08 September 2005

Cyprus, Turkey and the EU

Can a prospective member of the European Union gain entry without recognizing another member and closing its seaports and airports to the latter's ships and planes? Turkey thinks it can. Incredibly, with accession talks only weeks away, the EU cannot come to agreement on a response. Yet it seems evident that the very point of entertaining Turkey's membership in the EU is to encourage it to clean up its act. Removing such conditions makes it look as if the EU is desparate for Ankara to join, which it has no reason to be.

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