No Turkish EU membership...
|No Turkish EU membership... 15/03/2004|
No Turkish EU membership in this generation, says Nyrup
More than one generation will pass before Turkey will be a member of the European Unions, claims former Danish Prime Minister and Social Democrat top candidate for the June European Election, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.
"First we are to see the European Commission’s report, but as things look now, I have to decline. I am not even certain it [Turkish EU membership] would be a good idea. Reforms decided by the Turkish Parliament deserve all respect, but the human rights organisations say there is still a long way to go in the courts and prisons", Mr Nyrup said.
A campaign against Turkish EU membership was last week announced by the right-wing Danish People’s Party, which hopes to gain votes in the European Elections on this ticket.
The liberal prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, reacted with surprise as Mr Nyrup, when he was prime minister in 1999, supported the idea that Turkey should become an EU candidate country.
"This means Turkey must be treated like any other countries. On the other hand, it is clear that if Turkey does not fulfil the criteria, then we cannot start negotiations", Mr Fogh Rasmussen said to Politiken.
Danish EU critical movements are also supporting the 'yes – but not now' line for Turkey.
In addition, they say that decision-making under a new EU Constitution would be related to population size making it possible for a few big countries, such as Turkey and Germany, to run the show.
|Turkey - a hot European election issue in some countries (Photo: European Commission)|
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Written by Lisbeth Kirk