I would like to find out the general mood about Turkey's possible membership of EU within the next decades.
Should we reject it on basis on its records regarding human rights in particular with its treatment towards Kurdish ethnic communities or accept to send out a message that EU is an embracing not a confronting union?
Reject them, otherwise we'll end up with hundreds of thousands of nutters coming over here causing trouble.
Im for it. Turkey need to make some changes, but this could be the start of something new between the EU and the Arab world.
The human rights abuses suck, but every country has done something bad in its time.
The matter of Turkey is basically a battle between the EU (acting as a proxy for the West in general) and the Arab League for the "soul" of the country. time is running out for the EU, because the more we stall and complain and reject Turkey's advances the more likely it is that they're going to get fed up (this is already beginning to happen) and simply turn East instead, which would be a bad thing for both them and us.
With that in mind, it's my opinion that getting Turkey onside is sufficiently important to justify dropping at least some of the Copenhagen criteria for EU membership. Yes, I appreciate that this might cause just a little bit of friction with those countries that are home to ethnic groups the Ottomans tried to exterminate less than a century ago, but once they're in we can at least begin to talk, and if necessary bash heads.
It's not even that though, what does tea have to do with anything?
Accept. They have been working harder to meet the prerequisites, and will continue to do so i feel. It would be a very good catch for the west to have an Islamic bond, you know, baby steps. And once they do join, checks on their record for human rtights will become ever-more stringent, and they will be dragged into better performancer. Good for the Turkish, good for Westerm relations with members of the Islamic faith.
If Turkish membership is more likely to lead to the implosion and collapse of the EU, then they must join asap. If not, then no.
I agree with AS too - well, as long as Turkey keeps putting condoms on things. The country can only improve as a result.
The Games are a massive symbol of international prestige - until they were awarded them, China worked hard to improve its human rights image, but on getting them its efforts appear to have slackened. I think a similar thing is perfectly possible with Turkey and the EU.