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 Carkhuff 1 Braden Carkhuff Mr. S. Heslop British Literature 1/14/2008 Turkey in the EU: A Story of Religion, Politics, and Hurt Feelings Is Turkey European? This question has been asked over and over since 1964 when Turkey became an associate member in the European Union (EU). Shouldn’t a country with more preserved Greek and Roman ruins than Italy and Greece combined, be considered “European”? This isn’t always the case. The EU has set guidelines for all its members to follow. These guidelines include economic, political, gender, and freedom issues. Where the controversy lies is not in the guidelines set by the EU; but the countries of the EU. Nearly every member country of the EU has a different opinion on allowing Turkey become a full-fledged member country. Currently, this topic is not only being argued only in Europe, but around the world. The repercussions of the decision will be felt around the world. Some countries fear the consequences of opening up such a large country to Europe; others will embrace the surplus of workers. What are the problems that Turkey faces with the EU? How soon will it be possible for Turkey to enter the European Union? How will the accession affect the larger EU countries, i.e. Germany, France, Italy? What does the European Union have to gain from Turkey’s ascension?
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 Carkhuff 2 In an article, by Giles Merritt, states that the EU will be hard-pressed in 15 years time if they don’t allow Turkey into the European Union. Currently, the newer countries like Poland and Hungary, accept Turkey into the EU. On the Atlantic side of Europe, Spain, Portugal, and Great Britain only have forty percent of the population that are content with Turkey being in the EU. Austria rounds out the group with a ten percent approval rate willing to accept Turkey. Many established countries are worried about enlarging their borders closer to “problem” countries such as Iraq, Syria, and others (Merritt). Aris Anagnos, the vice president of The American Hellenic council, wrote a commentary for the July 21, 2007 edition of the Washington Post. In a very definitive point in his commentary, he points out nearly every major requirement that Turkey will have to face to become a part of the western world. He realizes the most politically controversial topic to the EU: How is it conceivable that a state that wishes to enter an international organization stipulates it will not recognize one of its member states and, worse, continues to illegally occupy that member state, as Turkey has done with the Republic of Cyprus? How can such an applicant have its warplanes constantly violate the airspace of Greece, an existing member? And how about the official threat that it would be a "casus belli," a cause for war, if Greece extends its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles, as she has a perfect right to do under international law? (Anagnos)
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 Carkhuff 3 Mr. Anagnos is referring to Turkey’s presence in northern Cyprus. In 1983, Turkey invaded Cyprus after a coup against the Greek Cypriot. Military presence is still felt there today.
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