The Prime Minister was absolutely right to say that the EU needs to let Turkey make greater progress towards joining the EU.
Eventual Turkish membership would give a great boost to the EU’s Economy. The Prime Minister pointed out that Turkey grew at a rate of 11% at the start of the year, and is estimated to become Europe’s second largest economy by 2050. The single market, investment and the demographic balance of the EU would all benefit from Turkish membership.
Opponents say that Turkey is not geographically or culturally European. Many who advance these arguments use them as a mask for their real objection: they don’t want a Muslim country in the EU. Read full article »