Turkey's Admission in the Eu

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Transmittal Memo

|TO: |Jacques Santer – President of the EU Commission |
|From: |Joseph Donyo |
|Re: |Turkey's admission in the EU |
|Date: |6 May 1998 |

In December 1997, members of the European Union (EU) met in Luxembourg, for a European Council summit, to talk about countries being considered for future EU membership. Among these countries, there was one remarkable absence: Turkey. Since it was excluded from this enlargement process for the foreseeable future, relations between the EU and Turkey have been very cold. Turkish Prime Minister, Mesut Yilmaz, has given the EU until the next European Council meeting in June to include Turkey in the pre-accession group of applicant countries. Otherwise, it has threatened to withdraw Turkey's application for membership. Even if such threats are unlikely to have an impact on the EU, they point out a major clash in the EU-Turkey relations.

At this stage of my research, my point is not to argue whether Turkey should enter the EU or not. My research project is meant to find out whether it has the ability to meet European requirements, on a political and economic basis. However, I want to make sure that you understand the importance of this research.

Turkey has been waiting since 1963 to enter the European Union. Today, the country is split between a strong religious party (the RP) and a majority of secular western-oriented people. Continuing to refuse Turkey might throw it in the hands of the islamists who are totally…...

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