Monday, October 03, 2005
Forever And A Day
As for why you should care - listen up, Howard. Schroeder campaigned strongly for Turkish admission to the EU. He represents the Old Guard of Germany, which will support Turkey's accession. Merkel showed her hand last year by meeting with Sarkozy and agreeing that Turkey should not be admitted to the EU, a position she still maintains and which formed a plank of her campaign. The SDP has been advancing the "special partnership" idea for Turkey.
What happens in Germany is going to have a huge effect on Europe's future. And it could even mean war between Turkey and Iraq a few years down the line, depending on the next US election and how far the US will go to support the new Iraq with a military alliance. Right now Austria is making a stand to try to prevent accession talks from opening with Turkey. The UK is exerting strong pressure to continue with the accession talks as decided last year. If Austria remains alone, it will be forced to recant. If it gets support from Germany, it may prevail. There is far more going on here than meets the eye. You have a conflict between old Europe and new Europe, the question of France's political future, and basically the question of Europe's self-conception.
Turkish Press - Gul meets with aides:
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul met with senior advisers Sunday in anticipation of a decision by the European Unions whether to open membership discussions with Turkey as planned on Monday.See also the Press Scan and Erdogan speaks out. There are rumors that Jack Straw of the UK has offered some compromises to Turkey, but Turkey is demanding that talks for full accession go forward.
So far, it seems to be too big a gamble.
The enlargement issue is a hot one in general in the EU right now.
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