance “poses political and judicial problems, and isn’t in the spirit of what we expect from a candidate for the union,” Chirac told European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Friday."

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