"Turkey and the EU
December 26, 2006
The European Union did itself a disservice this month with a decision to suspend eight of the 35 'chapters' of Turkey's accession negotiations, the most recent in a series of episodes that suggest Europe is distancing itself from Turkey. The Turks have been increasingly frustrated by what they perceive as a double standard applied to their country's membership bid, and popular opinion in Turkey is turning increasingly against the process. The successful accession would help solidify Turkey as a Western-oriented democracy in the Muslim world, while a failure would be damaging to its relationship with Western allies and to the Turkish republic itself. "
More:Turkey and the EU - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper